Hot putting inspires Scott at PGA playoffs
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Hot putting inspires Scott at PGA playoffs

Adam Scott's best putting performance on the US PGA Tour in 11 years has golf pundits predicting a second victory for the Australian at TPC Boston this week.

Scott kicked off the $US67-million FedEx Cup playoffs series last week with a share of fifth at the Northern Trust in New Jersey, where Scott gained more than two shots per round on the field with his putter.

"It'd be great to keep this run going": Adam Scott.

"It'd be great to keep this run going": Adam Scott.

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It was Scott's best performance in the strokes gained in putting statistical measurement since his four-shot win at the 2004 Booz Allen Classic.

Perennially one of golf's premier ball-strikers, conquering the final frontier of his game has PGA Tour experts naming Scott one of the favourites at the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, which he won in 2003.

"The game is feeling really good," Scott said.

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"It's good news that my putting is looking really good and my proximity to the hole with my irons was sharp last week.

"It'd be great to keep this run going. If I put myself in contention, I'd love to have a go at winning one of these last few events.

"I've had some really good play at TPC Boston; it suits my eye."

Scott's inspired form on the greens has been a direct result of coach Brad Malone suggesting his student carry both a long and a short putter in the bag during competition, sacrificing his three-iron for the 14-club limit.

Scott debuted dual putters at the WGC-Bridgestone and has since recorded top- five results at the US PGA Championship and Northern Trust, while jumping 38 spots on the world rankings to No.38.

"I put it in to try hole a few more putts from 15 to 20 feet (with the short putter) and since then the stroke has gotten so much better with the long putter," said Scott.

Scott's hot finish in New Jersey catapulted him 33 places on the FedEx Cup standings to No.40, and a decent result at TPC Boston will guarantee him a berth at the 30-man Tour Championship finale.

Fellow Queenslander Jason Day leads the Australians on the FedEx standings at No.8 and the former world No.1 says his poor finish in New Jersey is motivation to contend at TPC Boston.

"I didn't quite have it last week; I wasn't quite as focused as I should have been and I need to tidy that up," Day told AAP.

"I know there is some good stuff there but I have to bust my tail over the next few days."

Cameron Smith will tee up at the Dell Technologies buoyed by his third placing at the Northern Trust and subsequent jump to 16th on the FedEx standings.

Marc Leishman rounds out the four-player Australian contingent in Boston.

AAP