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Great Scott bests Barclays field for FedEx win

Australian Adam Scott continued his highly successful 2013 with a win at the opening event of the FedEx Cup play-offs on Sunday.

2013's Masters champion shot a five-under 66 to edge out big guns Tiger Woods and US Open champion Justin Rose who tied for second along with North Americans Gary Woodland and Graham DeLaet at New Jersey's Liberty National course.

"I can't believe it, to be honest," Scott said after picking up the win that takes him to a career-high second in the world rankings. "I just played a good round today and I came in and really didn't think it had a chance. But obviously, things went my way a lot out there."

"There were so many guys out there with a chance and I really didn't think I had much of a chance. If you hang around the lead long enough, you're going to win some, you're going to lose some."

While Scott has not won since his dazzling play-off win at Augusta in April, he has performed strongly at the other majors this year, tying for third at the Open Championship and for fifth at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

"It's been a great year for me. Got to keep it going now, three big weeks in the play-offs left and hopefully I can cap it off with a big win in the FedExCup," said Scott, who will be focused on the $10m (£6.4m) bonus paid to the series winner.

Still early days in the race for the jackpot, only the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston. The series concludes with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta from 19-22 September.

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