Why Adam Scott Was the Biggest Loser at the Wyndham Championship

Published 08/16/2021, 9:28 AM EDT
Aug 15, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Adam Scott reacts to missing a birdie putt on the first playoff hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 Wyndham Championship proved to be a thriller. There were six golfers tied for the lead at the end of 72-holes and Adam Scott was one of them. The 41-year-old has not won a PGA Tour event since early 2020 but squandered the chance when he had it in the bag. Scott missed a routine 4-inch putt that would’ve given him the win. Instead, he missed it and ended up as the biggest loser at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

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Kevin Kisner, Adam Scott, Kevin Na, Branden Grace, Roger Sloan, and Si Woo Kim were all tied at 15-under after four rounds at the Sedgefield Country Club on Sunday. This tied the PGA Tour record for the largest sudden-death playoff in history. 

As the players gathered around the 18th hole for the first playoff hole, only Adam Scott made a terrific approach shot that got him near the hole. However, he missed an easy birdied chance that could’ve sealed the win. What happened next is history. 

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Adam Scott lost nearly $1M at Wyndham Championship 

The Wyndham Championship 2021 awarded a lucrative prize purse of $6.4 million. The champion earned a $1,152,000 share of the prize money while the others saw their payouts decreasing with respect to their leaderboard position. 

Adam Scott was poised to take home the $1.15M payout at the Sedgefield Country Club when he had the 4-footer lined up in front of him in the first playoff hole. However, the miss proved to be costlier than he had expected. 

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Scott ended up making $389,440 at the Wyndham Championship when he could’ve earned $1,152,000 instead. While it was not entirely under his control, fans expected an experienced campaigner like Scott to drain the winning putt. 

However, that’s where pressure took over and spoiled things for the 41-year-old. Scott was brilliant throughout the third and fourth rounds where he shot a 64 and 65 to jump into contention. 

All eyes were on Scott and Kisner during the playoff, owing to their experience. That’s where Kevin Kiser cashed in and brought up his fourth PGA Tour victory in a dramatic fashion. Scott’s loss became Kisner’s gain. 

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Kisner took over in the second playoff hole and landed a tremendous approach shot right near the flagstick. He then handled the pressure and drained the birdie putt to bring up a well-deserved victory. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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