Adam Scott entered the weekend at the Tour Championship four strokes back of leader Henrik Stenson, with a decent chance of winning the FedEx Cup and making a serious case for player of the year.
But a bout with the flu Friday night left him depleted to the point that he needed an IV on Saturday morning, and the early start because of weather had him on the course hours ahead of where he would have been under normal circumstances. As a result, he shot a +4 and finished the day nine strokes behind Stenson. He's now tied for 10th and almost certainly out of the hunt for the FedEx Cup.
"When your body's feeling so lethargic and heavy, the club feels like it weighs 60 pounds," Scott said afterward. "It was just hard work to get anything moving. All your rhythm and everything is off when your body is feeling so poor."
Scott bogeyed or double-bogeyed every other hole through the first eight, then settled down and played one-under golf the rest of the way. And, as he noted, he began feeling better toward the end of the round.
"It was a battle for me today," Scott said. "I'm disappointed that I wasn't at 100 percent to try and give Henrik a shake and stick with him."