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Day, Scott paired for US tour finale

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016

Jason Day and Adam Scott have been drawn to start side by side as they chase the biggest payday in Australian golf history at the US PGA Tour's season finale.

Both players are assured of winning the FedEx Cup points race and its $US10 million ($A13 million) bonus if they can claim victory - and the $US1.4 million ($A1.9 million) first prize - against the 30-man field in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday.

Fingers will be crossed that world No.1 Day can remain fully fit after treatment for a pinched joint capsule in his back, which forced him to withdraw during the last round of the penultimate playoffs tournament less than two weeks ago.

He was leaving his arrival late, only flying in on Tuesday evening ahead of Thursday's first round - for which he is paired with world No.6 Scott - although sources close to his team suggested he should be okay to play.

Day goes into the tournament ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup points standings - having started the playoffs in fourth - with Scott third behind leader Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed, while England's Paul Casey is fifth.

All of the top five can clinch the FedEx Cup with a win, while Scott and Day also have a reasonable chance if they come second.

Day is also vying with Johnson for the coveted Tour Player of the Year award after his three-win season.

Johnson has the advantage having claimed a major - the US Open - among his three wins, so Day would need victory here to have any chance.

Scott has winning form at East Lake, having triumphed in the Tour Championship in 2006, the last year before the FedEx Cup began.

He is targeting the event as a chance to cap a somewhat frustrating season which still yielded back-to-back victories at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.

"Although I'm disappointed with my play in the Majors, I will have played a lot of good golf this year and that's the way the game goes," said Scott.

"I'm trying to get the most out of every opportunity and that would certainly feel like I've had a very good year, if I were to win the Tour Championship."

A study of recent Tour Championship stats shows victory often comes down to a player having an exceptional putting week, including Scott in 2006.

That should suit Day who ranks No.1 in putting on tour this season, however Scott is 120th.

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