Australia’s Adam Scott fired a closing round of 66 to win The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club by a single stroke from a group of four players, including Tiger Woods.
Scott posted a birdie-free 66 to overtake Canada’s Graham DeLaet at the top of the leaderboard and set a clubhouse total of 11-under par. It looked likely that number would be surpassed, but the chasing pack stumbled and Scott’s number was enough to claim the first FedEx Cup playoff event.
“I can’t believe it,” said the Masters champion. “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. I feel I’ve been given a bit of a gift.”
Justin Rose should have matched Scott’s score but he three-putted the home hole. Tiger Woods looked to be on a charge before he felt a twinge in his back on the 13th and hooked a shot into a swamp. He fought back with birdies at the 16th and 17th, but came up one shot shy.
Gary Woodland, who held the lead at the start of play, dropped back with a ball into the water on the 13th. He had chances for birdie on each of the three closing holes, but all of his putts narrowly missed.
With the win Scott has moved to second place in the FedEx Cup standings, less than 200 points behind Tiger Woods.
Woods was vague when asked about his back and whether he would be fit to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I just got off and I’m not feeling my best right now,” he said.
Canada’s Graham DeLaet closed with an excellent 65 that pushed him into a tie for second place. That finish was enough to propel him to ninth on the points list for the Presidents Cup. With just a week to go before the end of qualifying, he looks likely to make the international team.
With only the top 100 on the FedEx Cup standings progressing to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, there was also drama towards the bottom of the leaderboard.
Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy missed a two-foot putt on the last that would have seen him into the top-100, Camilo Villegas also missed a makeable putt on the home hole that would have secured his progression.
Aaaron Baddeley looked sure to take the Colombian’s place in the top-100 but he bogeyed the last three holes and Villegas snuck in.
Liberty National GC, Jersey City, New Jersey
Aug 22-25, purse $8,000,000, par 71
1 Adam Scott (Aus) 69 66 72 66 273 $1,440,000
T2 Graham DeLaet (Can) 67 73 69 65 274 $528,000
T2 Justin Rose (Eng) 68 68 70 68 274 $528,000
T2 Gary Woodland (USA) 69 64 68 73 274 $528,000
T2 Tiger Woods (USA) 67 69 69 69 274 $528,000
T6 Jim Furyk (USA) 70 66 70 69 275 $268,000
T6 Phil Mickelson (USA) 71 69 70 65 275 $268,000
T6 D.A. Points (USA) 70 72 66 67 275 $268,000
T9 Matt Every (USA) 67 72 69 68 276 $208,000
T9 Rickie Fowler (USA) 71 64 71 70 276 $208,000
T9 Jason Kokrak (USA) 70 69 70 67 276 $208,000
T9 Nick Watney (USA) 68 70 69 69 276 $208,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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