Nick Watney of the USA overcame a stumbling Sergio Garcia to win The Barclays at Bethpage State Park by three strokes. It put him into the lead in the FedEx Cup standings.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia was going for a second straight PGA Tour victory and it looked as though he might achieve it when he went two shots clear after Watney bogeyed the 5th.
But then the Spaniard started to waver and Watney found his game. The American birdied the 7th and 8th to move in front then, on the 10th, Garcia three-putted and Watney made a birdie to pull away.
In the end it was Brandt Snedeker who finished closest to Watney. He birdied the last to post a 70 and a four-round total of seven-under-par. Garcia bogeyed the final hole to drop back into a tie for third with Dustin Johnson.
The victory assured Watney of a place in the Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup first prize. It also put him firmly in the running for one of Davis Love III’s wildcard picks for the US Ryder Cup team. Those will be announced after next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
With his second place finish, Brandt Snedeker is also in the picture for selection. He’s now second on the FedEx Cup standings.
Tiger Woods began the final round six shots behind but struggled on Sunday, closing with a 76 to finish tied 38th.
Lee Westwood showed signs of a return to form, closing with a 70 to end the week tied for fifth with Graham DeLaet of Canada, Brian Harman of the USA and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Bethpage State Park, New York
Aug 23-26, purse $8,000,000, par 71
1 Nick Watney (USA) 65 69 71 69 274 $1,440,000
2 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 70 69 68 70 277 $864,000
T3 Sergio Garcia (Esp) 66 68 69 75 278 $464,000
T3 Dustin Johnson (USA) 67 71 72 68 278 $464,000
T5 Graham DeLaet (Can) 75 67 72 65 279 $281,000
T5 Brian Harman (USA) 65 75 68 71 279 $281,000
T5 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70 71 68 70 279 $281,000
T5 Lee Westwood (Eng) 69 72 68 70 279 $281,000
9 Greg Chalmers (Aus) 70 70 68 72 280 $232,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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