The Barclays Classic
Ridgewood Country Club, New Jersey
August 21-24, par 71, 7,304 yards
Vijay Singh claimed a thrilling Barclays Classic for a record fourth time by denying Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland in a three-way play-off at a scorching Ridgewood County Club.
Veteran Singh, one of many big names in a high-class field, carded a final round one under 70 to take the tournament into extra holes and then saw off the challenge of Sutherland moments later, after the American drove wildly into the rough on the first play-off hole.
For Garcia, who was narrowly defeated by Padraig Harrington in the PGA Championship just a few weeks ago, it was yet another tale of what might have been. Whilst Singh was able to reach the par-five second extra hole in two, the Spaniard found trouble in the rough and despite a free drop the resulting par could not match commanding Singh’s third birdie in four holes.
European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo will surely be buoyed by the world number four’s form even if Garcia himself was left disappointed with another runner’s up spot. The Spaniard reflected: “I think the most important thing about it is that I keep putting myself in a good position.”
Singh praised Ridgewood County Club who hosted the event for the first time after 41 seasons at Westchester County Club: “Westchester was a good golf course. This tops Westchester. Every single player absolutely enjoyed this golf course.”
Meanwhile, England’s Paul Casey, hopeful of a Ryder Cup wildcard, could only finish joint seventh after a final round 72.
1 Vijay Singh (Fij) 70 70 66 70 276
T2 Sergio Garcia (Esp) 70 67 69 70 276
T2 Kevin Sutherland (USA) 70 69 69 68 276
T4 Matthew Goggin (Aus) 67 74 69 67 277
T4 Ben Curtis (USA) 71 68 70 68 277
T4 Kevin Streelman (USA) 67 70 68 72 277
T7 Paul Casey (Eng) 66 71 69 72 278
T7 Martin Laird (Sco) 70 69 72 67 278
T7 Justin Leonard (USA) 70 70 71 67 278
T7 Nicholas Thompson (USA) 75 68 68 67 278
T7 Mike Weir (Can) 72 67 67 72 278
Note: Player in bold signifies Titleist ball usage.