Scott’s bogey-free final round wins Barclays
Adam Scott held on to claim The Barclays with an 11-under total for a one shot win over Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Graham DeLaet and Gary Woodland in the opening PGA Tour FedEx playoff event.
Scott has moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and the win at The Barclays was Scott’s second title on the PGA Tour in 2013 following his triumph at The Masters in April.
Adam Scott (Credit: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
A bogey-free final round of 5-under, 66, added to earlier rounds of 69-66-72 on Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Starting nine groups ahead of the leaders, Scott got himself into contention with three consecutive birdies on the front nine and took a share of the lead with birdies on 14 and 16.
“I am really happy with my game,” said Scott.
“It was a positive to get back into the mix at the other majors and I was pushing hard to get another win.”
Scott was forced to wait 90 minutes following his round as the rest of the field attempted to force a playoff. A number of players had chances, yet all came up short.
Woods came within an inch of forcing a playoff with Scott, narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Woodland was the last player still on the course with a chance to match Scott but he also missed putts on 8, 9 and 18 that would have forced a playoff.
“It’s crazy,” Scott said of his win, stunned that his lead held up for 90 minutes.
“Obviously, things went my way out there. I played a good round today and came in and really didn’t think I had a chance but obviously things went my way a lot out there and I’m so happy. No bogeys is always a good thing.”
Woods, who received treatment for his back every night since waking up Wednesday with neck and back soreness the result of sleeping on a soft bed, buckled to his knees after hitting his second shot on the thirteenth.
As soon as Woods finished his swing, he leaned heavily on his golf club, then sank down to his knees and eventually ended up on all fours, his palms resting on the ground.
Jason Day finished in a tie for 25th at 4-under, Matt Jones at 3-under with Greg Chalmers at 2-under and Stuart Appleby at 1-under.
Aaron Baddeley, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy and Marc Leishman all made the weekend, but finished well down the leaderboard.