Jersey City, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Adam Scott carded a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays by one stroke over Tiger Woods, Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose and Gary Woodland.
With the victory in the first event of the ExCup Playoffs, Scott pocketed $1,440,000 and 2,500 ranking points to move to No. 2 in the standings, behind Woods.
“I am really happy with my game,” Scott said. “It was a positive to get back into the mix at the other majors and I am pushing hard to get another win — if not this week then I will try harder next week.”
Scott, who also shot 66 in the second round, finished the tournament with an 11-under-par 273 at the Par 71 7,353-yard Liberty National Golf Club.
The 33-year-old Scott finished about 45 minutes ahead of other contenders and was tied with Rose for the lead.
However, Rose missed a 16-footer for birdie at the 17th hole and then made a three-putt bogey at No. 18, failing to convert from five feet for par, to leave Scott alone atop the leaderboard.
Woods, whose problematic back injury flared up at the 13th hole, pulled within a shot of Scott after consecutive birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, but left a tying 27-foot putt from the fringe at the 18th hole about an inch from the hole.
“I had a chance,” said Woods. “I hit a good putt. I thought I made it. It was a little double-breaker and I thought I had it.”
Woodland, who had a share of the overnight lead with Matt Kuchar, provided the last challenge for Scott. However, he missed birdie putts of eight, 10 and 10 feet on the last three holes to hand Scott the victory.
Tied for sixth were Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and D.A. Points, two strokes behind Scott, while Jason Kokrak, Matt Every, Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler were bunched in ninth spot.