Written By: Colin Murray
Adam Scott (-11) shoots 66 on Sunday to win The Barclays; moves to 2nd in FedEx Cup standings
The leaderboard was a crowded one on Sunday, and as the round progressed it seemed as if none of the final groups wanted to win. That was the difficulty of Liberty National finally showing its head after a few rounds of record-low scores due to some rain early in the tournament on Thursday. 54-hole leader Matt Kuchar had an especially difficult day, shooting 78 to finish T19 at five-under. His partner in the final pairing, Gary Woodland, started one-back and played only slightly better with a 73. Woodland however would finish T2 at -10, and had about a ten-foot putt for birdie on 18 that would have forced a playoff with Adam Scott.
Despite the overall struggles of the final few pairings, there were several other players who went low early and set put themselves in great position for a top-five finish, and perhaps even eyeing a win. Phil Mickelson was the first to make the moves: he started Sunday nine shots behind Kuchar at (-3), and he proceeded to birdie 7 of 10 holes before bogeying the final hole and finishing at (-9).
The eventual winner, Adam Scott, had arguably the best round of the day as he shot a bogey-free 66, and was in the clubhouse eight groups ahead of Kuchar and Woodland. Had any of those final groups even just shot one or two under, or had Kuchar shot par, they would have won. The victory is the second for Scott this year, and he also moves up to #2 in the World Golf Rankings, his highest-ever. If he happens to win the FedEx Cup, he will make a compelling player of the year candidate.
Tiger Woods had an up-and-down day himself – five birdies and three bogeys – to card a 69 and finish T2 at (-10). Surprisingly enough, this was the first time in a year that Woods carded all four rounds in the 60s. He was noticeably wincing in pain, and even once dropped to his knees after a shot. He made it clear early in the week he was battling a stiff back, but he fought through it hard to have a solid tournament and maintain his lead, albeit now slim, in the FedEx Cup points standings.
The top-100 players on the FedEx Cup points standings now move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship, as 25 players were “cut” from this weekend’s event. Martin Kaymer, Greg Chalmers, Erik Compton, Stuart Appleby, and Camilo Villegas all played their way into the next event, meanwhile James Driscoll, Geoff Ogilvy, Ted Potter Jr, J.J. Henry, and Jeff Overton were eliminated after starting the weekend inside the cutline
PGA Tour.com http://www.pgatour.com/daily-wrapup/2013/08/25/the-barclays-fourth-round.html http://www.pgatour.com/tourreport/2013/08/25/five-move-into-top-100-in-fedexcup.html Golf Channel http://www.golfchannel.com/news/associated-press/scott-cards-66-to-claim-barclays/ http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/scott-hangs-on-for-one-shot-victory-at-barclays/
Final leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-barclays/leaderboard.html
T2. Graham DeLeat (-10) T2. Justin Rose (-10) T2. Tiger Woods (-10) T2. Gary Woodland (-10) T6. Phil Mickelson (-9) T6. D.A. Points (-9) T9. Jason Kokrak (-8) T9. Matt Every (-8) T9. Nick Watney (-8) T9. Rickie Fowler (-8)
FedEx Cup Standings: http://www.pgatour.com/fedexcup/projected-standings.html
1. Tiger Woods 2. Adam Scott (-162) 3. Phil Mickelson (-1385) 4. Matt Kuchar (-1460) 5. Justin Rose (-1612)
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More About the Author - Colin Murray
Colin is a Senior writer with Average Guy Golf, who has been around from the very beginning of the site. Days after Chris launched the site, Colin contacted him and has been writing for the site ever since, he is also very active on AGG's social media accounts, if you are talking to AGG on Facebook or Twitter chances are, you are speaking with Colin. Colin was recently engaged to his future bride Tracie, and lives in Northern Virginia. He plays TaylorMade equipment, and has been AGG's main correspondent from PGA tournaments, on site at most notable the 2013 PGA championship.