Adam Scott wins the Barclays

Adam Scott (Courtesy: Hone Morihana)

Adam Scott (Courtesy: Hone Morihana)

Adam Scott fired a final round 66 Sunday at Liberty National to win the Barclays over a host of challengers, including Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.
 
What Happened
 
Scott entered the final round six shots back of the lead held by Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar, and got hot early, with birdies on three consecutive holes from 5-7. Two more birdies on the back got Scott to 11-under par, a clubhouse lead which he didn’t think was going to be good enough to win outright. Kuchar struggled from the outset, ending up with a 7-over par 78, but Scott still had some tough challengers to deal with. Rose was the first to have a chance, but he three-putted the last hole to end up one back of Scott.
 
Woods was next, having gotten back to 10-under par with birdies on 16 and 17 despite constant back trouble that had him in tremendous pain all day. He would need a birdie on the last to force a playoff, but his 27-footer on the final hole ended up just an inch short of the hole. When Woodland failed to make birdie on the closing hole, Scott had his second win of 2013.
 
Final Leaderboard

  • 1. Adam Scott -11
  • T2. Graham DeLaet -10
  • T2. Justin Rose -10
  • T2. Tiger Woods -10
  • T2. Gary Woodland -10

What The Win Means For Scott
 
Scott moves to number two behind Woods in the FedEx Cup standings, and is pretty much assured of getting to the Tour Championship in a few weeks. Realistically, there isn’t a whole lot left for Scott to do after his win at the Masters back in April, but a win like this is always nice to have and it gives him a chance to win the $10 million prize at the end of the FedEx Cup, especially if Tiger can’t finish it out due to his back injury.
 
Tiger’s Back Injury
 
Anything that Tiger Woods does is big news, so let’s take a look at the back injury story from this week. He claims that it happened when sleeping on a bad mattress before the tournament this week, and as soon as this came out, people were out to criticize him saying that he probably wasn’t hurt. I don’t usually like to get into this sort of thing, but the pictures tell a pretty obvious story about the injury. This is what happened on the 13th today:
 
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Yeah, I’d say it’s legit.
 
It’s pretty crazy to think that he played as well as he did with his back in this kind of shape. The story now becomes whether he’ll finish out the FedEx Cup run, leading into the President’s Cup. After the round, he said he wasn’t sure if he would be continuing, so that’s the main storyline to watch heading into the Deutsche Bank next week.
 
Who’s In, Who’s Out
 
The top 100 in the FedEx Cup are moving on to the Deutsche Bank next week, and there was some pretty significant movement in both directions. Graham DeLaet jumped 27 spots to number 7, while Woodland moved 50 spots into the top 10. Camilo Villegas got in as the 100th player when Aaron Baddeley bogeyed the last three holes to end up in the 101st spot.
 
Kevin Chappell’s Scorecard
 
Chappell had a chance to win his first PGA Tour event on Sunday, but his back nine kinda got rid of that. Tough finish.
 
Chappell back nine
 
Other Notes

  • Notables to miss the cut: Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera.
  • Other notable finishes: Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk (T6), Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler (T9), Bubba Watson (T13), Webb Simpson (T15), Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar (T19), Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Jason Day (T25), Keegan Bradley (T33), Jason Dufner and Sergio Garcia (T37), Luke Donald (T41), Henrik Stenson (T43) and Martin Kaymer (T50).
  • DeLaet has a good chance now to get into the President’s Cup with this performance. He’d be the first Canadian to do so since Mike Weir in 2009.
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