Barclays Golf 2012: Win Puts Nick Watney on Top of Playoff Standings

Matthew DickerContributor IIIAugust 27, 2012

FARMINGDALE, NY - AUGUST 26:  Nick Watney reacts after he made a birdie putt on the 14th hole green during the final round of The Barclays at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park August 26, 2012 in Farmingdale, New York.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, Nick Watney was in 49th-place in the FedEx Cup standings, in line for a payout of $126,000 if he could maintain his position through four playoff events. After his come-from-behind victory at Sunday's final round of The Barclays, Watney now has his sights on a much bigger payout: $10 million.

Watney entered the final round of the Barclays two strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia. Garcia played solidly on the front nine of the final round, but finished the day four over par, finishing in a tie for third place, allowing Watney and Brandt Snedeker to sneak into first and second, respectively. Watney's score of 69 on Sunday, two under par, put him three strokes ahead of Snedeker to win the tournament.

The Barclays represented the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, a four-round series of tournaments that will decide the winner of the 2012 FedEx Cup and the accompanying $10 million paycheck. Members of the PGA Tour win FedEx Cup points through their performance during the year at PGA Tour events, and the top 125 FedEx Cup points leaders are invited to play in the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Each of the remaining 3 Rounds winnows the field, with only the top 30 players invited to play at the Tour Championship—the final event of the FedEx Cup.

Watney had just 726 FedEx Cup points to his name prior to this weekend. The largest number he had received from any one event was 85 at his eighth-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. Watney received 2,500 points for winning the Barclays, giving him 3,226 total and putting him in the lead by 532 points.

Snedeker's finish shot him from 19th-place to second-place with 2,694 points—277 points ahead of third-place Tiger Woods. Woods had entered the playoffs in first-place, but his 38th-place finish at the Barclays earned him only 148 FedEx Cup points.

The top 100 point leaders advance to this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, and the top 70 after next Sunday will advance to the third round BMW Championship. 

FedEx Cup Top Ten Points Leaders (as of August 27, 2012)

  Golfer Points
1 Nick Watney 3,226
2 Brandt Snedeker 2,694
3 Tiger Woods 2,417
4 Rory McIlroy 2,299
5 Zach Johnson 2,166
6 Jason Dufner 2,110
7 Bubba Watson 2,080
8 Dustin Johnson 1,972
9 Carl Pettersson 1,898
10 Sergio Garcia 1,810