A slew of world-class players shot their way to the top of the leaderboard at The Barclays, the opening leg of the FeEx Cup playoffs, only to succumb to the intensity that comes with playing for a chance at $1.4 million in prize money.
At the end of what had been a relatively humdrum three days of golf, Adam Scott didn’t so much win the tournament as Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Tiger Woods lost it. Both Rose and Woodland missed five-footers that would have sent them into a tie with Scott, who had shot a brilliant 66 to take the lead. Scott moved up from 11th to second place in the standings.
Woods, fighting off back spasms that sent him to his knees at one point, missed a birdie putt on 18 that would have capped off yet another one of his remarkable comebacks.
Liberty National’s fast greens were matched only by the world-class field that played them with all the drama, intensity and carnage that usually is reserved for a major. At one point on the final day, six of the top 10 players had won majors, and all were playing like one was on the line.
One hundred and twenty-five Tour pros came to New Jersey, and only 100 will make it to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, the next FedEx Cup event.
And while Scott won the title, Camilo Villegas may have been the big winner of the day by ending as the 100th player in the FedEx rankings with a chance to play another day.
Here is a look at the winners and losers at The Barclays after a very exciting finish.