ADAM SCOTT has moved to a career best World No.2 after winning the first round of the 2013 US PGA Tour Playoffs.
The reigning US Masters Champion shot a flawless 5-under 66 on the final day of the The Barclays to give himself an excellent chance of winning the FedEx Cup and the bonus US$10 million that accompanies it.
It was the 32 year old Australian’s 10th US PGA Tour victory and his second this year after his historic win at the Masters in April.
“I can’t believe it, to be honest,” Scott said after moving to second in both the world rankings and the FedExCup Playoff standings behind Tiger Woods. “I just played a good round today and I came in and really didn’t think it had a chance. But obviously, things went my way a lot out there.”
Scott had taken the clubhouse lead at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey and maintained his position as those on the crowded leaderboard around him failed to capitalise on their opportunities.
Scott dodged bullets left and right as first Justin Rose missed a birdie putt on the 18th and ended with a bogie to finish one behind, Woods birdied 16 and 17 but just failed with a long birdie putt on the last that would have forced a playoff, and then Gary Woodland did the same at the last from a much shorter distance.
Scott had watched all the drama unfold at first from the locker room and then from the practice tee as a playoff seemed likely.
He had started the day a tournament record six strokes behind the lead and finished his round some 45 minutes before the chasing pack.
“It was a good charge, but obviously I got a lot of luck, the guys struggled coming in,” Scott said. “I’ve been in their position, too. It’s hard getting it done and I was playing from a position of nothing to lose today.”
Woods (71), who suffered a back spasm on the13th and is highly likely to miss the second playoff event next week, finished tied for second along with Rose (68), Woodland (73) and Canadian Graham DeLaet (55).
One hundred golfers move to the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston next week.
That will include Jason Day (70), who finished here tied for 25th on 4-under, Matt Jones (70) (T33, 1-under), Greg Chalmers (74) (T37, 3-over), Stuart Appleby (71) ( T41, 1-under) and Marc Leishman (77) despite his 10-over finish (Leishman is 76th in the FedEx Cup rankings).
Missing out will be Aaron Baddeley (101st in the FedEx ), John Senden (109) Geoff Ogilvy (104) and Steve Bowditch (124). All these players do however retain their US PGA Tour cards for the 2013 – 2014 season.The Barclays Final Results