Watney takes FedEx lead at Barclays
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 The Barclays | Wrap | 27 Aug 2012
Nick Watney has won the opening event of the 2012 FedEx Cup final series, The Barclays, with a three shot victory over Brandt Snedeker at Bethpage Black in Farmington in New York.
With a two shot lead over Sergio Garcia and Snedeker playing the final hole, the possibility still existed for a playoff but Watney sealed the deal when he birdied from 11 feet to finish three ahead of Snedeker and four ahead of Garcia and Dustin Johnson.
Third round leader, Garcia, bogeyed the last to fall back into the share of third position, a final round of 75 costing him not only the chance of his second victory in two weeks but chance to lead the FedEx Cup points table.
The lead in the FedEx Cup goes to Watney who jumped 48 places in the standings to lead over Snedeker with Tiger Woods in 3rd position.
Greg Chalmers was the best of the Australians this week when he finished alone in 9th position earning by far his biggest cheque of the season $US232,000. Chalmers moves to 38th on the FedEx Cup points table.
Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden were 19th this week, Jason Day 24th, Rod Pampling 46th, Adam Scott 62nd, while Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley and Marc Leishman missed the cut.
Pampling and Allenby are the two Australians who will not advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship this week in Boston both missing the cut-off for the top 100 players who keep their FedEx Cup hopes alive.