Scott completes great week for QLD golf
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Barclays Classic | Wrap | 26 Aug 2013
Following on from Brad Kennedy’s Japan Golf Tour victory yesterday afternoon and Bronson La’ Cassie’s win on the Web.Com Tour this morning, Adam Scott has completed a great week for Queensland and Australian golf with victory at the Barclays in New Jersey, the Queenslander left as the last man standing in the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Scott finished eighty minutes ahead of the final group by holing a 15 footer at the last for birdie to record a round of 66. At that point he shared the lead with Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Kevin Chappell but one by one those and other challengers would drop away and when Justin Rose three putted the last for bogey and Woodland missed a ten foot birdie chance at the last, Scott’s 10th PGA Tour victory was confirmed.
Scott’s victory and the US$1,400,000 first place cheque will move him to 6th on the money list with US$4,646,513 in earnings, nearly US$1 million more than he earned in his previous best season in 2011. It also takes Scott to second position behind Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup points standings.
Scott also reaches his highest ranking in the game his victory taking him to number two in the world and past his previous best of number three.
Scott finished one ahead of Rose, Woodland, Tiger Woods and Canadian Graeme Delaet, De Laet perhaps confirming a place in the International Presidents Cup standings with his share of second.
That side will be name following next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship up the road in Boston.
Tiger Woods battled a major back problem over the closing seven holes of his round but found a way to birdie the 16th and 17th to get within one before leaving a 20 foot putt at the last to tie the lead one roll short.
Jason Day finished 25th, Matt Jones and Greg Chalmers 37th, Stuart Appleby 41st, Aaron Baddeley 43rd, John Senden 62nd, Geoff Ogilvy 65h and Marc Leishman 71st.
With the field reduced for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship starting on Friday, six Australians have made it through to play that event. Scott, Day, Jones, Chalmers, Leishman and Appleby are heading for Boston while for Aaron Baddeley, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy and Steven Bowditch, they have a break of more than a month before the first event of the 2013-2014 season begins at the Frys.Com event in early October.
Baddeley bogeyed his final three holes today to fall from 94th to 101st, one spot out of a start at the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was agonising stuff.
Scott has played next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship well in the past including when winning his first PGA Tour title there in 2003.