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Scott fends off Woods, Woodland to capture The Barclays

Final Round – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – The Barclays – Liberty National Golf Club – Jersey City, New Jersey —

Adam Scott fired a final-round 66 at Liberty National Golf Club in FedEx Cup Playoffs and then dodged putts at the 72nd hole by Tiger Woods and Gary Woodland to win The Barclays.

The Masters champion (11-under) moved to second in the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings just behind Woods. Phil Mickelson, who closed with a 65 at The Barclays, moved up to third with his T-6 finish at 9-under overall.

Woodland and Woods both missed putts to earn a playoff spot. They settled for ties for second place at 10-under alongside U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and Graham DeLaet, who is now 7th in the standings. A number of players had chances to win the tournament after overnight co-leaders Matt Kuchar (T-19 after a 78) and Woodland slipped back.

Third-year FedEx Cup Playoff participant Kevin Chappell led until double bogey at No. 11 started his unraveling. Kuchar was still in position after a slow start until he made triple-bogey 7 at the 9th hole to card a 4-over front nine tally. He went 62-76 on the weekend for a T-19 effort.

Scott finished fourth in Greens In Regulations and collected 2,500 FedEx Cup points with the victory – his second PGA Tour win of 2013. Woodland jumped 50 places to 10th in the latest FedEx Cup standings.

Jim Furyk and D.A. Points earned Top 10 finishes along with defending champion Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler. Furyk led the field in Strokes Gained Putting.

Scott was a 16-to-1 betting selection at Ladbrokes to start the week.

Other Golf News:

  • Amateur Lydia Ko defended her title at the LPGA Tour’s CN Canadian Women’s Open. She became the youngest at age 16 to win two LPGA Tour titles. She was a 25-1 pick.
  • England’s Tommy Fleetwood (18-under) made the European Tour’s Walker Championship his maiden victory capturing the title in a playoff against two others. The 22-year-old was an 80-1 betting pick heading into the event.
  • Mickelson ended up second this week in Total Putts Made Distance behind Furyk.
  • John Riegger, a 66-1 longer shot on the Champions Tour, won the Boenig Classic Sunday at TPC Snoquaimie in Washington. He finished 15-under two ahead of John Cook.
  • Several players worked their way into the second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship including Martin Kaymer and Camilo Villegas, who qualified at No. 100 in the standings. He is the last player into the field next week, helped by an opening-round 65 at Liberty National.