By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- If you had asked Justin Rose at the beginning of the week whether he expected to be in the hunt on Sunday at The Barclays, he probably would have been pretty non-commital.
The reigning U.S. Open champion simply hadn't been playing as well as he would have liked the last few weeks. He said he "struggled" in Thursday's pro-am at Liberty National, as well.
Once the competition began, though, Rose seemed to steadily turn the corner -- and he came within a missed 5-footer for par at the 72nd hole of forcing a playoff with his good friend Adam Scott. So the Englishman, who closed with a 68, couldn't be too disappointed with the four-way tie for second.
"I felt like the whole run for the FedExCup Playoffs has only just started and I felt like where my game was this week, I didn't expect to be in this position," Rose said. "I felt like I was working my way back to playing well. Surprised to see it all come together this week, but I feel like that I can get so much stronger, really, the remaining few weeks of the season."
With the tie for second, the Englishman moved to fifth in the FedExCup standings. Rose has a pretty good history in the Playoffs, too, with a win at the 2011 BMW Championship and a runner-up at last year's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to go along with Sunday's second place.
"I really feel good about the way I built my game this week, and the Playoffs are a long run," Rose said. "I knew during the four weeks, I was going to put myself in contention, and I think I feel really comfortable with where my game is at and that I can make a really good run at Atlanta."
Rose came to the 18th hole on Sunday tied with Scott, who had finished about 45 minutes earlier. Rose was well-aware of his position, and he had an uphill 25-footer with a left-to-right break that he thought was makeable and would have given him the lead alone.
"I was surprised to see it go five feet by, I mean, I've got to say," Rose said. "But it is what it is. Disappointing way to finish. So in some ways, surprised 11 under par was where it was in the tournament. Some guys were clearly struggling out there on the back nine, which I guess is a testament to how good a round I put together, but yeah, disappointing to finish that way obviously."
Rose isn't sure whether he pushed the 5-footer for par but regardless, it "wandered off" to the right, he said. He had to thread the ball through a couple of spike marks but Rose felt like he aimed right center and put a "reasonable roll" on it.
"I guess sometimes you can't do more than that," Rose said. "The error was putting myself in that situation. You're clearly a little bit nervous at that point and you really don't want to give yourself five feet coming back.
"But at the same time, like I said I felt good on both putts, I really felt like I was going to make the first one and that was going to be my opportunity. I felt like if I was going to be in a playoff to win this golf tournament, I was going to have to make a putt at some point.
"That was my mind set, obviously, and clearly got too aggressive."
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Adam Scott owns the clubhouse lead at The Barclays after finishing off a bogey-free round of 66 on Sunday.
The reigning Masters champ is 11 under and tied with his good friend Justin Rose, who happened to follow that major breakthrough with one of his own at the U.S. Open. Rose, who is 4 under, has two holes remaining.
Gary Woodland is one behind with four holes remaining while Graham DeLaet is finished at 10 under after shooting 65.
"I am really happy with my game," Scott told CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo. "It was a positive to get back into the mix at the other majors and I am pushing hard to get another win -- if not this week then I will try harder next week."
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Tiger Woods has just hit his approach at Liberty National's 13th hole and the problematic back injury flared up with a vengence.
As soon as Woods finished his swing, he leaned heavily on his golf club, then sank down to his knees and eventually ended up on all fours, his palms resting on the ground. The ball, meanwhile, went well left into the water.
Woods conferred with Slugger White, the vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR, to determine where his ball crossed the hazard. He hit his fourth shot to 34 feet and two-putted from 34 feet for what is just his third bogey in 172 career par 5s.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Kevin Chappell's two-shot lead has evaporated and he's been joined by at the top of The Barclays leaderboard by two of this year's four major champions.
Chappell had gotten to 13 under and two clear of the field with a birdie at the 10th hole. But he missed the green at the par-3 11th, putted to 8 feet and missed the next for par, then failed to clean things up from 3 feet, either, on the way to double bogey.
That left Chappell tied briefly with Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar, who was in the process of making a water-logged triple bogey at No. 9. But U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and Masters winner Adam Scott were on the move, as well, and have joined Chappell and Woodland in the lead at 11 under.
Tiger Woods, who leads the FedExCup and is playing with Chappell, heads a group of three who trail by one. Graham DeLaet is finished at 10 under after shooting 65 on Sunday while Woods is 2 under through 12 holes and Bubba Watson has made three birdies in his first 13.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson didn't have any intention of contending Sunday at The Barclays.
Six birdies over eight holes changed that.
But in the end it wasn't enough for Mickelson. He bogeyed the last and shot a 65 to finish at 9 under.
"I thought if I got to 11 (under) I would have a realistic chance," Mickelson said. "It's going to be difficult to make birdies in the afternoon."
Except for Mickelson.
He began his climb on the par-5 sixth, reaching the green in two and two-putting for birdie.
Two holes later he hit what he called his best shot of the day, a wedge out of the fairway bunker from 85 yards on the par 5 that spun sideways up the slope and stopped within 7 feet of the hole to set up another birdie.
Mickelson added three more birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 before another two-putt birdie on the par-5 13th.
On the 15th, he stuck his approach to 5 feet and made one more, getting to 10 under and within one of the lead at the time.
But he missed an opportunity from 13 feet on No. 16 and his put on the 17th lipped out before he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the final hole.
"(Saturday) I started to feel it come together," Mickelson said. "Although I was sloppy and didn't shoot a low score, I could tell the parts were there.
"I was trying to put the pieces together and not make any dumb mistakes and carry that momentum into next week."
From that standpoint, mission accomplished.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Kevin Chappell and Matt Kuchar are currently setting the pace on a volatile leaderboard that has four players one stroke behind and another four within two strokes of the lead as the final round of The Barclays progresses.
Chappell has reeled off five straight pars and remains 11 under while Kuchar bogeyed his first hole. Gary Woodland, who shared the overnight lead with Kuchar, has fallen one stroke off the pace after playing his first five holes in 2 over.
Graham DeLaet is making the biggest move. He's poured in three consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 to get to 6 under for the day and 10 under for the tournament.
He and Woodland are tied with Bubba Watson, who is 3 under throught eight, and Tiger Woods, who is a hole behind and 2 under for the day.
Phil Mickelson set the tone for the afternoon when he went out in 33, had a string of four straight birdies and shot 65. He would have been in the group at 10 under had it not been for a bogey at the 18th hole where he couldn't save par from a greenside bunker.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It didn't take long for co-leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland to bring the field back to them.
Both opened with a bogey on the first hole Sunday at Liberty National, where Kevin Chappell, playing just in front of them, now has a share of the lead with Kuchar and Woodland at 11 under.
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, is suddenly in contention after birdies on six of his last nine holes to get within two of the lead. He has just four holes to play but could apply pressure on the leaders by posting an early low number.
Also at 9 under are Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. Scott has birdied each of his last three holes, while Watson has two birdies through four holes.
Tiger Woods is another stroke back after playing his first two holes in even par. He's tied with Jim Furyk and Justin Rose.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It's likely a case of too little, too late but Phil Mickelson appears to have finally gotten untracked at The Barclays.
He's just made his fourth straight birdie, draining a 53-footer at the 11th hole that moved him to 8 under for the tournament. Mickelson is currently tied for fourth, four strokes off the lead held jointly by Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland.
The leaders won't tee off for another 28 minutes, though.
Mickelson also birdied the par-5 sixth hole for the four straight day, two-putting from 57 feet. He birdied the next par 5, making an 8-footer at No. 8, then followed with a 10-footer and a 17-footer.
Mickelson started the FedExCup Playoffs ranked fourth and is currently projected to maintain that spot. Sunday's round should give him momentum heading into next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which he won in 2007.