August 26 2012
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Catching up with a few of the notables and how they finished at The Barclays:
TIGER WOODS – Was 5 under through two rounds but struggled on the weekend, shooting 72-76 to finish at 1 over. His round on Sunday included a back-nine 40. Woods three-putted five greens on the weekend, including a career-high four in the third round. His ball-striking disappeared in the final round, as he hit just six of 18 greens after hitting at least 12 in each of the first three days. Suffered a sore back this week but it didn’t prevent him from playing. He dropped from first to third in the FedExCup standings.
PHIL MICKELSON – Shot 76 in the final round, same as Woods, to finish at 1 over. Had seven bogeys on Sunday, including five in a eight-hole stretch. Putted with a modified claw grip for the first time Saturday and finished 18th in the field in strokes gained-putting.
LEE WESTWOOD – Quietly moved up the leaderboard Sunday with a final-round 1-under 70 to finish tied for fifth in his first start in a FedExCup Playoffs event. Moved from 51st to 27th in points. Ranked second in field in proximity to hole, just ahead of eventual winner Nick Watney.
LUKE DONALD – Finished top 10; what’s new? It’s his seventh top-10 of the season and third in his last four starts. Shot 69-70 in tough conditions on the weekend to finish at 3 under.
BUBBA WATSON – Masters champ joined Donald at 3 under with a consistent performance – three rounds in the 70s, with a final-round 71. Hit just four fairways on Sunday. Feel from fifth to seventh in FedExCup points.
RICKIE FOWLER -- Suffered a double bogey in each of his final two rounds to finish1 under for the tournament. Was in contention until midway through his third round, as he finished with 6 over in his last seven holes. Dropped from 18th to 19th in FedExCup points.
RORY McILROY – Said his putting let him down on the weekend, although he shot a 2-under 69 in tough Saturday conditions. Stats bear him out – he ranked last in the field in strokes gained-putting. Dropped from third to fourth in FedExCup points.
STEVE STRICKER – Mr. September was 5 under for the tournament seven holes into Saturday’s round and appeared to be moving into contention. But then he bogeyed four of the next five holes and was a collective 8 over on his last 29 holes to finish at 3 over. Dropped from 10th to 16th in points.
ERNIE ELS – British Open champ opened with a 68 but was a collective 6 over after that. Dropped from 11th to 18th in points.