August 26 2012
Watch: Watney wins The Barclays
Nick Watney moved to No. 1 in FedExCup points with a three-shot win at The Barclays.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Nick Watney moved to the top of the FedExCup standings Sunday by winning The Barclays, the opening event in the FedExCup Playoffs.
Watney won by three strokes, outdueling playing partner Sergio Garcia, who had entered the final round with a two-shot lead.
A year ago, Watney entered the FedExCup Playoffs ranked No. 1 in points but didn’t make an impact in the four events. This year he entered 49th in points and still searching for his first win of the year. Now he’s No. 1.
“I feel amazing,” Watney said. “It’s been a long season. It was a really long round. It wasn’t always pretty but to win on this course is amazing. … I’m just super-excited.”
Watney shot a 2-under 69 to finish at 10 under while Garcia shot 4-over 75. Garcia, with a bogey on his final hole, finished at 7 under and in a tie for third with defending Barclays champion Dustin Johnson.
Brandt Snedeker, who shot 70, finished solo second.
Garcia was looking for his second consecutive PGA TOUR win, having claimed the weather-delayed Wyndham Championship on Monday.
“Obviously I didn’t play the way I know I could play,” Garcia said. “To me, to be able to win last week and put myself in contention this week .. it was good. Would’ve loved to do a little bit better.”
With points in the Playoffs quintupled, Watney received 2,500 points for the win. Snedeker moved into second place in the FedExCup standings. Regular season leader Tiger Woods dropped to third after shooting a final-round 76 to finish at 1 over. Garcia moves to 10th in points.
Six players from outside the top 100 in points played their way into next week's Deutsche Bank Championship: Graham DeLaet, Bob Estes, David Hearn, Jason Day, Tommy Gainey and Jonas Blixt.
The six players who fell outside the top 100 were: John Mallinger, Will Claxton, Chad Campbell, Andres Romero, Chris Stroud and Fredrik Jacobson. Of those six, only Jacobson made the cut this week but he shot 79-73 on the weekend to fall below the top 100 cutoff.
Watney had a superior ball-striking round with his irons on Sunday, hitting 17 of 18 greens at the Bethpage State Park Black Course that turned extremely difficult on the weekend, particularly on the greens.
“It was so tough to play the last two days,” Snedeker said. “The greens were just as firm as I can remember on TOUR; the fairways were as firm as I can remember on TOUR.
“Just a great test of golf, and more importantly, a great test of how mentally strong you could stay on the course over the last 36 holes.”