By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Adam Scott added even more hardware to a career-defining season on Sunday when he won The Barclays and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings on Sunday.
While others where struggling on a Liberty National course that had firmed up well after three days of sunshine, Scott shot a bogey-free 66 that lifted him to 11 under and one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose and Gary Woodland. The victory was the second of the season for Scott and the 10th of his career.
"I can't believe it to be honest," the Aussie said. "I just played a good round today and I came in and really didn't think it had a chance. But obviously things went my way a lot out there, and so happy."
Scott finished about 90 minutes before the final group and he was tied, at the time, with his good friend Rose. The Englishman proceeded to miss a 16-footer for birdie at the 17th hole and then made a three-putt bogey at No. 18, failing to convert from 5 feet for par, to leave Scott alone in the lead.
Next up was Tiger Woods, who proved extremely resilient while battling a back issue that forced him to his knees after hitting his approach at the 13th hole. Woods pulled back within a shot of Scott after consecutive birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, but left a tying 27-foot putt from the fringe at the 18th hole about a couple of inches from the hole.
"I had a chance," said Woods, who leads the FedExCup standings. "... I hit a good putt. I thought I made it. It was a little double-breaker and I thought I had it."
Scott's last challenge came from Woodland, who had held a share of the overnight lead with Matt Kuchar at 12 under. But Woodland missed birdie putts of 8, 10 and 10 feet on the last three holes, the latter with Scott standing with his caddy Steve Williams on the range and watching the action on the LED board.