Masters champion Adam Scott didn’t think his good round was good enough Sunday at The Barclays.
His caddie had already packed his golf clubs. He thought his visit to the TV tower as nothing more than a courtesy. His only hope was that the contenders still on the course — Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Gary Woodland — might find it as difficult to close out a victory as Scott has over the years.
“I’m pretty shocked,” Scott said after his 5-under 66 gave him a one-shot win at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. “There were so many guys out there with a chance and I really didn’t think I had much of a chance.”
Scott was watching from the locker room when Rose, who had a 25-foot putt for the outright lead, ran it 5 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey. Woods narrowly missed his 25-foot birdie putt from off the back of the 18th green to tie. Then Woodland missed his third straight birdie putt from inside 10 feet.
“I know how they feel,” said Scott, who finished more than an hour before the final pair. “When the pressure is on you to close out, it’s much harder, and the holes become much harder and shots are far more crucial.
“I feel like I’ve been given a bit of a gift,” he said. “But I’ll take it.”
Woods suffered back spasms that caused him to drop to his hands and knees after a shot on No. 13, but he kept playing.
“Thought I made it,” Woods said after his 69 that included birdies on No. 16 and No. 17.
Rose wasn’t feeling that great, either, after his 3-putt.
“I got too aggressive,” said Rose, who closed with a 68.
The top 100 in the FedEx Cup advance to the next playoff, the Deutsche Bank Championship starting Friday at TPC Boston.
Teen star Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women’s Open — again.
The 16-year-old New Zealand amateur successfully defended her title, closing with a 6-under 64 at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta, for a five-stroke victory over France’s Karine Icher. It was her fourth win in a professional event.
“I’m pretty surprised, but I played some really good golf out there, so I was really happy about that,” Ko said.
Ko, who passed up the winner’s check for $300,000, was again asked about turning professional.
“I’ve got some people above me like my mom and dad, they’re the boss,” Ko said.
Australia’s Bronson La’Cassie won the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb., the final regular-season event on the Web.com Tour to earn PGA Tour priviledges for the 2013-14 season by finishing sixth on the money list.
He birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 67 to match Matt Bettencourt (67) at 21-under 263, then won with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
University Place’s Michael Putnam wrapped up the season money title with $450,184 after he tied for 12th place in Omaha, shooting a 72 to finish 14-under par.