Sunday, August 26, 2012

Barclays Final Round Notes

Final-Round Leaderboard
Nick Watney                 65-69-71-69—274 (-10)
Brandt Snedeker           70-69-68-70—277 (-7)
Sergio Garcia                66-68-69-75—278 (-6)
Dustin Johnson             67-71-72-68—278 (-6)

Players on various FedExCup bubbles
30.    Kyle Stanley                           1,177
70.    Brian Davis                            728
100.   Martin Flores                          556

With Nick Watney’s Victory at The Barclays
After entering the day two strokes behind 54-hole leader Sergio Garcia, Nick Watney carded a final-round 2-under 69 to defeat Brandt Snedeker (70) by three strokes. Garcia (75) and Dustin Johnson (68) were four shots back. His fifth PGA TOUR victory comes at the age of 31 years, 4 months and 1 day in his 214th career start.

PGA TOUR victories (5):
2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
2009 Buick Invitational
2011 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, AT&T National
2012 The Barclays

Watney collects 2,500 points and moves from No. 49 to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings, with 3,225 points. He leads Brandt Snedeker by 532 points.

Watney moves into the top 10 in FedExCup points for the first time this season. He finished the 2011 FedExCup ranked No. 9 after starting the Playoffs ranked No. 1.

Of Watney’s five victories, three have been in come-from-behind fashion. He entered the final round on Sunday trailing Sergio Garcia by two strokes. He overcame a five-shot deficit at the 2009 Farmers Insurance Open and a two-stroke deficit at the 2011 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Watney was ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup standings after the PGA TOUR Regular Season last year and finished ninth, his best showing since the FedExCup began in 2007. He posted a T10 finish in The Barclays 2011, his second top 10 at the event. His best Barclays performance was a T6 in 2009.

Watney missed the cut at the 2009 U.S. Open held at Bethpage Black (73-73).

One year removed from winning twice and posting ten top 10s, Watney entered The Barclays with just three top 10s and a season-best solo 8th at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Wins in his eighth start at The Barclays, with three top-10 finishes (T6 – 2009, T10 – 2011, 1 – 2012). Watney has missed just one cut (2005) at the event.

Additional highlights of Watney’s victory at The Barclays:
  • Wins a FedExCup Playoffs event in his 18th start; previous best was T4 at 2010 TOUR Championship.
  • Including Dustin Johnson’s come-from-behind win in last year’s 54-hole Barclays, records the fifth-consecutive comeback victory at the event.
  • Opened this week with a 6-under 65, the third-lowest start by a winner this season, trailing only Scott Piercy (62/RBC Canadian Open) and Zach Johnson (64/Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial).
  • Records the 24th come-from-behind win in 37 stroke-play events on the 2012 PGA TOUR.
  • Is the 17th player in his 30s to win this season, recording the 21st win by that group.
  • Becomes the sixth player to win a World Golf Championships event and a FedExCup Playoffs event, joining Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
  • Win is the 342nd by a former member of the Tour.
  • 2012 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 22-19-4-1

Nick Watney
Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Birthplace: Sacramento, Calif.
Resides: Las Vegas, Nev.
Family: Wife, Amber
Height, Weight: 6-2, 180
College: Fresno State University (2003)
Turned Pro: 2003
Joined PGA TOUR: 2005 Tour Graduate: 2004

Brandt Snedeker, 2nd
The runner-up finish for Brandt Snedeker is the third of his career, with his last coming at the 2010 Farmers Insurance Open. He owns three PGA TOUR victories. Snedeker moves from No. 19 to No. 2 in the FedExCup.

With his runner-up finish on Sunday, Brandt Snedeker has finished inside the top five in four of his last seven Playoffs events. The others came at the 2011 Deutsch Bank Championship (T3), The Barclays 2011 (T3) and the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship (T5).

Sergio Garcia, T3
Just one week after winning the Wyndham Championship (his eighth PGA TOUR victory), Sergio Garcia carried a two-stroke lead into the final round of The Barclays but a final-round 4-over 75 left him four strokes behind champion Nick Watney.

Gracia was seeking to become the first player to win back-to-back PGA TOUR events since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational).

With the T3 finish, Garcia jumps from No. 33 to No. 10 in the FedExCup standings. He fell as far as No. 108 in the standings this season and entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 102. His career-best position in the standings was No. 2 following a P2 at The Barclays in 2008.

Garcia was seeking to pull within one win of tying Vijay Singh for the most victories at The Barclays: Singh (4); Garcia, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els (2).

The Barclays 2012 represents the ninth time Garcia has held the lead/co-lead entering the final round on TOUR.
Year                      Tournament                                                54-hole Pos.                 Finish
2001                     The Barclays                                                1st/+2                            Won
2004                     HP Byron Nelson Championship                     1st/+2                            Won
2005                     Wells Fargo Championship                            1st /+6                           T2
2006                     Farmers Insurance Open                               T1                                T8
2007                     British Open                                                 1st/+3                            2nd
2008                     TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola                1st/+3                            P2
2009                     Wyndham Championship                               T1                                4th
2012                     Wyndham Championship                               1st /+1                                                        Won
2012                     The Barclays                                                1st/+2                            T3

Garcia has six top-5 finishes in 12 starts at The Barclays. Along with his two wins (2001, 2004), he finished T2 in 2008, 3rd in 2000, T3 in 2012 and T4 in 2003. His six top 5s trail only Vijay Singh and Ernie Els (7) at The Barclays.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is looking to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time since 2008, when he suffered playoff defeats at two of the four PGA TOUR Playoff events (The Barclays to Vijay Singh and the TOUR Championship to Camilo Villegas).

Garcia’s T3 finish is his third top-10 finish at Bethpage State Park: The Black Course (2012 The Barclays – T3; 2002 U.S. Open – 4th; 2009 U.S. Open – T10).

Third-Round Leader Stats
In the 45-year history of The Barclays, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 24 times (most recently Steve Stricker in 2007). Other than Since Stricker’s win in 2007, winners of The Barclays have come back from 54-hole deficits of one in 2008 (Vijay Singh), four in 2009 (Heath Slocum), five in 2010 (Matt Kuchar) and two in 2012 (Watney). In the rain-shortened 2011 event, Dustin Johnson entered the final round one stroke behind Matt Kuchar.

The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 13 of 37 stroke-play events in 2012, most recently Sergio Garcia last week at the Wyndham Championship.

Additional Player Notes
Tiger Woods' 76 in the final round of The Barclays ties for his second-highest score when entering the final round T10 or better (he was T10 after 54 holes this week).  In 2007 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Woods was T10 after 54 holes and shot 76 to finish T22.  At the 1998 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods was T2 after 54 holes and shot 77 to finish T13.

Woods, the TOUR’s only three-time winner this season, has now posted an over-par final round six times in 12 tries this season. He finished T38 this week in his seventh start at The Barclays (best finish was T2 in 2009).

Since missing the cut in his first start at The Barclays in 2008, Dustin Johnson has finished T15 in 2009, T9 in 2010, 1st in 2011 and T3 in 2012.

Participating in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the first time, Lee Westwood finished T5 at The Barclays to move from No. 51 to No. 27 in the FedExCup standings.

Here’s a look at Tim Clark’s last four starts on the PGA TOUR: RBC Canadian Open (T15), PGA Championship (T11), Wyndham Championship (2nd) and The Barclays (T10).

William McGirt seems to be back on track. After finishing T5 at the True South Classic and T2 at the RBC Canadian Open, he then missed the cut at the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship. Despite a 3-over 74 during the second round this week, he rallied to finish T10. He is now No. 46 in the FedExCup.

Graham DeLaet played his final four holes in 4-under (eagle-par-birdie-birdie) en route to a 6-under 65 to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting the week No. 106, his finish propelled him to No. 44.

Kevin Stadler finished T10 in his bid to become the ninth player to make The Barclays their maiden victory on the PGA TOUR and first since Jonathan Kaye in 2003. Prior to this week, Stadler advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship on one previous occasion in 2009, when he finished No. 95 in the FedExCup standings. He will enter TPC Boston ranked No. 43 in the standings.

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