JERSEY CITY, N.J. – 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 into a travel case. He viewed his visit to the CBS Sports tower as nothing more than a courtesy. His only hope was that the other players still on the course – Tiger Woods and Justin Rose among them – 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. There were so many guys out there with a chance and I really didn’t think I had much of a chance. If you hang around the lead long enough, you’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some. And this one went my way.
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.
Clubs unpacked, Scott was on his way to the range when the groans from around the 18th green told him Woods narrowly missed his 25-foot birdie putt from off the back of the green to tie for the lead. Once on the range, a large video board showed Gary Woodland miss his third straight birdie putt from inside 10 feet.
I guess it’s different playing an hour-and-a-half in front of the leaders, the guys who have been under pressure all day than when you’re out there, Scott said. I know how they feel. 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.
Scott finished at 11-under 273 and moved to a career-best No. 2 in the world.
Woods suffered a back spasm on the par-5 13th hole and hooked a fairway metal so far left that it landed in a swamp on the other side of the 15th fairway.
Scott won for the second time this year, and at least put himself into the conversation for PGA Tour player of the year if he were to go on to win the FedEx Cup.
LPGA: In Edmonton, Alberta, teen star Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women’s Open – again.
The 16-year-old New Zealand amateur successfully defend her title closing with a 6-under 64 at Royal Mayfair for a five-stroke victory.
Ko had a 15-under 265 total after opening with rounds of 65, 69 and 67. France’s Karine Icher was second after a 67.
CHAMPIONS: In Snoqualmie, Wash., John Riegger won the Boeing Classic in his fifth Champions Tour start, holding off John Cook and Fred Couples at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
The 50-year-old Riegger birdied three of the final four holes for a 4-under 68. Riegger finished at 15-under 201. Cook closed with a 65. Coupleswas third at 11 under after a 66.
EUROPEAN: In Gleneagles, Scotland, England’s Tommy Fleetwood birdied first hole of a playoff to win the Johnnie Walker Championship for his first European Tour victory.
Fleetwood also birdied the 18th to match Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez at 18-under 270 on the PGA Centenary Course.