Tiger Woods seemed to be making a comeback. The Barclays was a tournament that Woods had a shot at winning, but his putter was not cooperating with him during the middle two rounds. The young Scot, Martin Laird had no such problems and made his way to the final round Sunday with a three-stroke lead. Shortly after though, his short game fell apart. Laird ended up battling Matt Kuchar in a sudden-death playoff on a sweltering afternoon at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
Kuchar, unlike Laird, made his putt when it counted most. After landing in the rough on the 18th hole, both men had their work cut out for them. Kuchar was able to get himself out of trouble quite easily. His shot from the left made a U-turn and rolled back towards the hole setting up a birdie that won Kuchar the tournament.
Kuchar had gone into the Barclays with nine top-10 finishes this year, but none of them were victories. Kuchar explained, “I knew it was a matter of time. It was one of those things that I knew if I put myself in contention enough times I was going to break through.” Kuchar closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 12-under 272. He will find himself atop the FedEx Cup standings going into the second of the PGA Tour’s four playoff events, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston from September 3-6.
Afterwards Tiger Woods seemed hopeful and commented on his performance. “I haven’t won all year, but this is a week that I was very close,” he said. “I felt that if I would have putted better for all four days, I would have been right there. Looking forward to next week.” Thank you, Mr. Woods. So are we!