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Henrik Stenson never wavered in the final round of the TOUR Championship, posting a 2-under-par 34-34=68 and winning by three strokes at 13-under 267, claiming the FedExCup title in the process.

The Swede had 11,440,000 reasons not to collapse in the final round at East Lake Golf Course, but circled three birdies to just one bogey in what proved to be a nearly perfect week. He ended the tournament inside the top three in birdies, driving accuracy, GIR, strokes gained-putting and putting average. Considering he had just one top 10 on the PGA TOUR in 2012, failing to crack $800k in earning, it's fair to say that no one saw this season coming. A T2 at the Shell Houston Open and a T5 at THE PLAYERS served notice that something had changed for the better, then a runner-up at The Open Championship kick-started a run of five top-three finishes in his final seven tournaments, including a win at TPC Boston in the second leg of the FEC Playoffs. The only bad news for the Swede is that the season has come to an end.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 05:52:00 PM

At 3-over-par 71-74=145, Jimmy Walker missed the cut at The Barclays by two strokes.

While nothing special or damaging occurred on Thursday, that can't be said of today's loop around Ridgewood Country Club. Walker found only five (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, both no-no's when attempting to navigate the tight track. The imprecision led to five bogeys and a double that were only somewhat softened by four birdies. He entered the FedExCup Playoffs slotted second in the standings, so he'll be around for the duration, but it's a tough way to open after such an outstanding season. Other notables that failed to survive the cut include: 144--Brandt Snedeker; Ian Poulter ... 145--2012 champ Nick Watney; Graham DeLaet; Luke Donald ... 146--Webb Simpson; Harris English; Matt Every ... 147--Ryan Moore; Marc Leishman ... 148--Martin Kaymer; Camilo Villegas; J.B. Holmes; Freddie Jacobson.
Aug 22 - 6:56 PM

Phil Mickelson arrived at the halfway point of The Barclays in 1-over-par 71-72=143 and survived the cut on the number.

Rare is the time when Lefty visits the New York City metropolis and doesn't make news. Today was no exception as he hit a shot from a lie on the floor of a raised hospitality area long and left of the green 50 yards away at the drivable par-4 fifth hole. (See the link below for the vid.) He settled for a bogey, but the locals don't care. However, until he rolled in a birdie from 7'1" at the par-4 ninth to conclude his round, he sat outside the cut line. Seventy-nine golfers survived the cut, so a second cut of low 70 and ties will fall once 54 holes are complete. Mickelson arrived at Ridgewood Country Club ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings, so he doesn't have to sweat out the cut line for the top 100 that will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but five others in at 1-over 143 began the week outside the top 100 and will have to hustle on Saturday to extend their lives in the Playoffs.
Aug 22 - 6:28 PM

Adam Scott spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in his second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint in 8-under 134, worth a share of the 36-hole lead.

The Aussie striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation at Ridgewood today. The precision paid off his grinding lid-lifter as he poured in seven birdies in the second round, six of which on the par 4s. The set included conversions from 14'4" and 21'1" at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively. Suffice it to say that host course be damned for the defending champion.
Aug 22 - 5:07 PM

Cameron Tringale backed up his opening 66 at The Barclays with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in his second round to post 8-under 134, good for outright possession of the 36-hole lead.

Consider he opened bogey-par-double bogey, he has to be feeling pretty good about himself tonight. But he was already feeling at peace entering the tournament after his post-tournament disqualification from the PGA Championship last Saturday. Today at Ridgewood, he split 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. After the early stumbles, Tringale played his final 15 holes in bogey-free 6-under with six birdies. The set featured conversions from 18 feet at the par-4 16th hole and 11'11" at the par-4 seventh. The California native will turn 27 years of age on Sunday and there may not be a better birthday gift than his first PGA TOUR title.
Aug 22 - 5:01 PM

Seung-yul Noh signed for a 1-over-par 40-32=72 following his second round of The Barclays, but at 2-under 140, he'll make the cut.

Noh was outside the cut line until circling four birdies in a five-hole stretch on his second nine, the front side at Ridgewood Country Club. His most notable conversions for the round measured 36'5" for birdie at the par-3 10th and eight yards from off the green, also for birdie at the par-4 sixth. However, he made news for what happened at the par-4 11th. Noh's drive on the slight dogleg flared right and came to rest on the putting surface of the par-5 third hole. He then took aim and fired his approach skyward. The problem is that golfers that play from the wrong green are assessed a two-stroke penalty. He'd eventually pencil in a 7 on the hole.
Aug 22 - 4:07 PM

Tim Clark withdrew during his second round of The Barclays due to an elbow injury.

Clark opened on the first hole at Ridgewood Country Club this morning and reached the turn in 5-over-par 40. Added to his opening 76 during which he went 0-for-9 in birdie opportunities, he completed 27 holes in 10-over. Clark started the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 29th in points, so he'll advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. Because the stop outside Boston is scheduled to begin on Friday, the South African will get an additional day to rest and recover. Unfortunately, he's quite familiar with having elbow issues (and surgery).
Aug 22 - 11:41 AM

Bo Van Pelt smoked Ridgewood Country Club for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The Barclays, good for outright possession of the overnight lead.

BVP sends seven with 66s into the annals as first-round also-rans. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and created 15 opportunities to break par. Quite simply, he performed early and late. He opened birdie-birdie-birdie on the front side, the longest conversion of that set measuring 22'9" at the par-3 second. He then strung together 12 consecutive pars, culminating with a save from 11'6" at the par-3 15th. After landing his second 16 yards from the cup at the par-5 17th, he then holed the chip that curled right to left with perfect speed. Van Pelt has everything to gain this week as he began the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 104th in points. Barring an absolute meltdown on Friday at Ridgewood, he'll be this close to punching his ticket into next week's second leg outside Boston.
Aug 21 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy blew up for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of The Barclays.

And the walls came tumbling down. Anything McIlroy does right now will be hyper-analyzed, so be it, but he just had a rough day on a challenging golf course. He split just seven (of 14) fairways at Ridgewood, not indicative of his precision in recent weeks. However, he managed 12 greens in regulation, which is on par with many of the early contenders. Yet, the FedExCup points leader buried only two birdies and fanned on three tries inside 10 feet. He squared three bogeys and a double. Currently eight strokes off the clubhouse lead, McIlroy has no choice but to tighten the screws if he's going to win his fourth consecutive tournament.
Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

In a post-tournament interview at the PGA Championship on Aug. 10, Graeme McDowell laid out his schedule for the FedExCup Playoffs, which overlaps the timing of the scheduled birth of his first child.

We've known for months that G-Mac's wife was going to deliver in August, but the baby controls the schedule. For now, he's in the field at Ridgewood Country Club for The Barclays. "Boston week [Deutsche Bank Championship] we have the baby coming so I'm going to take Boston week off and then I'll be in Colorado [for the BMW Championship], hopefully in Atlanta [TOUR Championship] and hopefully Gleneagles [Ryder Cup], kind of the tentative schedule subject to change," he said at Valhalla 10 days ago. McDowell enters the Playoffs slotted 43rd in points. Assuming he skips the DBC, the pressure is on to make the cut at The Barclays. For example, Ken Duke opened the 2012 Playoffs as the 42-seed. He then went 0-for-2 to drop to 76th, so he didn't advance to the BMW. But back in 2009, Nathan Green started 41st, missed two cuts and dropped to only 65th. Regardless, expect a solid performance from the Ulsterman this week.
Aug 20 - 6:52 PM

Matt Kuchar declared himself healthy again in today's presser at The Barclays.

It turns out that the last champion at Ridgewood Country Club (in 2010) suffered discomfort in his back doing something with which many dads are familiar, albeit two days before the PGA Championship. "We were having a party at the house – a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over," he said. "I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'" Kuchar withdrew from the major, but he's ready to go this week. "I feel like I’m 100 percent. It’s funny how little setbacks can feel so different to you."
Aug 19 - 3:22 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Aug 19 - 12:15 AM




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