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Zach Johnson carved out a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his eighth appearance in the FedExCup opener at 10-under 270, good for a two-way tie for fourth and a distant nine shots back of champion Jason Day.

Johnson began Sunday's play at 9-under (T4) and two back of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Day. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, but registered -1.620 in strokes gained: putting. ZJ clipped 59-of-72 GIR for the week, second in the field in that stat, but ranked 45th in putts per GIR, including today's 1.938 debacle. The 39-year-old dropped two out of the gate, squaring bogey at the first and three-putting the second from 33'3". He bounced back with birdies at the third and from 24'4" at the par-4 fifth to turn even. Johnson's final circle over his last 13 holes came as a two-putt at the par-5 12th. His consolation is his ninth top 10 of the season on 22 starts, fifth in the FEC standings, and his first top 10 at The Barclays, erasing a previous best of T21 in 2010.
Aug 30 - 8:39 PM

Bubba Watson settled for a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of The Barclays to post 11-under 269, his eighth top 10 of the season on just 16 starts and best finish in nine appearances in the FedExCup Playoffs opener.

Watson began his quest for a ninth career PGA TOUR title, third this season, in solo third at 10-under, just one adrift of Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day. After today's showing, he maintained his position on the leaderboard, but was lapped by the would-be-champ Day. Watson also entered the week No. 3 in the FedExCup standings and maintains that ranking as well. The 36-year-old traded a three-putt bogey (from 88'0") at the par-4 first with a bounce-back, birdie-3 from 5'10" at the second. After missing the green at the par-4 eighth, Watson three-putted from three feet to square double and turn 2-over. To his credit, he played his inward half in bogey-free, 3-under, circling birdies at Nos. 11, 16 and 18, each from inside 10 feet, but he three-putted the par-5 12th for par (from 39'4") as well. The walk-off 3 at the last moved him from a two-way tie for fourth to solo third. Watson landed 14 greens in regulation, but registered a dismal -1.591 in strokes gained: putting.
Aug 30 - 8:19 PM

With his mettle tested, overnight leader Thomas Pieters closed out the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to post 20-under 268, good for a three-stroke victory, his first on the European Tour.

He opened with a birdie-4 on the first hole of Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. After a par at 2, he double-bogeyed the par-3 third. It would be his only miscue of the day as Pieters rallied for four more birdies, including a coronation-starting 3 at the last. "To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now," said the 23-year-old from Belgium. "I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double. I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish. ... I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest. That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again." Sweden's Pelle Edberg finished alone in second place. England's Matt Fitzpatrick took outright third four swings back of Pieters.
Aug 30 - 8:09 PM

Overnight co-leader Sangmoon Bae back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 37-35=72 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his fourth appearance at 9-under 271; good for a three-way tie for sixth place.

Prior to this year, Bae had not made the weekend in three visits to The Barclays and had only broken par once in six career rounds. So despite the disappointing finish, he has that to hang his hat on. It's his fifth top 10 of the season on 27 starts, first since a T8 at the Northern Trust in February, bumping him 11 spots in the FEC rankings to 23rd. After opening in 69-67 and a career-tying low of 63, Bae slumped to five bogeys against three birdies in the finale. Playing in the final pairing with would-be-champ Jason Day, the South Korean posted negative numbers in both strokes gained statistics for the first time on the week in either category. On 12 greens in regulation, he also posted a rocky 2.00 putts per GIR, but with his three circles on Sunday, ended the week first in total birdies with 24. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old also swallowed 11 bogeys and two doubles. Bae is now 1-for-2 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads, winning the only other time at the 2014-15 Frys.com Open.
Aug 30 - 7:57 PM

Henrik Stenson carded a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the finale of The Barclays to conclude his fifth appearance at 13-under 267, good for a solo, runner-up finish, but a distant six shots in arrears of champion Jason Day.

Stenson began his final frame at 9-under (T4) and two adrift of 54-hole, co-leaders Day and Sangmoon Bae. After opening in 68-66-67, he wrapped with a six-birdie against two-bogey effort, recording four rounds in the 60s for the first time in five appearances at the FedExCup opener. It's easily his best finish in the tournament, erasing a T38 in last year's edition at Ridgewood CC. The Swede squared bogey at the par-4 second after missing the green in regulation, one of just three missed greens on the loop. For the week, he ranked third in GIR (at 58/72), was a cumulative 12.244 in strokes gained: tee-to-green, second in the field, but 30th in strokes gained: putting, including a three-putt bogey at the par-5 16th, which ended his title chance. The 39-year-old circled six on the card in-between his two bogeys en route to his second runner-up finish of the season (Arnold Palmer) on just 13 starts. Additionally, he moves from 41st in the FEC standings to fourth.
Aug 30 - 7:03 PM

Overnight co-leader Jason Day roasted Plainfield Country Club with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 to conclude his eighth appearance at 19-under 261, the lowest 72-hole aggregate in the nine-year history of The Barclays in the FedExCup Playoffs format, and a six-shot victory over runner-up Henrik Stenson.

After opening in 68-68-63, Day began championship Sunday sharing the lead with playing partner Sangmoon Bae. On his round, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, registering a sterling 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.830 in strokes gained: putting. The Aussie circled eight on the card in the finale, finishing the week with 21 birdies (T2 in that stat), an eagle, and first in the field with just four bogeys. His 62 matches the low round of the tournament and matches his career best as well. Day rode his 20th consecutive round of par-or-better to his sixth career title (168 starts), fourth this season, and third in his last four starts. It's also his second straight 54-hole lead/co-lead that he's converted, including his win at the PGA Championship in his last event. The 27-year-old takes over the FedExCup lead with the win, supplanting Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut.
Aug 30 - 6:14 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Zac Blair smoothed a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the finale of The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey, to conclude his debut at 10-under 270, currently T3 on the live leaderboard. UPDATE: With play completed, Blair finished in a two-way tie for fourth, nine shots back of champion Jason Day.

After opening in 69-68-67, Blair began the festivities at 6-under (T11) and five adrift. On Sunday, he did one better, circling six birdies, for a second consecutive day, to overshadow two bogeys. For the week, the Web.com Tour grad penciled 19 birdies against nine bogeys, with no doubles or worse. Good stuff from the 25-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on the 20th of this month. His 72-hole aggregate is best among the nine Playoffs debutants who made the weekend, including six rookies. Blair entered the postseason 106th in the FedExCup standings, and projects 34th with play winding down for the day. His previous best in 32 career starts was T6 at the Sony Open in January.
Aug 30 - 5:20 PM

Daniel Summerhays rallied to post a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of The Barclays to put 9-under 271 on the board, currently T5 with play still in progress.

Summerhays entered the Playoffs 66th in the FedExCup standings and after today's effort, projects 37th. After opening in 67-70-68, he began today's play at 5-under (T14) and six off the pace. Summerhays ranks 11th on TOUR in strokes gained: putting and he lived up to that billing finishing the week with a cumulative 4.958 in SGP, T8 in the field at last check. He played his outward half in a birdie-less, 1-over, squaring bogey at the par-4 seventh. After the break, the 31-year-old broke out with birdies at 11 and 12, including a 43'8" bomb at the latter, prior to rolling in a five-footer for eagle at the par-5 16th. He added a four-footer at the last for the walk-off 3. Summerhays landed just 47 greens on the week, but recorded a stellar 1.638 putts per GIR, currently T1 in the field in that stat. His season best (on 26 starts) is T4 at the Valero Texas Open.
Aug 30 - 5:00 PM

Past champ Dustin Johnson crafted a 5-under-par 30-35=65 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his seventh appearance at 8-under 272, matching Jason Bohn's 72-hole clubhouse mark.

Johnson began the finale at 3-under (T26) and eight adrift. After making nine birdies thru his first 54 holes, DJ penciled seven on Sunday to move up 19 spots on the live leaderboard. Four of his seven par breakers came on his first nine to turn 4-under. After the break, he added circles at Nos. 11, 12 and 18 to outpace two bogeys at the par-4 10th and the par-3 14th, respectively. At the time he signed his card, Johnson ranked second in the tournament in driving distance at 328.4 yards, but it didn't translate into par-5 scoring, recording just one birdie (today) over four days of play (six pars, one bogey). Nonetheless, the 31-year-old sits T7 on the live leaderboard. If it holds, it'll be his fourth top-10 finish at The Barclays, highlighted by his win in the hurricane-shortened 2011 edition.
Aug 30 - 4:15 PM

Jason Bohn spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in today's final round of The Barclays to post 8-under 272; good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead.

Bohn entered the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 33rd in the FEC standings with two, runner-up finishes as part of five top 10s on the season (24 starts). His previous best in the postseason was 2010, when he finished 63rd in the final rankings. After opening in 71-64-72, Bohn began Sunday's play at 3-under (T26) and eight swings back. On his round, he split 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, converting on five chances for 1.750 putts per GIR. His split included two rolls from outside 25 feet on his outward half, including a 26'0" effort at the par-3 third. He added three to the card after the break, each from inside 11 feet. The 42-year-old sits T6 on the leaderboard with play still in progress. His previous best at The Barclays --in the Playoffs-- was T61 in last year's edition, his only made cut in five prior visits.
Aug 30 - 3:31 PM

Steven Bowditch hung a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 on Plainfield Country Club in the final round of The Barclays to post 6-under 274, up 35 spots on the live leaderboard to tied 11th.

After opening in 71-67-72, Bowditch began the day at even-par (T46) and 11 adrift. Too far back to contend for his second win of the season (AT&T Byron Nelson) but seven off the pace of the overnight top 10. The latter may also seem a stretch, but the Aussie has already matched a career low this year with 62 in the first round of the Byron Nelson, and also shot 63 in round three of the WGC-Bridgestone just two starts ago. After carding 11 bogeys and a double thru his first 54 holes this week, Bowditch went blemish-free in the finale, circling four birdies at Nos. 1, 6, 10 and 17, and an eagle from 8'5" at the par-5 12th. The 32-year-old also rolled in a 17-footer for par at the last to keep his card spotless. Bowditch projects 19th in the FedExCup standings with play still in progress
Aug 30 - 2:01 PM

Brian Harman aced the 218-yard, par-3 14th with a hybrid club (see video link below), his second hole-in-one of the round, to move back to even-par on the day and even for the tournament, currently T46 on the live leaderboard.

Harman had registered a pedestrian 21 putts thru his first 14 holes, but it doesn't matter, after he became just the third player in PGA TOUR history to record two aces in the same round. The last time, Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open. The 28-year-old also aced the 183-yard, par-3 third. Interestingly enough, both chased bogey-5s, so the southpaw is definitely improving his bounce-back stat, where he ranks 160th on the PGA TOUR. Harman entered the week 69th in the FedExCup standings and projects 67th with play still in progress. He had zero aces in over 1,500 par 3s played on TOUR prior to today.
Aug 30 - 1:04 PM

Jason Dufner conjured up a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the third round of The Barclays for a three-day total of 7-under 203, four adrift of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Dufner began his round at 6-under (T2) and one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing two groups ahead of the final pairing, Dufner opened with a two-putt par at the first before squaring a double bogey-6 at the second after missing the green in regulation and then three-putting from 35'6". He bounced back with birdies at Nos. 3 (from 14'2") and 4 (5'6") and added a nine-footer at the par-3 sixth. The 38-year-old missed his last three GIR on his outward half, but saved par each time to turn 1-under. He converted his last birdie at the 10th from 16'3" prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 13th, just his third bogey of the week, T1 in the field in that category thru 54 holes. Dufner entered the Playoffs ranked 103rd in the FedExCup standings and projects 57th with 18 holes remaining.
Aug 29 - 7:42 PM

Henrik Stenson awoke to post a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of The Barclays for a 54-hole tally of 9-under 201, two back of co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Stenson began Saturday's play in four-way tie for second at 6-under, one swing adrift of playing partner Bubba Watson. He tied the lead with birdie at the opener from 5'5" but immediately gave the shot back by three-putting the par-4 second from 34'9". The Swede went into stall-mode, concluding his outward half with seven consecutive pars. His only other legit scoring chance prior to the break was from 7'3" at the par-3 third. After a two-putt par at the 10th, Stenson carded back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, both from inside seven feet, to get back into the fight. The 39-year-old added one more circle at the par-4 17th, from 24'6" for his final total. He missed three good chances to improve his number at Nos. 13, 16 and 18, all from inside nine feet, but couldn't convert. Thru 54 holes, Stenson is second in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but 35th in strokes gained: putting after today's -1.782 effort.
Aug 29 - 7:20 PM

Zach Johnson signed for a 3-under-par 31-36=67 after today's third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Johnson began the Saturday festivities in a four-way tie for second at 6-under, one back of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. Playing in the penultimate pairing with PGA TOUR rookie Tony Finau, Johnson played 17 holes in bogey-free, 4-under, before squaring bogey at the par-4 finisher, his first dropped shot in 44 holes dating back to the ninth hole in the first round. His three bogeys thru 54 holes is tied first in that category and his 12 birdies is T26, so there's more than one way to tame Plainfield Country Club. Early in the round. ZJ tied the lead at 7-under with birdie at the third from 12'4" and kept pace with circles at Nos. 6 (4'1") and 9 (9'10"), respectively. He briefly joined the lead at 10-under with a 29-footer at the par-3 11th, but played his last seven holes in a birdie-less, 1-over to slightly fall off the pace. The 39-year-old landed 15 greens in regulation but registered a -0.197 in strokes gained: putting.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM


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