FARMINGDALE: American Nick Watney won the Barclays Tournament by three shots on Sunday, shooting down Sergio Garcia’s quest for consecutive victories and moving to top spot in PGA Tour playoffs.
Watney fired a two-under 69 on the final day to finish at 10-under 274 and claim his fifth PGA Tour victory, three clear of fellow American Brandt Snedeker (70) who was alone in second at 277 and four ahead of overnight leader Garcia (75) and defending champion Dustin Johnson (68) on 278.
Former world No 1 Lee Westwood, former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, Canadian Graham DeLaet and American Brian Harman shared fifth at 279. Tiger Woods free fell down with a final round 76, dropping from a tie for 10th into a tie for 38th. Woods was even par over the first 11 holes before playing a five-hole stretch in five over with three bogeys and a double bogey.
Watney won twice in 2011 but had managed just three top 10s in 2012 before the win which guaranteed him a place at the season ending Tour Championship and a shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.
“I’m just very, very happy right now,” Watney said. “It’s been not quite the year I would have wanted, but this really makes it all forgotten. Winning a tournament is hard, but winning out here and against this field was very, very difficult.”
Garcia, who won the Wyndham Championship last week, could not maintain the pace but is all but guaranteed a place in the Tour Championship. The playoffs move to TPC Boston next week for the Deutsche Bank Championship where the top 100 golfers compete for a spot in the final 70.