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THE BARCLAYS


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hole tied and Scott had a 4½-footer that could have given him the lead. Instead, he ran it 3½ feet past the hole and missed the putt coming back. On the par-3 16th, Scott missed the green and found a poor lie, ultimately making a double bogey to Singh’s birdie but on the next hole he rallied with a birdie and then topped that with an eagle on the final hole. But all his heroics proved to be a case of too little, too late as Singh held on for his 17th TOUR victory since turning 40.


2007: AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY FOR STEVE STRICKER Steve Stricker’s victory at The Barclays in the first year of the FedExCup was hardly a walk in the park, although Westchester Country Club does have a park-like feel to it.


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K.J. Choi put pressure on Stricker in the middle of the final round when he made a 50-footer for a birdie on No. 12 to tie Stricker and then made another birdie on 15 to take a one-stroke lead. The two battled back and forth but Stricker made three straight birdies down the stretch for the win.


2008: IT’S SINGH… AGAIN Vijay Singh beat Sergio Garcia on the second hole of a playoff at Ridgewood Country Club for his fourth win in this event and the second since Barclays


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earlier, Woods, who endured a balky putter all week, had missed a seven-footer for birdie. Slocum got the job done in a big way. “It was an incredible day, incredible experience,” said Slocum. “I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”


became the tournament sponsor. The two traded birdies on the first playoff hole but a poor drive on the next hole sealed Garcia’s fate. Despite scrambling valiantly, Singh won the hole with a tap-in birdie. “He’s a good friend of mine,” Singh


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said. “It’s hard to see your friend not win, especially if he’s playing against you, but somebody has to win.”


2009: LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE UNDERDOG Coming to the final hole of the 2009 Barclays at Liberty National, the contenders were: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker and Heath Slocum… and the winner was: Heath Slocum, who squeaked into the field as the 124th-ranked player on the points list. In the end, his ranking didn’t matter as


he stood over a 20-foot par putt on the last green at Liberty National. Just moments


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2011: SEND IN THE CLOUDS At The Barclays last year at Plainfield Country Club, Dustin Johnson won a rain- shortened tournament for the second time in three years, the first coming in 2009 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the New York City area, Johnson ran off a 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to beat defending champion Matt Kuchar by two strokes. The victory was Johnson’s first of 2011 and gave him four consecutive years with at least one victory. ■


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2010: A WIN FOR MATT KUCHAR, THE SMILING ASSASSIN Matt Kuchar came to the 2010 Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club with nine top- 10 finishes, and no wins, for the season. for the season. But he changed that on Sunday when he finally picked up his third TOUR victory by closing with an impressive 65 and then going on to beat Martin Laird on the first hole of their playoff. In the playoff, Laird drove into the rough and left his approach some 50 feet from the hole while Kuchar hit a 7-iron from the rough that came to rest 30 inches from the cup to all but lock up the win barring a miracle by Laird—but his supply of miracles had run out.


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