Mahan storms back to win The Barclays

American's late charge helps him lift the trophy by two shots, while McIlroy finishes nine shots off the winner.

    Mahan was joined by his wife and daughter in the celebrations [AP]
    Mahan was joined by his wife and daughter in the celebrations [AP]

    Hunter Mahan stormed clear of a congested leaderboard with five birdies in the last eight holes to claim his sixth PGA Tour victory by two shots at The Barclays.

    Rankings (Top-10)

     

    1 Rory McIlroy (Britain)
    2 Adam Scott (Australia)
    3 Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
    4 Sergio Garcia (Spain)
    5 Justin Rose (Britain)
    6 Jim Furyk (US)
    7 Jason Day (Australia)
    8 Matt Kuchar (US)
    9 Bubba Watson (US)
    10 Phil Mickelson (US)

    A stroke off the pace heading into the final round, American Mahan knocked in a five-footer at the par-four 11th and sealed the win at the par-five 17th, where he sank a slick 22-foot putt from above the hole.

    He could afford the luxury of a bogey at the last, after pushing his tee shot into a tree line, chipping out and missing the green with his third, as he closed with a six-under-par 65 at Ridgewood Country Club to post a 14-under total of 270.

    Stuart Appleby also signed off with a 65 in the opener of the PGA Tour's four-event FedExCup playoffs, finishing joint second at 12-under with fellow Australian Jason Day (68) and American Cameron Tringale (66).

    World number one Rory McIlroy, who arrived here on a sizzling three-tournament winning streak that included major triumphs at the British Open and PGA Championship, ended his week with a 70 for a five-under total of 279.

    Second-ranked Australian Adam Scott, who had been tied for the second-round lead at Ridgewood, finished at seven under after closing with a 68.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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