Jason Day and Stuart Appleby finish second at Barclays
PARAMUS: American Hunter Mahan surged late to take victory away from a vintage Stuart Appleby performance and a rejuvenated Jason Day in the US PGA tour’s opening playoff event, the Barclays, at Ridgewood Country Club.
Mahan shot out of a logjammed leaderboard with a six-under 65, making five birdies in his last eight holes, to finish at 14-under-par.
His blitz created enough of a buffer to allow him a bogey down the last and still top Day (68), Appleby (65) and American Cameron Tringale (65) by two shots, with the trio sharing second at 12-under.
Adam Scott’s three-under 68 left him at seven-under and tied 15th in his title defence, leaving him 16th on the playoff list.
Steven Bowditch who briefly held the lead on the opening day, shot 69 to finish at five-under, good enough to secure his place in the next two weeks of playoffs now at 44th.
John Senden finished his tournament in fine fashion with a 66 to be five-under for the week, ensuring minimal damage was done to his season long FedEx Cup standing.
Looking to maintain a position inside the top 30 over the next three weeks to qualify for the Tour Championship, Senden is currently projected to be 28th.
Geoff Ogilvy, who missed the cut, has managed to hold on to the very last playoff spot moving into next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
The playoff season is officially over for Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley leaving eight Australians left in the top 100 next week.