LOS ANGELES, August 29, 2013 — The field of players competing for the 2013 FedEx Cup has been cut to 100 after Adam Scott edged out a charging Tiger Woods at The Barclays last week. For much of the back nine on Sunday, it looked like an epic three-man playoff may be taking shape. However, when Justin Rose three-putted the 72nd hole and Woods then came up one rotation short with his birdie attempt from the fringe, the trophy belonged to Scott who suddenly is making a strong argument for 2013 Player of the Year.
Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey once again hosted The Barclays. A little more than a decade ago, it was merely host to a former toxic landfill on the shoreline of the Hudson River shadowed by the Statue of Liberty with stunning Manhattan Skyline views. With total costs of construction topping $150 million, making it one of most expensive golf courses ever built, Liberty National made the perfect beginning stage to a playoff race where $10 million will be awarded to the eventual champion.
Woods, who was fighting back issues all week, was literally brought to his knees after trying a cut shot Sunday on his (un)lucky 13th hole, resulting in a bogie. Looking like Woods of 2009, he then birdied two of his final three holes. When it seemed like the stars were again aligning like old times for the world’s number one, Woods’ ball came to rest on the edge of the lip on his final hole, much to the gallery’s chagrin. He does, however, retain his first place ranking in the FedEx Cup standings heading into round two of the postseason series.
Adam Scott and Justin Rose were not only vying for the Barclays title last week in Jersey City, but also making a late run at Player of the Year honors. Both Scott and Rose shed the title of “best player not to have won a major” earlier this season. Scott won the Masters and Rose the U.S. Open. Though Woods has won five times so far in 2013, he again failed to win a major title, opening the door to a handful of others, including the aforementioned foreign gents.
The Playoffs now move to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship where at week’s end the top 70 players in overall season point-standings survive and move on to see another tournament. Defending champion Rory McIlroy hopes to salvage what has otherwise been a dismal year that began with a controversial equipment-sponsorship change.
Last year’s 2012 final leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank was truly a dream for both fans and sponsors. To keep this momentum going into 2013, Woods, Scott and Phil “Lefty” Mickelson have been paired together for Thursday and Friday’s rounds. The stage has been set for another exciting tournament.
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