Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another Surprise Win at The Barclays

Once again, the unexpected! Tyler Heath Slocum wins The Barclays today in New Jersey. He shared the lead with Steve Stricker coming in to the 18th hole with 9-under-par. The two leaders were in a tremendous amount of pressure to avoid a playoff with a strong trio of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington who were all tied for second with 8-under-par.

On the 18th, both Stricker and Slocum drove their tee shots in to bunkers. Slocum's third shot landed 20 feet from the pin while Stricker's third shot landed 10 feet from the pin. Before both men putt for par, I believed that this tournament will lead to a 5-man playoff if not a win by Steve Stricker. Boy was I wrong (once again!). Steve Stricker, the second player with the most FedEx cup points this season missed his 10-foot putt for par and finished with a bogey on the final hole. Heath Solcum on the other hand made his 20-foot putt for par, bagging The Barclays championship title. The most impressive thing is that Solcum looked so calm and confident as he made the winning putt.

With this win, Heath Slocum's FedEx Cup points rank jumped from #124 to #3, trailing Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

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