His caddy Packed his golf clubs in a travel case. He viewed his visit to CBS Sports tower as nothing more than a courtesy. His only hope is that other players still on course – Tiger Woods and Justin Rose among them – may find it difficult to close as a success as Scott has over the years.
” I’m pretty shocked,” Scott said after his 5-under-par 66 in the final round gave him a one-shot victory at Liberty National. ” There are so many guys out there that have a chance and I really did not think I had much of a chance. If you hang around the lead long enough, you’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some. And this one went my way.”
Scott was watching from the locker room when Rose, with a 25-foot putt for the outright lead, ran it 5 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey. Clubs unpacked, Scott was on his way to the range when the groans from around the 18th green told him Woods narrowly missed his 25-foot birdie putt from off the green behind to tie for lead. Once in range, a large video board showed Gary Woodland miss his third straight birdie putt from inside 10 feet.
” I guess so is playing an hour-and-a-half in front of the head, the guys who have been under pressure all day than when you’re out there,” Scott said. ” I know how they feel. When the pressure is on you to turn out, it is more difficult, and the holes become more difficult and shots were far more important.
” I feel like I’ve been a bit of a gift,” he said. ” But I’ll take it.”
Scott finished at 11-under 273 and moved to a career-best No. 2 in the world.
Woods suffered a back spasm in the par-5 13th hole and hooked a fairway metal so far left that it landed in a Swamp on the other side of the 15th fairway. Woods dropped to all fours in pain before slowly getting up. He also dropped a shot on the 15th and then fought back gamely with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to get within one.
His birdie putt from off the 18th green is a short detour of collapse.
” I thought made it,” Woods said after his 69.
Woods had all four round in the 60s for the first time in a year on the PGA Tour, although it was not enough. He battled stiffness in his lower back all week, which he attributed to a soft bed in his hotel room – the second straight year he returned from a mattress issue this event.
In a brief interview with CBS Sports, he said it was hypothetical”” when asked if he will compete in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the next playoff event starts Friday at TPC Boston. The contest gives his charity money on Woods’ foundation. Woods to miss AT & T National this year, which also benefits his foundation.
” I got off and I feel my best right now,” he said.
Rose did not feel that great, either. He was in position to win the tournament with a birdie putt, and the U.S. Open champion did not want to leave it short. Instead, he knocked it through far more than he thought, the ball remained on the high side of the cup the whole way.
” I got very aggressive,” said Rose, who closed with a 68. ” I thought it was a putt to win the tournament. It is hard to take.”
Kevin Chappell had a two-shot lead after a birdie on the 10th hole, but then play the next seven holes in 7 over par and closed with a 76. Woodland had a 73. Matt Kuchar, who shared the 54-hole lead in Woodland, fell back with a triple bogey on No. 9. His only birdie was on the 18th hole, and it gave him a 78.
” I found a way to hang in there and grind it and gave myself a chance on the back nine on Sunday, which is everything you could ask for,” Woodland said.
This is the second time Woods has missed a playoff by one shot at Liberty National.
Graham DeLaet of Canada, of which 65 match Phil Mickelson for the low score of the final round, also tied for second. DeLaet has climbed to No. 9 in the President Cup standings, and a week before the end of qualifying, is in good shape to make international teams.
Scott won for the second time this year, and at least put himself in the conversation for PGA Tour player of the year if he were to go on to win the FedEx Cup. He is not. 2 standing behind Woods, although the $ 10 million prize will not appear until the Tour Championship.
The first playoff event is Packed with more energy in a fascinating day in front of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Five players had at least a portion of the lead at some point in the final round. Woods put a good fight despite his back injury. Scott played the final 24 holes without a bogey.
Sunday also had some of the emotions found in Q-school players for the season came to an abrupt end. And that is as wild below.
Only the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston. Geoff Ogilvy would have joined them except for a missing 2-1/2-foot par putt on the final hole that ultimately knocked him out in the top 100.
Camilo Villegas, No. 110, thought he needed a 6-foot par putt on the final hole to advance. He missed it and was visibly angry. More than an hour later, Aaron Baddeley a lock to advance to Boston despite being the No.. 119. Baddeley, however, bogeyed his last three holes, missing a 5-foot par putt on the 18th. That knocked him out and put back in the No. Villegas. 100.
Scott missed a 15-foot birdie on the 18th hole that he thought was enough for a playoff at best.
” I thought I needed at least one more to even think about hanging around,” said Scott, who stayed long enough to collect his first FedEx Cup playoff win.