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Mahan comes up with timely victory at The Barclays

Mahan Wins At The Barclays


PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.

"Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?" he said.

That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed Sunday.

Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies, sealing the victory with a 20-foot putt down the slope on the par-5 17th. That allowed him a bogey from the trees on the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.

He already has two World Golf Championships. Considering the timing, The Barclays felt bigger.

Mahan had gone 48 tournaments and nearly 30 months since his last victory. The only player to never miss a FedEx Cup playoff event, he wanted to keep alive his streak of reaching the Tour Championship every year since this series began in 2007. And he wanted to state his case for a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup team.

This performance will be hard for U.S. captain Tom Watson to ignore.

"To get a win in an event like this, and the timing that it was, it feels unbelievable," Mahan said.

"This game is all about winning," he said. "You can have a great year and if you don't win, it just feels like you missed out on something. So to get a win, and do it in a tournament like this in this kind of fashion with a 65 on Sunday, feels great."

On a day when six players had at least a share of the lead, Mahan found a way to make it look like a comfortable win at Ridgewood.

He rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt to take the outright lead on the par-3 15th, hit wedge to 3 feet for a birdie on the 16th and then rolled in a 20-foot birdie on the par-5 17th. That stretched his lead to three shots going to the final hole when Cameron Tringale bogeyed the 18th.

Mahan tried to make it a little more exciting that he needed it to be. He drove into the trees on the right, pitched back to the fairway, pulled his approach into the rough and kept the outcome in doubt until he made the 8-foot bogey putt.

Jason Day, who shared the 54-hole lead with Jim Furyk, would have needed to hole out from the rough on the 18th to force a playoff and he missed the green. Day closed with a 68 and shared second place with Stuart Appleby (65) and Tringale, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a 66.

Furyk now has failed to win the last eight times he has held at least a share of the lead going into the final round. He was in the mix until missing the fairway on the 14th and taking bogey, and he wound up with a 70 to finish in eighth place, four shots behind.

Mahan posed with the crystal trophy with his wife and 1-year-old daughter who flew in to surprise him. He wanted one more picture with David Finn, his biggest fan and a popular figure in these parts. Finn is in a wheelchair with a disorder affecting his limbs and leaving him unable to speak.

Mahan got up to leave, picked up the trophy by its top and the bottom mysteriously broke off.

That can be replaced. The victory was one Mahan won't soon forget.

"There's really never a bad time to play good golf," he said. "And this is a really, really good time to play good golf."

Tringale began the week with questions about disqualifying himself from the PGA Championship several days after the final major ended. He said he had doubts about whether he whiffed a tap-in for bogey and thus signed for a wrong score. He said he wanted a clear conscience.

"Didn't expect it to be this clear," Tringale said with a smile.

This was the best finish of his career, and it paid off handsomely. Tringale, who was No. 61 in the standings, moved all the way up to No. 10 and is virtually certain of being in the Tour Championship, which puts him in the majors next year - including his first trip to the Masters.

The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston. Seven players outside the top 100 at the start of the week qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship, including Morgan Hoffmann at No. 124. Hoffman, who grew up minutes away from Ridgewood, played with Mahan and had a 69 to tie for ninth.

Geoff Ogilvy earned the 100th spot, only it wasn't in his hands. Ogilvy missed the cut, and his chances came down to Brendon Todd, who made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole. If Todd had missed the putt, Troy Merritt would have been at No. 100 by about a half-point.

Mahan finished at 14-under 270 and earned $1.44 million. He moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings, assured of being among the top five players at East Lake with the best shot at capturing the $10 million bonus.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy, going after his fourth straight victory, closed with a 70 and tied for 22nd.

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BOB WEITZEL August 25 2014 at 7:54 AM


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John Roberson August 25 2014 at 1:12 AM

the question is did Dustin Johnston have an affair with Hunter Mahan's wife and that is why they are trying to sell their house? Now the PGA is trying so hard to make the Dustin thing go away, but frankly honesty should be the best policy. And Rory, if Dustin was doing your girlfriend, so what, she was not worth it to begin with.

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navy85736usnret John Roberson August 25 2014 at 1:59 AM

STFU and keep ur Bullshit to urself!

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hfarmer111 John Roberson August 25 2014 at 6:57 AM

That meeting on 18 looked like a little awkward . Mahan did not not even acknowledge his wife and she had to force his daughter on him.

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hfarmer111 August 25 2014 at 6:53 AM

i dont have much respect for hunter mahan after a comment he made to golf digest a few years ago. He stated that tour pros dont get enough perks at tournaments. He forgets that he gets to play all the best courses free . Not like us hackers that pay thru the nose to play the same courses . Also he plays golf for a living while we all grind it out at a real job.

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zrsz1 August 25 2014 at 11:53 AM

it's Mahan's wife Johnson was poking ? good for him,,

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sherrielacey August 25 2014 at 10:43 AM

I think Mahan is the biggest jerk in the entire world. He treated his wife and daughter like garbage. He is a piece of garbage and he owes his wife and daughter a huge apology! Jerk of Jerks!

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ectullis August 25 2014 at 8:04 AM

Excellent, not one mention of *igger Woods.

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efvann August 25 2014 at 12:35 AM

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

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Will August 25 2014 at 7:05 AM

Great tournament! Great win!

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John Roberson August 25 2014 at 1:15 AM

God does know everything people and will correct things.

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Bill August 25 2014 at 1:40 PM

I also noticed the awkward situation with his wife on the 18th. Was Johnson really doing her, or is that just the rumor of the day?

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