Adam Scott's 2013 Player of the Year resume got a big boost on Sunday night in New Jersey, as the reigning Masters champ picked up his second win of the season at The Barclays. Scott is in a heated race for the Player of the Year honors with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Winning the opening FedExCup event and cashing another $1.44 million check will add to his argument, specifically against Woods, who has won five times but at none of the majors.
Scott came from behind on Sunday, finishing early with a bogey-free round of 66 and then watching the rest of the field crumble behind him. Scott started the day relatively off the radar, and wasn't really a focus of the CBS coverage until late in his round when he jumped up to grab a share of the lead at 11-under. At the time, the birdie on 16th pulled him even with Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Kevin Chappell. But none of the others could hold on, including Rose, who finished with an ugly three-putt on the final hole to yield the victory to his good friend Scott.
Tiger Woods, who hung around all weekend despite back trouble, finished one shot back with Rose, Woodland and Graham DeLaet. Tiger just missed a birdie putt on the last hole to force a playoff and complete an amazing comeback from back pain that derailed his round on No. 13.
Scott and Rose will now move on to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship in the top five of the FedExCup standings. It's been a career season so far for the Aussie, who picked up his first major at Augusta and then contended on Sunday at each of the next three majors. He was the most consistent player in the biggest events of the year. Now, with three more playoffs events and a $10 million prize at the end in Atlanta, Scott could burnish that career summer by becoming the Player of the Year.