An heroic last round wins The Barclays for Hunter Mahan at Ridgewood Country Club.
Hunter put together a final round -6 under par 65 to taste sweet victory in The Barclays with a winning total of -14 under par, a two shot margin over the chasers.
The family turned up unexpectedly to share in the celebrations, which was a great occasion, and Hunter hopes Tom Watson was taking note;
“To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable, so I’m extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks, my game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it, and to do it today with a 65, feels great.”
“I have no idea what he’s thinking or if he has any sort of strategy, but I think a win is a good step in the right direction. I just felt good about how I was playing going into this week, I just stayed calm in my head.”
“This means a lot and this is kind of the biggest win in the sense of what comes with it, having a chance to win the FedEx Cup, a lot has changed from Saturday and Sunday, that’s for sure.”
“I think every player dreams about that, when you have a child, for them to come out on the green. It wasn’t the last group or anything but felt good to see them. They always make everything special.”
Hunter’s wife Kandi and daughter Zoe just knew they had to be there;
“It’s just great to be together no matter what, and if Hunter did win, we’d definitely wanted to be there. So we decided we wanted to go. Me and Zoe decided we wanted to go.”
Three players tied for second position at -12 under par for the tournament, Cameron Tringale, Jason Day and Stuart Appleby. Stuart also carded a -6 under par 65 to elevate himself up the leaderboard and post the leading score in the clubhouse when he finished.
Jason, who is recovering from a thumb injury is in fine form at the moment;
“I definitely had a shot today, it’s so close. Like it’s just in my fingertips and I can touch it. But Hunter played that much better than all of us and he deserves to win. When you play great on the back nine on a Sunday in a Playoff event, you’re doing something right.”
“You’ve just got to take your hat off to him because he played well to win the tournament. I didn’t lose it, which was a good thing. I played well, tried my best and wasn’t good enough.”
“I really want to give it a shot at winning the FedExCup. That’s the ultimate goal, and you can’t do that without winning tournaments.”
Cameron celebrated his 27th birthday in style, with a final round -5 under par 66, which should have been better, a bogey on the last cost him second place on his own;
“I just played with a peace that surpassed understanding today, I didn’t feel nervous out there. I felt comfortable and I felt like I was in control of what was going on. I’ve just got so much to be grateful for; no matter how this day turned out, it was going to be awesome.”
Lets not go into the Jim Furyk saga.