Fine finish for Tiger
Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00
Tiger Woods finished strongly at The Barclays tournament as a four-under-par 67 clinched a spot in the second FedExCup series event next week.
The world No 1, yet to win this season, had to be in the top 50 to remain in the lucrative play-offs and qualified with ease as he closed with a seven-under 277 total.
"I'm very pleased," said Woods, who felt his ball-striking was good. "If I had just putted well for all four days, I'm right there. I drove it pretty much on a string all week and really controlled my irons."
Woods was satisfied for the most part with his swing adjustments and said he hoped to put it all together as he progressed through the FedExCup, which he won last year to pocket the $10m bonus as overall points leader.
After starting out in 112th place, with 100 players qualifying for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, the American's display at Ridgewood Country Club put him back on track for the series.
"I'm looking forward to it. The next three events, the next three venues I've won on," he said, looking ahead to the TPC Boston, Cog Hill outside Chicago for the BMW Championship and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for the Tour Championship.
Padraig Harrington shot a 75 for a one-under-par 283 total after being named by Colin Montgomerie as one of his three Ryder Cup wild-card picks.
Meanwhile, Scotland's Martin Laird blew his chance of victory as he three-putted the 18th for a final-round 71 yesterday. The miss left Laird in a play-off with America's Matt Kuchar (66) after both finished tied on 12-under 272 and it was Kuchar who came out on top to lead the FedEx Cup rankings.