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'Proud' Mahan bursts out of field to bag Barclays

Hunter Mahan stormed clear of a congested leaderboard with five birdies in the last eight holes to claim his sixth PGA Tour victory by two shots at The Barclays.

A stroke off the pace heading 
into the final round, American 
Mahan sparked his sizzling run by knocking in a five-footer at the 
par-four 11th and effectively sealed the win at the par-five 17th, where he sank a slick 22-foot putt from above the hole.

He could afford the luxury of a bogey at the last, after pushing his tee shot into a tree line, chipping out and missing the green with his third, as he closed with a six-under-par 65at Ridgewood Country Club to post a 14-under total of 270.

Stuart Appleby also signed off with a 65 in the opener of the PGA Tour's four-event FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing joint-second at 12 under with fellow Australian Jason Day (68) and American Cameron Tringale (66).

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Veteran American Jim Furyk, 
co-leader after the third round with Day, mixed five birdies with four bogeys on the way to a 70as he slipped back into solo eighth place at 10 under.

Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for 22nd place after a closing one-under-par 70 left him five-under overall.

Graeme McDowell was two shots further back after a final-round 72.

Mahan was thrilled to clinch his first playoff event and end a 
title drought dating back to the 
2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

"I haven't played my best this year so to get a win at an event like this, and the timing that it was (in the playoffs), feels unbelievable," a beaming Mahan said.

"I am extremely proud of myself right now. I've had some success the last couple of weeks, my game was starting to come around and I was making some putts, making some 20-footers, getting up and down here and there. I knew this was around the corner but to do it, and to do it today with a 65, feels great."


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