Masters champion Adam Scott got his US PGA playoff series off to a successful start by edging ailing Tiger Woods by one stroke to win The Barclays on Sunday.
Australia’s Scott fired a five-under 66 to claim his first title since his triumph at Augusta National in April.
He denied world number one Woods — who battled severe back pain on the back nine — a chance to win his sixth tournament of the year.
Scott, whose anchored putting style will be banned starting in 2016, finished at 11-under 273.
Woods ended up in a tie with three others after shooting a two-under 69. Woods’ attempted birdie putt on 18, which would have put him in a playoff, stopped just inches short of the cup.
Canada’s Graham DeLaet (65), England’s US Open champion Justin Rose (68) and third round co-leader Gary Woodland (73) were level with Woods at 10-under 274.
The Barclays is the first leg of the USPGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs which switches to Boston next week for the Deutsche Bank Championships. The top 100 in points advance to the Deutsche Bank.
Seventy will then advance to the BMW Championship, and the series culminates with the top 30 players in the standings competing in the Tour Championship, with the points leader at the end earning a $10 million bonus.