Scott opens FedEx playoffs with win

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Masters champion Adam Scott won The Barclays on Sunday after everyone close to him seemingly did their best to lose the tournament.

Scott closed with a bogey-free round at Liberty National, making two birdies on the back nine for a 5-under-par 66 that put him in the mix of a crowded leader board at the top. Turns out the Australian was the only one who stayed there.

“I can’t believe it, to be honest,” Scott said after winning the first of four tournaments in the FedEx Cup playoffs. “I just played a good round today, and I came in and really didn’t think it had a chance. But obviously, things went my way a lot out there.”

Scott had an 11-under 273 total and earned $1.44 million for the one-stroke victory.

Top-ranked Tiger Woods (69), Graham DeLaet (65), Justin Rose (68) and Gary Woodland (73) tied for second place.

Rose had a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for the lead, ran it 5 feet past the cup and wound up three-putting for a bogey.

Woods suffered a back spasm on the par-5 13th hole and hooked a fairway-metal shot so far left it landed in a swamp on the other side of the 15th fairway, leading to a bogey, and also dropped another shot at No. 15.

Woodland had birdie chances from inside 10 feet on the final three holes and missed each time.

The top 100 players in FedEx Cup points advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday in Norton, Mass.

That group includes Ryan Moore (53rd in points) of Puyallup, Kyle Stanley (66th) of Gig Harbor and former Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (92nd).

Moore and Stanley closed with 72s. Moore tied for 25th place at 4 under, and Stanley tied for 50th at 1 over. Lee missed the 36-hole cut.

In a TV interview, Woods didn’t commit to playing later this week, saying it was “hypothetical.”

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