Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Scott wins Barclays PGA event; Woods ties for second

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Masters champion Adam Scott didn't think his good round was good enough Sunday at The Barclays.

His caddie had already packed his golf clubs into a travel case. He viewed his visit to the CBS Sports tower as nothing more than a courtesy.

"I'm pretty shocked," Scott said after his 5-under 66 gave him a one-shot win at Liberty National. "There were so many guys out there with a chance and I really didn't think I had much of a chance."

Scott watched from the locker room as Justin Rose, who had a 25-foot putt for the outright lead, ran it 5 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey. Then Tiger Woods narrowly missed a 25-foot birdie from off the back of the green that would have tied for the lead and Gary Woodland missed his third straight birdie from inside 10 feet.

"I feel like I've been given a bit of a gift," Scott said. "But I'll take it."

Scott finished at 11-under 273, a stroke ahead of Woods (69), Rose (68), Woodland (73) and Graham DeLaet (65), to move to a career-best No. 2 in the world.

Woods suffered a back spasm on par-5 No. 13 and hooked a fairway metal so far left that it landed in a swamp on the other side of the 15th fairway. He dropped to all fours in pain before slowly getting up. He also dropped a shot on the 15th, then fought back with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to get within one.

His birdie putt on No. 18 was one turn from falling.

"Thought I made it," Woods said.

Woods had four rounds in the 60s for the first time in a year on the PGA Tour despite stiffness in his lower back, which he attributed to a soft bed in his hotel.

He told CBS it was "hypothetical" when asked if he would play in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the next playoff event, which starts Friday in Boston.

The top 100 in FedEx Cup points advanced. Geoff Ogilvy missed a 2½-foot par putt on the final hole to fall out of the top 100. Former Florida star Camilo Villegas was angry at missing a par that he thought he needed to get in. But more than an hour later Aaron Baddeley bogeyed his last three holes to let Villegas back in at No. 100.

LPGA: Teen Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women's Open — again.

The New Zealand amateur defended her title, closing with 6-under 64 at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta, for her fourth win in a pro event. Last year in Vancouver, the South Korean-born Ko became the youngest winner in tour history at 15 years, 4 months.

Ko, 16, bristled when asked about losing out on $300,000 because she's still an amateur.

"I don't care. I don't care," Ko said. "I can say that a couple times more, if you want."

At 15-under 265, Ko finished five strokes ahead of Karine Icher (67). Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (69) tied for third at 9-under 271, her best finish of the season.

Champions: John Riegger (68) birdied three of the final four holes to finish at 15-under 201 and win the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., his fifth start on the 50-and-over tour, by two shots over John Cook.

Juniors: Philip Knowles, 16, of Bradenton won the Sam Parks Junior Invitational at Belleair Country Club with a two-day total of 4-under 138. Haydyn Gibson, 15, of Clearwater, was the girls' winner at 147.

At U.S. Open, Tiger Woods looking for win, the final piece of his return to golf

At U.S. Open, Tiger Woods looking for win, the final piece of his return to golf

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. Tiger Woods returned to the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and hardly anyone noticed. Then again, it was late Sunday afternoon. Shinnecock Hills was practically empty. "A bizarre experience," said Jordan Spieth, who p...
Published: 06/13/18