Monday, August 25
Singh Snatches Barclays from Garcia
Vijay Singh is on a late-season run. (Mike Davis/Flickr)
FINALLY. ON THE FIRST HOLE of a three-way sudden-death playoff at The Barclays, Sergio Garcia holed an improbable birdie putt from long range.
It was the kind of dramatic tournament-clinching putt Garcia has had trouble making in the past. But this one was rolling at just the right speed, and instead of missing left like so many of Sergio’s misses, it dove into the cup.
Wow. Game over, right?
Kevin Sutherland was done after making a mess of the 18th. He picked up his ball mark. All that was needed to make it official was for Vijay Singh to wave his broomstick-length putter and miss his 26-footer.
Surely, Vijay, of all people, wasn’t going to roll in THAT putt. Not on top of Sergio. No way.
Way. Singh nudged his Titleist into the cup.
On the next playoff hole, the par-5 17th, Garcia yanked his tee shot into the tree line. Singh split the fairway. After a rules clinic on burrowing animals and a Garcia birdie chip that narrowly missed, the Fijian calmly two-putted for the winning birdie.
That makes four Barclays titles for Mr. Singh and two wins in the last month. Veej is also your FedEx Cup leader.
Meanwhile, Garcia, the heartbreak kid, is scratching his head again. What does he have to do to win?
−The Armchair Golfer