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Golf Australia Express : Issue 9
HURRICANE IRENE may have killed the final round, but it was the players who murdered the softened Plainfield Country Club layout at The Barclays. The opening PGA Tour Playoffs event looked like being a 36-hole farce early on Saturday as the heavens opened, but the really heavy stuff held off just long enough for the field to get through. In fact, Dustin Johnson has Mother Nature to thank almost exclusively for his two-stroke win. Johnson went out in six- under to rocket to 19-under (his final score), but as the gathering storm started lashing the course there was a real possibility play would be abandoned. Had play been stopped, and the third round not completed, the result would have been determined by the leaderboard at the end of the second round. As it happened, luck was on Johnson’s side and, despite him not picking up a single shot on the back nine, he held on to move into pole position in the four-tournament FedEx Cup standings as the world’s best golfers slug it out for a shot at $10 million. DUST-IN FRONT AT FEDEX Luck was the word of the day for the American—who holed out from a bunker for eagle on the fourth hole— and he admitted as much after the win. “ We got lucky,” Johnson said. “ The weather held up for us long enough.” A contender for round of the year also emerged in Brandt Snedeker, who birdied 11 holes and made just one bogey to shoot a staggering 10-under 61 and ride a nuclear bomb of third round form to 16-under and a third place finish, equal with Vijay Singh. The only real challenger to Johnson’s dominance was countryman Matt Kuchar, who made five birdies in 11 holes to grab a share of the lead, but couldn’t maintain the pressure, bogeying the 12th and 13th and eventually finishing two strokes back. Australians Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley were seven shots back, wedged in a bottleneck in a tie for 13th place, while four bogeys and a double bogey on the last seven holes of the tournament reduced Adam Scott’s round, and chances of a top 10 finish, to rubble. OTG “I FEEL LIKE I’VE PLAYED PRETTY WELL ALL YEAR BUT JUST HAVEN’T QUITE BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT WIN.” — Dustin Johnson, FedEx Cup leader and The Barclays winner WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 DUSTIN JOHNSON USA -19 $ 1,440,000 2 MATT KUCHAR USA -17 $ 864,000 T3 VIJAY SINGH FIJ -16 $ 464,000 T3 BRANDT SNEDEKER USA -16 $ 464,000 5 JONATHAN BYRD USA -15 $ 320,000 T6 BRIAN DAVIS ENG -14 $ 259,000 T6 JUSTIN ROSE ENG -14 $ 259,000 T6 CAMILO VEILLEGAS COL -14 $ 259,000 T6 Y.E. YANG KOR -14 $ 259,000 T10 CHARLEY HOFFMAN USA -13 $ 200,000 T10 WEBB SIMPSON USA -13 $ 200,000 T10 NICK WATNEY USA -13 $ 200,000 WRAP THE