The FedEx Cup playoffs are officially in full swing this week, as the tour gets ready for The Barclays to get underway on Thursday. With it being the first event of the playoffs, there’s plenty on the line for players towards the bottom of the standings right now, and there will be plenty of suspense to see who moves on and who goes home. This year’s edition will have a lot to live up to though, as last year’s tournament had plenty of drama and ended in a very surprising way. Let’s take a look back at the 2009 edition of The Barclays.
Right about this time last year, Tiger Woods was still playing great golf, and was still in excellent form heading into these playoffs. And on Sunday, Tiger was right there. He wrapped up his final round, and was in great position to force a playoff with the two guys in the final pairing. Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington were also tied with Tiger, and were simply playing the waiting game to see if the final two guys would allow them that chance.
Those two guys in the final pairing were Steve Stricker and Heath Slocum. And both men controlled their own destiny.
Both men hit their tee shots into the bunker on 18, and you could just imagine what the superstar trio was thinking. However, it was Slocum who recovered nicely, and knocked in a huge birdie putt on the final hole to capture the victory, and move way on up in the FedEx Cup standings.
So essentially, on that day, Slocum pulled a Tiger Woods. He made a big putt that won him a tournament. But what you may not remember from that magical Sunday for Slocum was that Tiger had his shot as well. Tiger had a birdie putt of his own on 18, but simply didn’t come close to sinking it, and had to settle for par. He had his chance, but couldn’t capitalize. Slocum capitalized on his chance though, and walked out with a surprising win, as most believed that one of the big stars behind him would make the shots they needed to make to win the tournament.
With the win, Slocum moved up 121 spots in the FedEx Cup standings (a complete head-shaker, but that’s a topic for another day), and put himself in prime position to contend at the next few events.
Here’s the huge putt by Slocum to win it:
If this year’s tournament provides us with an exciting final round like the one a year ago, then it should be a great weekend of golf in New Jersey!
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