Found August 23, 2012 on
The common phrase this year - ''Tiger's back'' - took on a new meaning Friday at The Barclays.
Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He managed to overcome a bogey-bogey start and get within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia.
Garcia, who won last week for his first PGA Tour win in four years, had a 68. Watney had a 69, giving him a share of the 36-hole lead and a chance to salvage a dismal year.
They were at 8-under 134.
Woods had a 69 and was three shots out of the lead going into the weekend, where some two dozen players were separated by only five shots.
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Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory Sunday at The Barclays that was timely in so many ways.
Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and then hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by three over Brandt Snedeker.
Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season Sunday at The Barclays with a victory that could not have come at a better time.
Watney turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead in a decisive four-hole stretch around the turn at Bethpage Black, and no one got closer than two shots the rest of the way. Watney made a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 2-under...
Sergio Garcia survived the fast, slippery greens of Bethpage Black for a 2-under 69 and a two-shot lead in The Barclays.
Garcia was three shots behind Nick Watney after 10 holes Saturday and had the lead three holes later when Watney struggled off the tee. The Spaniard played bogey-free over the final eight holes, and stretched his margin to two shots when Watney three-putted the...