Sunday, August 29, 2010

Laird Giftwraps Barclays Trophy, Hands to Kuchar

Matt Kuchar holds the Barclays Trophy after the final round of The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey on August 29, 2010. Matt Kuchar defeated Martin Laird in a one hole playoff and finished with a score of 12 under par. UPI/John Angelillo  Photo via Newscom
Martin Laird three putted the 18th hole from twenty five feet to force a playoff with Matt Kuchar in the 1st FedUp Cup playoff event of the season, The Barclays. On the 1st playoff hole Kuchar stuffed his approach to 30 inches and completed the comeback. Laird had a five shot advantage at the start of the final round. Kuchar shot 66 to Laird's even par 71 to set up the extra hole.

Kuchar's win moved him to the #1 position in the FedUp Cup standings. Matt has enjoyed 9 top 10s this year culminating in this, his first 2010 win. Laird's efforts earned him the #3 spot in the playoffs, up from 95. Tiger Woods' closing round 67 moved him from 112 to 65, easily gaining a spot in the next FedUp Cup event, the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. 

I've always portrayed the FedUp Cup as a manufactured money grab at the end of a long golf season. I will admit though that it did indeed present a top shelf field this week, which resulted in compelling action, witness today. Given the 80s temps, I was on the golf course and compiled this from other post-tourney articles. I changed a few words to avoid the plagiarism rap.

Til' next,


  1. The FedEx Cup is a money grab, for sure. I think it's more exciting than it was and, while not perfect, better than before when there wasn't much reason to watch golf after the PGA Championship.

  2. Refreshing honesty, ha. Hope you enjoyed your golf day!