PARAMUS, N.J. - Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays, ending more than two years without a title on the PGA Tour.
The victory was the sixth of his career, and one of the most important.
Mahan had gone 48 tournaments worldwide without winning and began the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 62, guaranteed to play only two events. By closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory, he is assured of making the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.
And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, Mahan was sure to make a lasting impression on Tom Watson for when he makes his three captain's picks for the Ryder Cup on Sept. 2.
''To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable,'' Mahan said. ''So I'm extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks. My game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it - and to do it today with a 65 - feels great.''
On a day when six players had at least a share of the lead, Mahan found a way to make it look like a comfortable win.
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