Mahan finishes with a kick at The Barclays
"Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?" he said.
That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed yesterday.
Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies, sealing the victory with a 20-foot putt down the slope on the par-5 17th. That allowed him a bogey from the trees on the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event in Paramus, N.J.
Mahan had gone 48 tournaments and nearly 30 months since his last victory. The only player to never miss a FedEx Cup playoff event, he wanted to keep alive his streak of reaching the Tour Championship every year since this series began in 2007. And he wanted to state his case for a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup team.
Jason Day, who shared the 54-hole lead with Jim Furyk, would have needed to hole out from the rough on the 18th to force a playoff and he missed the green. Day closed with a 68 and a share of second place.
Mahan posed with the crystal trophy with his wife and 1-year-old daughter, who flew in to surprise him. He wanted one more picture with a disabled fan. Mahan got up to leave, picked up the trophy by its top and the bottom mysteriously broke off.
In other tournaments:
* So Yeon Ryu fell four strokes short of Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour 72-hold scoring record, but still won the Canadian Women's Open with 23-under at London, Ontario. Ryu closed with a 3-under 69. Ryu earned $337,500 for the wire-to-wire victory.
* Scott Dunlap won the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks in Snoqualmie, Wash.
* Carlos Ortiz won the Portland (Ore.) Open for his third Web.com Tour victory of the season, making him fully exempt on the 2014-15 PGA Tour.