Bethpage Black didnt feel like one on Sunday

FARMINGDALE, N. Torrey Smith Elite Jersey .Y. — Even after a year that didnt come close to his expectations, Nick Watney wasnt about to give up on his season. Amazing how one week changed his outlook in so many ways. He beat one of the strongest fields of the year at The Barclays, on the tough track of Bethpage Black. Winning the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup guarantees him a good shot at the $10 million prize. And suddenly, playing in the Ryder Cup becomes a lot more realistic. That all came into play Sunday when Watney didnt miss a green until the 16th hole, turned a two-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a three-shot lead, overcame a trio of three-putt bogeys with clutch birdies, and closed with a 2-under 69 for a three-shot victory. Graham DeLaet (65) of Weyburn, Sask., fired the best round of the day to wind up in a four-way tie for fifth, four shots off the lead at 6 under. “Its been not quite the year I wanted,” Watney said. “But this really makes it all forgotten. Winning a tournament is hard, but winning out here and against this field was very, very difficult. Im kind of still on a high right now.” U.S. captain Davis Love III has a lot more choices for his four wild-card selections next week. Watney won by three shots over Brandt Snedeker, who already was part of the discussion as a potential pick. Snedeker, a winner in San Diego and a contender in the British Open, battled to the end and made big putts on the last two holes for a 1-under 70 to finish alone in second. Dustin Johnson, also under consideration as a pick, shot 68 and tied for third with Garcia, whose bogey on the final hole gave him a 75. Not even Watney thought he was worthy of being picked for the Ryder Cup going into the week. “Im thinking much more now than I was coming in,” he said. “Coming in here, I didnt deserve to be in the conversation because I had not played my way in. Someone told me that Davis said he wanted a hot player, and we still have a week to go. But like I said, Id love to be on the team. But Im not really concerned with it just because its out of my control.” Love will announce his picks after the second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which ends on Labor Day. Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk are likely to be two of those picks, and the other two suddenly are wide open. “Ryder Cup is definitely on my mind,” Snedeker said. “But Im not letting it affect the way I play. Try to win every golf tournament. It gives me more motivation to do it, and if I do that, I know I will make the decision easy for them. “Davis has an extremely difficult choice with a bunch of guys who did not play well enough over the last two years to be on the team. You cant go wrong with any of them. I think that its certainly helped everybody who played well this week.” Watney, who won for the fifth time in his career, finished on 10-under 278. In what amounted to a duel with Garcia for so much of the day, Watney fell two shots behind after he three-putted for bogey on the fifth hole and Garcia made a 40-footer for birdie on the next hole. Garcia, going for his second straight PGA Tour win, never had much of a chance after that. “I hit a couple bad shots at the wrong moments,” Garcia said. “And unfortunately, I just wasnt feeling comfortable.” Watney two-putted for birdie on the seventh. On the par-3 eighth, Garcia scrambled for bogey from the bunker, while Watney holed a bending, 30-foot birdie putt to take his first lead of the day. Another two-shot swing followed on the 10th, when Garcia three-putted and Watney hit a beautiful approach to 4 feet for birdie. Both were sloppy on the back nine, but Watney hit all the right shots and seized control for good with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th. “I made more putts than I made all year,” Watney said. He credits that to some tips from Darrell Kestner, the respected club pro at nearby Deepdale, a lesson set up by a friend. Kestner worked on his setup, mainly keeping Watney from leaning to far back on his heels. “It paid off,” Watney said. Tiger Woods, six shots behind at the start of the day, never made a move. He alternated between bogeys and birdies until the sixth hole, and his round imploded on the back nine with a three-putt double bogey on the 12th, a poor wedge that led to bogey on the par-5 13th, and a tee shot on the par-3 14th that sailed over the green and one-hopped against the gallery. He closed with a 76 and tied for 38th. Woods left without speaking to CBS Sports or any other media. It was this third 72-hole tournament over par this year, the other two coming at majors. Bethpage Black didnt feel like one on Sunday. After a third round in which several players felt the greens were close to dead and nearly impossible to putt, there was plenty of water on them overnight. High scores were more a product of bad play, and it was difficult for anyone to make up too much ground because conditions were comparable throughout the day. And while it was effectively a two-man race for much of the day, there was plenty at stake in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 players advance to the Deutsche Bank for the second of four playoff events. The biggest move belonged to Graham DeLaet of Canada, who started the week at No. 106 and was right on the bubble going into the final round. It turned out way better than DeLaet could have imagined. Despite back-to-back bogeys on the front nine, he answered with four birdies on his next seven holes, and then holed out with on the 15th for eagle with a 9-iron from 161 yards. He closed with two birdies for a Sunday-best 65. Not only did he advance, DeLaet moved up 62 spots to No. 44 and should be safe for the next two tournaments. “I guess a lot of people think theres too much volatility in it, but it was in my favour,” DeLaet said. “If you can have one really good event, you can catapult yourself up. And now I feel I have a chance to get into the Tour Championship, where this morning I was just hoping to play next week.” It was a good day for another Canadian — David Hearn. Playing with Woods, he closed with a 71 and moved from No. 108 to No. 67. The other four from outside the top 100 who moved in were Jonas Blixt, Tommy Gainey and Jason Day, who closed with a 66. The odd man out was John Mallinger, who started the week at No. 88 and missed the cut. He became the highest-seeded player to fail to advance since this FedEx Cup playoff system began in 2007. Dannell Ellerbe Womens Jersey .” But the Toronto Blue Jays are banking heavily on R.A. Dickeys dancing knuckleball leading them back to the baseball playoffs. Ray Lewis Grey Jersey . Relive all the action with TSN.cas Fight-By-Fight Breakdown. Fight-by-fight results from UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II. PRELIMINARY CARD Felipe Arantes (14-4-0, 2NC) vs. . Hutchinson hurt his knee last week in a 24-10 loss to Houston and will have surgery Thursday. 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On Tuesday his charges finally proved it and now the Bulls will try to force a deciding Game 7 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals set against the upstart Philadelphia 76ers in the City of Brotherly Love. With its back against the wall in Game 5 Chicago dominated defensively in a 77-69 win in the Windy City. The Bulls, playing without star point guard Derrick Rose and starting center Joakim Noah, limited Philadelphia to just 32.1 percent shooting. Luol Deng made four three-pointers and led Chicago with 24 points while Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 13 rebounds. The 76ers had won three straight in the series since a Game 1 loss, which saw Rose go down for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. They still lead the series 3-2 and can become just the fifth No. 8 seed in NBA history to knock off a No. 1 seed with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Philadelphia. The Bulls, meanwhile, will be looking for force a Game 7 back home. “We need everybody,” said Thibodeau. “You never know where its going to come from. … We have to concentrate on whats next and be ready to go.” Jrue Holiday scored a team-high 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting in the Game 5 loss for the 76ers. The second quarter proved particularly challenging for the Sixers . They trailed 17-16 after one, but managed just 10 points in the second on 4-of-23 shooting. The Bulls held a 35-26 lead at the half and never trailed in the third quarter. “The second quarter was a disasterr for us offensively,” remarked Philadelphia coach Doug Collins. Terrence Cody Jersey. Philadelphia could win its first playoff series since 2003 and join the 1994 Nuggets (over Seattle), 1999 Knicks (over Miami also in a lockout shortened season), 2007 Warriors (over Dallas) and last years Grizzlies (over the Spurs) in the rare one-eight upset club if they top the Bulls tonight. Noah suffered a badly sprained left ankle in Game 3 and was listed a game-time decision on Tuesday. The big man will also be a game-time decision for Game 6 but he certainly doesnt look healthy enough to play. Meanwhile, Bulls super-sub Taj Gibson, who has rendered one of the Sixers best bench players, Thaddeus Young, ineffective in this series with his length and defensive acumen, was forced to leave Game 5 with a right ankle injury but has vowed to play on Thursday. Collins made the surprising decision to give his team the option of watching the disastrous first half game film from Tuesdays setback and it came away understanding they get bogged down in the half-court and need to pick up the pace and play more transition basketball. “We tried to make it as positive as possible because tape can be very, very negative,” Collins said. “I want our guys to be incredibly positive about what we have to do. I dont want them to have negative feelings at all. But I wanted them to see how they could be better.” These two rivals have met in postseason twice before, in the East semifinals in back-to-back years (1990 and 91) during the Michael Jordan-era with Chicago taking both sets 4-1. Game 7, if necessary, is set for Saturday back in Chicago. ‘ ‘ ‘

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