Gary Woodland hits on the first hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines, on which he made a birdie during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
PARAMUS, N.J. -- Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies to win The Barclays on Sunday, ending an 0-for-46 drought on the PGA Tour.
The victory could not have come at a better time.
Mahan now is assured of making the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007. He is the only player to never miss a playoff event. And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, he made a strong impression on Tom Watson as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup team.
Mahan closed with a 6-under 65.
He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead, hit his approach to 3 feet on the 16th and sealed the win with a 20-foot birdie on the 17th.
Gary Woodland finished at tied for 13th place.