About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
"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 Sunday.
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.
He already has two World Golf Championships. Considering the timing, The Barclays felt bigger.
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.
Here is the club set Hunter used to win the Barclays
Driver: Ping G25 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 70X
Length: 45.25 inches (tipped 1 inch)
Swing Weight: D4
3 Wood: Titleist 913 F.d (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder 757 X
Hybrid: Ping i25 (17 degrees with 18 degrees of actual loft)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana White Board 90X
Length: 40.75 inches
Swing Weight: D3
Irons: Ping S55 (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue
Swing Weight: D2
Wedges: Ping i25 (54 and 59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100
Swing Weight: D4 (54), D5 (60)
Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Anser 2
Length: 34 inches (2-degrees flat)
Loft: 3 degrees
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x