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 wreath of roses.
"Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?" he said.
Mahan pulled away with three consecutive birdies, sealing Sunday's 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-stroke victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event in Paramus, New Jersey.
Mahan already has two World Golf Championship titles. Considering the timing, The Barclays felt bigger.
Mahan had gone 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.
This performance will be hard for U.S. captain Tom Watson to ignore.
"To get a win in an event like this, and the timing that it was, it feels unbelievable," Mahan said.
Mahan finished at 14-under 270 and won $1.44 million at Ridgewood Country Club. He also moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup point standings.
Jason Day (68) and Stuart Appleby (65) shared second place with Cameron Tringale, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a 66.
British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy, going after his fourth consecutive victory, closed with a 70 and tied for 22nd at 279.
The top 100 players in the standings advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins Friday outside Boston.
LPGA: So Yeon Ryu won the Canadian Women's Open at London Hunt in Ontario, breaking the tournament record at 23-under 265. She closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Na Yeon Choi (67). Ryu, who took a six-shot lead to the back nine, won $337,500.
Champions: Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic when he made a tap-in birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks. Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th with an approach to within 4 feet. He missed his eagle try but made his next putt for a win worth $300,000. He shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 16-under 200. Brooks had a 65 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (Washington).
European: Jamie Donaldson shot 4-under 68 to win the Czech Masters by two strokes and secure a spot on the European Ryder Cup team. He finished at 14-under 274 at the Albatross Resort near Prague. The Welshman needed a top-seven finish to guarantee a debut in next month's match against the United States at Gleneagles, Scotland.