Golf - Mahan snatches Barclays with late birdies

Golf - Mahan snatches Barclays with late birdies
PARAMUS, NJ - AUGUST 24: Hunter Mahan receives The Barclays trophy from Barclays chief executive, investment bank, Tom King. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ROSS KINNAIRD)

- Hunter Mahan fired a six-under par 65 Sunday to win the US PGA Barclays tournament by two strokes, giving the American his first tour victory in more than two years.

Mahan, who had not taken a title since the 2012 Houston Open, birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to seize a three-stroke lead, then sank a clutch eight-foot bogey putt at 18 to claim the first event in the US tour's season-ending playoffs.

"Haven't played my best this year so to get a win in an event like this and the timing what it was, it feels incredible," Mahan said.

Mahan, who had only a pair of top-five finishes this season before this week, finished 72 holes on 14-under 270 with Australians Jason Day and Stuart Appleby and American Cameron Tringale sharing second on 272.