(CNN) -- Matt Kuchar denied Martin Laird his first PGA Tour win after the Scot let victory slip through his grasp with a clumsy three-putt on the final green.
The unheralded Laird needed to par the 18th to land The Barclays tournament and sitting less than 25-feet from the flag after two solid shots looked set to accomplish his task.
But he charged his first putt past the hole and never threatened with the victory putt coming back, leaving him in a playoff with Kuchar.
The American hit a clever seven-iron approach shot at the first extra hole to just two-feet from the hole and putted out to clinch the $1.35 million check.
Kuchar, who has earned his place in the U.S. Ryder Cup team, had carded a five-under 66 to set the clubhouse pace on 12-under 272 and was delighted to take full advantage of his opponent's late lapse.
"The shot came out beautifully," Kuchar told the official PGA Tour website.
"I ran it up to that back right bank. I knew it was getting good. That was an exciting way to cap off this tournament."
Overnight leader Laird could only reflect on his late misfortune after battling to a final day level-par 71.
"Obviously, not the finish I was looking for," he said.
The last day at the Ridgewood Country Club was also notable for a fine round by world number one Tiger Woods, who moved through the field to tie for 12th after a four-under 67 in the first event of the PGA playoff series.
"I haven't won all year," Woods said.
"But this is a week that I was very close. I felt that if I would have putted better for all four days, I would have been right there. Looking forward to next week."
Woods, who confirmed his divorce from Elin Nordegren at the start of the week, has qualified for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston after moving into the top 100 in the playoff standings.
It will also strengthen his claim for a captain's pick for the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup in October.
Steve Stricker (66) and Kevin Streelman (68) finished tied for third place at 10-under 274.