PGA Tour
PGA - The Barclays Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 26th
SITE: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: A.W. Tillinghast and Joseph Burbeck (1936)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,468
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 430 yds10 - Par 4 502 yds
2 - Par 4 389 yds11 - Par 4 435 yds
3 - Par 3 230 yds12 - Par 4 501 yds
4 - Par 5 517 yds13 - Par 5 608 yds
5 - Par 4 478 yds14 - Par 3 161 yds
6 - Par 4 408 yds15 - Par 4 478 yds
7 - Par 5 553 yds16 - Par 4 490 yds
8 - Par 3 210 yds17 - Par 3 207 yds
9 - Par 4 460 yds18 - Par 4 411 yds
36 3,675 yds35 3,793 yds
Annual:  46th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Dustin Johnson
Runner-Up:  Matt Kuchar
Tournament Record (Par 70):  261 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
Tournament Record (Par 71):  268 (David Frost, 1992; Lee Janzen, 1994;
  Ernie Els, 1997; Sergio Garcia, 2001;
  Steve Stricker, 2007)
Tournament Record (Par 72):  269 (Johnny Miller, 1974)
54-Hole Record (Par 70):  192 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
54-Hole Record (Par 71):  194 (Dustin Johnson, 2011)
54-Hole Record (Par 72):  201 (Jack Nicklaus, 1967; Bob Murphy, 1968;
  Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
36-Hole Record (Par 70):  127 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
36-Hole Record (Par 71):  128 (Matt Kuchar, 2011)
36-Hole Record (Par 72):  129 (Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Brandt Snedeker, 2011 - Plainfield Country Club)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
2011 Finish
Dustin Johnson #194Brian Davis199
Matt Kuchar196Justin Rose199
Vijay Singh197Camilo Villegas199
Brandt Snedeker197Y.E. Yang199
Jonathan Byrd198Three players at200

# - Rain Shortened

Past Barclays Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011#Dustin Johnson (194) -- Matt Kuchar
2010*Matt Kuchar (272) -- Martin Laird
2009Heath Slocum (275) -- Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker,
Tiger Woods
2008*Vijay Singh (276) -- Sergio Garcia, Kevin Sutherland
2007Steve Stricker (268) -- K.J. Choi
2006Vijay Singh (274) -- Adam Scott
2005Padraig Harrington (274) -- Jim Furyk
2004*Sergio Garcia (272) -- Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini
2003*Jonathan Kaye (271) -- John Rollins
2002Chris Smith (272) -- David Gossett, Pat Perez, Loren Roberts
2001Sergio Garcia (268) -- Scott Hoch
2000*Dennis Paulson (276) -- David Duval
1999*Duffy Waldorf (276) -- Dennis Paulson
1998*#J.P. Hayes (201) -- Jim Furyk
1997Ernie Els (268) -- Jeff Maggert
1996Ernie Els (271) -- Steve Elkington, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert,
Craig Parry
1995*Vijay Singh (278) -- Doug Martin
1994Lee Janzen (268) -- Ernie Els
1993*Vijay Singh (280) -- Mark Wiebe
1992David Frost (268) -- Duffy Waldorf
1991Billy Andrade (273) -- Brad Bryant
1990Hale Irwin (269) -- Paul Azinger
1989*Wayne Grady (277) -- Ronnie Black
1988*Seve Ballesteros (276) -- David Frost, Greg Norman, Ken Green
1987*J.C. Snead (276) -- Seve Ballesteros
1986Bob Tway (272) -- Willie Wood
1985*Roger Maltbie (275) -- George Burns, Ray Floyd
1984Scott Simpson (269) -- David Graham, Jay Haas, Mark O'Meara
1983Seve Ballesteros (276) -- Andy Bean, Craig Stadler
1982Bob Gilder (261) -- Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite
1981Ray Floyd (275) -- Bobby Clampett, Gibby Gilbert, Craig Stadler
1980Curtis Strange (273) -- Gibby Gilbert
1979Jack Renner (277) -- David Graham, Howard Twitty
1978Lee Elder (274) -- Mark Hayes
1977Andy North (272) -- George Archer
1976David Graham (272) -- Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller
1975*Gene Littler (271) -- Julius Boros
1974Johnny Miller (269) -- Don Bies
1973*Bobby Nichols (272) -- Bob Murphy
1972Jack Nicklaus (270) -- Jim Colbert
1971Arnold Palmer (273) -- Gibby Gilbert, Hale Irwin
1970Bruce Crampton (273) -- Larry Hinson, Jack Nicklaus
1969Frank Beard (275) -- Bert Greene
1968Julius Boros (272) -- Bob Murphy, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sikes
1967Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Dan Sikes

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Barclays Classic (2005-06), Buick Classic (1990-2004),
Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic (1979-89), American Express Westchester Classic (1976-78), Westchester Classic (1967-75).

Top Contenders in the Field
Dustin Johnson------------------mcT-15T-9Won
Matt KucharmcT-43mc------T-35mcT-28Won2nd
Brandt Snedeker------mc------mcT-68T-12mcT-3
Vijay SinghmcT-18T-4T-7WonmcWonmcmcT-3
Justin Rose---------T-61mcT-14---T-41T-15T-6
Nick Watney---------mcT-25T-25T-62T-6T-36T-10
Webb Simpson---------------------8thT-36T-10
Jason Day------------------T-31T-12T-5T-13
Padraig Harrington------T-2WonT-36T-35mcT-2T-47T-13
Ian Poulter------------T-9T-9mcT-9T-15T-18
Luke DonaldT-55T-367th---T-5mc---T-31T-15T-18
Steve Stricker---------------WonT-19T-2T-3T-24
Kevin Streelman------------------T-4T-58T-3T-32
Ernie ElsT-39T-11T-16------T-4mcT-271stT-32
K.J. ChoiT-33------mc---2ndT-12mcmcT-32
Carl Pettersson---T-30mc---mcT-72T-48---mcT-32
Sergio GarciaT-12T-4WonT-22wdT-25T-2T-31---T-32
Hunter Mahan---------T-46T-42T-17T-31T-20T-31T-43
Phil MickelsonT-25---T-16---T-18T-7T-19T-52mcT-43
Graeme McDowell---------T-3212th------------T-43
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-36T-52
Jim FurykT-9T-22---2nd---T-25T-12T-15---T-52
Martin Laird------------------T-7---2ndT-58
Adam ScottT-79---T-32---2ndT-14mcT-58T-9T-67
Heath SlocummcT-58---T-51---T-14mcWonT-9mc
Zach Johnson------T-23------T-25mcT-28T-21mc
Bubba Watson------------mcmcT-12mcT-31mc
Jason Dufner------mc------T-25---mcmcmc
Keegan Bradley---------------------------mc
Tiger Woods---T-13---------------T-2T-12---
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-56---
Tim Clark---mcT-9T-12T-63T-17T-38T-24mc---
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Keegan Bradley
Darkhorse - Tim Clark
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Pettersson) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jamie Donaldson) - Finished tied for 50th
The PGA Tour travels to Farmingdale, New York this week for the first week of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup at The Barclays. The top-125 players in the FedExCup standings are eligible to play this week. Tiger Woods is first on the FedExCup points list with 2,269; Jason Dufner is second with 2,110; PGA Championship winner and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is third with 2,092; and Zach Johnson is fourth with 2,019.

Woods, McIlroy and Zach Johnson will be paired together for the first two rounds of the tournament. This marks the first time that Woods and McIlroy have played in the same group on the PGA Tour.

The number of players will be cut to the top 100 on the points list following this week for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for The Tour Championship. The FedExCup champion will receive $10 million, the largest single bonus payout in sports. Two players who qualified for this tournament are not playing this week. They are Dufner (2) and Spencer Levin (45).

The tournament will be played at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for the first time. Bethpage Black hosted the 2002 U.S. Open, won by Tiger Woods and the 2009 U.S. Open, won by Lucas Glover. Ridgewood Country Club hosted this event in 2008 and 2010, while Liberty National Golf Club hosted in 2009 and Plainfield Country Club in 2011. The tournament had been held at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York the first 41 years.

Last year, Dustin Johnson fired rounds of 66-63-65 to win the weather- shortened event. He finished at 19-under-par 194, good for a 2-stroke win over 2010 champion Matt Kuchar. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene. It was the first PGA Tour event cut to three rounds since the 2009 Pebble Beach Pro-am, which Johnson also won.

In 2010, Kuchar birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Martin Laird and win the first playoff event of 2010. Kuchar fired a 5-under 66 in the final round and was the only player to post four rounds in the 60s for the week. He was the first in at 12-under 272 and Laird, the third-round leader, joined him after an even-par 71 that ended with a 3-putt bogey on 18. Kuchar's 5-stroke comeback on the final day tied the largest come-from-behind win in tournament history (Bobby Nichols in 1973 and Vijay Singh in 1993).

In 2009, Heath Slocum poured in a 21-foot par putt on the 18th hole to claim a 1-stroke win over four players. Slocum's closing par denied a possible playoff that would have included Woods, Steve Stricker, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. Slocum shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to end at 9-under-par 275.

In 2008, Singh birdied the second hole of a thrilling playoff to defeat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland and capture the title. Singh became the first 4-time winner of this event, having previously won in 1993, 1995 and 2006. Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Els and Seve Ballesteros have each won twice. Singh is the all-time money leader at this event with $3,901,301 in earnings.

In 2007, Stricker birdied four of the last five holes in the final round to come back and defeat K.J. Choi. Stricker completed his fourth PGA Tour title at 16-under-par 268. His last win anywhere prior to this title came in 2001 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

There have been 13 playoffs in the last 27 years of the tournament, including seven of the last 14 years. Overall, there have been 15 playoffs and nine since 1993.

Garcia became the youngest champion of this event in 2001. At the age of 21, Garcia passed Jack Renner, who was 23 when he won the 1979 Buick Classic.

The PGA Tour travels to Massachusetts next week for the second week of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. A field of 100 players will compete at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Webb Simpson will defend his title at TPC Boston.

08/21 15:05:40 ET

As of August 21, 2012, at 03:05 PM ET