Last Week's Pick to Win (Lucas Glover) - Finished tied for 24th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Billy Mayfair) - Finished 70th
The PGA Tour travels to New Jersey 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 and is playing in this event for the first time since
2003. Woods leads in points with 3,431. Steve Stricker is second with 2,155
and Zach Johnson is third with 2,019. The number of players will be cut to 100
for the 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. Every player in the top-125 on the points list
is playing this week. The purse increased $500,000 from last year to $7.5
million, with the winner receiving $1,350,000.
Last year, Vijay Singh birdied the second hole of a thrilling playoff to
defeat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland and capture the title. Singh became
the first four-time winner of The Barclays, having previously won in 1993,
1995 and 2006. Jack Nicklaus, Garcia, Ernie Els and Seve Ballesteros have each
The trio headed back to the 18th hole for the playoff and Singh and Garcia
hammered their drives down the fairway. Sutherland missed the short grass in
almost the identical spot he missed in regulation. He was able to come up
short and left, once again, in almost the exact spot in regulation. Sutherland
pitched to six feet and Garcia and Singh were in similar spots both about 26
feet from the hole. They called officials and ShotLink workers in charge of
tracking distances to see who was away and it was Garcia. The Spaniard drained
the birdie putt, eliminating Sutherland from the playoff. All that stood from
Garcia's victory was Singh holing his birdie putt. That's exactly what Singh
did and it was back to the par-five 17th at Ridgewood Country Club. Garcia hit
a terrible drive while Singh hit a strong drive down the middle. Garcia's
second ran to the other side of the fairway directly behind a tree. Singh
played his second onto the green inside 20 feet, a replay of his shot that
netted a birdie in regulation. Garcia was the beneficiary of a strange ruling
for "abnormal ground." He got some room from behind the tree, but his pitch
came up short of the putting surface. Garcia needed to hole out from off the
green to give himself a realistic chance. It didn't happen and Garcia had to
wait and watch Singh two-putt from 18 feet for the win. Singh did just that
and collected his 33rd PGA Tour victory.
In 2007, Steve Stricker birdied four of the last five holes in the final round
to come back and defeat K.J. Choi and win, which was the first event in the
FedEx Cup Playoffs. Stricker completed his fourth PGA Tour title at 16-under-
par 268. His last win anywhere came in 2001 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play
In 2006, Singh won The Barclays by two shots over Adam Scott, closing with a
three-under 68 to finish the tournament at 10-under-par 274. It was Singh's
17th title since turning 40, matching Sam Snead for the most in that category.
Singh is the all-time money leader at this event with $3,437,301 in earnings.
In 2005, Padraig Harrington drained a 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to
leap past Jim Furyk for the win. Harrington posted a one-under 70 in the final
round to finish four rounds at 10-under-par 274. Harrington got a bit of
redemption from 2004 when he missed a five-footer in a playoff and eventually
lost to Garcia. With the win Harrington became the ninth different
international champion of The Barclays, joining Bruce Crampton of Australia
(1970), David Graham of Australia (1976), Ballesteros of Spain (1983 and
1988), Wayne Grady of Australia (1989), David Frost of South Africa (1992),
Singh of Fiji (1993, 1995, 2006, 2008), Els of South Africa (1996 and 1997)
and Garcia of Spain (2001 and 2004).
In 2003, Jonathan Kaye became the eighth first-time winner at this event. Kaye
joined Andy North (1977), Jack Renner (1979), Grady (1989), Singh (1993), J.P.
Hayes (1998), Dennis Paulson (2000) and Chris Smith (2002) in that category.
There have been 12 playoffs in the last 24 years of the tournament, including
six of the last 11 years. Overall, there have been 14 playoffs and eight since
When Garcia captured the event in 2001, his total of 268 tied the tournament
record for the par-71 layout held by Frost (1992), Lee Janzen (1994) and Els
(1997). Stricker joined that group in 2007. The win enabled Garcia to become
the youngest champion of this event. At the age of 21, Garcia passed Renner,
who was 23 when he won the 1979 Buick Classic.
This is the first year that this event is being held at Liberty National Golf
Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The tournament had been held at Westchester
Country Club in Harrison, New York the first 41 years and Ridgewood Country
Club in 2008. Liberty National is the closest golf course to Manhattan,
located just across the Hudson River. It was designed by Robert Cupp and Tom
Kite and opened for play in 2006. The course provides breathtaking views of
the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The 18th green is less than
1,000 yards from the Statue of Liberty.
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 Singh will once again defend his title.
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