Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Pettersson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason Bohn) - Not in final field
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. Ernie Els is first on the
FedExCup points list and finished tied for second at this event last year.
Els leads in points with 1,846. Steve Stricker is second with 1,697. Jim Furyk
is third with 1,691 and Phil Mickelson is fourth with 1,629. 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. Three players
who qualified for this tournament are not playing this week. They are Paul
Goydos (63), Sergio Garcia (101) and Corey Pavin (110).
The 2007 and 2009 FedExCup champion and world No. 1 Tiger Woods finished 112th
on the points list for the regular season. He will have to play well to
qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.
Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson will be playing this week for the first time
since the dramatic end to the PGA Championship. Watson lost in a playoff to
Martin Kaymer and Johnson missed out on the playoff due to a controversial
two-stroke penalty on the 18th hole in the final round.
Last year, Heath Slocum poured in a 21-foot par putt on the 18th hole to claim
a one-stroke win over four players. Slocum's closing par denied a possible
playoff that would have included Woods, Stricker, Els and Padraig Harrington.
Slocum shot a four-under 67 in the final round to end at nine-under-par 275.
In 2008, Vijay Singh birdied the second hole of a thrilling playoff to defeat
Garcia and Kevin Sutherland and capture the title. Singh became the first
four-time winner of this event, having previously won in 1993, 1995 and 2006.
Jack Nicklaus, Garcia, Els and Seve Ballesteros have each won twice.
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.
In 2006, Singh won 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, Harrington drained a 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to leap
past 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, the Irishman Harrington became the ninth different
international champion of this event, 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. 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 25 years of the tournament, including six of
the last 12 years. Overall, there have been 14 playoffs and eight since 1993.
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.
The tournament returns to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey this
year. Ridgewood previously hosted the event in 2008. Liberty National Golf
Club staged the event in 2009. The tournament had been held at Westchester
Country Club in Harrison, New York the first 41 years.
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 Stricker will defend his title.
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