Fed-Ex Cup play-offs begin with top 125 players on PGA Tour.
The FedEx Cup play-offs were introduced in 2007 and the swing of four tournaments will ultimately decide who is this year’s top PGA Tour professional.
The 125 players who have amassed the most points in the regular Tour season will head to the Ridgewood Country Club this week with 25 of them facing the chop ahead of the second Cup play-off next week.
There are plenty of FedEx Cup points to play for and $8 million in prize money. Keep reading for our preview of The Barclays 2014.
Par 70 course suits big-hitters
Since 2008 the Barclays has been rotated around a number of golf clubs in the New York metropolitan area. This year it is at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey for the first time since 2010.
The Ridgewood is an 18 hole composite course that uses the most challenging holes of three nine-hole tracks – the East, Center and West Courses – and will play as a par 35-36=71 measuring 7,319 yards.
It won’t be a massive under par score that wins the event with around 10 under par likely to be enough. There are scoring opportunities on the par 3s and par 4s but the trio of par 5s (numbers 3, 13 and 17) averaged 4.89 strokes the last time the Barclays was played at Ridgewood in 2010.
The favourites for the Barclays
After three tournament wins in a row – at the Open, the WGC Bridgestone and the US PGA – Rory McIlroy is one again top of the official world rankings. The 25 year old has been in scintillating form in recent weeks and it bears repeating that with the exception of the Irish Open, McIlroy hasn’t finished outside the top 25 in any event he has played in 2014.
The world number one ranks top of the Tour in par-4 scoring and this could be key to more success this weekend. McIlroy is 5/1 to win his fourth tournament in a row.
Since missing the cut at the Memorial in early June, Rickie Fowler has been on a hot streak of form. In his most recent five events the 25 year old’s results have been T13, T2, T2, T8 and T3 and three of those top five finishes have been in Majors amongst the very best players.
The Californian is 36 under par for his last 12 rounds of tournament golf and finished a respectable T36 at the Barclays when it was last hosted by Ridgewood four years ago. Fowler could certainly be one to follow at 21/1.
We’ve been following Adam Scott for the last few weeks and the world number two has been in great form without ever quite contending for a title. The Australian has finished in the top 15 in each of his last six events and hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour this season.
An each-way bet on the 34 year old would have paid dividends in three of his last six tournament appearances and since a 77 in his opening round at the Players Championship he has barely put a foot wrong. The reigning Barclays champion (albeit on a different course) is 15/1.
Some outsiders to consider in the betting
With one or two Ryder Cup places up for grabs, a good performance by Ryan Moore could see him selected in the USA team for Gleneagles. The 31 year old has recorded four top 12 finishes in his last five events including a T8 at the WGC Bridgestone.
It looks like a course that wood suit Moore and he looks a lively each-way bet at 60/1.
We’ve suggested keeping an eye on Marc Leishman in a couple of recent events and the Australian could go well again at Ridgewood. He finished 12 under par at both the Open and the WGC Bridgestone to record top five finishes before putting in a solid performance at the US PGA to finish T46.
The 30 year old finished T36 at Ridgewood in 2010 and is 75/1 to win this year.
It’s been a long road back after injury for Paul Casey but there have been signs in recent months that the Englishman is approaching some of his best form.
Casey scraped into the play-offs (he finished 118th in the points table) but has recorded a string of top 25 finishes since April including T13 at the Memorial and T18 last weekend where he shot a combined 10 under par.
The 37 year old is 80/1 to win his first PGA Tour title since 2009.
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