FedEx Cup Play-offs begin as top 125 golfers on Tour head to New Jersey
After the regular PGA Tour season ended at the Wyndham, the top 125 FedEx Cup points scorers now enter the four tournament play-off. With quadruple rankings points on offer and a multi-million dollar prize awaiting the eventual champion there is lots to play for this week.
Keep reading for our preview of The Barclays 2015.
Just 100 players make the cut at the end of this weekend
Last week’s Wyndham Championship was the final tournament of the regular PGA season and good performances from several golfers saw them claim one of the coveted 125 play-off spots. The likes of Jeff Overton, Jonas Blixt and Camilo Villegas all crept into the top 125 while the likes of Tiger Woods, Jamie Donaldson and Martin Kaymer missed out.
The top 100 ranked players will make it through to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week and with quadruple ranking points on offer a good performance at Plainfield can significantly improve a golfer’s ranking.
The last time the Barclays was at Plainfield it averaged over two strokes under par but since then the course has been extended by 48 yards and is now a par 34-36=70.
Your golf betting favourites
With most of the very big names in action – Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy are two notable exceptions – this promises to be a hugely competitive tournament.
Considering his form and success in 2015, Jordan Spieth is a worthy 11/2 favouriteAdd to betslip. The new world number one leads the FedEx Cup points rankings and also heads the Tour in adjusted scoring and par-4 scoring.
Five of Spieth’s past six starts gave resulted in top four finishes and when the exception is a T10 in a very strong field at a WGC event then you know you’re looking at a man in top form.
The only other man on Tour who can match Spieth’s recent run of success is US PGA champion Jason Day. The Australian has won two of his past three starts, with PGA Championship and Canadian Open wins sandwiching a T12 result at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Day leads the Tour in ‘birdies or better’ and finished T11 the last time the Barclays was held at the Plainfield course. He is the 8/1 second favouriteAdd to betslip.
Over recent weeks we’ve been suggesting that you follow Brooks Koepka and the 25 year old continues to reward each-way punters. The 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year has shot sixteen sub-70 rounds in his last eighteen and has recorded eight consecutive top 25 finishes worldwide and top six finishes in his last three events.
On current form he looks an exceptional each-way bet at 25/1Add to betslip.
Some outsiders to consider
There are nine rookies in this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs and two of them are in great form and have a decent chance of a maiden Tour victory.
We’ve been following Justin Thomas for a few weeks and the 22 year old is the highest ranked rookie this week. After T5, T4 and T18 finishes recently he disappointed slightly at the Wyndham last week but he was 9 under par going into the final round and only a poor 75 cost him a top 20 finish.
Thomas has finished under par in his last six events and could be one to follow at a tempting 65/1Add to betslip.
Tony Finau is another rookie that is enjoying a terrific season and the 25 year old sits 39th in the FedEx Cup rankings. He has nine top 25 finishes in his last 11 starts (including two majors) and was T10 at the US PGA Championship.
The man from Utah ranks 14th on Tour in ‘birdies or better’ and is at 85/1 to continue his good formAdd to betslip.
He may not be a household name but Danny Lee ranks 10th in the FedEx Cup rankings, above such golfing luminaries as Open champion Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk. The 25 year old is enjoying a terrific season which has yielded four top 10 finishes in his last six starts including his breakthrough Tour victory at the Greenbrier Classic.
Since then he has recorded a T3, a T4 and a T6 and he is another young player that offers great each way value at 65/1Add to betslip.
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