FedEx Cup Playoffs 2015 - Barclays Golf Prediction
Barclays Playoffs Golf Predictions
When: August 27 - 30, 2015 on Golf Channel/CBS
Where: Plainfield Country Club - Edison, New Jersey
Purse: $8,250,000 / Winner Share:
Defending Champion: Hunter Mahan
With the Wyndham Championship officially in the books, the PGA Tour's regular season has come to a end and this week, golf fans will focus thier attention on, "The Barclays" one of the four "playoff tournaments" of the PGA FedEx Cup series, that takes place on August, 27th to the 30th, 2015.
The top 125 golfers who qualified for this event will battle it out at the famous Plainfield Country Club course in Edison, New Jersey, to grab the top prize of $1.44 million and more importantly the 2,500 FedEx Cup points at stake.
Only 100 of the worlds best golfers will advance to the next challenge. After The Barclays, the top 100 players qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 75 qualify for the BMW Championship and the top 30 qualify for the playoff-final, The Tour Championship.
For more than four decades now, The Barclays has hosted the PGA Tour's best, with names like Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh laying claim to the title of tournament champion in years past.
This weekend's golf odds will feature a purse worth $8 million with a winning share at The Barclays of $1,440,000.
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Barclays Playoffs Golf Prediction 2015
FedExCup points leader Jordan Spieth +615 and new PGA Championship titleholder Jason Day +829 head a roster currently slated to be 119 for the opening playoff stop. Rory McIlroy, opting to give his left ankle another week of recovery, Louis Oosthuizen withdrew due to a bad back and Sergio Garcia are among six qualifiers sitting out the playoff opener. Continue
Barclays Golf History
The Barclays golf competition started in 1967 under the name of the Westchester Classic.
Since 1976, it has been renamed several times due to the change of the main sponsor.
Beginning in 2007, the tournament's name became The Barclays, and The Barclays became one of the four "playoff tournaments" of the FedEx Cup series.
Many of the world's current top players have won the event as well, including two-time champions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia, and four-time champion Vijay Singh.
As the first of four playoff events, The Barclays plays a leading role in the FedExCup, the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR season.
Plainfield Country Club - FedEx Cup Golf 2015
Opened in 1890, the 18-hole "Plainfield" course at the Plainfield Country Club facility in Edison, New Jersey features 6,865 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
The course rating is 73.6 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Bent grass. Plainfield Country Club sprawls across gently rolling hills that Donald Ross, the designer of the course, tried to closely follow in his design.
Ross was successful in creating a delightfully uneven golf course with greens that slope, twist, and turn.
Many of the challenging greens slope from back to front and feature sharp drop-offs. The course has a traditional design that has been ranked as one of the best in the country by several water hazards come into play on five holes.
There are also bunkers treacherously lurking around the greens and fairways. The final three holes are the most challenging, with the 18th hole rounding off the course with a difficult par 4, that also features, the course's most severe green, which features a false front and bunkers both left and right.
Next Golf Courses To Host The Barclays Playoffs
- 2016 – Bethpage State Park's Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
2014 Barclays Playoffs Winner
Hunter Mahan broke up the log jam at the top of The Barclays leaderboard down the stretch as he birdied five of the final eight holes to capture the FedExCup event at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
The hot streak pulled him away for a two-stroke victory over Stuart Appleby, Jason Day and Cameron Tringale and vaulted him from 62nd place in the FedExCup points standings to the top spot with three events to go in his quest for the $10 million bonus and the coveted title the star is looking for.
Mahan matched the best final round at six-under-par and ended the tournament at 14 under (66-71-68-65—270) to win his sixth PGA TOUR title.
Mahan has always risen to the occasion of the playoffs as he is the only player who has never missed a FedEx Cup playoff event since the playoffs began in 2007. With 2500 points, Mahan moves up 61 spots in the FedExCup standings to first place. Mahan's best finish thus far in the FedExCup Playoffs is seventh in 2011.
Mahan opened with a birdie on the first hole, birdied five, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 and made bogey on 18 after hitting his drive right on the final hole. He had to punch out of the trees into the fairway on his second shot.
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