PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR and Barclays announced today that the major global financial services provider has signed a four-year extension as title sponsor of The Barclays, the first tournament in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. The agreement extends the sponsorship through 2016 and will carry the PGA TOUR's presence in the New York metropolitan area to 50 years, dating back to 1967. The Barclays 2011 will be held August 23-28 at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.
Additionally, the PGA TOUR, Barclays and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have reached an agreement to take The Barclays to Bethpage State Park's Black Course in 2012 and 2016. Bethpage Black, in Farmingdale, N.Y., in 2002 became the first publicly owned and operated course to host the U.S. Open. It also hosted the 2009 U.S. Open. Bethpage Black was designed by famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1936.
Bethpage joins Plainfield Country Club, Liberty National and Ridgewood Country Club as host venues for The Barclays through the length of the title extension. The course rotation is:
• 2012 - Bethpage State Park's Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
• 2013 -- Liberty National, Jersey City, N.J.
• 2014 -- Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.
• 2015 -- Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.
• 2016 -- Bethpage State Park's Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
"We are thrilled to extend our sponsorship of The Barclays and to continue our successful partnership with the PGA TOUR," said Bob Diamond, Chief Executive of Barclays PLC. "Just as Barclays presence has grown in North America over the past several years, so has this tournament, bringing economic benefits to the local communities and raising millions of dollars for local charities. To bring The Barclays to Bethpage Black for the first time, and to return to Liberty National, Ridgewood, and Plainfield over the next five years guarantees world-class venues and competition for golf fans in the Tri-State area."
"From the outset of the FedExCup, The Barclays has set the stage for the PGA TOUR Playoffs with exciting and compelling competition in and around the New York City area," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "As title sponsor, Barclays has helped to elevate the stature of the tournament and we are absolutely delighted that it will further its support. And with today's announcement of the venue rotation -- most notably Bethpage Black twice in the next five years -- it is obvious that The Barclays will continue to represent a past, present and future of being staged on prestigious golf courses in the greater New York-New Jersey market."
Bethpage Black -- 2012 and 2016
In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course, which became the Green Course.
Tiger Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open by being the only player to break par in a tournament that was remembered for excitement on the course and atmosphere outside the ropes. Prior to 2002, the U.S. Open had only been contested at privately owned courses. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open in a rain-soaked event.
New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, "The Bethpage Black is an unforgettable place to both play and watch great golf. I'm grateful to Governor Cuomo and the PGA TOUR for the opportunity to host The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park, and to show again why our state park system is such a great asset to New York State."
Liberty National - 2013
In 2013, The Barclays will return to Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., site of the 2009 event, won by Heath Slocum. The vision of owner Paul Fireman, Liberty National features unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, which is located less than 1,000 yards from the 14th green. TOUR players will find a new Liberty National that has undergone significant redesign by original course architects Tom Kite and Bob Cupp, including revamped greens and changes to multiple green surrounds and fairways.
"We're thrilled to have The Barclays and FedExCup return to Liberty National after such a memorable tournament in 2009," said Paul Fireman, founder of Liberty National Golf Club. "We recently completed changes to the course and gallery areas with collaboration from PGA TOUR Chief Architect Steve Wenzloff and our original design team of Tom Kite and Bob Cupp. We believe the new look Liberty National will be well received by the playing professionals and provide an even better experience for players and fans."
Ridgewood Country Club - 2014
The Barclays will return to another recent host in 2014, Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Ridgewood has hosted The Barclays twice: in 2008 when Vijay Singh won the title -- and eventually the FedExCup -- by defeating Kevin Sutherland and Sergio Garcia in a sudden-death playoff; and last year, when Matt Kuchar, also in a sudden-death playoff, hit his approach shot from the left rough to less than three feet from the hole to beat Martin Laird with a birdie. Ridgewood was founded in 1890 and is one of the oldest clubs in America. In addition to two installments of The Barclays, the course -- another A.W. Tillinghast design -- has hosted the 1935 Ryder Cup, 1974 U.S. Amateur, 1990 U.S. Senior Open and 2001 Senior PGA Championship.
"The Ridgewood Country Club is pleased to host the first event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, and on behalf of the entire membership, I'd like to say how thrilled we are to welcome the PGA TOUR back to our historic club in 2014 for The Barclays," said Robert Kobel, Ridgewood Country Club president. "Considering the results the last two times The Barclays was held here, we're confident Ridgewood will once again provide a challenging test to the world's best players and an exciting and thrilling finish for the great golf fans in this area."
Plainfield Country Club - 2015
This year's site, Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., is slated to host The Barclays again in 2015. Like Ridgewood, Plainfield Country Club was founded in 1890 and stands as one of the oldest clubs in the United States. The course was built in 1921 by Donald Ross and is widely regarded as one of his masterpieces. The club recently spent more than a decade restoring, renovating and extending the course, using Ross's original blueprints. Plainfield has hosted the 1978 U.S. Amateur and the 1987 U.S. Women's Open.
In addition to hosting The Barclays, Plainfield Country Club has made a major commitment to educating children in its local community by starting a First Tee program two years ago. Plainfield is the first private club to partner with The First Tee and commit to being a full-time First Tee facility. Plainfield's West 9 golf course hosts The First Tee programs as part of The First Tee of Metropolitan NY.
"It's been amazing to see the overwhelming support already shown to the tournament and the PGA TOUR by our members and the local community for the upcoming event in August," said Plainfield Country Club President Paul Sauchelli. "And now to have The Barclays scheduled for another stop at Plainfield in 2015 -- and as part of such a prestigious rotation of courses -- this is truly a proud moment for our club."