FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tournament officials announced today that The Barclays defending champion, Dustin Johnson, will host a clinic for more than 225 area youth on Tuesday, August 21, at 1:00 p.m. on the driving range at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. The clinic is part of tournament week, as the top-125 players on the FedExCup points list will play in the first event in the FedExCup playoffs, compete for the opportunity to win the 2012 FedExCup and earn the $10 million bonus. The Barclays will be contested for the first time at Bethpage State Park on August 21 to 26.
Youth from the following four local organizations will participate in the clinic:
• Action Long Island
• First Tee of Essex County
• First Tee of Metropolitan New York
• YMCA Brookhaven/Patchouge
In addition to the clinic, The Barclays will make youth awareness and growth of the game a priority all week, by providing free admission at this year's event for up to three children, ages 18 and under, when accompanied by one paid adult.
Despite missing nearly three months of the season due to injury, Johnson is currently No. 24 in the FedExCup standings on the strength of his victory earlier this summer at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Johnson, who is not in the field this week at the Wyndham Championship, will look to join Ernie Els (1996-1997) as the only players to win The Barclays in back-to-back years. Johnson's six career wins on the PGA TOUR are the most by any player currently in their 20s. He has won at least one PGA TOUR event in each of the past five seasons, a streak second only to Phil Mickelson, who has won in each of the past nine seasons (2004-2012).
Daily and weekly grounds tickets are on sale for The Barclays for practice rounds and competition rounds. Clubhouse tickets are also available on a daily and weekly basis. For tournament and ticket information, please visit www.thebarclaysgolf.com.
Round trip tickets on the LIRR can be purchased directly at www.CooCoo.com/lirrtickets or through the MTA web site atwww.mta.info/lirr/getaways/LongIsland/BarclaysGolf.htm for the Farmingdale Station stop with free shuttle buses for the short ride to Bethpage.