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    • Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, looks to continue his dominance as the FedExCup Playoffs begin. (David Cannon/Getty Images) Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, looks to continue his dominance as the FedExCup Playoffs begin. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

    The indelible image left on millions watching the 2010 edition of The Barclays was Matt Kuchar's hand-crafted 7-iron from the rough to its resting place inside the leather at the par-4 18th hole in a playoff. The knockout blow sent Martin Laird into the annals as the forgotten contender at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. (The Scot would be licking his wounds again two months later as one of two victims to Jonathan Byrd's playoff-winning ace in Las Vegas.)

    Laird's bid for redemption at Ridgewood will have to wait as he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs that opens at the A.W. Tillinghast design this week. For the third time, an 18-hole composite course that uses the most challenging holes of three nine-hole tracks at Ridgewood -- the East, Center and West Courses -- will play as a par 35-36=71 measuring 7,319 yards. Ridgewood first hosted in 2008.

    Sixty golfers that competed here in 2010 are scheduled to play this week. What they may recall is a fair test that averaged just under par (70.977) four years ago. The field split 62.88 percent of the fairways to rank 21st in all of 2010. The greens-in-regulation split landed at 64.88 percent, good for 19th-lowest. Scoring opportunities on the par 3s (T42) and par 4s (T30) are expected, but the trio of par 5s posed the greatest challenge in 2010. Nos. 3, 13 and 17 averaged 4.89 strokes, highest among all non-majors that season. They were no bargain in 2008, either, checking in at 4.85.


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    En route to his victory, Kuchar's game overall got better nearer the hole. After ranking T30 in accuracy off the tee and T15 in GIR, he finished fourth in strokes gained-putting and went 62-for-63 from eight feet and in. That included 21 conversions in 22 attempts from outside three feet. He also ranked T2 in both par-4 and par-5 scoring and posted 12-under 272.

    Rain cannot be ruled out during the opening round before primarily dry conditions take over for the duration. Cloud cover will help cap temperatures in the upper 70s. Winds are forecast to be moderate but not a major issue.

    POWER RANKINGS: THE BARCLAYS

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy

    Winner of last three starts and back atop the Official World Golf Ranking. Ninth in GIR, second in adjusted scoring, T1 in par-4 scoring.

    Winner of last three starts and back atop the Official World Golf Ranking. Ninth in GIR, second in adjusted scoring, T1 in par-4 scoring.

    2 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler

    In his last four starts, he posted three top threes in the majors and added a T8 at Firestone. Career-tying-high seven top 10s this season.

    In his last four starts, he posted three top threes in the majors and added a T8 at Firestone. Career-tying-high seven top 10s this season.

    3 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk

    First look at Ridgewood since 2008 (T12). Top 20s in his last six starts, including three majors. Second in proximity, first in scrambling.

    First look at Ridgewood since 2008 (T12). Top 20s in his last six starts, including three majors. Second in proximity, first in scrambling.

    4 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia

    Lost in a playoff in his last start at Ridgewood in 2008. Three runner-up finishes in his last five starts. Leads TOUR in adjusted scoring.

    Lost in a playoff in his last start at Ridgewood in 2008. Three runner-up finishes in his last five starts. Leads TOUR in adjusted scoring.

    5 Justin Rose Justin Rose

    Twelve top 25s since March, seven of which were top 10s, including consecutive wins. Fifth in the all-around; T9 in par-5 scoring.

    Twelve top 25s since March, seven of which were top 10s, including consecutive wins. Fifth in the all-around; T9 in par-5 scoring.

    6 Adam Scott Adam Scott

    Defending champ (at Liberty National) tied for ninth at Ridgewood in 2010. Six consecutive top 15s upon arrival. No. 1 in the all-around.

    Defending champ (at Liberty National) tied for ninth at Ridgewood in 2010. Six consecutive top 15s upon arrival. No. 1 in the all-around.

    7 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker

    Enjoying a dream season that continues. Three wins early followed by three top 10s in the majors; nine overall. Tenth in adjusted scoring.

    Enjoying a dream season that continues. Three wins early followed by three top 10s in the majors; nine overall. Tenth in adjusted scoring.

    8 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson

    Just his 13th start of the season, but he's coming off his best. Shared third at Valhalla where he led the field in strokes gained-putting.

    Just his 13th start of the season, but he's coming off his best. Shared third at Valhalla where he led the field in strokes gained-putting.

    9 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson

    His first top 10 of the season was a solo second at Valhalla; eight other top 20s. Loves the New York-New Jersey crowd and vice versa.

    His first top 10 of the season was a solo second at Valhalla; eight other top 20s. Loves the New York-New Jersey crowd and vice versa.

    10 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker

    The 2012 FedExCup champion is back in form. Five top 15s in last eight starts, including season-best T5 at Sedgefield.

    The 2012 FedExCup champion is back in form. Five top 15s in last eight starts, including season-best T5 at Sedgefield.

    11 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell

    Ridgewood debut. Fell to earth at the PGA (T46) after five straight top 10s, including a win in Paris. Co-leads in strokes gained-putting.

    Ridgewood debut. Fell to earth at the PGA (T46) after five straight top 10s, including a win in Paris. Co-leads in strokes gained-putting.

    12 Jason Day Jason Day

    Latest rebound from illness and injury yielded a T15 at Valhalla where he co-led the field in GIR. Shared fifth at Ridgewood in 2010.

    Latest rebound from illness and injury yielded a T15 at Valhalla where he co-led the field in GIR. Shared fifth at Ridgewood in 2010.

    13 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson

    All or nothing for months, but fresh off T5 at Sedgefield where he's always played well. Eight top 10s this season; 21st in adjusted scoring.

    All or nothing for months, but fresh off T5 at Sedgefield where he's always played well. Eight top 10s this season; 21st in adjusted scoring.

    14 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore

    Classic track feeds his style and bid for a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Recently strung together four consecutive top 15s.

    Classic track feeds his style and bid for a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Recently strung together four consecutive top 15s.

    15 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar

    The 2010 champ couldn't play the PGA Championship due to a sore back. Leads the PGA TOUR with 10 top 10s. Fourth in adjusted scoring.

    The 2010 champ couldn't play the PGA Championship due to a sore back. Leads the PGA TOUR with 10 top 10s. Fourth in adjusted scoring.

    16 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel

    Ten top 20s in 15 starts this season, including a T4 at Firestone and T15 at Valhalla. Ranks eighth in adjusted scoring average.

    Ten top 20s in 15 starts this season, including a T4 at Firestone and T15 at Valhalla. Ranks eighth in adjusted scoring average.

    17 Nick Watney Nick Watney

    No stranger to opening strong. Won Barclays in 2012; top 10s in four of last five. Also three top 10s in last four starts; T5 at Wyndham.

    No stranger to opening strong. Won Barclays in 2012; top 10s in four of last five. Also three top 10s in last four starts; T5 at Wyndham.

    18 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman

    Four top-11 finishes in his last six starts, including a T5 at Royal Liverpool and a solo third at Firestone. Five top fives this season.

    Four top-11 finishes in his last six starts, including a T5 at Royal Liverpool and a solo third at Firestone. Five top fives this season.

    19 Graham DeLaet Graham DeLaet

    While not at Ridgewood, he's used The Barclays as a springboard the last two years, with top fives in each. T15 at the PGA Championship.

    While not at Ridgewood, he's used The Barclays as a springboard the last two years, with top fives in each. T15 at the PGA Championship.

    20 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley

    He's stumbled in the first round in each of his first three Playoffs, but has a trio of T4s dating back to the U.S. Open this season.

    He's stumbled in the first round in each of his first three Playoffs, but has a trio of T4s dating back to the U.S. Open this season.

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