July 14, 2009
After the 2009 PGA TOUR season began with several players in their 20s finding the winner's circle, players in their 40s are now using their experience to make a mid-season run just in time for The Barclays, the kickoff of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, August 25-30, at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J.
Early in the season, Nick Watney (28) and Dustin Johnson (25) won in back-to-back weeks at the Buick Invitational and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, respectively. Watney and Johnson were later joined by Sean O'Hair (27) who won the Quail Hollow Championship. All three players have now won multiple events on the PGA TOUR.
Lucas Glover (29) outlasted final-round charges by the top two players in the Official World Golf Ranking, and all the rain Mother Nature could produce, to claim the U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage State Park. Glover entered the final round one shot off the 54-hole lead and carded a 3-over-par 73 as he holed a short par putt on the 18th hole for a two-stroke victory. The victory was Glover's second on the PGA TOUR after claiming the 2005 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.
The four 20-somethings have combined for 16 top-10 finishes in 2009, and all four players are also currently in the top 20 in the FedExCup standings with Glover (No. 7), O'Hair (No. 9) and Watney (No. 10) each inside the top 10.
But for all the success that players in their 20s have had this year, the 40-year olds may be having an even better season. Steve Stricker's second victory of 2009 at last week's John Deere Classic was the seventh win by a player in his 40s this year. Stricker, who won the 2007 Barclays and finished second in the 2007 FedExCup, now trails Tiger Woods by 8 points in this year's FedExCups standings. The 42-year-old also won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial earlier this year.
Kenny Perry, 48, also has multiple wins this season with victories at the FBR Open and the Travelers Championship. Included in Perry's seven top-10 finishes is his runner-up playoff loss to Angel Cabrera at the Masters Tournament. Perry is No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. Other winners in their 40s include Jerry Kelly, Retief Goosen and Michael Bradley. These five players have 23 top-10 finishes among them this year.
The 2009 field at The Barclays will feature the top 125 players on the FedExCup points list following the Wyndham Championship (August 17-23), as opposed to a field of 144 in 2008. Here is a brief summary of several other changes to the structure of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup:
• The top 125 players on the final Regular Season FedExCup points list qualify for The Barclays.
• The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
• The top 70 players on the FedExCup points list following the Deutsche Bank Championship qualify for the BMW Championhip.
• Each Playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner (quintuple the Regular Season).
• A points reset will take place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at THE TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup.
Tickets to The Barclays are available at www.thebarclaysgolf.com. Daily galleries will be limited to 25,000 spectators. Daily and Weekly tickets are available starting Tuesday of tournament week, August 25.
About The Barclays
The Barclays has been a part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1967 when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event at Westchester Country Club. Since that time, some of the greatest players in the game have earned the title including World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Raymond Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange and defending champion Vijay Singh, who has won The Barclays four times. Many of the world's current top players have won the event as well, including two-time champions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia. The Barclays plays a leading role in the 2009 FedExCup, the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR season. The conclusion of the FedExCup will be the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, comprised of a four-tournament stretch beginning at The Barclays, August 25-30.
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About Liberty National
One of the world's most picturesque golf courses, Liberty National is located along the Hudson River in Jersey City with striking views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. The $250 million course opened on July 4, 2006 and is guided by the vision and leadership of former Reebok Founder/Chairman & CEO Paul Fireman, currently Chairman of Fireman Capital Partners, and his son Dan Fireman, Managing Partner of Fireman Capital Partners. Designed by former U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite and esteemed golf course mastermind Bob Cupp, Liberty National will mark a pair of major milestones in 2009 including hosting its inaugural PGA Tour event, The Barclays, in August, as well as unveiling a sparkling new $60 million clubhouse from NYC-based architect Lindsay Newman. For more information about Liberty National, visit www.libertynationalgc.com.
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