First Look: The Barclays
August 15, 2014
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
- August 15, 2014
- Hunter Mahan holds the 18-hole record at Ridgewood CC and is also the only player who has played in every FedExCup event. (Stan Badz)
• COURSE: Ridgewood Country Club, 7,319 yards, par 71. With origins dating back to 1890, Ridgewood is one of the oldest country clubs in the United States. The club moved three times in its first 25 years, displaced once by a trolley line and later by plans to construct a parkway through the site. It eventually landed in nearby Paramus, where A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design 27 holes. Three separate nine-hole courses run in loops away from the Ridgewood clubhouse, with a composite course for The Barclays derived from the more difficult holes on each loop.
• FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 2,500 points.
• CHARITY: More than 100 nonprofits receive support from proceeds raised by The Barclays, a list headed by the American Red Cross, the New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs and The First Tee of Metropolitan New York.
• FIELD WATCH: New FedExCup points leader Rory McIlroy and No.2 Jimmy Walker head a lineup expected to stand at 122 for the first stop of the 2014 playoffs. Though the top 125 in regular-season points qualify for the field, the commitment list is missing Dustin Johnson (leave of absence), Jason Dufner (neck) and Steve Stricker (family time). … It’s the second consecutive year Stricker has opted not to make the trip to New Jersey. Before that, he hadn’t missed a FedExCup playoff event. … Chesson Hadley, March’s winner in Puerto Rico, and Brice Garnett figure to be the only rookies to make the 2014 playoff roster.
• 72-HOLE RECORD: 261, Bob Gilder (1982 at Westchester CC). Ridgewood CC record: 272, Matt Kuchar (2010).
• 18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Brandt Snedeker (3rd round, 2011 at Plainfield CC). Ridgewood CC record: 62, Hunter Mahan (1st round, 2008).
MORE FROM THE BARCLAYS: Full field released
• LAST YEAR: Adam Scott leapfrogged a dozen rivals, including Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, with a 5-under-par 66 that overcame a six-shot deficit on the final day at Liberty National. Scott teed off some 90 minutes ahead of the final group and had already packed up his clubs when the final players began to limp home. Rose missed a 25-foot birdie chance at No.18 that would have eliminated Scott, then wound up three-putting. Woods later missed a 25-footer that would have forced a playoff, and Gary Woodland failed to convert three consecutive birdie chances inside 10 feet. “I feel like I’ve been given a bit of a gift,” Scott said, “but I’ll take it.”
• STORYLINES: McIlroy comes to Ridgewood riding a three-event winning streak, a run that includes the British Open and PGA Championship. The last man to win four consecutive PGA TOUR starts was Woods, bridging the 2007 and ’08 seasons. … McIlroy takes an 89-point lead into the FedExCup’s first playoff event, but could find himself bumped without a high finish as playoff results are worth five times the points. The regular-season leader has kept the top spot just twice in the current system’s previous five years – Woods in both 2009 and last year. … At the other end of the points list, the focus centers on cracking the top 100 for a ticket to the Deutsche Bank Championship. Typically, a half-dozen men play their way into the Deutsche Bank from outside the top 100.
• SHORT CHIPS: Hunter Mahan remains the only man to tee it up at every FedExCup playoff stop since the yearlong points race was launched in 2007. This marks the 29th playoff event in series history. … Mahan, Stricker and Phil Mickelson are the only men to qualify for the TOUR Championship in all seven previous seasons. … Only once in series history has the defending FedExCup champion managed to make it all the way to the TOUR Championship a year later. Brandt Snedeker finally broke the jinx last year.
• TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).
• RADIO: Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.COM).
Signature Moments: The Barclays