Power Rankings: The Barclays
August 24, 2015
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Rose has finished T6 or better in seven of his last 10 starts. He's currently fifth in the FedExCup. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Four years ago this week, Hurricane Irene not only reduced The Barclays to a 54-hole tournament, it also forced a midday Saturday finish. That was at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, which aims at showcasing itself as the test that was intended in 2011.
Damp conditions also surrendered Plainfield defenseless that week. The field averaged 2.197 strokes under par, making it the easiest par 71 of the season. To gain a sense for the virtual absence of a challenge, consider that TPC Deere Run (-1.392) and TPC Summerlin (-2.117) are hosts to annual shootouts of the John Deere Classic and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, respectively.
Now armed as a par 34-36=70 and 48 yards longer, Plainfield is slated to open the ninth edition of the FedExCup Playoffs. It's a Donald Ross original that Gil Hanse began updating in 1999. Greens are a whopping 7,500 square feet and fitted with Poa annua. Since 2011, four holes underwent notable changes in yardage. The par-4 fourth is down 34 yards to 326, while the fifth hole has been reduced from a par 5 to a par 4 and will tip out 32 yards shorter. It's on the card at 495 yards. The second of two par 5s (No. 12 is the first), the 16th hole has been lengthened by 19 yards to reach a maximum of 601. Finally, the par-4 18th, which was once designed to be drivable at 285 yards, can now stretch 380 yards.
Of the 125 qualifiers for the Playoffs, as of midday Monday, 120 are scheduled to compete this week. The distribution of points is now four times that of a regular PGA TOUR stop. (Points were quintupled from 2009-2014, so the latest structure places a stronger value on the long-term.) The top 100 in points at the conclusion of The Barclays will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
To the delight of everyone involved in the tournament, decisively cooperative weather is in store. Dry conditions will complement gradually rising temperatures into the upper 80s on the weekend. Winds will be moderate at worst and will shift from the northwest to the prevailing west and southwest with the heating.
POWER RANKINGS: THE BARCLAYS
RANK PLAYER COMMENT 1 Jordan Spieth 2 Jason Day 3 Brooks Koepka 4 Justin Rose 5 Bubba Watson 6 Paul Casey 7 Dustin Johnson 8 Robert Streb 9 Rickie Fowler 10 Matt Kuchar 11 Zach Johnson 12 Brandt Snedeker 13 Jim Furyk 14 Henrik Stenson 15 David Lingmerth 16 Tony Finau 17 Russell Henley 18 Bill Haas 19 Danny Lee 20 Hideki Matsuyama