This week, we embark again on the playoff season– where we trade in our summer tank tops and swim trunks for a pair of ripped jeans and flannel shirts. Fall is approaching and with it, the end of the PGA Tour season. At least the Ryder Cup and NFL are still on their way, right?
The Barclays is here and with it, the run to the Tour Championship! Check out how the regular season finished out.
Course: Ridgewood Country Club hosts the premier event of the 2014 FedExCup Playoffs. Measuring at a shade over 7,300 yards and a par-71, the A.W. Tillinghast designed New Jersey golf course is a traditional tree-designed layout with 27 holes surrounding their facility.
“This golf course is so good it deserves to be on that stage,” said Ridgewood head professional David Reasoner of his club. “The course itself deserves to be on that stage.”
Morgan Hoffman, who finished 124th in the FedEx Cup standings said of the course, ““I love it. We don’t get to play many great, old golf courses, and this is one of the best.”
Past Events held at Ridgewood Country Club:
- 2008 Barclays: Winner– Vijay Singh
- 2010 Barclays: Winner– Matt Kuchar
Byron Nelson represented the club in the mid-1930s while he was a touring professional.
Hard to even imagine the thought of Rory McIlroy not being in contention this week. In all reality, he’ll probably win– but for suspense’s sake, I’ll place him in the contenders slot and we will go from there. He’s won 3 straight events, two of the three being majors. He’s locked up PGA Tour Player of the Year, right?
If you play fantasy, play Rory McIlroy this week at the Barclays.
He’s a fringe consideration for this fall’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. He finished 30th in the FedExCup Standings and is coming off a T5 finish at the PGA Championship. He has two top-5s in his last 6 starts on Tour and ranks inside the top-50 in the world. Last time here in 2010, he finished at 9-under par which was good for a T5 finish.
I like Palmer to play well this week.
Paul Casey is easily one of the most popular sleepers in this week’s field. He snuck into the playoffs in the 118th slot, but his play at the Wyndham was solid with four rounds in the 60s, leading to a T18.
The reason he is so dearly loved this week lies in his 2008 and 2010 showings at Ridgewood Country Club, a T12 and T17. If you’re looking sleeper, give Casey a look.
Rose enters the playoffs at the 18th man, firmly entrenched within the wholly desired top-30. But a few good performances will solidify his run at the FedExCup title.
He’s my pick to win this week.
Last time here, Rose submitted two very good rounds Friday and Saturday sandwiched by a pair of mediocre 72s and a T15 finish. He has 10 top-25 finishes in his past 12 starts and is one of the most consistent players on Tour– by far. His game is always sharp and he’s played well all season. I see past familiarity and relative success vaulting him to the top of the list of contenders this week.