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Barclays Classic

August 21 – 24, 2014

Ridgewood C.C.

Paramus, N.J.

Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,319

Purse: $8 million

with $1,440,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Adam Scott

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 37 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with all top-ten players in the field: #1 Rory McIlroy, #2 Adam Scott, #3 Henrik Stenson, #4 Sergio Garcia, #5 Justin Rose, #6 Jim Furyk, #7 Matt Kuchar, #8 Bubba Watson, #9 Jason Day and #10 Phil Mickelson.  From 11 to 25 there are 11 of the 15 with #12 Jordan Spieth, #13 Rickie Fowler, #14 Martin Kaymer, #15 Zach Johnson, #16 Graeme McDowell, #18 Hideki Matsuyama, #19 Jimmy Walker, #20 Charl Schwartzel,  #23 Keegan Bradley and #25 Luke Donald (The four not in the field are Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson and Thomas Bjorn).  Between 26 and 50 there are 18 of the 25, they are, #27 Patrick Reed, #28 Webb Simpson, #30 BIll Haas, #32 Ian Poulter, #33 Ian Poulter, #35 Lee Westwood, #37 Ryan Moore, #38 Kevin Na, #39 Graham DeLaet, #40 Marc Leishman, #41 Brendon Todd, #42 Hunter Mahan, #43 Kevin Streelman, #45 Chris Kirk, #48 Jonas Blixt, #49 Ryan Palmer and #50 Gary Woodland.

Last year there was 37 players from the top-50 so this year will have the same.

The field includes 122 of the top-125 from the FedEx Cup rankings.

The field includes all 25 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. 

The field includes 7 past champions: Adam Scott (2013), Nick Watney (2012), Matt Kuchar (2010), Vijay Singh (2008, ’06, ’95 & ’93), Steve Stricker (2007), Sergio Garcia (2004 & ’01) and Ernie Els (1997 & ’96).

The field includes a 33 players that have won 40 events on the PGA Tour this year: Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii & AT&T Pebble), Webb Simpson (Shriners Hospitals); Ryan Moore (CIMB CLassic); Chris Kirk (McGladrey Classic), Harris English (OHL Classic at Mayakoba); Zach Johnson (Hyundai T of C); Chesson Hadley (Puerto Rico); Patrick Reed (Humana & Cadillac); Scott Stallings (Farmers); Kevin Stadler (WM Phoenix); Bubba Watson (Northern Trust & Masters); Jason Day (WGC-Accenture); Russell Henley (Honda); John Senden (Valspar Championship); Matt Every (Palmer); Steve Bowditch (Valero Texas); Matt Jones (Shell Houston); Matt Kuchar (RBC Heritage); Seung-Yul Noh (Zurich); J.B. Holmes (Wells Fargo) Martin Kaymer (Players & U.S. Open); Ben Crane (FedEx St. Jude); Brendon Todd (Byron Nelson); Adam Scott (Colonial); Hideki Matsuyama (Memorial); Kevin Streelman (Travelers); Justin Rose (Quicken Loans National); Angel Cabrera (Greenbrier); Brian Harman (John Deere); Rory McIlroy (Open Championship, Bridgestone & PGA Championship), Tim Clark (RBC Canadian Open), Geoff Ogilvy (Barracuda) and Camilo Villegas (Wyndham).

The only one not in the field is Dustin Johnson (WGC-HSBC Champions).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in The Barclays field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at The Barclays  field in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at The Barclays  field.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

 

 

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Barclays Classic

Player Wyndham Champ. Made in Denmark PGA Champ. WGC Bridgestone Barracuda Champ. Canadian Open Russian Open British Open John Deere Scottish Open Greenbrier Classic French Open Quicken Loans
Rory McIlroy
(662 pts)
DNP DNP Win
(264)
Win
(198)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(176)
DNP T14
(24)
DNP DNP DNP
Rickie Fowler
(421.67 pts)
DNP DNP T3
(180)
T8
(75)
DNP DNP DNP T2
(133.33)
DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Jim Furyk
(365.83 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(140)
T15
(52.5)
DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP 4
(106.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Justin Rose
(340 pts)
DNP DNP T24
(52)
T4
(120)
DNP DNP DNP T23
(36)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP Win
(44)
Phil Mickelson
(314.5 pts)
DNP DNP 2
(200)
T15
(52.5)
DNP DNP DNP T23
(36)
DNP T11
(26)
DNP DNP DNP
Sergio Garcia
(313.33 pts)
DNP DNP T35
(30)
2
(150)
DNP DNP DNP T2
(133.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Charl Schwartzel
(268 pts)
DNP DNP T15
(70)
T4
(120)
DNP T43
(4.67)
DNP T7
(73.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Marc Leishman
(249.67 pts)
DNP DNP T46
(8)
3
(135)
DNP DNP DNP T5
(93.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T8
(16.67)
Henrik Stenson
(241.17 pts)
DNP DNP T3
(180)
T19
(46.5)
DNP DNP DNP T39
(14.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Adam Scott
(238.33 pts)
DNP DNP T15
(70)
T8
(75)
DNP DNP DNP T5
(93.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Brandt Snedeker
(227.33 pts)
T5
(70)
DNP T13
(74)
T12
(57)
DNP T25
(16.67)
DNP T58
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T21
(9.67)
Graeme McDowell
(217 pts)
DNP DNP T46
(8)
T8
(75)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP T9
(60)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(44)
DNP
Hunter Mahan
(188.5 pts)
DNP DNP T7
(110)
T15
(52.5)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T32
(24)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T24
(8.67)
Ryan Moore
(182.33 pts)
DNP DNP T40
(20)
T8
(75)
DNP DNP DNP T12
(50.67)
T7
(36.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jimmy Walker
(180.67 pts)
DNP DNP T7
(110)
T26
(36)
DNP DNP DNP T26
(32)
DNP T41
(6)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Bill Haas
(175.17 pts)
T2
(100)
DNP T27
(46)
T41
(13.5)
DNP DNP DNP T51
(0)
DNP DNP T23
(9)
DNP T30
(6.67)
Nick Watney
(169.33 pts)
T5
(70)
DNP T33
(34)
DNP T8
(50)
T12
(25.33)
DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T30
(6.67)
Justin Hicks
(168.67 pts)
T57
(0)
DNP DNP DNP 2
(100)
3
(60)
DNP DNP T27
(15.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Keegan Bradley
(164.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
T4
(120)
DNP DNP DNP T19
(41.33)
DNP DNP T4
(26.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Ernie Els
(160.67 pts)
T64
(0)
DNP T7
(110)
T26
(36)
DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP T41
(6)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Patrick Reed
(153.67 pts)
T24
(26)
DNP T58
(0)
T4
(120)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP T26
(8)
DNP T11
(13)
Geoff Ogilvy
(150.67 pts)
DNP DNP T46
(8)
DNP Win
(132)
T34
(10.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T55
(0)
Steve Stricker
(141 pts)
DNP DNP T7
(110)
T63
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T11
(26)
DNP T35
(5)
DNP DNP
Ryan Palmer
(140 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(140)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T58
(0)
DNP T51
(0)
DNP DNP T55
(0)
Tim Clark
(138.83 pts)
T24
(26)
DNP CUT
(-20)
T50
(1.5)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Barclays Classic

Player Wyndham Champ. Made in Denmark PGA Champ. WGC Bridgestone Barracuda Champ. Canadian Open Russian Open British Open John Deere Scottish Open Greenbrier Classic French Open Quicken Loans
Chesson Hadley
(-50 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Scott Stallings
(-45 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-20)
T52
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-13.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T35
(5)
DNP T71
(0)
Boo Weekley
(-40 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP WD
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-13.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Erik Compton
(-38.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T46
(1.33)
K.J. Choi
(-36.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP T66
(0)
DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T64
(0)
Ryo Ishikawa
(-33.33 pts)
T70
(0)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-13.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Aaron Baddeley
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Martin Flores
(-26.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T75
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Kevin Streelman
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
71
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T54
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Will MacKenzie
(-21.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T27
(15.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

It’s the homestretch of the 2014 PGA Tour season.  After 41 events spread over the last 11 months, for many their season is over.  Guys like Tiger Woods, who won five times couldn’t overcome injury and has seen his season end.  More drastically guys like David Lynn, Roberto Castro and John Merrick, who had a memorable season last year getting to the BMW Championship find themselves not only out of the playoffs, but having to play for their 2014 PGA Tour cards in the Web.Com playoffs.

Here is a list of the top-50 from last year’s FedEx cup list that have fallen from grace, going from FedEx glory last year to out of the playoffs this year:

            Player                  Last year position          This year’s standings

  • Dustin Johnson              13th                               Personal problems
  • Roberto Castro               21st                                135th
  • D.A. Points                     30th                               173rd
  • John Merrick                 39th                               133rd
  • David Lynn                     48th                               191st
  • Scott Piercy                    49th                               166th

 

On the other end of the spectrum, for 125 players they can enjoy some added glory along with putting a few more dollars in their pockets through the FedEx Cup bonus pool.

Of course, the PGA Tour will talk about how much everyone has a chance this week.  The reality of this is for players who are 100 in the rankings like Brian Davis to Robert Allenby, who is in the 125th position, they have to run the table and win at least once and be in the top-five just to make it into the Tour Championship.  Still the points are more in their favor than the first couple of years when the rankings favored the leader.

Just look at this chart of past winners of the FedEx Cup standings, and you can see that Brandt Snedeker in 2012 is the highest ranked player at the start of the playoffs that won it.

 

           Year – FedEx winner        position going into playoffs

  • 2013 – Henrik Stenson                    9th
  • 2012 – Brandt Snedeker                 19th
  • 2011 – Bill Haas                                15th
  • 2010 – Jim Furyk                              3rd
  • 2009 – Tiger Woods                         1st
  • 2008 – Vijay Singh                           7th
  • 2007 – Tiger Woods                         1st

 

So the reality is that you have to be in the top-20 to win this race.  For many that is fair, you have to realize that Robert Allenby had just as good of a chance as Rory McIlroy had, so it’s not about the next four weeks.  For more on the scenarios of what could happen, the PGA Tour has done a great chart to help those figure it out.

One thing for sure, the PGA Tour has the format down to a fair system and we will have a great four weeks of golf.

Now this is the PGA Tour’s take on this, I have a different opinion on all of this.

My take on the playoffs:

When FedEx Cup Playoffs were introduced in 2007, the PGA Tour had a big problem. The season was very long, going from January through November. After the PGA Championship, the marquee names didn’t play much until the last event in November at the Tour Championship. The big problem PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem had, with new TV contracts he wasn’t going to get a network to do the telecasts in September, October and November, nobody wanted to buck Football. He also had to spice up the way people look at a year for the Networks, he needed something more than player of the year and the money race.

So Finchem was looking for some way of cutting the season down so that he could put a proper period on the season before Football started. NASCAR had a point system which got racers to a playoff system, and Finchem got FedEx to buy into the system. It was a year long point system that players qualified for a series of four playoff events, with the top-30 going to the Tour Championship so that the “best player” of the year would be found. Before it was the player who won the most money, Finchem just about scraped the money race and came up with a point system.

The only problem was that the PGA Tour sold this as a year-long system in which it would be just as important getting points in the first event as the last event.

Frankly in my eyes it has turned into a joke. How can you justify players getting “valuable” FedEx Cup points in like the Humana Challenge or the RBC Heritage or the Travelers. Frankly it’s not important for week in, week out events. In a way watching a players points grow was like watching grass grow, nobody including players don’t care during the year.

So how do you make it exciting, year round? Right now the playoffs are four weeks in which the hottest player is usually the winner. So let’s not make it a four-week affair. What if instead of having four playoff events, you have a playoff event every ten weeks or so. So after the 13 Fall events and west coast swing, you add up the points and have your first playoff event with between 70 and 90 players. You then award points based on the finishes of that event. After that playoff event, the next event rolls over to everyone with zero points and you go ten weeks or so to like Zurich in New Orleans. Again the top point getters are in the second playoff event, with points award in that playoff event. You then have another playoff event between the U.S. Open and British Open like at Greenbrier. Again after the third playoff event, again everything is zero out and you go to six or seven events before you have the fourth playoff event the week before the Tour Championship. Again points are given at this fourth playoff event, and you take all four of the playoff events, total up the points and invite the top-30 to play in your final playoff at the Tour Championship. So instead of four straight weeks of playoffs, you stagger them over the course of the year and end it with the fourth playoff event followed by the Tour Championship.

Under this system you will see players think more about the playoff events and you will see players in more events in the week or two before a playoff. This then places importance on the whole year. You will probably get the same hot golfer winning at the Tour Championship, but things will be more interesting. I have touched on the surface on this.

I love this concept, and it makes each event during the year more important in getting points.

Tournament information:

  • This is the 48th annual Barclays. Originally dubbed the Westchester Classic, the tournament has undergone a slew of name changes over the years. Just a decade after Jack Nicklaus captured the inaugural tournament in thrilling fashion back in 1967, the tournament became the American Express Westchester Classic.
  • Three years later, in 1979, American Express pulled out as title sponsor and the event became known as the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic. The name lasted until 1990, when Buick became the title sponsor. In 2005, Barclays took over as chief sponsor of the event.
  • The Barclays, usually played the week before or after the U.S. Open in June, was shifted to the middle of August to accommodate being the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
  • The first year of the playoffs,  Westchester was used and Steve Stricker won.  Since then the Barclays has moved away from Westchester, and it looks like it will never go back. Lot’s of reasons for it not ever coming back, but most of them were because of the logistics and not because of the course itself.  The future of the Barclays is courses like Ridgewood, Plainfield, Liberty National and now Bethpage, which will held the 2012 Barclays.  Last year it was played at Liberty National for the second time.

Course information:

  • For the first 41 years of this event, it was held at Westchester Country Club which had the reputation of being one of the most-demanding courses on the PGA Tour.  With the change to Ridgewood in 2008, that reputation didn’t change as players loved the A.W. Tillinghast course.  The club has 27 holes and a composite course (seven holes from Ridgewood’s East Course, six from its West Course and five from the Central Course) will be used that measures 7,319 yards and play to a par of 71.
  • With only three par 5s, the course will play tough.  Of the 11 par 4s, only two of them are under 400 yards, the 1st and the 5th.  The first is 380 yards while the 5th is a driveable par 4 of 291.  After that,  the 14th hole is the shortest at 412 yards.  Even the par 3s are bears with one being 155 yards, one at 190 and the other two over 217 yards.
  • Ridgewood has held a Ryder Cup (1935), and the U.S. Amateur (1974 won by Jerry Pate).  It was the site of the 1991 U.S. Senior Open won by Lee Trevino and in 2001 Tom Watson won the Senior PGA Championship at Ridgewood.
  • The course will be tough because of tight fairways with rough that is 3 inches thick and tall mature trees.  The start of the course is an easy section, with holes 6 through 12 being the most demanding.  In 2008, the course played fast and firm but with all of the rain the last couple of weeks it will be very soggy and the rough will be even tougher.
  • In 2010, the course played to a 70.977 average and was the 24th hardest course of the year.  The hardest hole was the 18th playing to a 4.236 average.
  • In 2008, the course played to a 71.406 average, was the 24th hardest course for that year.  The hardest hole was the 12th, a 475 par 4 that played at 4.34 average.  Matter of fact holes 8 through 12 are the hardest stretch as the 8th hole was the 2nd hardest, the 9th the 6th hardest, the 10th the 4th hardest and the 11th the 3rd hardest.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at The Barclays:

Key stat for the winner:

  • The Barclay’s has always been a test of survival and maybe that’s why in the 47-year history of the event it’s 40 champions have won 64 majors.
  • Hitting greens in regulation will be paramount. The tight venue will require good ball control, which will result in hitting lots of greens. Look for the winner to hit a plethora of greens in regulation this week, that was the way Vijay Singh won her in 2008 (53 of 72, rank T-6th).  In 2010, Matt Kuchar hit 51 of 72 and ranked T-15th.
  • One of the big hazards of missing fairways and greens are the bunkering at Ridgewood.  There are 78 of them, and they aren’t the ones that pros are use to, flat, easy to get out of kind.  These are very steep banked, even in the fairway and take the best of bunker players to maneuver through.  Players are used to hitting into bunkers and having an easy up and down, that won’t happen this week.
  • Good putting is a necessity for this event. The course has a stimpmeter rating of 12 with a lot of undulation in the greens, which means players who handle the flat-blade and have a good feel for the green will do well.

Is there any rhyme or reason for a player to win this week?

  • Wisdom says that a player with a lot of experiences will win but since this course is not a well know entity a newcomer could do well.
  • This week is a mix of tour stars like Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk with a lot of first-time winners and a lot of non-winners.  In past years winning had a lot to do with the weather, when it’s good the tour stars seem to shine but in bad weather it becomes a long shot delight.  Also in past Barclays look for those who play well with the lead, 25 of the 44 winners have held the lead going into the final round and went on to win.  Since 1989, 15 of those 25 third round leaders have won but since leaving Westchester the third round leader only won once in 2011.
  • Lastly, the outlook for the tournament couldn’t be any better as sunny skies with temperatures hovering around 80 will be around all four days with very low chance of rain.  But over the course of the last couple of weeks a lot of rain has fallen on Ridgewood, which will make the course play very softly.   So look for those that hit it long to have an advantage plus those that scramble.

 

 

Who to watch for at the Barclays Classic

Best Bets:

Jim Furyk

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T6 CUT T52 T15 T12 T25 2 T22 T9

His kind of course, playing good and long overdue to finally win.

Rickie Fowler

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T9 T24 T52 T36

Another of those players long overdue to winning. Course is a lot like Quail Hollow, a course Fowler won on.

Rory McIlroy

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T19 T24 T56

Anyone that bets against him is a fool. He is playing so well I would not be surprise to see him win two of the next four events, kind of like he did two years ago.

Best of the rest:

Kevin Streelman

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T19 T63 T32 T3 T58 T4

Is our quiet dark horse. That’s because he finished T3rd at Ridgewood in 2010 and T-4th in 2008.

Adam Scott

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
Win 62 T67 T9 T58 CUT T14 2 T32 T79

Has played well in 2014 but only won once, could change either this week or next.

Sergio Garcia

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T37 T3 T32 T31 T2 T25 WD T22 Win T4 T12

Another that is playing well, course is good for him finished T-2nd in 2008.

Nick Watney

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T9 Win T10 T36 T6 T62 T25 T25 CUT

Game is coming around at just the right time.

Solid contenders

Phil Mickelson

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T6 T38 T43 CUT T52 T19 T7 T18 T16 T25

Could me a great pick after what happened at the PGA.

Steve Stricker – (Has since withdrawn)

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T54 T24 T3 T2 T19 Win

Forced to withdraw on Monday due to a torn labrum in his left hip, he is not going to play again until December.  He had a streak going along with Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan as the only players left to never missing the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup playoff era.  That streak could be in trouble as Mickelson and Mahan are not in the top-40 of the FedEx Cup standings so they need to play well in the first two events.

Justin Rose

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T2 T46 T6 T15 T41 T14 CUT T61

Can’t forget about him, plays great on these type of courses.

Jordan Spieth

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T19

Has not played well this summer, could turn it around this week.

Brandt Snedeker

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
CUT 2 T3 CUT T12 T68 CUT CUT

Looking to play well and get a spot in not only the Ryder Cup but also a high finish in the playoffs.

Long shots that could come through:

Marc Leishman

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
71 CUT T32 T36 CUT

The one time I thought he would do great, he played bad at the PGA. Will give him one more chance this week.

Gary Woodland

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T2 T13

Did finished T-2nd last year.

Graham Delaet

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T2 T5 CUT

Another player that break through this week.

Not this week:

Matt Kuchar

2013 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03 ’02
T19 T38 2 Win T28 CUT T35 CUT T43 CUT

Sorry but he isn’t 100% so don’t expect much.

Comments

  1. Is Stricker even playing????

  2. Stricker withdrew on Monday due to a torn labrum in his left hip, he is not going to play again until December. He had a streak going along with Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan as the only players left to never missing the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup playoff era. That streak could be in trouble as Mickelson and Mahan are not in the top-40 of the FedEx Cup standings so they need to play well in the first two events.

    Hard to sometimes follow these since the PGA Tour listed Stricker, along with Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner in the field. As we all know Johnson won’t be playing for a while since he is in rehab and Jason Dufner as also shut it down.

    So for both of them they will be scratched off the consideration for the Ryder Cup team.

  3. James Gittleman says:

    A couple of questions but first I’d like to say that your figures and numbers are very helpful in determining a winner. Well done!

    My first is ‘where do I find the stat figures DURING a tournament or even after it’? Figures such as most birdies, gir, strokes gained putting, etc. I know how to generate the figures on an individual basis through PGA.COM. But I’d like to see everybody’s stats in each category.

    Secondly, when I go to your ‘News’ I get a heading but all else is black. Is this not part of my subscription or do I have to pay more?

    Also, in the past we were able to pull up an entire group on ‘Shotlink’ (pga.com), now it only seems to be on an individual basis. What am I missing?

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