GolfMonger Preview: The Barclays

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The Barclays is this week and that means it is time for the FedEx Cup Playoffs!  Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey is the site of the first round.

Hunter Mahan is the defending champion.   The main goal of the field this week is to survive and advance to the next round.  120 of the 125 players qualified for the playoffs are competing this week.  The par 70 (34-36) Plainfield is hosting for the first time since 2011.  The 7,015 yard layout is sure to give up some excitement and fireworks this week.

Weather should not be an issue this week in New Jersey, so it should be “green light special” all week long as guys are not only trying to win but are jockeying for position in the FedEx Cup standings as they try to get to the Top 5 by East Lake.  Birdies should be plentiful as the best start the run for $10 million.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are always tough to narrow down to a top three.  The limited field and all being top players on Tour lead to tough choices.  Jordan Spieth is teeing it up for the first time as the No.1 ranked golfer in the world.  Jason Day will play for the first time as a major champion.  Rory McIlroy is not in the field, choosing to rest his ankle this week since he has already qualified for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

GolfMonger Picks:

1.  Justin Rose – It is time for him to win.  Seriously, it is time.  He lost a playoff at Memorial and his last four starts are T6 (The Open), T4(Quicken Loans), T3(WGC-Bridgestone) and solo 4(PGA).  We think it is time for Justin to add a “W” to that run.  If his putter comes out hot on Thursday, we think it will be a front running win for the Englishman.

2.  Brooks Koepka – Speaking of a guy who is due for a win, Brooks fits that bill as well.  He currently is on a run of 8 straight top 25 finishes.  That is the model of consistency.  He got his first Tour win in Phoenix this year.  So why not get win number 2 at Plainfield?  We can see it happening.

3.  Jordan Spieth – Not much to say here.  The new No.1 golfer in the world is playing his 1st event with that title.  A good showing will go a long way to validate that position.  A poor showing will set him up to hand the title back to Rory McIlroy.  The 22-year old has meet all challenges this year.  We see this as no different.

Wild Card Pick:

Danny Lee is our pick this week.  The youngster is close to playing his way onto the President’s Cup team.  He has been on fire since his 1st career win at The Greenbriar.  With four top 10s in last six starts (Greenbriar included), we see nothing that makes us think this kid is slowing down.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are here!  Time to sit back and enjoy the show!

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Author: Brian Stefan

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