I would like to welcome everyone to The Barclays tournament and the 1st event of the 2012 Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. We enter this week on the heels of yet another outright victory with Sergio Garcia winning his 1st PGA Tour event since 2008. We also pushed our head to head winning streak to 10-0 over the past 5 weeks. This season has been amazing so far but we still have plenty of huge events upcoming. Lets take a closer look at the test that will be facing the players this week in Farmingdale, New York.
The pros will be returning to one of the best golf courses in the United States when they tee it up at Bethpage Black. Known for its hosting of the 2002 and 2009 United States Open’s, Bethpage will be a demanding test to start the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. At 7468 yards (Par 71) the golf course is an absolute beast and will look to show its teeth again this week.
Players with have to be extremely accurate off the tee as the rough this week will be just under 4 inches in length. Not only will the length of the rough be an issue, density will pose a problem for the players. After recent idle growing conditions, the rough must be avoided to win this week in New York.
I would like to take a closer look at two holes to give everyone an idea of the golf course and what it will take to conquer it.
Par 4 15th Hole – 478 yards – This will play as the toughest hole on the course yet again. The 15th is a dogleg Par 4 that will challenge the players off the tee due to undulations in the fairway and a small landing area. The green is perched about 45 feet above the players for their second shot and slopes severely from back to front. Par is an excellent score on 15.
Par 4 18th – 411 yards – This may seem like a short Par 4 but it will hurt you if your tee shot is not accurate. Very deep and difficult bunkers guard against an errant drive, but also give the players an option. You can lay back from the bunkers but then are faced with a longer iron into an elevated green that slopes from back to front. This hole should provide a terrific challenge on Sunday for the final groups vying for the Championship.
For everyone who does not know how the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs work I will give you a quick summary. The top 125 players in points are competing this week in the 1st event. That number will be cut to 100 next week, 70 the following and finally just 30 players in the 4th and final event (Tour Championship).
In the final event the Top 5 players in the Fed Ex Cup standings control their own destiny. This means that if any one of these players win The Tour Championship they will vault themselves into 1st place and take home a 10million dollar bonus to go along with a Fed Ex Cup Trophy.
Steve’s Six Pack System Picks for The Barclays
Below I will give a sneak peak pick of one of the 6-pack system picks for The Barclays. All 6 picks are emailed weekly to clients, and $10 bettors are up $1,284 this season. I also have two head-to-head picks going this week that are also sent out to members. You can sign up at www.Golfbanker.com and you will instantly receive the picks to your email when you complete your membership sign up.
Ian Poulter – 60 to 1 – Poulter is our first selection and we take him for many of the same reasons we went with Sergio last week. Ian has been playing very well as of late, with two Top 9 finishes in his past three events (T9 at The Open Championship and T3 at The PGA Championship). With these excellent finishes in major championships I can see he is gaining confidence. Another major factor that contributed to this selection is the upcoming Ryder Cup. Thanks to Sergio’s win last week he knocked Ian out of the guaranteed spots. The Ryder Cup is extremely important to Ian and you will see him play well down the stretch and get on the team (Though I can assure you he would be a captains pick). The final reason I love this selection is Poults has played well at Bethpage in the past. In the 2009 US Open Ian managed to finish T18 and played solidly all week. I look for him to use this course information and again be a key part in a big event.