I would like to welcome to welcome everyone to 2013 Barclays and more importantly the start of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. We enter on the heels of our biggest win this season as Patrick Reed took home the Wyndham Championship title at a price of 70 to 1. Reed beat fellow youngster Jordan Spieth on the second playoff hole thanks to one of the shots of the year out of the trees. This was our third straight outright winner and I would like to thank everyone for all the emails. I enjoy reading everyone of them and it really does make all the hard work worth it.
This years Barclays Championship will return to the site of the 2009 edition at Liberty National Golf Course. I hope everyone enjoys watching the course this week because I feel it is easily one of the most beautiful in the United States. The course will look different than it did in the 2009 competition though as 14 of the 18 holes have undergone a facelift.
The majority of the changes people will notice have come on the landing areas and the greens. Eleven greens have been altered, with five of them actually completely rebuilt. Thirteen of the courses landing areas have seen a make-over, something that overall will give players a more fair challenge of the tee.
The course will play this week as a Par 71 at 7400 yards. It is located right on the West side of New York Bay, and has not only The Statue of Liberty beside it, but also a gorgeous view of downtown New York. Players will be challenged this week by undulating greens, difficult bunkers and some tall grass that the players will want to avoid. Here is a closer look at two holes I feel will impact this weeks tournament the most.
Par 4 16th Hole – This is a drive-able Par 4 as it will play approximately 325 yards for the week. Players who choose to attack this hole off the tee will want to avoid a hazard and waste bunker that runs up the entire right side of the hole. If players attempt to bail out left there is a large bunker along with some long grass that will make for some tough up and downs. An excellent risk reward hole, especially on Sunday with the tournament on the line.
Par 4 18th Hole – This is a difficult finishing hole as it will play around 490 yards this week. The challenge with this hole will be keeping it in the fairway and hitting the green in regulation. Players will have to attack the green with a mid to long iron depending on the wind, and on Sunday may have the tournament on the line. A big number can be made this week if a player finds any of the long fescue on the 18th.
Steve’s The Barclays Outright Winner Picks
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WEBB SIMPSON 30 TO 1 – We take Simpson again this week after he finished T11 at The Wyndham Championship. Webb used a blistering Sunday 63 to vault himself up the leaderboard and win us our only head to head match up last week. That gave Simpson his third straight Top 25 finishes and plenty of momentum heading into The Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Webb currently sits 17th in the playoff standings and should be able to continue his hot play at Liberty National. Simpson is known as a player who doesn’t blow anyone away with statistics but finds a way to score, as he ranks 12th on Tour for Scoring Average ( 69.81 ). The last time Liberty National hosted this tournament Webb finished solo 8th thanks to opening rounds of 66 and 68. Though he didnt close out that tournament as well as he would have liked, Webb has grown leaps and bounds since then. His Major victory last season should give him the confidence need to close out this tournament against the worlds best.
Right now we are up +133.65 units on the season meaning if you were a $100 bettor you would be + $13,365 on the year.