The FedEx Cup Playoffs here and most of the top players on the PGA Tour are back at it this week at The Barclays. After a few weeks off following the PGA Championship and 2016 Rio Olympics, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson will try and kick-start a deep playoff run with a win at Bethpage Black this weekend.
Let’s take a look at this week’s contest.
What: The Barclays | Where: Old Bethpage | When: August 25-28
How to watch (all times ET):
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday from 2-6 p.m., Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12-1:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday from 3-6 p.m. and Sunday from 2-6 p.m.)
Participants and odds
- Jason Day: 15-2
- Dustin Johnson: 9-1
- Rory McIlroy: 10-1
- Henrik Stenson: 12-1
- Jordan Spieth: 14-1
- Justin Rose: 22-1
- Brooks Koepka: 28-1
- Hideki Matsuyama: 28-1
- Phil Mickelson: 28-1
Matsuyama at 28-1 is fun. He played great last week without putting that well (per the usual). McIlroy at 10-1 is nice, too. That’s as long as I’ve seen his odds in quite a while.
Hideki has finished three tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2016 with a positive strokes gained putting. Results: 1st. T6, T7.
— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) August 21, 2016
Field strength: A
It’s a great field. It feels even better because we have gotten the Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship the last three weeks. No offense to those events or their hosts, but it’s not exactly a triumvirate of golf greatness.
Story to watch: There are a number of storylines that intrigue me this week. The first is that the U.S. Ryder Cup team automatic qualifying spots are on the line and a lot of movement can take place.
Players ranked low as 22nd on US side on the Ryder Cup points list have chance at automatically qualifying for team this week at Barclays.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) August 22, 2016
This means if Daniel Summerhays, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Na or Kevin Chappell win this week, they could qualify for Hazeltine depending on what else happens with the players ahead of them. Is that a good or bad thing?
The other story is that a win this week pretty much guarantees your spot in the Tour Championship three tournaments from now — no matter who wins, really. That’s a big deal for both the top players in the FedEx Cup points race as well as those further down the list.
“Everyone’s got their mind on (the Tour Championship at) East Lake,” said Justin Rose on Tuesday. “Everyone knows how the FedExCup is structured. Everyone knows they are in the top five going into The Tour Championship, you’ve got that opportunity to win it. So everyone’s vying for position now.”
Game on. It should be a fun month.
- 2015: Jason Day
- 2014: Hunter Mahan
- 2013: Adam Scott
- 2012: Nick Watney
- 2011: Dustin Johnson
That’s a big boy list of winners. Watney and Mahan are down now, but they both have a case of trophies at home to show past greatness. Johnson, Scott and Day are clearly still at the top of their games.
Let’s look at the picks this week.
Expert Picks (Kyle Porter)
Here are my fantasy picks from our CBS Sports Pick 4 Fantasy Golf groups. Some of these are different than above because you aren’t picking with odds. It’s just straight up, and the players are tiered off.
You can set your Pick 4 Fantasy Golf lineup now to compete for this weekend’s $1,000 prize.