The Wyndham Championship is over and congratulations are in order for Ryder Cup Captain and 51 year old Davis Love III. With the Wyndham locked up, the field for the 2015 edition of the FedExCup Playoffs is set. The top-125 in the FedExCup points rankings are eligible for this season’s playoffs which start this week in New Jersey at The Barclays.
The Barclays is the opening act of the four part play known as the FedExCup Playoffs including the Deutsche Bank Championship, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. For the current standings and a breakdown of how the FedExCup works you can check out 2015 FedExCup Playoffs; How It Works and Standings Entering Barclays
Dates: August 27 – 30 2015
Course: Plainfield CC
Stats: 7,030 Yards; Par 70
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: CBS 3:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Sunday: CBS 2:00 – 6:00 PM EST
Purse: $8.25 million total purse, $1.485 million winner’s share
The Barclays 2015 Predictions, FedExCup Playoffs Picks at Plainfield CC Final Three Holes
The 16th hole is a 604 yard, Par-5 which has seen many changes throughout the courses history. Like many par-5s, this hole is all about hitting the fairway. A drive in the rough all but guarantees a three shot hole. However, if players hit the fairway they are left to decide whether or not they want to take a blind second shot at a severely sloping green. Cross bunkers will be an issue but even if they are avoided, players will need to keep the ball on the right tier or a three putt becomes a real possibility.
The 427 yard, Par-4 17th hole will play up hill and will bring yet another bind shot into play. While playing the dogleg right tee shot, players will need to skillfully avoid the grouping of bunkers down the right side of the fairway. Even farther to the right is out of bounds so the field will have to avoid the dreaded double-cross off the tee. As if an elevated green is not enough, you can be sure that this hole comes with slopes and challenges assuming that players reach 17 in two.
The closing hole, which just might carry the fate of players looking to move on in the FedExCup Playoffs, is a 380 yard, Par-4. Recent renovations at 18 bring options into play. The field can challenge the corner or play safe to the right. The latter will leave a longer shot but on a hole that only totals 380 yards, it might be the wise play. The approach will play uphill into a green protected by carefully placed bunkering and a false front. Execution and not length will decide the final hole of The Barclays.
The Barclays 2015 Predictions, FedExCup Playoffs Picks at Plainfield CC Top Picks
The FedExCup Playoffs are here this week’s Barclays is the place but attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. However, that is part of the excitement whether it is a wager, fandom or even a fantasy team. It’s time for The Barclays 2015 Predictions, FedExCup Playoffs Picks at Plainfield CC Top Picks
|Dustin Johnson||Struggling a bit since that horrific three putt at the US Open but did use Firestone to knock the rust off. Finished tied for seventh at the PGA Championship.. He knows the course and knows how to score here based on his shortened 54-hole title in 2011 the last time the tour came in. Watch out.|
|Jordan Spieth||It is no stretch to have him on the list but it is a must. In his last six starts he has five top-5s and is a three time winner this year. His incredible Par-4 stats will drive the week and give him a leg up. There is a reason he has the FedExCup points record before the playoffs begin.|
|Jason Day||The only other three time winner in 2015 finally broke through and became a major champion with his victory at the PGA Championship two weeks ago. He also has won two of list last three events including the Canadian Open and the aforementioned PGA. In the middle he managed a top-15 at Firestone.|
|Brandt Snedeker||He was having a very good week last week until a fourth round 75 derailed him. He has four top-10s in his last eight starts as well as a tie for 12th at the PGA Championship two back. He holds the Barclays 18 hole low round record set at this course in 2011 with a 61. A factor.|