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PGA - The Barclays Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 25th
SITE: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert E. Cupp, Tom Kite, consultant (2006)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,353
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 398 yds10 - Par 4 496 yds
2 - Par 3 219 yds11 - Par 3 250 yds
3 - Par 4 395 yds12 - Par 4 431 yds
4 - Par 3 193 yds13 - Par 5 563 yds
5 - Par 4 427 yds14 - Par 3 150 yds
6 - Par 5 538 yds15 - Par 4 481 yds
7 - Par 4 467 yds16 - Par 4 325 yds
8 - Par 5 611 yds17 - Par 4 445 yds
9 - Par 4 474 yds18 - Par 4 490 yds
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36 3,722 yds35 3,631 yds
 
Annual:  47th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Nick Watney
Runner-Up:  Brandt Snedeker
Tournament Record (Par 70):  261 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
Tournament Record (Par 71):  268 (David Frost, 1992; Lee Janzen, 1994;
  Ernie Els, 1997; Sergio Garcia, 2001;
  Steve Stricker, 2007)
Tournament Record (Par 72):  269 (Johnny Miller, 1974)
54-Hole Record (Par 70):  192 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
54-Hole Record (Par 71):  194 (Dustin Johnson, 2011)
54-Hole Record (Par 72):  201 (Jack Nicklaus, 1967; Bob Murphy, 1968;
  Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
36-Hole Record (Par 70):  127 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
36-Hole Record (Par 71):  128 (Matt Kuchar, 2011)
36-Hole Record (Par 72):  129 (Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Brandt Snedeker, 2011 - Plainfield Country Club)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Nick Watney274Brian Harman279
Brandt Snedeker277Louis Oosthuizen279
Sergio Garcia278Lee Westwood279
Dustin Johnson278Greg Chalmers280
Graham DeLaet279Nine players at281
 
Past Barclays Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Nick Watney (274) -- Brandt Snedeker
2011#Dustin Johnson (194) -- Matt Kuchar
2010*Matt Kuchar (272) -- Martin Laird
2009Heath Slocum (275) -- Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker,
Tiger Woods
2008*Vijay Singh (276) -- Sergio Garcia, Kevin Sutherland
2007Steve Stricker (268) -- K.J. Choi
2006Vijay Singh (274) -- Adam Scott
2005Padraig Harrington (274) -- Jim Furyk
2004*Sergio Garcia (272) -- Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini
2003*Jonathan Kaye (271) -- John Rollins
2002Chris Smith (272) -- David Gossett, Pat Perez, Loren Roberts
2001Sergio Garcia (268) -- Scott Hoch
2000*Dennis Paulson (276) -- David Duval
1999*Duffy Waldorf (276) -- Dennis Paulson
1998*#J.P. Hayes (201) -- Jim Furyk
1997Ernie Els (268) -- Jeff Maggert
1996Ernie Els (271) -- Steve Elkington, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert,
Craig Parry
1995*Vijay Singh (278) -- Doug Martin
1994Lee Janzen (268) -- Ernie Els
1993*Vijay Singh (280) -- Mark Wiebe
1992David Frost (268) -- Duffy Waldorf
1991Billy Andrade (273) -- Brad Bryant
1990Hale Irwin (269) -- Paul Azinger
1989*Wayne Grady (277) -- Ronnie Black
1988*Seve Ballesteros (276) -- David Frost, Greg Norman, Ken Green
1987*J.C. Snead (276) -- Seve Ballesteros
1986Bob Tway (272) -- Willie Wood
1985*Roger Maltbie (275) -- George Burns, Ray Floyd
1984Scott Simpson (269) -- David Graham, Jay Haas, Mark O'Meara
1983Seve Ballesteros (276) -- Andy Bean, Craig Stadler
1982Bob Gilder (261) -- Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite
1981Ray Floyd (275) -- Bobby Clampett, Gibby Gilbert, Craig Stadler
1980Curtis Strange (273) -- Gibby Gilbert
1979Jack Renner (277) -- David Graham, Howard Twitty
1978Lee Elder (274) -- Mark Hayes
1977Andy North (272) -- George Archer
1976David Graham (272) -- Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller
1975*Gene Littler (271) -- Julius Boros
1974Johnny Miller (269) -- Don Bies
1973*Bobby Nichols (272) -- Bob Murphy
1972Jack Nicklaus (270) -- Jim Colbert
1971Arnold Palmer (273) -- Gibby Gilbert, Hale Irwin
1970Bruce Crampton (273) -- Larry Hinson, Jack Nicklaus
1969Frank Beard (275) -- Bert Greene
1968Julius Boros (272) -- Bob Murphy, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sikes
1967Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Dan Sikes

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Barclays Classic (2005-06), Buick Classic (1990-2004),
Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic (1979-89), American Express Westchester Classic (1976-78), Westchester Classic (1967-75).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Nick Watney------mcT-25T-25T-62T-6T-36T-10Won
Brandt Snedeker---mc------mcT-68T-12mcT-32nd
Dustin Johnson---------------mcT-15T-9WonT-3
Sergio GarciaT-4WonT-22wdT-25T-2T-31---T-32T-3
Luke DonaldT-367th---T-5mc---T-31T-15T-18T-10
Bubba Watson---------mcmcT-12mcT-31mcT-10
Tim ClarkmcT-9T-12T-63T-17T-38T-24mc---T-10
Jason Day---------------T-31T-12T-5T-13T-24
Carl PetterssonT-30mc---mcT-72T-48---mcT-32T-24
Rickie Fowler---------------------T-36T-52T-24
Rory McIlroy---------------------T-56---T-24
Ian Poulter---------T-9T-9mcT-9T-15T-18T-36
Matt KucharT-43mc------T-35mcT-28Won2ndT-38
Phil Mickelson---T-16---T-18T-7T-19T-52mcT-43T-38
Tiger WoodsT-13---------------T-2T-12---T-38
Justin Rose------T-61mcT-14---T-41T-15T-6T-46
Ernie ElsT-11T-16------T-4mcT-271stT-32T-54
Henrik Stenson------------mc------------T-54
Adam Scott---T-32---2ndT-14mcT-58T-9T-6762nd
Graeme McDowell------T-3212th------------T-43mc
Jim FurykT-22---2nd---T-25T-12T-15---T-52mc
Keegan Bradley------------------------mcmc
Jason Dufner---mc------T-25---mcmcmc---
Jordan Spieth------------------------------
Patrick Reed------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Henrik Stenson
Darkhorse - Brian Harman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Zach Johnson) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Toms) - Finished tied for 16th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to Jersey City, New Jersey this week for the first week of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays. The top-125 players in the FedExCup standings are eligible to play this week. Tiger Woods is first on the FedExCup points list with 3,059; Matt Kuchar is second with 2,293; Brandt Snedeker is third with 2,218; and Phil Mickelson is fourth with 2,166.

Woods, Kuchar and Snedeker will be paired together for the first two rounds of the tournament. Jason Dufner is playing for the first time since winning his first major at the PGA Championship two weeks ago. World No. 10 Henrik Stenson is one of the hottest players in the world. Stenson has finished in the top 10 in his last five events and has placed in the top three in his last four events, including the British Open and PGA Championship.

The number of players will be cut to the top 100 on the points list following this week for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for The Tour Championship. The FedExCup champion will receive $10 million, the largest single bonus payout in sports. Two players who qualified for this tournament are not playing this week. They are Zach Johnson (18) and Steve Stricker (20).

The tournament will be played at Liberty National Golf Club for the second time. Liberty National also hosted in 2009, when Heath Slocum claimed the title. The 2012 event was held at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. Ridgewood Country Club hosted in 2008 and 2010, while Plainfield Country Club hosted in 2011. The tournament had been held at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York the first 41 years.

Last year, Nick Watney posted rounds of 65-69-71-69 to win. Watney, who began the final round two shots back, finished at 10-under 274 and won the title by three over Snedeker.

Dustin Johnson fired rounds of 66-63-65 in 2011 to win the weather-shortened event. He finished at 19-under-par 194, good for a 2-stroke win over 2010 champion Kuchar. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene. It was the first PGA Tour event cut to three rounds since the 2009 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which Johnson also won.

In 2010, Kuchar birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Martin Laird and win the first playoff event of 2010. Kuchar fired a 5-under 66 in the final round and was the only player to post four rounds in the 60s for the week. He was the first in at 12-under 272 and Laird, the third-round leader, joined him after an even-par 71 that ended with a 3-putt bogey on 18. Kuchar's 5-stroke comeback on the final day tied the largest come-from-behind win in tournament history (Bobby Nichols in 1973 and Vijay Singh in 1993).

Slocum poured in a 21-foot par putt on the 18th hole in 2009 to claim a 1- stroke win over four players. Slocum's closing par denied a possible playoff that would have included Woods, Stricker, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. Slocum shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to end at 9-under-par 275.

In 2008, Singh birdied the second hole of a thrilling playoff to defeat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland, and capture the title. Singh became the first 4- time winner of this event, having previously won in 1993, 1995 and 2006. Jack Nicklaus, Garcia, Els and Seve Ballesteros have each won twice. Singh is the all-time money leader at this event with $3,922,381 in earnings.

Stricker birdied four of the last five holes in the final round in 2007 to come back and defeat K.J. Choi. Stricker completed his fourth PGA Tour title at 16-under-par 268. His last win anywhere prior to this title came in 2001 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

There have been 13 playoffs in the last 28 years of the tournament, including seven of the last 15 years. Overall, there have been 15 playoffs and nine since 1993.

Garcia became the youngest champion of this event in 2001. At the age of 21, Garcia passed Jack Renner, who was 23 when he won the 1979 Buick Classic.

The PGA Tour travels to Massachusetts next week for the second week of the FedExCup Playoffs. A field of 100 players will compete at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Rory McIlroy will defend his title at TPC Boston.

08/21 18:17:35 ET

As of August 21, 2013, at 06:17 PM ET