World No. 3 Jordan Spieth makes his fourth foray into the FedExCup Playoffs and his fourth appearance at The Barclays, checking in at No. 5 in the FEC standings.
The now 23-year-old arrived for last year's edition at Plainfield CC as the World No. 1 and missed the cut by five (74-73=147). He missed the cut the following week at the Deutsche Bank but rebounded for T13 at the BMW Championship. Then, the Texan won the TOUR Championship, capping a five-win season (two majors), claiming the FEC crown and Player of the Year honors. He's won twice this season in 17 starts (Hyundai TOC; DEAN & DELUCA) both as the pre-tourney odds-fave. Through 42 regular-season events, Spieth is the ONLY player to win as the odds-fave. Overall, he has six top 10s, most recently a T3 at the WGC-Bridgestone, and posted a T13 four weeks ago at the PGA Championship (70-67-69-68) in his most recent action.
Zac Blair finished T4 in his FedExCup Playoffs debut last year at The Barclays (Plainfield Country Club) and arrives at Bethpage State Park this year No. 103 in the FedExCup standings.
The second-year man has made seven of his last nine cuts but a T27 at the Memorial was his only finish in the top 50. After back-to-back missed cuts at the RBC Canadian Open and the PGA Championship, he arrives off a T62 (Travelers) and T56 at the John Deere (67-69-70-73). Overall, the BYU alum is 18-for-30 on the season with three top 25s, two for top 10s. His most recent top 10 was a career-best solo third at the Sony Open 32 weeks ago. Blair, now 26 years of age, celebrated his birthday on August 20th. He ranks 193rd on TOUR in driving distance (275.5) but is 7th in driving accuracy at 69.71 percent.
Sung Kang makes his FedExCup Playoffs debut at The Barclays at Bethpage State Park's Black Course.
The 29-year-old qualifies for the postseason for the first time in his third year on TOUR (2012, 2011). He squeezed-in at No. 122 in the FEC standings but would've also retained his card at No. 112 on the money list. The Irving, Texas, resident went 15-for-27 on the season with six top 25s, two for top 10s -- T8, Northern Trust Open; T10, The Honda Classic. Two weeks ago, he was outside the top 125 in FEC points (No. 130), but a T14 at the John Deere got him in, followed by a T46 last week at the Wyndham.
John Senden is in Farmingdale, New York, for The Barclays at Bethpage State Park's Black Course and ended the regular season with one top 10 (T10, The Honda Classic) in 26 events.
The Aussie is one of 16 players who have qualified for all 10 editions of the FedExCup Playoffs. He was the last of the 16 to get in this year, checking in a 99th in the FEC standings. Last year, he arrived No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking and this year he slots in at No. 111, so it's been an off year (two years) for the 45-year-old. He's made 15 cuts in 26 starts, but has also missed 11 cuts, reaching double digits in missed cuts for the first time in 13 years (2003), where he missed 11 cuts in 33 events, his second season on TOUR. Senden has played in all nine previous editions of The Barclays with no top 10s and a best of T15 in 2010 (Ridgewood CC). He was T19 at the 2012 edition (Bethpage Black) with rounds of 68-68-72-74.
Ryan Palmer turns his attention to the Black Course at Bethpage Start Park in preparation of The Barclays this week in Farmingdale, New York.
Palmer enters the week ranked 63rd in the FedExCup race, thanks to a 17-for-20 record during the regular season. More recently, his results have been quiet, with a T30 at The Open being his best finish over the last five. Heading to Bethpage Black, Palmer will be able to use some course knowledge gained from the 2012 edition, when he finished T24. Palmer has played his way to the BMW Championship in five of the last six seasons, and could use a good finish this week to help make that six of the last seven.
Prior to the start of the event, Alex Cejka has withdrawn from this week's Barclays, citing a pinched nerve as the reason.
The German has been battling injuries all year. He withdrew mid-event with a neck injury at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as well as the Shell Houston Open. Sandwiched in-between those, he also battled a hand injury ahead of his title defense at the Puerto Rico Open. After a T21 at the Olympic Golf Competition in Rio two weeks ago, he backed out of last week's Wyndham Championship prior to the start of the event. At 59th in the FedExCup standings, he will have a chance to tee it up at TPC Boston next week, if his health cooperates. Since we are in the Playoffs, he will not be replaced in the field, which now sits at 120 golfers instead of the 125 max.
Sean O'Hair ranks 108th in the FedExCup race ahead of his appointment with the Black Course at Bethpage State Park during this week's Barclays.
The Texan finished the regular season 14-for-23 with a five-pack of top 25s, including a T10 at the Shell Houston Open. His schedule was thin near the end of the season, playing just four times since the start of July, missing the cut in three of those starts. With a T22 at last week's Wyndham, O'Hair may be rounding back into form at the right time. His track record at Bethpage Black has a T54 at the 2012 Barclays in addition to a T23 at the 2009 U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy arrives at Bethpage State Park ranked just 36th in the FedExCup standings as he preps for a run in the Playoffs, starting with this week's Barclays.
The Northern Irishman is 11-for-14 on the season, with just one podium finish, a T3 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. That is a bit misleading, though, as he's finished 12th or better in 8-of-14 starts. This week he'll take on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for the third time in competition. His debut came at the 2009 U.S. Open when he finished T10. Three years later he settled for a T24 at the 2012 Barclays. During that 2012 edition he ranked first in strokes gained tee-to-green, but dead-last of all 75 golfers that made the cut in terms of strokes gained putting, losing 7.267 strokes on the week. If he could have putted to field average that week he would have finished in second place at 8-under. The flat stick will be the big question mark this week, but he certainly sets up well tee-to-green for this 7,468-yard Tillinghast Design.