Thu, Aug 25, 1:35pm by Staff Writer
Jason Day will be looking to make a statement when he tees off as lone favourite as the PGA Tour returns with first of four FedExCup playoffs at The Barclays this week.
After taking a break for the Rio Olympics, the PGA’s top golfers will head to the Bethpage Black course, where a strong finish for defending FedexCup champ Day will help him cement his No. 1 spot.
A win at The Barclays is worth $1.53 million of the tournament’s $8.5 million purse and an important 2,000 FedExCup points heading into next week’s second playoffs event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Barclays hosts the top 125 players on the FedExCup standings. The Deutsche Bank Championship will feature the top 100, followed by the top 70 at the BMW Championship and the top 30 lining up for the playoffs finale at the Tour Championship from September 22-25.
After some early success this season, Scott has just one top 10 finish from his past 10 starts.
“I’m hoping to play a little better than I have the last three months and have a little run like I did earlier in the year and finish the year off really well and have a shot at winning the FedExCup,” he said.
Day has three titles this year and said a win at The Barclays would go a long way to ensuring he holds out Johnson for both the top ranking Player of the Year award.
“I think a couple more wins should do it,” Day said told media this week. “To have five wins again, and especially two more wins in the Playoffs, will obviously get it done.
“If I can get off to a nice start here, that should give me the confidence going forward,” he added. “He (Johnson) is playing tremendous golf. If I get it (Player of the Year), great. If not, no worries. I have plenty of years to try to get it again.”
Bethpage, which will host the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup, last hosted The Barclays in 2012, when Nick Watney claiming a three-shot victory over Brandt Snedeker.
The course, which also hosted the 2002 and 2009 US Opens, is a massive 7,468-yard, par-71 set up that should favour big hitters off the tee like Day and Johnson.
Masters champion and world Danny Willett is one of three eligible golfers who elected to sit out The Barclays, along with Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry.
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