The infamous Bethpage Black plays host to the first event of the FedEx Cup swing and after a few weeks of mediocre fields, it’s good to see nine out of the top 10 players in the world teeing up for The Barclays.
There’s plenty to play for this week in New York. Those towards the bottom of the 125 man field will be hoping to put in a strong performance to get them into next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. On the other hand, those at the top will be hoping to set down a marker in search of the $10 million prize fund, and one can’t forget Ryder Cup teams are still to be finalised. Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar are just some of the big names that currently don’t have a place in the U.S team.
Jason Day is the defending champion, although the event was played at Plainfield CC last year. Enjoying his remarkable purple patch at the end of last season, Day won by six shots from Henrik Stenson and should be well rested ahead of this year’s event. Bethpage offers a different challenge though, and is widely considered one of America’s toughest public golf courses. It has hosted the Barclays once before in 2012 where Nick Watney won with an impressive score of -10. Back in 2002, when Bethpage hosted it’s first US Open, Tiger Woods won with a score of -3 and was the only person under par – a sign of how difficult officials can make this course.
Daily Fantasy Focus looks at some of the players who can take on and have the potential to beat Bethpage Black.
High Priced Options
Russell Knox ($20.2m): While most of the focus will be on the American Ryder Cup team, Darren Clarke picks his three European wild cards next week. Two of these picks are likely to go to Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, so Knox will be looking to cement down that final pick. A win at The Travelers Championship did his chances no harm and a similar performance will almost certainly earn him a Ryder Cup debut.
Hideki Matsuyama ($19.6m): The Japanese man has come into form at the right time. Eight consecutive rounds under 70 led to a 4th place finish at the PGA Championship followed by a 3rd at the Wyndham last week. If you focus on form, Matsuyama is a must have in your PlayON team.
Mid Priced Options
Justin Rose ($17.9m): The Golden boy will be on cloud nine after his triumph in Rio. Rose has always had the game to win big tournaments but only when he’s on mentally does he put it all together. Despite taking last week off, the question will be whether he has taken the time to redirect his focus back onto this week’s Barclays.
Si Woo Kim ($12.2m): Kim showed remarkable composure leading from the front last week and despite a weather delay with just 3 holes left, he came back out to finish par-par-birdie. Having just turned 21, he has a huge future ahead of him and won’t be intimidated by competitors or the course.
Low Priced Options
Kyle Stanley ($6.6m): Stanley is one of the cheapest players in the field and is well worth a pick. He has found some form with top 30 finishes at The John Deere and Wyndham and will be playing to get into the top 100 for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
Johnson Wagner ($7.6m): Wagner has shown great early season form for a few years now but this year he has found more consistency. Under pressure to make the top 125, Wagner landed two top 5 finishes in a row. The Texan also knows Bethpage Black well having won the 2001 Met Open there as an amateur.