With the top 125 from the regular season’s standings qualifying for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs, The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club, New Jersey, marks a return to action for many of the game’s top players.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy heads into The Barclays on the back of two major wins, with victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational separating them. Last year, the 25-year-old finished six shots behind 2013 champion Adam Scott. With both players now No.1 and 2 in the world, will we be treated to a battle between the game’s top two?
The defending champ
As mentioned, Australian Adam Scott holds the title everyone is chasing at The Barclays. Since his Crowne Plaza Invitational win at the end of May, the 34-year-old has been threatening to win almost every event since, racking up four top ten finishes in the five tournaments which have followed. He finished ninth the last time The Barclays was held at Ridgewoodin 2010, and he’s expected to be among the leaders, again, this year.
Hot on their heels
Rickie Fowler’s third place finish at the PGA Championship saw him join Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to finish in the top five in all of four majors in the same year. In a field filled with top talent, the American is expected to have a say down the home stretch yet again.
World No.76 Nick Watney comes into this week’s championship full of confidence after ending the Wyndham Championship in fifth place last week. Add to that his win at The Barclays in 2012, and ninth place last year, and the American will feel he’s in with a chance at contending at Ridgewood.
Russell Knox is the only Scot in the field at The Barclays. After a week off he’ll be hoping to bounce back after a missed cut at the PGA Championship. Without a top 20 spot since the RBC Heritage in April, the world No.105 will be out to finish on a high as the season nears its end.
In the field at The Barclays
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