Weekend Preview — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — The Barclays — Plainfield Country Club — Plainfield, New Jersey —
Top 10 players Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson tee off in the final pairing Saturday at 2 p.m. local time with Bubba leading the way at 7-under at the half-way point of The Barclays.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs proved to be a rough start for several high-profile players who missed the cut at Plainfield Country Club including World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. Spieth shot 74-73 and will lose his No. 1 -ranking after just one week at the top.
He also risks dropping out of the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. He entered four-tournament playoffs with a large lead thanks to a number of victories in 2015 including the Masters and U.S. Open.
Watson, who entered the week third in the standings and as a 25-to-1 betting pick at
Sky Bet, is 7-under overall and a shot ahead of 2013 FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson. Bubba, 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking, last won in June at the Travelers Championship.
For Stenson, he shot 66 Friday to position himself in a four-way tie for second at 6-under overall alongside Open champion Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year candidate Tony Finau.
Stenson entered the week 41st in the FedEx Cup Standings. His last victory came in November at the European Tour’s finale — DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Look for big-swings to continue into the weekend at Plainfield. Paul Casey opened with 66-76, while Justin Rose started 77-65. Expect a crowded leader board throughout the weekend and Plainfield to make it difficult for any player to run away with victory.
Other Golf news:
- Yani Tseng, a former dominant Rolex Ranking No. 1, returned to form in round two at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Tseng fired 8-under-64 to reach 10-under and the outright 36-hole lead by one of Austin Ernst and two clear of Lexi Thompson. Stacy Lewis is T-6 at 6-under and four back.
- Also missing the cut at The Barclays was Rickie Fowler, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott. For Scott, the missed cut ends his season.
- Gene Sauers and Paul Goydos cared 6-under-66s to co-lead the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in New York. Heavy betting favorite Bernhard Langer is T-29 at 1-under through 18 holes.
- Tseng opened the week as a 50-1 betting pick at Ladbrokes.