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FedEx Cup Playoffs tee off at Barclays

FedExCupPreview — PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs –The Barclays – Bethpage Black – New York –

The FedEx Cup Playoffs arrive this week with 125 players making it through the season-long points race.

The overall goal of the field is to advance throughout the playoffs to reach the TOUR Championship at East Lake. At the TOUR Championship, each will have an individual path way to win the FedEx Cup title.

Jason Day, who has three PGA Tour wins this year and nine Top 10s, leads the

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

Jason Day current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) Jason Day

standings. He nearly won this title a season ago finishing runner-up. The rest of the FedEx Cup standings Top 5 is competing this week includes Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Russell Knox and Jordan Spieth.

The four-tournament series features progressive field cuts with the ultimate prize comes down to an opportunity to be crowned FedEx Cup Champion joining past champions Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Day.

Results from this week’s event will determine the 100 players advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week.

Bethpage Black in New York hosts this week.

The morning wave is on the course with Emiliano Grillo and Charley Hoffman leading early on at 4-under through seven holes. Both have wins on the PGA Tour this season.

2015 Recap:

  • Day (19-under) ran away with the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs last year en route to the title. His 63-62 weekend at Plainfield CC in New Jersey sent the message to the competition. Stenson was second at 13-under with Watson, Zach Johnson and Zac Blair rounding out the Top 5.

The Golf Channel has exclusive television coverage Thursday and Friday for the opening rounds of play, and handles early coverage on the weekend with CBS Sports TheBarclaysbringing home the leaders Saturday and Sunday.

FANTASY: Stenson rides a positive wave into the playoffs. The former FedEx Cup champion is now a major champion winning the Open Championship in July. Day is a great fit anyway at this point, but also consider under-the-radar players in great form like Kevin Kisner and Daniel Summerhays, who logged a Top 10 at this event a season ago.

BETTORS: At 7 1/2-to-1 odds at Labrokes.com, Day is the betting favorite. For more value, take a shot with Hideki Matsuyama at 25-1. He contended last week and ranks 12th in the FedEx Cup standings. Patrick Reed (40-1) is trending again. At No. 14 in the world rankings and 7th in the FedEx Cup standings, he is due for a win this season after nine Top 10s.

Other Golf News:

  • Thomas Pieters fired a 9-under-62 to co-lead the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament. Pieters is trying to earn one of the three captain’s picks for the Europe Ryder Cup squad. He is probably up against Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer for that pick.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open this week. Lydia Ko, Rolex Ranking World No. 1 and a Silver medal winner at the Rio games, tops the Champions Tourbetting list at 3 1/2-1 odds.
  • The PGA Champions Tour hosts the Boeing Classic beginning Friday with Bernhard Langer as the favorite (3 1/2-1).