With the FedExCup Playoffs starting this week, here are 25 facts to help get you ready for The Barclays and the four-tournament run to the FedExCup title:
1. Of the 125 players in this year’s FedExCup Playoffs, 19 of them have won at least one major. Six have won multiple majors — Tiger Woods (14), Ernie Els (4), Phil Mickelson (4), Padraig Harrington (3), Vijay Singh (3) and Rory McIlroy (2).
3. No player has ever won THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup in the same year. The best finishes? 2007 PLAYERS champ Phil Mickelson finished third in FedExCup points in the same year; 2008 PLAYERS champ Sergio Garcia matched him in the next year. This year’s PLAYERS champ Matt Kuchar enters the Playoffs ranked eighth in points.
4. Getting into the 30-man field for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is the only way players have a chance to win the FedExCup. In 2011, seven players began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked outside of the top 30, and played their way into the field at East Lake.
5. Two-time FedExCup champ Tiger Woods has a great track record at East Lake. In his last four starts, he has one win and three second-place finishes.
6. Woods also has a great track record at Bethpage State Park Black Course. He won the U.S. Open there in 2002 and finished T6 in 2009. Woods is the only player in the Playoffs who has won a TOUR event at that course. Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champ, did not qualify for the Playoffs.
7. Rory McIlroy, the No. 3 seed entering the Playoffs, has only appeared in the Playoffs one previous time, in 2010. He never finished better than T37 in any of this three starts and failed to advance to East Lake.
8. Watch out for Wyndham champion Sergio Garcia at The Barclays. He ranks seventh in career stroke average at 69.33 in 40 rounds at that event, and has played well in his two U.S. Open appearances at Bethpage State Park Black Course, finishing fourth (in 2002) and T10 (in 2009).
9. Garcia has the second-best stroke average in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs. In 55 rounds in Playoffs event, his stroke average is 69.02. Only Woods (67.75) has a better stroke average.
10. Brandt Snedeker‘s 61 in the third round of The Barclays last year is the second-lowest round ever shot in the Playoffs. The low round belongs to Zach Johnson, who shot a 60 in the 2007 TOUR Championship.
11. Steve Stricker has the most rounds in the 60s (46), the most rounds at par or better (54) and the most birdies (292) in the history of the Playoffs.
12. Luke Donald will enter this year’s Playoffs hoping to extend his three-putt avoidance streak. He never three-putted any of the 270 holes that he played in last year’s Playoffs.
13. Charles Howell III has the longest made putt in the history of the Playoffs, from 88 feet, 42 inches on the 12th hole at Cog Hill at last year’s BMW Championship.
14. Dustin Johnson has the longest drive in the history of the Playoffs, 463 yards, on the seventh hole in the final round of last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. In fact, his drive is 82 yards longer than the next longest (Bubba Watson’s 381-yard drive in the 2009 BMW Championship).
15. Of the 125 players in the Playoffs, 85 have at least one PGA TOUR victory. These 85 players account for 449 career PGA TOUR wins. With Jason Dufner and Spencer Levin not playing this week, that leaves 123 players accounting for 447 wins in The Barclays field. That’s the fifth most of any field on TOUR this year, trailing only the PGA Championship, British Open, The Masters and THE PLAYERS Championship.
16. Entering The Barclays, only Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan have competed in all 20 previous FedExCup Playoff events dating back to 2007.
17. Stricker, Mahan and Phil Mickelson are the only three players to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola each of the first five years of the FedExCup Playoffs.
19. Rory Sabbatini and Padraig Harrington are the only players to record top 10s in each FedExCup Playoff event in a single year. Sabbatini recorded top 10s in all four events in 2007 (3rd — The Barclays, T6 — Deutsche Bank Championship, T10 — BMW Championship, T9 — TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola) while Harrington performed the feat in 2009 (T2 — The Barclays, T4 — Deutsche Bank Championship, T6 — BMW Championship, T4 — TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
20. Eleven rookies made the Playoffs this year: John Huh, Ted Potter Jr., Seung-yul Noh, Bud Cauley, Roberto Castro, Sang-moon Bae, Harris English, Jonas Blixt, Will Claxton, Brian Harman and Gary Christian. Huh is the highest-ranked rookie, at 25th in points.
21. In the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, the highest-ranked player entering The Barclays to go on to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola was Heath Slocum in 2009 at No. 124. Slocum finished No. 8 on the strength of a victory at The Barclays. The only other player to advance to the TOUR Championship after starting the FedExCup Playoffs outside the top 100 was Kevin Streelman in 2010 at No. 102.
22. Eventual FedExCup champions have had a mixed bag of results at The Barclays since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. Woods, who won the FedExCup in 2007 and 2009, did not play The Barclays in 2007 and finished T2 in 2009. Vijay Singh won The Barclays in 2008 en route to claiming the FedExCup title while 2010 FedExCup winner Jim Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays that year after missing his pro-am time. Last year’s FedExCup winner Bill Haas finished T24 at Plainfield C.C.
23. The Barclays returns to New York for the first time since 2007 (Westchester CC) and to Long Island for the first time as the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., is the host venue for the 2012 event. The last four years The Barclays has been contested in New Jersey at Ridgewood CC (2008 and 2010), Liberty National Golf Club (2009) and Plainfield CC (2011).
24. The Black Course at Bethpage State Park will play to a par 71 with a yardage of 7,468 for The Barclays 2012. As a point of reference, the course played to a yardage of 7,214 for the 2002 U.S. Open and to a yardage of 7,426 for the 2009 U.S. Open.
25. The 459-yard par-4 No. 15th played as the most difficult hole for both the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, playing to a stroke average of 4.599 in 2002 and 4.471 in 2009. The 15th yielded just 28 birdies in 2002 and 17 in 2009.
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