The Barclays PGA Tour Betting Preview & Tips FedEx Cup 2016

The Barclays PGA Tour Betting Preview & Tips FedEx Cup 2016

by 22nd August 2016

The Barclays golf tips 2016. It’s Fedex cup time and we start the play-offs with The Barclays from 25-28 August. Read our betting preview for Seve’s golf tips.

Venue and Prize Fund at The Barclays
Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, NY • Purse: $8,500,000

One of the most prestigious tournaments in the Golfing calendar – the Barclays will tee-off this week from August 25th – 28th. The tournament began in 1967 and was played initially as the Westchester Classic. Started in 1976, the tournament went through a series of name sponsorships and assumed the current guise from 2007.

This tournament is generally the first of four tournaments of the PGA Tour’s playoff calendar for the FedEx Cup. The right to compete in this illustrious tournament is awarded to 125 players based upon the FedExCup points amassed during the regular PGA season. The total purse for the tournament is US $ 8.5 million with the winner picking up $1.53 million and a whopping 2000 FedExCup points.

The Barclays tournament is played at the Bethpage State Park (Black) course that measures 7,468 yards and has a par score of 71. The course was built by A.W. Tillinghast and was in vogue from 1936. A famous sign near the first tee tells the golfers that only “highly skilled” players should play the Black – such is the tradition and its reputation for being a tough course.

It is known for its strategically placed – and large – bunkers and the challenging approach shots that come with it. The course is also renowned for Sam Snead’s statement – “it’s an unfair test” – after beating Byron Nelson in an exhibition in 1940.

The roster for this year is led by FedExCup point’s leader Jason Day who is also the reigning Barclays Champion. U.S. Open championship winner Dustin Johnson will head the line-up of professionals eager to knock Day off his lofty perch.

Sergio Garcia will be missing in action (for the second consecutive year) while Shane Lowry has decided to play in ‘Made in Denmark’ to boost his chances of automatic Ryder Cup qualification. Master Champion Danny Willett is also missing in action while Emiliano Grillo and Smylie Kaufman head the list of six rookie players expecting to crack open the 2016 play-off positions.

Last year saw Day win for the third time in a five-week span. This year he will find the running tough with Johnson breathing down his neck. Only 34 points separated the two while there was a gap of more than 600 points to Adam Scott in third place. Though Day is not in the same sublime form he had enjoyed early this season, his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship should be a warning sign for all his competitors. He already has three top-10 finishes this summer and hasn’t finished lower than 14th in his past five starts, so backing him to finish in the top 10 looks a very safe bet, albeit at very short odds.

Johnson missed the cut at Baltursol – the only time he finished outside the top 10 since May. In that time Dustin has managed to get six top tens including two wins one being his first major win at The U.S open. Also keep an eye on Scott and Jordan Spieth who will be eager to push the top two to the limit.

As all the entrants take aim at cracking the top 100 for securing a place in the Deutsche Bank Championship, the action in Barclays Championship is set to be enthralling.

Golf Tips For The Barclays

It’s not original but Jason Day looks a safe bet to finish top five at the very least. He is rested after missing the Olympics for personal reasons and should be raring to go. He will also have the extra incentive of trying to defend his FedEx Cup title. He rates as our best bet to win the Barclays this year and cement his position at the top of the standings.

Day is our shortest priced tip for you and now we move on to Matt Kuchar. A previous winner here back in 2010, he also finished runner up to Dustin Johnson the following year. So we know he has the pedigree to win this tournament. Who can forget his final round 63 in Rio to take bronze behind gold medal winner Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. We do like a player in form and Kuchar fits the bill perfectly and at the likely odds of 33/1 is worth a good bet.

For those that love a bit of value we have selected Kevin Chappell. Although let us down badly last time out he is still a class act. The fact he has had five top four positions this year including runner up three times shows what he is capable of. He has to overcome missed cuts in his last two tournaments but we are hoping a return to form will get us a place at the very least. Word of caution though smaller stakes should be used as this field is of the highest quality.

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So a quick recap with our 3 tips to follow this week at The Barclays.
Jason Day 8/1 – 4pt Win
Matt Kuchar 40/1 – 2pts each way
Kevin Chappell 150/1 – 1pt each way

Betting odds for The Barclays
Jason Day 7/1
Dustin Johnson 15/2
Rory Mcilroy 8/1
Henrik Stenson 8/1
Jordan Spieth 10/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Jim Furyk 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Brooks Koepka 22/1
Bubba Watson 25/1
Brandon Grace 28/1
Patrick Reed 28/1
Louis Oosthuizen 28/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Zach Johnson 50/1

50/1 Bar – All prices are from Paddypower Bookmaker and are subject to change – Each Way 1/5 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7