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Tiger Woods will play in the Barclays at Liberty National

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So I guess it was Westchester County after all! At least that’s what WCC members are probably thinking after he snubbed the Barclays event in Westchester County for the last couple of years in favor of playing in the same event at a new course that happens to be outside the aforementioned county.

Here’s the press release from the tour and the event:

Tiger Woods, the top-ranked player in the 2009 FedExCup standings, has officially committed to play The Barclays, the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, August 25-30 at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. Along with Woods, 124 of the current 125 in the FedExCup standings have committed to an event that will showcase the best players on the PGA TOUR and kick-off the four-event PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Only Tom Watson is not committed to play.

Woods enters The Barclays with top-10 finishes in 11 of 12 stroke play events in 2009 and leads the PGA TOUR with five victories on the season, looking to win the FedExCup for the second time. Woods recorded his 70th PGA TOUR victory earlier this month at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods, the 2007 FedExCup Champion, missed the 2008 Playoffs after undergoing knee surgery following his victory at the U.S. Open.

This year marks the fifth time Woods has played The Barclays in his career. His best finish, T13, came the last time he played in 2003. The Barclays is one of only three PGA TOUR events in which Woods has made at least three starts yet failed to record a victory (Northern Trust Open – 11 starts, FBR Open – 3 starts).

While it’ll be good to see Tiger at the event, there’s part of me that wonders if he’s only there because of the draw of playing the new Liberty National course, one that’s received some positive and negative remarks about regarding its layout.

It’ll be interesting to see what the number one player in the world thinks about the track that sits right next to Lady Liberty. I’m sure CBS is probably over the moon as well since Tiger always bring the television ratings with him.


Written by Jonathan Wall

08/21/2009 at 3:33 pm

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