The Barclays Odds 2012: Updated Lines for Golf's Top 50 Players

Matthew DickerContributor IIIAugust 22, 2012

Dec 3, 2010; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Rory McIlroy (right) hits his tee shot on the fifth hole while Tiger Woods (right) looks on during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

The first of four rounds of the FedEx Cup playoffs will be held this weekend, when nearly all of the top full-time players on the PGA Tour will tee off at the Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale, New York for The 2012 Barclays, in pursuit of the FedEx Cup and the $10 million in prize money for the winner.

Filling what was once the late-summer doldrums between the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, the FedEx Cup playoffs have become over the past five years some of the best and most exciting golf of the year. This weekend's Barclays promises to be one of the most exciting tournaments of the year, as the sport's best jostle for the $10 million paycheck on one of golf's best and most difficult courses.

Of the top 50 golfers in the world, 38 will compete at this weekend's Barclays (11 are not eligible due to their lack of full-time status on the PGA Tour, and No. 9 Jason Dufner, currently second in FedEx Cup points, is sitting out this weekend's tournament).

Of the 125 total golfers invited to play this weekend, the top 100 point leaders will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. After that, the top 70 will advance to the BMW Championship, and only the top 30 point earners will be invited to play at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Handicappers are picking either Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods to win The Barclays, with Luke Donald serving as the most likely spoiler.

Here is a look at the odds professional handicappers are giving each of golf's top players to win at The Barclays. Odds are courtesy of


Ranking Golfer Odds
1 Rory McIlroy 7/1
2 Luke Donald 20/1
3 Tiger Woods 7/1
4 Lee Westwood 25/1
5 Webb Simpson 30/1
6 Adam Scott 25/1
7 Bubba Watson 25/1
8 Justin Rose 25/1
9 Jason Dufner N/A
10 Steve Stricker 25/1
11 Matt Kuchar 30/1
12 Keegan Bradley 30/1
13 Graeme McDowell 40/1
14 Zach Johnson 50/1
15 Hunter Mahan 40/1
16 Louis Oosthuizen 30/1
17 Sergio Garcia 25/1
18 Ernie Els 80/1
19 Dustin Johnson 25/1
20 Phil Mickelson  30/1
21 Rickie Fowler 50/1
22 Charl Schwartzel  50/1
23 Ian Poulter  50/1
24 Martin Kaymer  N/A
25 Jason Day  60/1 
26 Francesco Molinari N/A
27 Bo Van Pelt 40/1
28 Jim Furyk  50/1
29 Brandt Snedeker 80/1 
30 Bill Haas  50/1 
31 Peter Hanson  N/A 
32 Carl Pettersson 60/1
33 Nicolas Colsaerts  N/A 
34 Paul Lawrie N/A
35 Nick Watney  60/1
36 John Senden 100/1 
37 David Toms  80/1 
38 K.J. Choi  100/1 
39 David Lynn  N/A
40 Martin Laird  60/1
41 Thomas Bjorn N/A
42 Geoff Ogilvy 60/1 
43 Fredrik Jacobson 100/1
44 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano N/A
45 Rafael Cabrera Bello N/A
46 Simon Dyson N/A
47 Bae Sang-moon   Field
48 Aaron Baddeley 100/1 
49 Mark Wilson Field
50 Alvaro Quiros N/A


Odds for the field are 5/1.