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 VegasInsider.com
|27||Bo Van Pelt||40/1|
|45||Rafael Cabrera Bello||N/A|
Odds for the field are 5/1.