Barclays Odds 2014: Handicapping the Field at Ridgewood CC

Ben AlberstadtFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2014

Barclays Odds 2014: Handicapping the Field at Ridgewood CC

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    For the first time since 2010, The Barclays returns to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. In 2010, Matt Kuchar bested Martin Laird in a playoff to capture the $1.35 million first prize.

    We're breaking down the odds for top players, along with their recent form. We'll also take a look at how they finished at Ridgewood in 2010.

    Who's favored to take the first playoff event of the season? Click through to see.

     

    +All stats via PGATour.com. Odds are mine. 

Jimmy Walker

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    Odds: 45-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: Did not play (DNP)

    FedEx Cup standing: 2

    Last three finishes: T7: PGA Championship, T26: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T26: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Jimmy Walker took a week off after his top-10 finish at the PGA Championship. He's only missed three cuts this season and seems poised to make to the final playoff event (the Tour Championship), as he's presently second in the FedEx Cup standings. 

Jason Day

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    Odds: 40-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: T5

    FedEx Cup standing: 34

    Last three finishes: T15: PGA Championship, W/D: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T58: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: With the thumb issue that plagued him this season under control, Jason Day was very good at Valhalla, where he finished tied for 15th. It's been a stop-start season for Day, but he'll be happy to return to a course where he finished tied for fifth the last time he teed it up. 

Bubba Watson

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    Odds: 35-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: T31

    FedEx Cup standing: 3

    Last three finishes: T65: PGA Championship, T37: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Cut: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Bubba Watson grumbled around Valhalla, finishing tied for 65th. After spending time with his family in Pensacola, Florida, Watson should be rested and relaxed in New Jersey. Given his tie for 31st last time the tournament was held at Ridgewood, he'll continue on in the playoffs. 

Matt Kuchar

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    Odds: 30-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: 1

    FedEx Cup standing: 4

    Last three finishes: T12: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T4: RBC Canadian Open, T54: The Open Championship 

    The lowdown: The man who won The Barclays at Ridgewood CC in 2010, Matt Kuchar withdrew from the PGA Championship with a back injury the last time he tried to play. As he's in the field for The Barclays, we have to assume Kuchar is good to go. And given his past play at Ridgewood, it's hard not to see him playing well. 

Phil Mickelson

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    Odds: 30-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: Missed cut

    FedEx Cup standing: 45

    Last three finishes: 2: PGA Championship, T15: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T23: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Phil Mickelson seemed reborn at Valhalla. While this hasn't been his best year and he couldn't figure Ridgewood out in 2010, Phil fanatics should feel good about their man after the PGA Championship. 

Rickie Fowler

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    Odds: 28-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: T36

    FedEx Cup standing: 16

    Last three finishes: T3: PGA Championship, T8: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T2: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: It's amazing what a little work with the most high-profile swing guru in the world can do for you. Since employing the services of Butch Harmon, Rickie Fowler has turned into a major contender. However, he'll want a win to cement his status as a top-tier golfer. Look for him to play well. 

Sergio Garcia

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    Odds: 24-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: DNP

    FedEx Cup standing: 7

    Last three finishes: T36: PGA Championship, 2: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T2: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Sergio Garcia cooled from his torrid pace at the PGA Championship. Even so, he's been one of the PGA Tour's best this year. With his place in the Deutsche Bank Championship virtually assured thanks to his FedEx Cup position, it will be interesting to see how he does in the hostile territory of New Jersey. 

Henrik Stenson

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    Odds: 20-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: Did not play (DNP)

    FedEx Cup standing: 70

    Last three finishes: 3: PGA Championship, T19: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T39: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Winner of the FedEx Cup last year, Henrik Stenson was impressive in his last start (the PGA Championship). As he's 70th in the standings, he'll want a strong showing to ensure he stays within the top 100 to make it into the Deutsche Bank Championship field. 

Adam Scott

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    Odds: 16-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: T9

    FedEx Cup standing: 15

    Last three finishes: T15: PGA Championship, T8: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T5: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: Newly married Adam Scott continues to rack up top-10s and top-15s. He's heading to a course he played well his last time there and is well positioned in the FedEx Cup. Scotty has to be a front-runner to raise the cup this year. 

Rory McIlroy

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    Odds: 3-1

    Barclays 2010 finish: T56

    FedEx Cup standing: 1

    Last three finishes: 1: PGA Championship, 1: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 1: The Open Championship

    The lowdown: From New York city to Manchester across the pond, Rory McIlroy has been traversing the globe in his week off. Nobody really knows how ranking points are calculated, but McIlroy (first in the standings) has to be assured a spot in the Deutsche Bank Championship regardless of what he does this week.