2016 The Barclays – Second-Round Notes

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The Barclays 2016

(The 1st of 4 events in the FedExCup Playoffs)

Farmingdale, N.Y.              August 25-28, 2016                  FedExCup Points: 2000                                          Purse: $8,500,000

Bethpage State Park (Black Course)                                 Par-Yards: 36-35—71/7,468

 

Second-Round Notes – Friday, August 26, 2016

 

Friday weather: Sunny with a high in the mid-80s with SSW winds 12-18 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

 

36-Hole Cut: 79 players at 3-over 145 from a field of 120 professionals. There are no 54-hole cuts in Playoffs events.

 

Second-Round Leaders

Patrick Reed                             66-68—134 (-8)

Emiliano Grillo                           67-69—136 (-6)

Rickie Fowler                            67-69—136 (-6)

Ryan Moore 69-68—137 (-5)

 

FedExCup and The Barclays notes

  • Projected Points needed to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship: 633
  • This week marks the 50th playing of The Barclays and the 10th in the FedExCup era.
  • Each Playoffs event offers 2,000 FedExCup points to the winner.
  • The only player to win The Barclays and FedExCup title in the same season was Vijay Singh in 2008
  • The top-100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

 

Patrick Reed (No. 7 in FedExCup)

Through 36 holes, Patrick Reed has made nine birdies, one eagle and three bogeys to get to 8-under 134. All three bogeys came in round two.

 

This marks the seventh occasion on which Reed has held a lead/co-lead after 36 holes on the PGA TOUR. Of the previous six, he has managed to convert for the win twice (2014 CareerBuilder Challenge, 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship). Most recently, his T1 at the 2015 U.S. Open resulted in a T14 finish.

 

Reed is making his fourth start in The Barclays this week, with a T9 in 2014 his best showing. He is making his 12th start in a FedExCup Playoffs event. His only other top-10 finish among those starts was a T4 at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

 

Reed is making his 25th start of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season this week, having recorded nine top-10 finishes. He claimed runner-up finishes at the Tournament of Champions and Valero Texas Open. By comparison, Dustin Johnson leads the PGA TOUR with most top-10 finishes this season (12).

 

The only player to win The Barclays and FedExCup title in the same season was Vijay Singh in 2008.

 

Reed, who has held at least a share of the lead in both rounds this week, opened with three-consecutive 63s at the 2014 CareerBuilder Challenge en route to winning in wire-to-wire fashion. He held at least a share of the lead in each round on his way to victory at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

 

Reed’s Strokes Gained Through 36 Holes:

Off the Tee: 1.065 (30th)

Approach the Green: 4.376 (2nd)

Around the Green: -0.331 (51st)

Putting: 4.580 (4th)

Total: 9.690 (1st)

 

Second-Round Lead Notes

When The Barclays was last contested at Bethpage Black in 2012, Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney were tied at 8-under 134 through 36 holes. Watney emerged victorious by three strokes at 10-under 274 over Brandt Snedeker.

 

In the 47-year history of The Barclays, the second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 13 times (most recently Nick Watney in 2012).

 

Nine out of 40 second-round leaders or co-leaders have converted for the victory this season, most recently at the PGA Championship (Jimmy Walker).

 

Emiliano Grillo (No. 32 in FedExCup)

PGA TOUR rookie Emiliano Grillo bogeyed his last hole of the day in round two, No. 9, to post a 2-under 69 to get to 6-under 136 through 36 holes.

 

At No. 32 in the FedExCup standings, Grillo, from Argentina, is making progress towards a berth into the 30-man field at the TOUR Championship.

 

Daniel Berger was the only rookie to advance to East Lake last season, finishing 11th on the FedExCup standings to solidify PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. Here’s a look at rookies who have qualified for the TOUR Championship since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007:

 

Year Player Finish
2015 Daniel Berger 11th
2013 Jordan Spieth 7th
2012 John Huh 29th
2011 Keegan Bradley 20th
2009 Marc Leishman 20th
2008 Andres Romero 28th
2007 Brandt Snedeker 20th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, nine rookies qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Here’s a look at the rookies in this year’s The Barclays field and their 36-hole standing:

 

                                               

Smylie Kaufman

26

MC

Emiliano Grillo

32

T2

Patton Kizzire

58

MC

Harold Varner III

82

T10

Brett Stegmaier

101

MC

Michael Kim

115

MC

 

With a win this week, Grillo would become the first player to win more than once in his rookie season since Keegan Bradley won the 2011 AT&T Byron Nelson and PGA Championship.

 

Two players have won in their first appearance at The Barclays: Jack Renner (1979) and Vijay Singh (1993).

 

Rickie Fowler (No. 28 in FedExCup)

Following a 4-under 67 in round one that included three birdies, one eagle and one bogey, Rickie Fowler made 16 pars and two birdies in round two, to get to 6-under 136 and two strokes back headed into the weekend.

 

Fowler is in search of his fourth career PGA TOUR win and first since last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship. He has collected seven top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season, four of which were top-5 showings. He lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 

Fowler is making his seventh start in The Barclays this week and is coming off a missed cut last year. His two top-10 finishes in the event, a pair of T9s, came in 2013 and 2014.

 

For the second-straight day, Fowler hit nine of 14 fairways in regulation and needed 28 putts to complete both rounds. He hit 12 of 18 greens, as opposed to 13 of 18 in round one.

 

Ryan Moore (No. 23 in FedExCup)

In just his second start since claiming his fifth career PGA TOUR title at the John Deere Classic, Ryan Moore made five birdies against two bogeys in round two, good to get to 5-under 137 through 36 holes.

 

En route to his win at TPC Deere Run two weeks ago, Moore was tied for the lead with Wesley Bryan at 12-under 130.

 

By virtue of making it to this week’s Barclays, Moore has extended his streak of FedExCup Playoffs’ appearances to a perfect 10 for 10.

 

In 28 FedExCup Playoffs starts, Moore has collected two top-10 finishes in each Playoffs events, with the exception of The Barclays. Interestingly, his best showing in the first Playoffs event is T24 in 2012, when the event was last contested at Bethpage.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Spieth (No. 5 in FedExCup)

Reigning FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth improved on an even-par 71 in round one with a 4-under 67 in round two. Spieth overcame a double bogey at his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, with four birdies and an eagle (par-5 fourth hole).

 

At 4-under 138, Spieth will head into the weekend four strokes back.

 

Last year, Spieth missed the cut in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events, The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, before winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on his way to claiming the FedExCup title.

 

No player has ever followed a FedExCup title with a Playoffs victory the following season.

 

Jason Day (No. 1 in FedExCup)

Defending The Barclays champion and World No. 1 Jason Day played his first seven holes of the day in five-under-par, but his next three in four-over-par. By day’s end, he had put together a 1-under 70 to get to 4-under 138 through 36 holes and four strokes back.

 

After 36 holes at Plainfield Country Club last year, Day was three strokes back at 4-under 136. He won by six strokes. The last player to successfully defend his The Barclays title was Ernie Els in 1997 (Westchester CC).

 

Day is making his ninth start in The Barclays this week. In addition to his win in 2015, he finished inside the top 10 in 2014 (T2) and 2010 (T5). When the event was last contested at Bethpage in 2012, he finished T24. Through 36 holes that year, Day was 2-under 140, before a third-round, 6-over 77 erased any run at victory.

 

Day is making his 28th start in the FedExCup Playoffs this week, where he has collected 11 top-10 finishes, eight of which have been inside the top five.

 

Day is angling for his fourth win of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season and first since THE PLAYERS Championship in May. When The Barclays got underway last season, Day was also in search of his fourth win of the season.

 

Miscellaneous The Barclays notes

  • There are 63 players in this week’s Barclays field who also competed in the 2012 event at Bethpage.
  • This week’s field of 120 is missing five players: No. 20 Sergio Garcia, No. 75 Danny Willett and No. 87 Shane Lowry, who didn’t commit. Anirban Lahiri withdrew Mondaywith a shoulder injury and Alex Cejka withdrew with a pinched nerve on Tuesday.
  • The tournament record for 18 holes at Bethpage Black is 64, posted by Padraig Harrington in the first round of 2012.
  • Jason Day is the defending champion of The Barclays, and Nick Watney won The Barclays the last time it was held at Bethpage Black (2012).

 

Miscellaneous Notes

Eight players have made The Barclays their first PGA TOUR win: Andy North (1977), Jack Renner (1979), Wayne Grady (1989), Vijay Singh (1993), JP Hayes (1998), Dennis Paulson (2000), Chris Smith (2002) and Jonathan Kaye (2003).

 

Scoring Averages:

A.M. wave: 71.14

P.M. wave: 70.38

Bogey-free Rounds

R1: Patrick Reed (66), Martin Laird (66)

R2: Rickie Fowler (69), Patton Kizzire (69), Jamie Lovemark (66)

 

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Bethpage Black:

            Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative

R1:       35.635              36.496              70.882

R2:       35.803              35.761              71.564              71.845

In 2012, the cumulative scoring average for the week at Bethpage was 71.72.

 

Robert Garrigus withdrew during the second round with an elbow injury.

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