Expert Picks and Analysis Provided by Jerod Kieler
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The season’s final regular season event saw Davis Love III win for the first time since 2008. Love became the third oldest person to win on the PGA Tour and also gained entry into this week’s Barclays. Although world #2 Rory McIlroy has opted not to play, the majority of the top-125 in the FedEx Cup standings will make their way to Plainfield Country in Edison, New Jersey. Plainfield CC will be hosting The Barclays for the second time; the first since Dustin Johnson won after Hurricane Irene shortened the event to 54 holes in 2011. The top-100 in the standings after this week will earn a spot in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Last year, Hunter Mahan fired a final round 65 to win by two shots over a trio of players.
1) Jason Day (4): Day will be teeing it up for the first time since winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Day’s three wins on the season are second most to Jordan Spieth. In his last five starts, Day has not finished outside the top-12. The last time the Barclays was held at Plainfied CC, Day shared 13th.
2) Justin Rose (3): Like Day, Rose comes to Plainfield Country Club white hot. In his last seven starts, Rosie has five top-6 finishes, including each of his last four. Two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, Rose finished solo 4th. Rose finished T6 the last time The Barclays was held at Plainfield CC.
1) Nick Watney (3): Watney seems close to putting his game back together. Two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, Watney bounced back from a first round 78 to finish in a share of 30th. Last week at the Wyndham Championship, Watney was in contention after 54 holes, but a final round 72 dropped him into a tie for 31st. Watney tied for 10th the last time this event was held at Plainfield CC.
2) Ben Martin (3): Martin has been quite inconsistent, but he does have two top-20 finishes in his past five worldwide starts. Martin finished 17th at the Scottish Open and then last week, Martin shared 10th at the Wyndham Championship.
1) David Lingmerth (0): Since winning the Memorial, Lingmerth has four additional top-15 finishes. In his last three starts, Lingmerth finished solo 3rd at the Quicken Loans National, shared 6th at the Bridgestone Invitational, and tied for 12th at the PGA Championship.
2) Robert Streb (1): Streb is on a run of five straight top-18 finishes. In his past two starts, Streb finished solo 5th at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 10th at the PGA Championship. I am pretty sure the whole world wants to see captain Jay Haas pick #TeamSreb for the President’s Cup over his boy Bill, and another strong showing will make that decision even easier.
Other Golfers Considered:
Jordan Spieth (Tier A): I only have one start left for Spieth so I am going to save him for one of the last three tournaments. With that said, Spieth continued his historic season at the PGA Championship. Although he came up a few shots short, Spieth still finished runner-up to Jason Day. Spieth’s win-win-4th-2nd major championship season is one of the best of all time.
Brooks Koepka (Tier B): This is pretty much a no brainer. I can no longer start Koepka, but if you can, I would suggest starting him each and every week.
Paul Casey (Tier C): I really like Casey this week, but I can only use him two more times. Casey has top-20 finishes in three of his past six events. Last week at the Wyndham Championship, Casey tied for 3rd.