2016 Barclays Betting Preview And Tips

August 25th – 28th, 2016
Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,468
Purse: $8.5 million with $1,530,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day

Good T3 with Sneds last week but we are only as our next game so lets get cracking




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Rory, DJ, Henrik, Jason, Jordan; they are all back this week for the big money Playoffs.  What with the tournament returning to Bethpage Black for the first time since 2012 added into the mix of variables you already know about you can make a case for about any of the favourites.
For me Dustin Johnson at 9/1 represents decent odds in the win only market. Yes he missed the cut when heavily fancied at the PGA Championship but that was the only blot on a super season which of course included winning the US Open and WGC Bridgestone.
Bethpage is a course that suits DJ, he drove it on average 325 yards in 2012 and was T7 in GIR on his way to a T3 finish then.  Winner of The Barclays in 2011, expect DJ to come out all guns blazing again.

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Brooks Koepka 28/1


Great to see Brooks back healthy and in form on the PGA Tour and while he took last week off younger brother Chase got a tidy T19 on his European Tour debut in the Czech Republic.  Last time out Brooks senior was T9 at The Travelers and putted brilliantly – he was actually a cumulative -6 for just the par-3’s which always tells a story.  A T4 at Baltusrol and T13 at the US Open say to me that Brooks is a big time player and it doesn’t get much more big time than Bethpage Black.

Hideki Matsuyama


After a great early season up to and including The Players Hideki fell off the form cliff.  Thank goodness he found his mojo again in time for a T4 finish at the PGA Championship and followed it with a fine T3 last weekend at The Wyndham.  Hugely impressive tee to green in those last two, he’s another who can really contend if the putter behaves.


Brandt Snedeker 40/1

You’re probably wondering why Sneds is out at 40/1 having tied third at The Wyndham last week and tied fifth in Canada last month and in truth so am I.  The bookies will point to him missing the cut in his last three Barclays but he also finished solo second in 2012 and that was at Bethpage.  Sneds went -8 on just the par-4’s at Wyndham with a fourth place in the putting stats. Don’t count him out each way.

Louis Oosthuizen 40/1

You look at Louis Oosthuizen’s swing and it’s a thing of beauty.  It’s just baffling why he doesn’t contend more.  The South African has four top 25’s in his last five starts and led the GIR stats at the PGA Championship.  One good putting week and Louis will be right there. T5 at Bethpage in 2012.

Jim Furyk 35/1

Jim takes the Playoffs very seriously and with the Ryder Cup on the horizon he is like a man on a mission.  After his 58 and T5 at The Travelers Jim’s T10 at The Wyndham last week was better than the finishing position suggested; he was 3rd in fairways hit, drove it 310 yards and was T1 in GIR.  Missed the cut in the 2012 Barclays at Bethpage but has finished top 11 in the three stagings since.


Long Odds Glory Shots


Some will have a look at Luke Donald from 80/1 after putting his was to a solo second at The Wyndham and he was T10 at Bethpage in 2012.  Luke will need to tighten up his tee to green game to contend here but confidence will be up.

Will McGirt is now out to 100/1 after missing the cut at home in North Carolina last week but the Memorial winner is still worth keeping tabs on.

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