Category: Barclays

August 25, 2013

Video: Tiger falls to his knees in pain after shot

Posted at 9:42 PM by Pete Madden

On the par 5 13th at the Barclays, Tiger Woods hooked his approach shot into the water and fell to his knees, obviously in pain. As the announcers wondered whether he would be able to continue and complete his round, Tiger got up and walked up the fairway to take his drop.


Woods complained of a stiff neck and back earlier this week after Wednesday's pro-am, blaming his discomfort on a soft hotel bed.

Asked whether he would be able to play next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, an event managed by the Tiger Woods Foundation, Woods said "That's a hypothetical right now. I just got off and I'm not feeling my best right now.

Fowler and Blixt: Partners in style

Posted at 1:44 PM by Pete Madden

Golf Channel's Sunday coverage of the Barclays has revealed a brewing bromance between two of the PGA Tour's most "colorful" golfers -- Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt.

Paired together in the final round, Fowler and Blixt teed off in matching orange Puma suits.


Fowler told the Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski that the stunt was Blixt's idea, though he wasn't sure whether the Swede would actually "man up and do it."

Blixt started the day at eight-under, four strokes back of leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland and one ahead of fellow fashionplate Fowler.

Barclays leaders Kuchar and Woodland have bond formed in China

Posted at 10:29 AM by Joe Passov

Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland at the 2009 World Cup at Mission Hills, China (Getty Images).

Nearly two years ago, I took some time over the Thanksgiving holiday to catch a few hours of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. Over time, the event had morphed into something barely a notch above a glorified exhibition, but year after year, it seemed to produce compelling team competition. The 2009 event in particular, was sensational, when the Molinari brothers brought a surprising win home to Italy, edging the Irish team of McIlroy and McDowell and the Swedes -- Stenson and Karlssson -- by one shot. The Americans hadn't won one of these since 2000, when Tiger Woods and David Duval (remember him?) took the crown in Argentina. There was no reason to think things would be any different for the Americans in 2011.

A funny thing happened on the way to the title. Matt Kuchar, a quality champion but not yet a superstar, picked as his partner the mostly unheralded Gary Woodland, a bomber with exactly one win on Tour. Not exactly Nicklaus-Palmer in terms of scaring their competitors, but that didn't seem to matter. Kuchar and Woodland hammered home a well-earned victory. Also-rans included the English team of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, and the heavy favorites, Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

I had tuned in primarily to see Asia's newest and toughest tournament venue, Mission Hills' Blackstone, a Brian Curley design on Hainan Island. This beautiful brute stretched 7,800 yards, splashed with bunkers everywhere and framed by black volcanic lava rock, making recoveries next-to-impossible. The pros praised the layout as tough but fair -- and was not one that I thought would surrender a 24-under-par winning score. Woodland's power and Kuchar's consistency proved the perfect combination in the alternate-shot format, allowing the duo to birdie all four par-5s on Sunday on their way to an impressive 5-under 67.

"We really clicked," said Woodland.

Added Kuchar, "When I got selected to represent the United States in the World Cup, I also got to choose my partner, and I knew it was going to be a great honor to come here to play for my country. I thought if I picked the right partner, I'd have a real shot at winning the title. And I chose Gary Woodland, thinking that he would team up well with me. He played fantastic this week. I have no doubt that he was the best player in the field."

Since 2011, Kuchar has enhanced his status as one of the Tour's prime-timers, while Woodland has overcome a disastrous 2012 to win again in 2013. He'll feel the nerves, but the guess here is that based on the recent past, both men will bring out the best in the other -- with the edge to Kuchar.

Barclays Golf Round 4 Live Blog With Tiger, Phil

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August 21, 2013

Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker to skip Barclays

Posted at 4:07 PM by Pete Madden

ZachjohnsonTwo players are making it a little bit harder on themselves to qualify for the Tour Championship by skipping the first playoff event at The Barclays.

One is missing by choice, the other because of a family obligation.

Zach Johnson (pictured), at No. 18 in the standings, will be in Chicago this week for his brother's wedding. Only one player has started at No. 18 and failed to reach the Tour Championship -- J.B. Holmes in 2010.

Steve Stricker is not at The Barclays because of his part-time schedule. He won the event in 2007 at Westchester Country Club.

--The Associated Press

August 20, 2013

Tom Kite defends Liberty National design

Posted at 9:44 AM by Scooby Axson

The complaints were many: 

Too cramped, a dump, the views are better than the course, and "interesting." 

Those are some of the criticisms of Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, N.J., the site of this weekend's Barclays, which is the first tournament of the four-event FedEx Cup playoffs.

The stunning views of Manhattan weren't enough to stop the players on tour from sounding off about the course.

When one anonymous player was told the tour was returning to Liberty in 2013, he said, "I can't believe we're going back there." 

But Tom Kite, who helped design Liberty National with Bob Cupp, says that the criticisms are unwarranted because most of the problems that the players complained about are now fixed.

"There were a lot people that raved about the golf course, and there were a few people that were critical," Kite told The New York Post. “We tried to address some of the issues that were a concern to some of the players, and at the same time build on all the really good things most of the players said. It wasn’t written about, but most of the players said really good things."

"It’s easy to write negative stuff,” Kite continued. “It’s more than that. When people say complimentary things about you, you all don’t write about it. There’s no question that that was the case."

The course underwent major changes in the last 18 months. The greens are milder and somewhat playable and some of the landing areas were widened.

"We think the golf course is good, and we hope the players like it this year," Kite said.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

August 19, 2013

Criticism by Tiger, other pros led to Liberty National changes

Posted at 10:58 AM by Scooby Axson

All it took was Tiger Woods saying that Liberty National Golf Course was "interesting," and the next thing you know, wholesale changes were made to the course.

It didn't help also that a caddie said that they ruined a perfectly good landfill when they built the course, whether he was joking or not.

The Barclays will be played at Liberty in Jersey City, N.J. this weekend and is the site of the first tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The last time the tournament was held at Liberty was 2009, when Woods made those comments.

Among some of the changes at the course: five greens were entirely rebuilt, and another six were reconstructed; 13 landing areas were altered and 11 tee boxes were expanded or moved.

“The goal of the modification was really to help increase the overall receptiveness of the golf course,” said Steve Wenzloff, the PGA Tour’s vice president of design services and player liaison told the New York Post. “I say receptiveness as sort of a broad definition. Specially, two facets: the tee shots and the approach shots.”

To make room for a corporate tent, the 18th green was moved 20 yards down the fairway.

“It’s still a hard golf course, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Wenzloff said. “The teeth will still be in it, just the teeth won’t sink as deep into your skin.”

(Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP)

August 14, 2013

Tiger commits to play in The Barclays

Posted at 1:39 PM by Scooby Axson


Tiger Woods has committed to play in The Barclays, according to the website for the world's No. 1 golfer.

The tournament is the first of the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs events, and starts Aug. 22. at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, N.J.  He finished tied for 38th at the event last year, which Nick Watney won by three shots over Brandt Snedeker.

Woods, who has won five times on tour this year, is the current FedExCup points leader and won the series in 2007 and 2009. Phil Mickelson is ranked 2nd in the standings.

Although Woods has not won a major tournament in 2013, he is first on the money list and leads the tour in scoring average (68.654).


August 28, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch Bubba Watson mess with Golf Channel

Posted at 10:25 AM by Mark Dee

Leave it to Bubba Watson to pantomime what many critics think about the Golf Channel's daytime filler coverage.

Special thanks to Yahoo!'s Jonathan Wall, who tracked down this video of TGC's Alex Miceli (guest starring the Masters champ) from last week at the Barclays.

Watson, like most reasonable people, appeared unmoved by the newfound knowledge that Charlie Hoffman plays 2007 model-year Pro-V1s, and ... let's go to the tape:

Clearly, Watson was eager to get back to the infomercials of Montel Williams endorsing Tommie Copper Compression Sleeves, and Mark O'Meara selling Medicus Drivers. You know, the good stuff.

(Also of note here are the related videos provided by YouTube at the end of the clip. "Bentley the Bulldog Puppy is Fussy pt. 2," "Smoky the Kitten & Mr. Squirrel," and Synchronized Fountain Swimming. Golf fans, this is what the Internet thinks of you.)

August 22, 2012

Keegan Bradley recalls college memories of Bethpage Black

Posted at 4:24 PM by Jillian Whalen

BradleyFARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- On Wednesday at the Barclays, Keegan Bradley talked about playing clandestine eightsomes with the St. John's golf team at Bethpage Black, what he expects to hear from the New York fans this week, trying to schedule a game with Tom Brady and more. Here are the highlights.

Bradley started by saying how much he was looking forward to the week:
I love Bethpage. It's my favorite course in the world, and it feels great to be back here. A lot of really great memories of this course.

What could you tell us about the one greatest moment you've had here even though maybe it wasn't in a tournament or competition?
Yeah, I remember vividly the first time I got to come play here. We used to -- it's supposed to be secret but it's not secret anymore. The superintendent Craig Currier used to allow us to come up and play on Mondays when the course was closed. We'd pull up and park at his house and we'd start on the third hole and play, because there was nobody out here, so we could play, us all in one group,  seven, eight guys, and just having such fun little matches and basically having Bethpage Black to ourselves. I don't know if there's anybody in the world that's ever experienced that. Just great memories of the team at St. John's.

You keep telling that story, and you keep saying it's a secret. You understand if you keep telling us it's not a secret anymore, right?
Yeah, my coach called me one day, kind of joking but kind of not. He's like, "You've got to stop talking about it or we'll never get back out there." It's kind of a cool story because in 2009 I really wanted to make this U.S. Open. It was my first year as a pro and I bogeyed the last two holes of the second stage to miss by one, and I was devastated. So I'm so happy to be able to come back and play here and have a chance to play in front of these fans.

I think you told me that you had gotten a hole-in-one out here.
My first hole-in-one was on the 12th hole on the Red. My mom was out there. It was at our St. John's tournament. And what people don't realize is how good the Red Course is here. I think it's close to the Black, it just gets overshadowed a little bit.

And I also know that you have built a bond with Tom Brady. Have you had a chance to golf with him yet?
I haven't had a chance to play with him, but I'm watching as much as I can. Someday we'll get out there. He doesn't play during the season, so we're kind of in a tough spot because it's my off-season, his season. But we'll get out there.

Do you know what his handicap is?
No, but I think he's pretty good from what I hear. I think he can break 80, so I'll give him a few shots.

You're a guy that can play under pressure. What's the atmosphere like here in the playoffs, and especially on 17 when all those fans are going to be lining it?
Yeah, I think that the fans here are the most vocal of any fans maybe other than Phoenix. It's going to be a lot of fun, a lot of St. John's guys out there, which makes it great, and I think 17 -- that whole back side -- on Sunday is going to be something to remember. I think there's going to be some good and some bad. But it's going to be really fun, and I would just love to be there on Sunday to experience it late.

You said after your last win, your reaction was that you loved everyone. Do you feel that way this week?
Definitely not, no. I have a lot of "Go, Yankees" yelled at me this week. But they can have their run this year because the Red Sox are a little bit embarrassing at the moment.

Bradley will start on the back nine Thursday at 8:05 a.m. Eastern. For a full transcript of Bradley's press conference, go to

(Photo: Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images)

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