The duo that clashed at Whistling Straits will rekindle things this week at Plainfield Country Club. Here are four featured groups to watch as the PGA Tour heads to New Jersey for The Barclays, the first of four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs (all times ET):
Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Danny Lee: 8:15 a.m. Thursday, 1:06 p.m. Friday
This group includes a trio of winners from earlier this season, as Johnson, Reed and Lee are Nos. 7, 8 and 10 in the standings (No. 9, Rory McIlroy, is skipping the event). Johnson has not been immune to some major meltdowns this summer, but he did win this event the last time it was held at Plainfield back in 2011, when weather reduced the tournament to 54 holes. Reed won in Hawaii in January and has quietly posted six top-30 results in his last seven starts, while Lee has been the Tour's ironman. A winner last month at The Greenbrier, Lee will make his 33rd start of the season this week.
Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson: 8:26 a.m. Thursday, 1:06 p.m. Friday
Spieth has been the best player on Tour this year, but Day got the better of him two weeks ago at the PGA Championship. Together they have combined for seven wins this year, including three majors, and sit at Nos. 1 and 2 on the FedEx Cup points list, respectively. The third member of the group is no slouch, either: Watson has two wins to his credit and finished runner-up in each of his two starts before a T-21 result at the PGA Championship. Watson missed the cut at Plainfield in 2011, while Day finished T-13.
Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker: 12:55 p.m. Thursday, 8:15 a.m. Friday
This is another group that includes a trio of champions this season on the PGA Tour, as Johnson hoisted the claret jug at St. Andrews while Koepka won in Phoenix and Snedeker won at Pebble Beach. Johnson is making his first start since missing the cut at Whistling Straits, and he also sat out the weekend four years ago at Plainfield. Koepka has been one of the hottest players on Tour in recent weeks, with three straight finishes of T-6 or better, while Snedeker surged into contention last week in Greensboro with a second-round 61 before fading on Sunday.
Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose, Robert Streb: 1:06 p.m. Thursday, 8:26 a.m. Friday
Walker has two wins to his credit this year, but he hasn't cracked the top 20 since a runner-up finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. Rose has had a much better recent run, with four straight finishes of T-6 or better, but he came up empty-handed at both the Masters and PGA Championship despite some stellar play. The group will be rounded out by Streb, who has quietly risen to No. 6 in the FedEx Cup standings on the heels of a win at Sea Island and eight top-20 finishes across his last nine starts.