Power Rankings: 2016 The Barclays


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to New York this week for The Barclays. A field of 121 players will tackle Bethpage Black, with the top 100 in the standings advancing to next week's event. 

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Jason Day won this event last year at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. Here are 10 players to watch on Long Island:

1. Jason Day: When we last saw the world No. 1, he was draining a clutch eagle putt on the 72nd hole at Baltusrol. While that wasn't enough to catch Jimmy Walker, Day has been remarkably consistent all year, including three victories, and should bring his best to this week's burly layout that accentuates many of his advantages.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson made a surprising early exit from the PGA Championship, but prior to that he was unquestionably the hottest player of the summer. After wins at Oakmont and Firestone, he should thrive on another U.S. Open course where he finished T-3 back in 2012.

3. Henrik Stenson: Stenson is just a few weeks removed from his stirring performance at Royal Troon, and two weeks ago he earned a silver medal at the Olympics. Like the two players above him, Stenson tends to succeed on difficult layouts and has caught fire during the postseason two of the last three years.

4. Brooks Koepka: Koepka contended at Baltusrol on a bum ankle, then followed it up with another top-10 finish the following week in Hartford. Given two weeks to rest - and with his Ryder Cup spot now secure - Koepka could be in for a big week on a big ballpark.

5. Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman was T-10 at Bethpage during the 2009 U.S. Open, then finished T-24 there at The Barclays in 2012. His last start included a final-hole meltdown at the PGA, but he should improve on that considerably this week after having three weeks to work on the flaws in his game, most of which are currently found on the greens.

6. Jim Furyk: Mr. 58 kept up the momentum last week at Wyndham, where he was on the first page of the leaderboard until a double bogey on the 72nd hole. Tee-to-green accuracy should prove vital this week, and Furyk will bring plenty of it since, at No. 94 in points, he needs a solid week just to advance to TPC Boston.

7. Jordan Spieth: Spieth is making his first start as a professional on the Black Course, and he enters with three top-30 finishes in his last three starts. Already a winner twice this year, Spieth hasn't played since a T-13 finish at Baltusrol and should be well-rested to begin defense of his FedEx Cup title.

8. Justin Rose: There's inevitably a letdown after an emotional win the likes of which Rose put together in Rio. But the Englishman has the game to back it up, especially on a major championship venue, and his last three results (all T-22 or better) show that the back injury that slowed him earlier this summer is no longer an issue.

9. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama had another superb ball-striking performance at Sedgefield, but as is often the case he lost some ground on the greens. He now has finished T-4 or better in each of his last two starts, and while his tee-to-green proficiency should keep him in the mix, his putter will determine a good portion of his fate at Bethpage.

10. Phil Mickelson: What better way for Mickelson to cap a near-miss season than by contending at Bethpage, where he was a U.S. Open runner-up in both 2002 and 2009. Mickelson showed at Royal Troon that he still has what it takes to compete at a high level, and the New York fans will certainly get behind the southpaw if he gets off to a promising start.