This week, the FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway as Liberty National plays host to The Barclays for the second time since 2009. A field of 125 of the world's best players will descend upon the New Jersey layout with hopes of staying inside the top 100 to earn a spot into next week's field at TPC Boston.
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1. Henrik Stenson: He hasn't won yet this season, but he's arguably the hottest player on the planet. Stenson has finished inside the top three in each of his last four worldwide starts, including a pair of majors, and has only one PGA Tour round over 70 since June. The Swede is second on Tour this year in GIR percentage, third in total driving and sixth in fairways hit, a combination that should yield results this week in New Jersey.
2. Adam Scott: Making his first start since a near-miss at Oak Hill, Scott has posted top-15 finishes in each of his last three starts against world-class fields. The Aussie got progressively better with each round here in 2009 and currently ranks second on Tour in scoring average. Like Stenson, his tee-to-green consistency should bode well at Liberty National.
3. Tiger Woods: A runner-up here four years ago, Woods looks to erase the disappointment of going 0-for-4 in the majors this year. He currently leads the FedEx Cup standings, and with good reason: in seven stroke-play starts outside of the majors this year, Woods has emerged victorious a whopping five times.
4. Jason Day: Though he doesn't have a major title to his name like countryman Adam Scott, Day is in the midst of a career season that included top-10 finishes in three of the four majors this year. The Aussie tied for 12th at Liberty National in 2009 and this year ranks 14th on Tour in scoring average with eight top-25 finishes in just 17 starts this year.
5. Brandt Snedeker: The defending FedEx Cup champ finished second in this event last year to jump-start his Playoff run and tied for 12th when the event last visited Liberty National. One of only four players with multiple titles this season, Snedeker ranks fifth on Tour in strokes gained putting and eighth in both scoring average and birdie average.
6. Webb Simpson: The former U.S. Open champ has fired a round of 64 or better in each of his past three starts, each time leading to a top-25 finish. Simpson finished eighth here in 2009 and will likely look to attack this week's venue, in need of Presidents Cup points as he currently holds a tenuous grip on the 10th and final automatic qualifying spot with just two weeks to go.
7. Matt Kuchar: Perhaps the most consistent player on Tour, Kuchar has not finished outside the top 35 since May, a span of eight consecutive starts. A winner twice already this year, he was tied for seventh through 54 holes here in 2009 before dropping back into a tie for 28th after a final-round 75. Currently sixth on Tour in scoring average and 19th in strokes gained putting.
8. Dustin Johnson: No matter the venue, he seems to thrive in this event. A winner at Plainfield in 2011, Johnson had top-10 finishes at both Bethpage in 2012 (T-3) and at Ridgewood in 2010 (T-9) in addition to his tie for 15th at Liberty National four years ago. His recent engagement to Paulina Gretzky could also serve to provide some extra momentum for this week's event.
9. Jordan Spieth: The kid shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh off a runner-up finish in Greensboro, Spieth is making his first Playoff appearance with a great chance to advance all the way to the Tour Championship. The 20-year-old has seven top-10 finishes in just 19 starts this year and currently sits second on Tour in the all-around ranking.
10. Jim Furyk: In his first start since his runner-up to Jason Dufner at Oak Hill, Furyk returns to a venue where he tied for 15th in 2009. Still trying to play his way onto the Presidents Cup squad, the former U.S. Open champ now has three straight top-10 finishes to his credit and has not carded a round over 72 since the British Open.