Stellar Field in Play at Westchester

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Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding Michelle Wies attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open earlier in the week, the staging of the LPGA Tours second major of the year and Tiger Woods return to action next week, the PGA TOUR is quietly going about its business this week at the Barclays Classic at famed Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y.
 
Played on a rotating basis around the U.S. Open since 1994 - odd-numbered years it is contested after the Open; before it in even-numbered years ' the Barclays Classic boasts a stellar field with eight of the top-10 players on hand in northern New York.
 
In what will be a final tune-up for next weeks visit to Winged Foot, world No. 2 Phil Mickelson and two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen headline the field at Westchester. Joining them in action are Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, David Tom and Englands David Howell.
 
Not yet mentioned is defending champion and 28th ranked player in the world Padraig Harrington. The affable Irishman provided plenty of drama last year en route to his second career PGA TOUR title by rolling home a 66-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole to beat a stunned Furyk by a single shot.

In what was shaping up as a potential playoff, the late-game heroics eased Harringtons pain from the previous year when he fell to Garcia in extra holes. In fact, a playoff in this event is becoming almost a 50-50 proposition, with the winner coming out of overtime in seven of the last 13 years.
 
Jack Nicklaus won the first edition of the Barclays Classic ' then known as the Westchester Classic ' back in 1967. Five years later he would add a second title to his name and has since been joined by Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Garcia and Singh as two-time winners of this event.
 
Played every year since its inception at Westchester CC, the field will be vying for a first-place check of $1,035,000 out of a $5,750,000 purse.
 
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