Barclays snakebitten for third time this year


It’s been a year of natural disasters – or at least natural nuisances – for a trio of Barclays-sponsored tournaments.

In July, the Barclays Scottish Open was marred by monsoons and shortened to 54 holes, with Luke Donald claiming the title by four strokes. The title sponsor later announced that it would not renew its contract for next year and beyond.

One month later, The Barclays – the opening event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoff series – endured an early-week earthquake, then threats of an oncoming hurricane forced officials to conclude the tournament after 54 holes on Saturday, won by Dustin Johnson.

This week, heavy storms have plagued the Barclays Singapore Open. Like its two predecessors, the event was shortened to 54 holes, set to end on Sunday. But even Sunday's playoff finish between Juvic Pagunsan and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano got rained out and they will be forced to finish on Monday.

The unique unluckiness wasn’t lost on Graeme McDowell, who competed in all three Barclays tournaments. He tweeted: “Storms here. Looking like 54 holes. Monsoons in Scotland. Hurricane Irene in New Jersey. Storms in Singapore. #Barclays can't get a break.”