Although it’s tough to question the PGA Tour’s decision to pull the plug after 54 holes at last week’s Barclays, the move did somewhat spoil Plainfield Country Club’s reintroduction to championship golf.
Already softened by days of rain before The Barclays began, the Tour’s set up at Plainfield seemed to favor low scoring. According to one club member, Saturday’s hole locations were in easily accessible positions and although it provided plenty of excitement the short 18th hole (285 yards) only added to the scoring frenzy.
The Tour, which was playing the Donald Ross design for the first time, seemed intent to err on the side of caution for this year’s Barclays, which is scheduled to return to Plainfield in 2015. The course ranks as the 39th toughest layout out of 43 courses this season.
That cautious approach may be put to the test next year when The Barclays rotates to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, which ranked as the toughest course on Tour in 2009 when it hosted the U.S. Open.