Fantasy Island The Barclays


The only thing anyone knows about Liberty National, host of this weeks Barclays, are those Sopranos-inspired views of lower Manhattan and a scorecard that reads par 71, 7,419 yards, which is all the insight one needs to load up on bombers, a couple Maduros and some cannoli.
The Barclays

Pick a Foursome: Our Twitter society remembers only that blown 54-hole lead, the first for Woods at a major championship. Whats lost in the histrionics was a first-first-second run marred only by a red-hot 37-year-old South Korean and an icy putter. As for that Jersey golf course, they still havent built one thats bad for the world No. 1.
If he can avoid signing for another snowman (eight) on his scorecard, Padraig Harrington is a solid choice. Hes done well in the metro area, having finished tied for second and first in 2004 and 05 at The Barclays, respectively.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: Mahan, along with U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, received the early nod from U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples for the final two spots on the American team, but he would like a solid two weeks to rid Boom Booms mind of any lingering doubt.
As for Bettencourt and Simpson, Woods eats up more than half your cap which means you have to take some flyers. Bettencourt, however, did finish tied for 10th the last time the Tour was this close to Central Park ' at Bethpage Black.
Picks: Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick, Matt Bettencourt, Webb Simpson (Total: $9.79 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Vijay Singh. It was about this time last year the Fijian went on his Cup-winning tear with victories at The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship. Of course, there was no way to know hed develop an acute case of the yips at the PGA, either.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardPhil Mickelson The last two Tour events Lefty has played in Juuerssy (2008 Barclays, 2005 PGA at Baltusrol) hes finished tied for 19th and first, respectively. Hes also had some time to work the kinks out of that new putting stroke. $5,214,286
Jay CoffinHunter MahanItll probably be Tiger Woods but Mahan has had too good of a year not to collect a victory. He has four chances to win a big one here at the end of the year.$6,473,697
Mercer BaggsSergio GarciaTough to make a pick with no course history, but Sergio played well last week and has a solid Playoffs record.$7,056,385
Erik PetersonLucas GloverLast time the Tour was in New York, Glover came out on top. He's playing well, so expect him to be near the top this week.$6,406,372
Brian KoresselTiger WoodsThrow out past history in this event as it is a new venue. I'll take Tiger in those circumstances.$7,135,073
Dena DavisHunter MahanYou gotta stand by your Mahan when he's playing well. Four top-10 finishes in his last six events. Also, it seems the California native enjoys playing in areas around New York. $6,715,385
Jerry FoltzKevin StadlerI'm out of Tiger picks, Phil likely won't be in top form for a while, and Sergio is tempting, but I'm going with my heart this week. My heart and the fact when I've seen Stadz get hot in the past, he isn't afraid. He's been complaining about a balky putter all year but now seems to be on track.$5,706,037


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