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the Barclays Logo 2007HARRISON, N.Y. -- The first event of the new FedExCup playoffs, The Barclays, heads the list of golf events this week.
 
Last year, Vijay Singh closed with a 3-under 68 to beat Adam Scott by two strokes. The event was contested the week before the U.S. Open in '06, but is now part of the FedExCup playoffs.
 
There have been nine international champions at Westchester and they have combined to win 13 of the 40 titles. Singh won for the third time last year, while Sergio Garcia is a two-time winner and has four top-5 finishes in seven starts here.
 
Westchester has hosted all 40 previous playings, but has played to three different pars -- 70, 71 and 72. Since 1983, the course has played to a par of 71.
 
With the FedExCup series, the top 144 players on the points list qualified for this event, but only 138 players will tee it up. Those who qualified had their points reset with No. 1 Tiger Woods starting with 100,000 points and No. 144 Jeff Gove beginning the playoffs with 84,700.
 
Six players -- Tiger Woods, Bernhard Langer, Stephen Ames, Jose Maria Olazabal, Jason Bohn and Ryan Palmer -- are the skipping the first event for various reasons.
 
With the field cut to 120 players for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, that means Bohn (No. 126) and Palmer (No. 133) will not advance in the playoff series.
 
For the first three playoff series events -- Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship -- points are awarded on a sliding scale. Winners of the first three events earn 9,000 points, while the 70th place finisher picks up 100 points.
 
The winner of the TOUR championship, the final of the four playoff events, will collect 10,300 points. The winner of the FedEx Cup playoffs will be awarded $10 million towards his retirement fund.
 
GOLF CHANNEL has three hours of coverage the first two days, before CBS takes over on the weekend.
 
Next week's event is the Deutsche Bank Championship, which Tiger Woods won last year.
 
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