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Schwartzel opts not to play The Barclays

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Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is continuing the tradition unlike any other: top players skipping the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The South African did not commit to play in The Barclays next week, which is the first leg of four-event stretch that ends with a $10 million payout to the winner of the season long point race. The field at Plainfield CC is limited to the top-125 in the FedEx Cup points list after the completion of the Wyndham Championship, so no player will take Schwartzel’s place.

Opting not to play next week is not a curse for Schwartzel or his hopes to win the cup. Three of the four FedEx Cup winners did not compete in The Barclays. Tiger Woods skipped the first leg in 2007 and 2009 by volition, and Jim Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays last year for showing up late to a pro-am. The rule that sent Furyk packing has since been changed.