2013 The Barclays Betting Odds + Event Info, Tee Times, TV Coverage

The Playoffs! It's the first event of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begin at The Barclays on Thursday, August 22nd, and goes through Sunday, August 25th. The Barclays is contested at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ, with the top-125 players in the rankings teeing off with a chance to climb to the top of the rankings.

Golf Channel will have four hours of coverage on Thursday and Friday beginning at 2pm ET at the Barclays. For the weekend, Golf Channel will have 90 minutes of coverage at Noon ET for some extra golf action, and then the broadcast of the event will be turned over to CBS from 3pm ET to 6pm ET.

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The Barclays Tournament

The Barclays is the first event to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and has been played at one of the most popular courses in the United States. That would be Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. But for 2013, it makes the move to New Jersey at Liberty National Golf Club.

Stakes are at an all-time high for the FedEx Cup playoffs, and that is what the PGA tour wants. Typically, a win on the PGA Tour will get a player anywhere from 500 to 600 points depending on if it’s a regular event, a WGC event, or a Major. For the playoffs, a win get 2,500 points. That certainly means that a player can rocket up the standings, and most likely into first place with a win at The Barclays. But of course, there are still three more events after that.

What Happened In 2012?

Nick Watney got his FedEx Cup playoffs off to a perfect start, winning the Barclays by three shots over Brandt Snedeker. The win for Watney shot him right up near the top of the leaderboard for the FedEx Cup, getting the 2,500 points that are awarded to the winner of a playoff event. Watney shot three of four rounds in the 60s that week, including a 2-under round of 69 on Sunday to win by three strokes.

2013 The Barclays

The top-125 golfers on the 2013 FedEx Cup rankings are set, with the regular season of the PGA Tour now complete. It's time to begin the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs, which start this Thursday from Liberty National GC in Jersey City, New Jersey. Players will be able to see New York City from the course, as Liberty National is located right on the water, making for quite the scenic spot to tee up and play some golf.

The top players in the world will be in attendance for this one, which will have a feel like a Major Championship or a World Golf Championships event. Of course, this is what the design and scope of the playoffs are all about. The four Major Championships might be complete, but there is more than $30 millions still to be won over the course of the next month, not to mention individual tournament titles and a season-long championship.

Coming into The Barclays, to no surprise it's Tiger Woods who is the favorite. Though Woods certainly didn't inspire much confidence with his lackluster performance in the PGA Championship a couple of weeks ago.

There are several top players behind Woods on The Barclays odds, let's have a look at the top favorites coming into the week.

Odds To Win The Barclays

Tiger Woods 5/1 (+500) - We said Woods is the favorite, and at 5/1, it's a pretty good payout for a bettor looking to risk a wager on the No.1 ranked player in the world. Woods didn't win a playoff event last season, but outside of the Major Championships in 2013, he has won five of the eight other events he has teed it up. That is a pretty incredible statistic, and definitely something to make a note of.

Adam Scott 16/1 (+1600) - Woods is more than three times the favorite over the next-closest player in Scott reflecting the PGA Odds. Regardless of how the playoffs turn out, Scott already had the best season of his career with a win at the Masters. But capping it off with a good run in the playoffs will be the icing on the cake. At 16/1, there is certainly a much bigger payout for Scott, who has become a consistent contender in the biggest events.

Henrik Stenson 20/1 (+2000) - Stenson ranks in the top-10 of the FedEx Cup rankings without having a win in 2013. He has come close in some big tournaments though, including a runner-up finish at the British Open. Stenson is due for a win in 2013, so why not make it in the first FedEx Cup playoff event and rocket up to the top-spot?

Phil Mickelson 20/1 (+2000) - Mickelson hasn't really played well since the British Open, but he has had some time off to relax and recharge the battery for the playoff events. Lefty admitted some struggles and fatigue and vowed to take a break from golf for a few days before getting back at it to prepare for The Barclays. We'll see how his preparation works out.

Rory McIlroy 20/1 (+2000) - McIlroy showed signs of life at the PGA Championship, finishing in the top-10 as the defending champion. It was the first time in quite a while that McIlroy put together four solid rounds, for the most part. Whether or not the No.3 ranked player in the world has turned a corner or not remains to be seen.

The Barclays Betting Odds - lines found at Bovada on 8/19/2013

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The Barclays Winner - We are going to go just outside the top-five favorites this week, on to a player who has been right there in contention in some big events this week, but hasn't gotten it done. That would be Hunter Mahan. Mahan is a great driver of the golf ball and Liberty National demands a straight tee shot. If he can get it going on the putting green, Mahan has a great shot of winning this week.

The Barclays Dark Horse Value Bet - It's hard to say a player is a big dark horse when they've earned their way into this event by way of their solid play throughout the entire season. But there are certainly some good players being overlooked here. One of those is Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champion quietly finished in the top-15 of the PGA Championship a couple weeks ago, playing his best golf since winning the RBC Heritage in April. Since then, it's been a bt of a struggle, but perhaps McDowell can get back in the winner's circle. At 66/1, it'd sure be a nice payout.

Notable Pairings

The pairings for The Barclays are done by the FedEx Cup points standings, so the top-three players in the standings and so on down the line will be paired together.

This means that Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, and Brandt Snedeker will tee it up on Thursday and Friday. This group will go out at 8:16am ET on Thursday, and at 1:06pm ET on Friday. The Barclays 3-ball betting odds have been installed by Bovada Sportsbook as well. Woods is a near even money favorite at +110 on the moneyline. Kuchar is set at +200 (2 to 1), while Snedeker rounds out the pairing at +225 to shoot the low round for the day on Thursday. Friday odds will be available after Round 1.

Phil Mickelson at No.4 in the rankings will go out with Bill Haas and Billy Horschel. They are in the afternoon at 1:06pm ET on Thursday and then 8:16am ET on Friday for the morning. Mickelson is set at +125, with Haas at +160 and Horschel back at +225.

Continuing down the line of the top players in the rankings is Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, and Henrik Stenson. They go out at 8:05am ET and on Friday at 12:05pm ET. Stenson is favored here at +150, with Rose behind at +160, and Spieth at +225.