It’s the first week of the 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs, as The Barclay’s moves to one of the most popular venues in the United States. That would be up in Farmingdale, NY at Bethpage Black, site of the 2002 and 2009 U.S Open.
Tiger Woods comes into the playoffs in the No.1 spot. Woods has won three times in 2012, but failed to win a Major despite contending in the last three. In a twist from the past, it was the performances on the weekend that prevented the 14-time Major winner from winning No.15. Still though, three wins was the most on the PGA Tour in 2012, and it’s clear that he isn’t far off from where he wants to be. Woods won the 2002 U.S Open which was held at Bethpage.
But when you win the last Major championship by eight strokes, you come in with a bit more attention.
Rory McIlroy won his second Major championship two weeks ago, blowing the field away en route to an eight-shot win at Kiawah Island.
McIlroy and Woods have been set with equal betting odds atop of the list of favorites to win The Barclay’s this week. They come in set at 7/1 on the betting line.
Once we get past these top-two favorites, the odds jump up rather significantly. Justin Rose comes in the third slot, going off at 20/1 to win. 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson is going off at 22/1, after playing reasonably well at the PGA Championship.
No.2 player in the world Luke Donald rounds out the top-five favorites at Bethpage, going off at 22/1.
But there are a host of other top-tier players close to these odds as well, including Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, and Keegan Bradley. And we can’t forget about Sergio Garcia, who comes in off of the win last week at the Wyndham Championship.
This season’s FedEx Cup playoffs are certainly more interesting than last year, with Woods back in a familiar position.
Coverage for The Barclay’s begins on Thursday on the golf channel. Check out all of the betting odds to win The Barclay’s this week below.