Expert Picks for The Barclays
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8
In 13 Tour events played this season, Garcia has registered eight top-25s and three top-10s, while only missing one cut. He’s coming off a T12 at the PGA Championship and is ranked fifth in scoring average. Despite the limited schedule, Garcia has proven to be an impact player when he suits up.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25
Even though Johnson struggled at the PGA Championship, he’s been a solid performer as of late. Johnson has made 10 straight cuts with six finishes of 16th or better in that span. He ranks eighth in strokes gained – putting, 14th in scoring average and ninth in All-Around Ranking.
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24
After picking up five finishes of sixth or better, including a win at the Transitions Championship, in a span of six tournaments early in the season, Woodland went somewhat quiet. He’s resurfaced recently with a T4 at The Greenbrier Classic and a T12 at the PGA Championship. Woodland is fifth in driving distance, ninth in greens in regulation – percentage, 17th in scoring average and 20th in All-Around Ranking.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
One of the more consistent players early in the season, Haas missed the cut last week despite facing a watered-down field at the Wyndham Championship. Prior to that, he had finished T12 at the PGA Championship and earned a share of the runner-up spot in The Greenbrier Classic in his last three events. Sitting 15th in the FedExCup standing, Haas may cruise into the next few events on points, but needs to dial it back up to offer a real challenge.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #32
The T19 Mahan recorded at the PGA Championship was his best result since finishing 16th or better in four straight events from May into early June. While Mahan is currently sixth in All-Around Ranking, he’s been off his game and a bit risky. Mahan has finished 15th or better in the standings three times since 2007. At the moment, Mahan is 20th with quite a bit of work to do to reach his previous marks.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38
As a rookie, Bradley has won twice this season -- most recently at the PGA Championship -- and now sits fifth in the FedExCup standings. He ranks 10th in total driving and 28th in All-Around Ranking. In 24 events, he’s made 16 cuts with four top-10s and 10 top-25s. Bradley is no fluke and can keep turning heads as the season winds down.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Despite owning some very impressive stats, Watson continues to play erratically during tournaments. He ranks first in greens in regulation percentage, second in driving distance and 10th in birdie average. Even though he’s made 12 straight cuts, Watson has only finish better than 20th during that time is a win at the Zurich Classic.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #106
Prior to missing the cut at the PGA Championship, Van Pelt had finished inside the top-15 in seven of his previous eight events. BVP ranks ninth in total driving, 11th in All-Around Ranking and was the most reliable middle-tier golfer prior to this recent setback.
Fredrik Jacobson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #91
As one of several players that missed the cut at the PGA Championship likely to rebound this week, Jacobson had finished 16th or better in four straight events, including a win at the Travelers Championship. The Swede ranks fifth in strokes gained - putting and 10th in scoring average. Currently 16th in the FedExCup standings, Jacobson has remained an underrated option for much of the season.
Chez Reavie [Yahoo Class C]
Even with five finishes of 18th or better in his last six events, Reavie still sits very much under the radar. He ranks fifth in total driving and 16th in greens in regulation percentage. Reavie is among the best values this week and someone to monitor closely heading into 2012.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #90
Entering Sunday just outside the top-10, de Jonge struggled in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to finish T40. The native of Zimbabwe had finished 13th or better in three of his last four events, so don’t let last week’s stumble near the finish deter you.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5
After struggling for much of the season, Furyk could finally be figuring it out. After missing four straight cuts, last year’s Player of the Year has made five cuts and matched a season-high finish of ninth at the Wyndham Championship. Furyk is currently 60th in the FedExCup standings, by far his worst position this late in the season since the format began in 2007. He carries a lot of risk, but if Furyk has righted the ship he could become an asset in these final events.
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