By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Thursday’s first round of The Barclays, the opening event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is now in the books. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.
NO. 1 PROJECTION: By taking the first-round lead, Padraig Harrington is projected as the FedExCup leader if he goes on to win The Barclays. Harrington would get 2,500 points for the win, giving him 3,146 for the season — enough to overtake Regular Season leader Tiger Woods, who is currently projected to have 2,527 points after shooting a 68 that leaves him tied for 14th.
FIVE BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the biggest projected moves from Thursday.
|Player||Scoreboard position||Official FEC rank||Projected FEC rank||Movement|
MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 100 in FedExCup points will advance to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 100 who are projected to move inside and the players who are projected to fall outside the top 100.
|Players Moving In||Movement||Players Falling Out||Movement|
|Gary Christian||111 to 41||Scott Stallings||86 to 101|
|Jonas Blixt||101 to 56||Fredrik Jacobson||95 to 102|
|Bob Estes||103 to 79||John Mallinger||88 to 103|
|Jeff Maggert||107 to 82||Ricky Barnes||98 to 105|
|Kevin Streelman||109 to 85||Chris Stroud||99 to 106|
|Tommy Gainey||102 to 91||Chad Campbell||91 to 107|
|Colt Knost||120 to 94||Andres Romero||93 to 108|
|David Hearn||108 to 96||Josh Teater||94 to 109|
|Jason Day||113 to 100||Roberto Castro||100 to 110|
BUBBLE WATCH: Roberto Castro is this week’s Bubble Boy, sitting atop the 100th spot in the FedExCup standings. Castro shot a 5-over 76 and is projected to fall outside the top 100. If he misses the cut on Friday, everyone else below him in the current FedExCup standings would also need to miss the cut in order for Castro to advance to next week. That’s not likely to happen …
Of the players near the bubble, Brian Harman had the best day. The PGA TOUR rookie shot a 6-under 65 and is projected to move inside the top 10 if he can keep that position. “I haven’t done a very good job this year of keeping my emotions in check,” said Harman, one of 11 rookies in the FedExCup Playoffs. “I get really upset when things aren’t going my way and I’m just going to try to do as best I can in these Playoffs to not throw away shots and just see where it pans out.”
ODDS AND ENDS: PGA TOUR rookie Gary Christian, the 41-year-old from England, didn’t qualify for any of the majors this year. But he did qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs in the 111th spot and he made the most of his first round with a 5-under 66. “I’ve never played in a major before and this is to me a major,” Christian said. “This is my first major I’ve ever played in – that’s the way I’m looking at it. The quality of field, the quality of golf course.” …
How did the top five in points fare on Thursday: No. 1 Tiger Woods shot 68, No. 3 Rory McIlroy shot 69, No. 4 Zach Johnson shot 68 and No. 5 Bubba Watson shot 70. (No. 2 Jason Dufner is not playing this week) …
Bill Haas, the defending FedExCup champion, opened his title defense with an even-par 71. …
Steve Stricker shot a 2-under 69. That’s the 47th round in the 60s that he has shot in the Playoffs – highest total of any player
Nick Watney, last year’s Regular Season points leader, entered this year ranked 49th in points. After shooting 65, he’s projected to move to sixth …
Padraig Harrington understood early in his round that he needed to start making birdies so that he wouldn’t be left behind. He did just that in shooting a 64 to take the first-round lead. “A major always feels like a marathon. It’s a long haul. You don’t mind somebody running off because he’s going to come back,” Harrington said, “whereas at a FedEx event, you want to get a good start. It’s a bit of a sprint. You don’t want to be left behind.”
- Padraig Harrington
- The Barclays
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