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THE BARCLAYS


Dustin Johnson, left, beat Matt Kuchar to win The Barclays title in 2011.


FIRST UP,THE BARCLAYS


The four-tournament PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup begin in the Metropolitan New York City area with The Barclays, a tournament that has a long history and has produced more than its share of drama. By Don Wade


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The Barclays began in 1967 as the Westchester Classic. The inaugural event was won by Jack Nicklaus, which is always a good way to begin. It was played at historic Westchester Country Club through 2007, the year the FedExCup was introduced and The Barclays became the first Playoff event. It then began to rotate among other prominent area courses beginning with Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, in 2008, followed by Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, then back to Ridgewood, followed by Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, in 2011. This year it will be played at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, an A.W. Tillinghast masterpiece that has hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens.


76 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012 The field at The Barclays features the


top 125 players and serves as the first of four PGA TOUR Playoffs events. Don Wade interviewed The Barclays


Executive Director Peter Mele to get his thoughts on the tournament, its past and its future.


DW: Peter, what did you do before The Barclays? PM: I was the tournament director of the Champions Tour event in Concord, Massachusetts,


from 1988 until 1998 before I came to The Barclays.


DW: The Barclays had a long run at Westchester Country Club before the decision was made to establish a rotation of courses. What was the


DW: Where are you playing in the future? PM: We’ll be at Liberty National next year, followed by Ridgewood in 2014, Plainfield in 2015 and back to Bethpage Black in


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thinking behind this? PM: Westchester was a wonderful venue for us, but by going to a rotation, it gave us a chance to play on some of the other great courses in the Met area—and there are a lot of them. The players love being able to play on a Tillinghast or Donald Ross course, and of course Liberty National is such a unique venue with its views of New York harbor and the city’s skyline. And we’re very excited about going to Bethpage Black this year and so are the players.


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