2016 PGA Barclays Top Betting Picks
The Barclays serves to open the FedExCup Playoffs in the PGA, and this year the tournament takes place at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park. While this is a public golf course, it is definitely not your average “muni” — in 2009, it was the host course for the U.S. Open, and in 2012 the Barclays took place there as well. The winner, Nick Watney, posted a 274 (-10) to win by three strokes. This year features some different favorites, so take a look at our top picks before rolling through the golf betting lines yourself.
Take a Look at the 2016 PGA Barclays Top Betting Picks
First, a little bit about the course. The par 36-35=71 course can run as far as 7,468 yards, like it did when the Barclays were here in 2012. The par-5 #7 hole can be shortened to a par 4, as it was when the U.S. Open took place here in 2009. When the Barclays was here in 2012, the field averaged just under 288 yards in driving distance and 11.3 greens in regulation per round. The greens are bent grass, and with temperate weather expected this weekend, that could provide some putting adventures.
Now for the top picks:
Henrik Stenson — he’s picked up two wins and a silver medal at the Rio Olympics to boot. If he had played enough rounds on the Tour to qualify, he would be #1 in greens in regulation percentage.
Dustin Johnson — In 2012, he tied for third year, and he generally plays his best in the fall. He is second on the Tour in birdies or better and adjusted scoring, and he leads the Tour in proximity.
Hideki Matsuyana — He tied for third at Sedgefield and tied for fourth at Baltusrol. He was lights out from tee to green, faltering only with the putter occasionally. That’s the kind of game that can make a long course like Bethpage Black crack.
Jason Day — He won the Barclays a year ago, running away by six strokes at Plainfield. When the tournament was here in 2012, he tied for 24th. He hasn’t played since Baltusrol, when he was the runner up. He leads the Tour in strokes gained via the putt.
Matt Kuchar — He brought home the bronze from the Rio Olympics, and he is also one of the most precise players from tee to green on the Tour. He is #7 on the Tour in adjusted scoring and has tied for 14th in avoiding bogeys.
Justin Rose — He won the gold medal in Rio; this will be his first competition since standing on the podium. He does have a sore back (which explains the rest). He is #13 on the Tour in adjusted scoring and #13 in strokes gained via tee-to- green play.
Brandt Snedeker — In 2012, he came in second when the Barclays was at Bethpage. He tied for third at Sedgefield and tied for fifth at Glen Abbey. He leads the Tour in par-4 scoring right now.