The multi million pound Playoff events kick off this week on the PGA golf tour in the form of the Barclays. We will see a new venue once again for the Barclays this year and it's always a lot tougher with no course form or knowledge to go on but from my study so far, it seems the course will suit the experienced steady players who know how to plot their way around. Plainfield C.C plays under 7,000 yards long to a par of 71 with positioning from the tee key. Greens are slopey and players will need the intelligence to keep the approach shots under the hole. Nicspicks' man to beat: Luke donald (12/1)
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The Barclays Picks
Pick 1: Steve Stricker E/W @ 16/1 (general) Absolutely loves the Playoff season with numerous high finishes in recent years. Steady as they come ranking 1st in putting, 3nd in the all round and 2nd in scoring average. Off the back of a good PGA championship and he'll be looking to add another win to his CV at the Barclays.
Pick 2: Nick Watney E/W @ 25/1 (general) 3rd in scoring average, 5th in the all round, 7th in birdie average, current leader of the Fedex Cup and good value to win it but most importantly Watney looks to be just about to hit top gear once again coming into the Barclays.
Pick 3: David Toms E/W @ 33/1 (general) Top 10 at the Bridgestone, 4th at the PGA and finished with a 65 last week at the Wyndham to secure a top 20 finish. If it's experience, intelligent golf and precision play you're looking for, there are not many better candidates than Toms.
Pick 4: Jim Fuyrk E/W @ 45/1 (general) Last year's Playoffs winner Furyk has returned to form after a crazy season by his standards. A good PGA championship backed up by a top 10 last week. Again in a similar mould to Toms and from what I've read, the Barclays Plainfield track may set up similarly to Hilton Head where Furyk has a fantastic record.
The Barclays Sleeper Pick
Pick 5: Mark Wilson @ 125/1 (general) Last but not least, a man completely under the radar this week. A course that could very much suit already two time winner Mark Wilson at the Barclays. T17 at the Bridgestone a few weeks back. Loves to plot his way around shorter courses and if he gets in contention, he's mentally strong enough to stick around.
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