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PGA Tour Playoff Time: The Barclays

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For most golf fans the concept of “playoffs” in golf is still not a highly accepted one.  The first incarnations of them haven’t exactly brought forth the drama you might find in the NFL, NHL, or MLB, but in spots there have been a few glimmers of hope.

The run to the 2010 FedEx Cup starts in New Jersey this week and brings with it more than a few questions – most of them surrounding Tiger Woods.  How will the World #1 play in his first week after his divorce was made official?  And better yet can he pull himself out of the basement of the rankings to actually advance his way through the four playoff tournaments.

Currently 112th in FedEx Cup Points, the PGA Tour estimates that he will need to finish between 50 and 57th at The Barclays to advance to the BMW Championship.  He tied for 2nd last year at Liberty Nationals but missed the event in 2008 (the last time it was held at Ridgewood) due to a knee injury.

Tiger, and a whole lot of other players, have a long road ahead if they want to work their way into a Top 5 position in the FedEx Cup points standings, the position you need to be in heading into the Tour Championship if you want to have a chance to take home the big prize. 

But before the pros think of the Tour Championship, they have to get themselves into the top 100 to make it into next week’s BMW Championship.  Currently, only the top 42 players at The Barclays are assured mathematically to advance.

Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, and Jim Furyk lead the point standings as The Barclays begins but due to a missed pro-am tee time and subsequent disqualification, Furyk will not much of a chance of securing the position through this week at Ridgewood G&CC.

The player with the longest climb this week will be Scott Piercy.  As the only player who worked how way into the field via his play at the Wyndham Championship is looking to improve on his 88th place in the FedEx Cup standings from last year.  He advanced from The Barclays in 2009, even after missing the cut at Liberty National.

Watch the young’ns at The Barclays.  Twenty-eight players in their 20’s have made it into the field and with so much in the playoffs weighing on your ability to move up the standings, you can expect aggressive play to be in full force.

Resisting that will be Ridgewood, the A.W, Tillinghast design that opened in 1929.  With a potential length of 7319 and playing to a tight par of 71 the constant “59” watch of recent months on the PGA Tour might be taking a vacation this week.   The course has a huge mix of holes ranging from 155 to 626 yards, meaning a large variety of shots will be necessary from the winner.

The hole to watch for excitement will be the one known as “Five and Dime,” the 5th, which is the shortest par four at Ridgewood.  At only 291 yards from the back tees it is also the shortest par four on the PGA Tour.  Whether players try to drive it or lay up and hit a tricky wedge shot to a small, narrow green, the results at this hole could eventually sway the final result.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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Lexi Thompson signs multi-year endorsement deal to play Bridgestone ball

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Lexi Thompson, who currently plays Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball, will now do so in an official capacity. The company announced today it inked the 22-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner had been playing Bridgestone’s B330-S for the past two seasons.

“I’ve used Bridgestone for years and the new Tour B product is shockingly good,” said Thompson. “It gives me tremendous distance off the tee without sacrificing any performance around the green. What’s more, I feel confident hitting any type of shot the situation calls for.”

“When I’m testing a golf ball, I look for three things – distance, accuracy and feel,” said Thompson. “For me, the new Tour B delivered in spades. I’ve never played anything that has responded so positively to any situation the golf course throws at me.”

Bridgestone’s Tour B Series includes four models–X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99). The company leveraged data from more than three million consumer ball fittings, as well as third-party insights and Bridgestone’s own resources, to create the four-ball lineup.

RELATED: Bridgestone’s Tour B balls were designed with the player in mind

Bridgestone’s professional staff includes, among others, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Sergio’s switch to Callaway in our forums

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his second-place finish at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Joining him in the field are notables John Daly, Brian Harman, last week’s Sony Open champion Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

Check out our photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge below!

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