Fedex Cup Tips: The Barclays
It’s the first week of the Fedex Cup on the PGA Tour, and the now traditional end-of-season spectacle has a few aspects to consider when formulating your betting strategy over the next few weeks.
125 players start the first event, but it’s worth noting that only the top-100 players progress to the second of the 4 events that make up the Fedex Cup; and those players ranked 95-125 have both obvious motivation to play well this week, and the pressure on them to do so.
Of course there’s also the not so insignificant bonus of $10,000,000 to the winner, and that’s not including the prize money of the individual events. The top-players in the rankings are almost guaranteed to make the final event, the Tour Championship, however they will be keen to get into the top-5, as they’re guaranteed to win the bonus pot if they win the final event having been in one of those prized positions at the commence of play.
In regards to form for this event, this course was used for the one and only time in 2011 when Dustin Johnson shot –19 under on a very soft layout. However, this Pete Dye layout is expected to play hard and fast this time around.
Any of the top-ranked players could rise to the occasion however, with they may choose instead to leave their challenge until the last couple of events, and that may leave the way open for a few bigger-price selections to take advantage.
Here’s our five top-picks for the Barclays:
Matt Kuchar 1 point each-way @ 35/1 (Bet365, Boylesports) ¼ odds 5 places
Kuchar was second in the 2011 edition here, but has often played well when conditions play hard and fast. He also won this event in 2010, and was 5th in 2014, suggesting he likes to open his Fedex account in good-style. After an average season by his standards, he’s posted three top-7s in his last 5 events, and looks primed for a decent Fedex.
Brandt Snedeker 1 point each-way @ 40/1 (Paddy Power) ¼ odds 6 places
Snedeker is a previous Fedex winner and, though no one has won it twice, he often plays well in it. He’s also played some decent golf in the last few weeks, and finished 3rd here in 2011.
Webb Simpson 1 point each-way @ 66/1 (Bet365, BetFred) ¼ odds 5 places
Simpson has loads of good form on fast-running Pete Dye courses, and he really should have won a Fedex Cup, failing after a really poor Tour Championship cost him dear. His 6th place last weeks suggested he’s tried to peak for this money-bags event – and he was 10th here in 2011.
Charlie Hoffman 0.5 points each-way @ 150/1 (Stan James) ¼ odds 6 places + 1 point top-10 @ 12/1 (Stan James)
Hoffman was in great form earlier in the season, and is another who played well here in 2011. He’s 14th in the standings at the moment, and I expect him to return to form.
Camillo Villegas 0.5 points each-way @ 200/1 (Bet365, BetFred) ¼ odds 5 places + 1 point top-10 @ 14/1 (888)
Villegas has never reached the heights expected of him, but has often played well in the Fedex. Three top-30 finishes in his last 5 events suggests he’s not far from top-form, and he was 6th here in 2011.