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The Barclays: Featured Groups Will Provide Excitement to Begin FedEx Cup Playoffs

The Barclays Featured Groups

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As you may be aware, the FedEx Cup Playoffs kick off this week with The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. The top 125 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings were invited, but only 123 will be in attendance. With that much firepower on one golf course, there are myriad opportunities for intriguing groups over the first two days. The powers that be have decided to go group players based on their FedEx Cup standing at the beginning of the tournament. Even with all subjectivity taken out of the pairing process, there are still plenty of compelling groups to watch.

Any group that includes Tiger Woods is usually going to be considered one of the featured groups of the week. This time, Woods will tee it up with Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker for the first 36 holes. They are the top three in the standings to start the week. Woods is chasing his third FedEx Cup title and Snedeker is the defending champion. Could this be Kuchar’s turn? (Thursday 8:16 am from the 10th tee and Friday 1:06 pm from the first tee)

Players four through six are Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas and Billy Horschel. Haas is the only one in the group that has won the FedEx Cup championship – he accomplished that feat two years ago, but Mickelson has reached the TOUR Championship in every year of the playoffs. Horschel is the dark horse in this group, but with his ability to hit greens in regulation I definitely wouldn’t count him out. (Thursday 1:06 pm from the first tee, Friday 8:16 am from the 10th tee)

The seven through nine group featuring Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson has something to offer everyone. Rose is a major champion, Spieth is a youngster that came out of nowhere this year and Stenson has been the epitome of consistency for the last few months. (Thursday 8:05 am from the 10th tee, Friday 12:05 pm from the first tee)

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.