Tiger Woods commits to play The Barclays at Liberty National in Jersey City next week
Back at The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in 2009, Tiger Woods finished in a tie for second place at the Jersey City course. (Tim Farrell/The Star-Ledger)
Four years after nearly winning The Barclays in Jersey City, Tiger Woods will return to see if he can finish off what he started.
The world’s No. 1-ranked golfer will be a part of the 125-player field next week at Liberty National Golf Club, club co-founder Paul Fireman confirmed to The Star-Ledger Wednesday afternoon.
“I was happy to hear that Tiger was coming, for sure,” Fireman said. “I think that’s a big thing.”
Fireman said that he was informed of Woods’ decision to play the first leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs shortly after lunchtime on Wednesday. Woods had put the event on his playing schedule on his personal website on Tuesday night.
Major-less Tiger Woods will resurface at The Barclays to launch 2013 FedExCup
Tiger Woods is not in the field for this week’s PGA Tour stop in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Challenge, but the world No. 1 will be back at it next Thursday when the FedEx Cup playoffs begin at Liberty National Golf Club.
Woods confirmed via Andy Borowitz’ Duh Magazine (actually, on the golfer’s website on Tuesday) that he has committed to play in The Barclays, the first leg of the tour’s four season-ending playoff events in Jersey City, N.J. The leader in FedEx Cup points, Woods is a two-time winner (2007 and 2009) of the FedEx Cup and its gaudy $10 million payout.
A FedEx Cup victory for Woods, who has five wins so far this season and will start in his fourth Barclays, would make him the only golfer to hit the jackpot three times since the inception of the series seven years ago. Tiger chose to skip the tourney in 2007, was sidelined with an injury the following year, and did not qualify in 2011.
The top 125 players in FedEx Cup points will comprise the field for The Barclays, which will winnow the number down to 100 for the Deutsch Bank Championship over Labor Day weekend at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. Following that tilt, the top 70 golfers will tee it up at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forrest, Ill., and the last contest, the Tour Championship at East Lake GC in Atlanta, will feature the top 30 who advance to the grand finale.
Which brings us back to the Wyndham Championship, where 2012 FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker looks to win his third tour event of the season and pad his current third-place position with 500 more points. Snedeker, who emerged victorious from Greensboro in 2007, will play the first two rounds at Sedgefield CC with defending champ Sergio Garcia and Webb Simpson, the 2011 winner.
Jason Dufner Taps Wife Amanda On Butt, Gets Copenhagen After PGA Championship
While the laid-back 36-year-old golfer who gave us “Dufnering” wasn’t exactly leaping for joy after winning the 2013 PGA Championship, he still managed to produce a celebratory moment that went viral: After embracing his wife, Amanda, near the 18th green, Jason gave her a tap on the butt.
GIF: Jason Dufner, Wife Embrace After PGA Championship Win
After embracing his wife and giving her the love tap that shook Twitter, Dufner received something in return. No, not the Wanamaker Trophy. Before he received the silverware awarded annually to winner of the PGA Championship, Dufner’s wife gave him his tin of Copenhagen dipping tobacco.
The 2 newest additions to the Dufner household. I am a lucky man! pic.twitter.com/qXOxnGYWyX
— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) August 14, 2013