FedEx Cup in Met state of mind
Thursday, August 27, 2009
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday that he likes the idea of rotating The Barclays tournament around the Metropolitan area. Next year the event returns to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., where last year’s FedEx Cup kickoff was held. But even if the Tour wanted a return engagement this year it would’ve required some maneuvering. This week the course is hosting the 94th Met Open, a “major” for Met area pros and amateurs (Andrew Giuliani, son of the former NYC Mayor, holds a one-stroke lead going into today’s final round).
In 2011, The Barclays will be held at Plainfield Country Club, No. 28 on Golfweek’s Best list of classic course. Lee Janzen led a contingent of Tour pros who played the course Wednesday morning.
“Too early for me,” Todd Hamilton told Janzen.
Mike Davis, the USGA’s senior director of rules and competitions, told me Tour players are going to “flip out” when they play Plainfield. He called Plainfield the second-best golf course in New Jersey after Pine Valley GC (No. 2 on the Golfweek’s Best list of classic courses). That’s high praise.
In 2012, the Tour has an agreement to return to Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., the tournament home from 1967-2007. But my sources tell me not to hold my breath for that to occur. Chances are there will be a buyout.
One thing is certain: Liberty National will have to make quite an impression this week if it wants to break into The Barclays rota on a regular basis.