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Westchester out of PGA Tour rotation?

By JEFFREY GOLD
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. – The PGA Tour is negotiating whether The Barclays will still be played at Westchester (N.Y.) Country Club in August.

“I would say that no decision has been made to terminate our agreement with Westchester,” Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said Monday, adding talks with Westchester are continuing. “Those discussions may or may not result in a joint decision to keep The Barclays at Westchester.”

Published reports that the 2008 edition would be held at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus were “premature,” Votaw said.

The Barclays is the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. If the tournament does shift, it would be the biggest golf event in New Jersey since the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield.

The Barclays, which has been played at Westchester since 1967, was already scheduled to shift to Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City in 2009. Westchester had agreed in 2006 that it would only hold the tournament three of the next six years, including 2007 and 2008, with an option for a fourth.

The event is to be held Aug. 21-24 with a $7 million purse. Tiger Woods skipped the qualifiers-only tournament last year, which was won by Steve Stricker. Woods won the two final legs of the four-event playoff to capture the inaugural FedEx Cup.

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