Expert Picks: McIlroy, Furyk among Barclays faves

Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk are considered favorites for The Barclays to open the PGA Tour's 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs (shown here at last month's British Open).

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and consistent challenger Jim Furyk are among our experts' favorites to contend at The Barclays this week to open the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

See who else our senior writers expect to see atop the leaderboard this week!

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Jim McCabe, senior writer

Favorite: Jim Furyk

Don’t forget about: Hunter Mahan

Keep an eye on: Ryan Palmer

Sleeper: Kevin Streelman

Comments: Sweet justice for Furyk, who was disqualified during the last visit to Ridgewood, back in 2010 when he overslept and was late for the pro-am. … Mahan could make captain Tom Watson’s job interesting if he were to heat up the next two weeks. … Palmer coming off solid PGA and was T-5 at Ridgewood in 2010. … Streelman has been T-4 and T-3 in Barclays visits to Ridgewood.

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Jeff Rude, senior writer

Favorite: Rory McIlroy.

Don't forget about: Jim Furyk.

Keep an eye on: Rickie Fowler.

Sleeper: Nick Watney.

Comments: Round up the usual suspects this week. McIlroy trying to win fourth consecutive start. How has your summer been? … Furyk in mix regularly again. … Fowler in top 5 in each major this year. Strong on tough courses and against elite fields. … Watney regaining form after attitude adjustment last month. Having more fun. Contended at Wyndham until last hole double bogey.

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Adam Schupak, senior writer

Winner: Sergio Garcia

Don't forget about: Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer

Keep an eye on: Kevin Streelman, Ryan Moore

Sleepers: Paul Casey, Michael Thompson

Comments: Garcia has been knocking on the door and it's time for him to win again. … McIlroy is going for four in a row. If you still can start him, what are you waiting for? … Ridgewood, with its U.S. Open style setup, should fit Kaymer's eye too. … Streelman has a terrific record at Ridgewood (T-3, T-4) while Moore has been having a great year and vying for a U.S. Ryder Cup berth. … After a few miserable years, Casey is on the rebound. … Thompson hasn't been sharp of late but plays well on tough courses so I'm taking him on a hunch.

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