2016 The Barclays Betting Preview

The Fed Ex Cup play-offs kick off with the traditional curtain-raiser of The Barclays this week and it is the Black Course at Bethpage in New York which takes up hosting duties for the first time since 2012. The venue for the 2002 and 2009 editions of the US Open offers up a stiff test as the top-125 players in the current Fed Ex Cup rankings take part, with only the top-100 after this event going on to play in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship...

25th August - 28th August Odds Won/Lost Bet

The Barclays
Henrik Stenson (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 12 / 1  
Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 30 / 1  
Lucas Glover (each way) @ 175 / 1  

The Main Men

It is Jason Day who heads into this tournament as the defending champion and the bookmakers' favourite, with Betfair installing him at the head of the market at 8/1. It is hard to argue with the Australian's price as he bids to defend the title he won at Plainfield Country Club last year and the man who has won three titles this year makes his first appearance since a runner-up effort at the US PGA.

Dustin Johnson is hot on Day's tail at 10/1 and the 2011 Barclays champion did tie 3rd at Bethpage in 2012, with the American renowned for hitting form at this time of year, albeit he did miss the cut at the US PGA last time out.

Rory McIlroy is a 12/1 shot despite enduring a poor year by his own high standards and the Irish Open winner has been blowing hot and cold with three top-fives in his past five outings.

It is the form of Henrik Stenson which stands out here though as the Open Championship winner picked up a silver medal in Rio last time out and he is in rare touch right now. The Swede has racked up six top-thirteen finishes in his past seven starts and that includes his two wins for a 2016 campaign that has yielded five other top-four finishes.

Stenson tied 9th when the US Open was held at Bethpage in 2009 and his brilliant greens in regulation statistics suggest that he should be a perfect fit for this 7,468 yard track, while it is worth noting that his last visit to New York yielded a tie for 3rd at the 2013 US PGA Championship.
Tip #1: Henrik Stenson (each way) @ 12/1 with Betfair.

Matsuyama In Fine Fettle

Meanwhile, Hideki Matsuyama has hit a purple patch of form of late and we are backing him to ride the confidence wave into New York this week. Matsuyama followed up a tie for 4th at the US PGA with a tie for 3rd at the Wyndham and he is a very tempting 30/1 shot when making his debut on this course, with an accurate tee-to-green game likely to put him right in contention.
Tip #2: Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 30/1 with Bet 365.

The Long Shot

Finally, Lucas Glover tops the GIR statistics on the PGA Tour this year and he will have taken great confidence from his top-25 effort at the Wyndham last time out. He may not have the form of our other picks but he did win the 2009 US Open at Bethpage and he could do with a big performance this week as he bids to remain in the top-100 of the Fed Ex Cup rankings (he's currently 96th).
Tip #3: Lucas Glover (each way) @ 175/1 with B365.

2016 The Barclays Odds