Dates: August 21 – 26, 2012
Where: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, NY
Par/Yards: 36-35–71/7,468 yards
Purse: $8,000,000/$1,400,000 (winner)
FedExCup: 2,500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke-play
A look at The Barclays 2011
Dustin Johnson carded a 6-under 65 in the final round to post 19-under and win The Barclays by two shots over defending champion Matt Kuchar at Plainfield CC. The victory was Johnson’s first of the 2011 season and second in a FedExCup Playoffs event (2010 BMW Championship). The Barclays 2011 was shortened to 54-holes due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Irene in the Northeast, becoming the first PGA TOUR event to be shortened to 54 holes since the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National, also won by Johnson. Johnson entered the final round one-stroke behind Kuchar, but surged to the lead after an opening 6-under 29 on the opening nine holes. For the week, Johnson carded scores of 30-29-29 for a combined total of 17-under on the front nine at Plainfield CC. With the victory, Johnson earned 2,500 FedExCup points and moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup points race. He eventually finished No. 4 in the 2011 FedExCup, 272 points behind winner Bill Haas.
More on Dustin Johnson and The Barclays
· At the age of 27 years, 2 months and 5 days, Dustin Johnson became the first player in his 20s to win The Barclays since Sergio Garcia in 2004 (24 years, 5 months, 4 days).
· Matt Kuchar narrowly missed joining Ernie Els (1996-97) as the only back-to-back winners of The Barclays.
· The 2011 event was the second in the 45-year history of The Barclays to be shortened to 54 holes. In 1998, J.P. Hayes birdied the first playoff hole at Westchester Country Club to defeat Jim Furyk in the weather-shortened event.
· The last five PGA TOUR events to be shortened to 54 holes due to weather are: The Barclays 2011 (Dustin Johnson), 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Dustin Johnson), 2005 BellSouth Classic (Phil Mickelson), 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic (Luke Donald) and 2000 BellSouth Classic (Phil Mickelson).
· Brandt Snedeker carded a tournament record 10-under 61 in the third and final round of The Barclays 2011 to move from T29 to finish T3. Snedeker’s round featured 11 birdies, a career-best, surpassing the 10 he made during the final round of the 2007 Wyndham Championship. His 61 equaled his career-low round on the PGA TOUR, matching his third-round score at the 2007 Buick Invitational.
· The par-4 No. 18 at Plainfield CC, playing at 285 yards for The Barclays, was the shortest par-4 on record since 1992.
The Black Course at Bethpage State Park
The Barclays returns to the Empire State for the first time since 2007 (Westchester CC) and to Long Island for the first time as the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., is the host venue for the 2012 event. The last four years The Barclays has been contested in New Jersey at Ridgewood CC (2008 and 2010), Liberty National Golf Club (2009) and Plainfield CC (2011). The Barclays will return to the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in 2016 after visits to Liberty National Golf Club (2013), Ridgewood CC (2014) and Plainfield CC (2015). The Black Course at Bethpage State Park was the site of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships. Tiger Woods, the 2007 and 2009 FedExCup Champion, claimed the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, while Lucas Glover, who failed to qualify for the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs, won the 2009 U.S. Open.
A few facts about the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course:
· The Black Course at Bethpage State Park will play to a par-71 with a yardage of 7,468 for The Barclays 2012. As a point of reference, the course played to a yardage of 7,214 for the 2002 U.S. Open and to a yardage of 7,426 for the 2009 U.S. Open.
· The 459-yard par-4 No. 15 played as the most difficult hole for both the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens, playing to a stroke average of 4.599 in 2002 and 4.471 in 2009. The 15th yielded just 28 birdies in 2002 and 17 in 2009.
· The Black Course played to a stroke average of 74.902 in 2002 and 72.928 in 2009.
· David Duval (T2) led the field with 19 birdies in 2009 while Phil Mickelson (2nd) led the field with 17 birdies in 2002.
· The 36-hole cut for the 2002 U.S. Open was 10-over 150, while the cut for the 2009 U.S. Open was 4- over 144.
· The lowest score at the 2002 U.S. Open was a 4-under 66 by Nick Faldo in the third round. The lowest scores at the 2009 U.S. Open were a pair of 64s by Lucas Glover (R2) and Mike Weir (R1).
FedExCup and The Barclays
The Barclays once again serves as the kickoff to the FedExCup Playoffs as the PGA TOUR Regular Season comes to an end and the race to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola begins. In addition to competing for The Barclays title and the 2,500 FedExcup points that come with it, players will look to put themselves in a position to compete for one of the coveted top-five spots in the FedExCup standings entering the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The top five on the points list heading to Atlanta will control their own destiny, knowing a victory at East Lake Golf Club would secure the FedExCup title. Players on the “bubble” will be looking for a solid finish to ensure a spot inside the top 100 and qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
The top five
No. 1 – Tiger Woods
The only three-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2012, Tiger Woods enters the FedExCup Playoffs atop the points standings for the third time in his career. On the previous two occasions, Woods went on to claim the FedExCup title in 2007 and 2009. Woods moved to the top of the standings following his victory in July at the AT&T National. In addition to that win at Congressional, Woods captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard in March and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance in May. In 2010, Woods entered the FedExCup Playoffs No. 112 in the points standings and eventually finished No. 42 after a T12 at The Barclays, his last appearance in the event. He did not compete in the FedExCup Playoffs in 2008 and 2011. Woods’ career-best finish at The Barclays came in 2009 when he finished T2, one shot behind winner Heath Slocum. Woods has quite a track record at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, host venue for The Barclays 2012. In 2002, he claimed his second U.S. Open title at the Black Course and he finished T6 in 2009. Woods has carded rounds of even-par or better in six-of-eight trips around the Black Course and is a combined 3-under, with his highest round a 4-over 74 in the opening round in 2009.
No. 2 – Jason Dufner (not playing)
A two-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2012, Jason Dufner enters the FedExCup No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, but is not competing this week at The Barclays after playing the last three consecutive weeks on the PGA TOUR.
No. 3 – Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy enters the FedExCup Playoffs 177 points behind Woods on the strength of victories at The Honda Classic in March and at the PGA Championship, his last start just two weeks ago. In addition to his two victories, McIlroy notched runner-up performances at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship (lost to Hunter Mahan in the finals) and Wells Fargo Championship (lost three-way playoff to Rickie Fowler), as well as a solo 3rd at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. McIlroy is making just his second appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs and first since 2010. In his lone start at The Barclays, he finished T56 at Ridgewood CC and went on to finish No. 36 in the final standings, failing to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. In his only previous start at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, McIlory carded rounds of 72-70-72-68 and finished T10 at the 2009 U.S. Open.
No. 4 – Zach Johnson
Also a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2012, Zach Johnson starts the FedExCup Playoffs ranked inside the top five for the second time in his career. Here is a look at where Johnson has started the FedExCup Playoffs the last five years and his eventual finish, as well as his performances at The Barclays.
Year – Starting Position – Final Position – The Barclays Finish
2007 – No. 7 – No. 7 – T25
2008 – No. – 112 No. – 131 MC
2009 – No. 3 – No. 6 – T28
2010 – No. 16 – No. 17 – T21
2011 – No. 32 – No. 40 – MC
Johnson enters the FedExCup Playoffs No. 4 in the points standings on the strength of victories at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the John Deere Classic. He also finished runner-up at both the RBC Heritage and THE PLAYERS Championship. Johnson’s only previous appearance at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park came in the 2009 U.S. Open where he missed the cut after rounds of 75-72.
No. 5 – Bubba Watson
Masters champion Bubba Watson enters the FedExCup Playoffs inside the top five for the first time in his career. His previous best position entering the Playoffs was No. 8 in both 2010 and 2011; his best finish in the final FedExCup standings was 22nd in 2010. In addition to his dramatic playoff victory at Augusta in April, Watson finished runner-up to Justin Rose at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and was runner-up to Marc Leishman at the Travelers Championship in June. In six previous appearances at The Barclays, Watson has made just two cuts, with his best result a T12 in 2008. He finished T18 at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course after rounds of 72-70-67-75.
Just in time: Heath Slocum plays his way into FedExCup Playoffs with T31 at Wyndham Championship
No. 124 – Heath Slocum
To quote famous New Yorker Yogi Berra, it’s Deja-Vu all over again for Heath Slocum. In 2009, Slocum entered The Barclays at the No. 124 before winning the event and finishing No. 8 in the final FedExCup standings. The victory came during the tournament’s first visit to Liberty National Golf Club with Slocum edging four heavyweights (Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker and Ernie Els) by one stroke.
No. 33 – Sergio Garcia
A below-average season by Sergio Garcia’s standards has turned around with his victory at the Wyndham Championship. The win was just his second top-10 finish of 2012, after a T4 to start his PGA TOUR season at the Northern Trust Open. Garcia fell as far as No. 103 in the FedExCup standings and entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 102. Garcia now comes to The Barclays as one of the most successful players in recent history with two career victories that helped put him at No. 2 in career money earned at this event. Garcia ranks seventh in career stroke average at 69.33 in 40 rounds at The Barclays. The 32-year-old, eight-time PGA TOUR winner is looking to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time since 2008, when he suffered playoff defeats at two of the four PGA TOUR Playoff events (The Barclays to Vijay Singh and the TOUR Championship to Camilo Villegas).
Storylines at The Barclays
· The top-125 players on the final Regular Season FedExCup points list (following the Wyndham Championship) qualify for The Barclays.
· The top-100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship.
· The top-70 players on the FedExCup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to the BMW Championship, contested at Crooked Stick GC in Indianapolis, Ind., for the first time.
· Each playoff event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.
· The top-30 players following the BMW Championship will qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Prior to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top-five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
· Any player in the field at The Barclays can mathematically move inside the top five in the points standings with a runner-up finish or victory.
· In 2011, seven players began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked outside of the top 30 and played their way into the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
A glance at the field
Major Champions in the 2012 field for The Barclays
Player – # of Majors
Tiger Woods – 14
Ernie Els – 4
Phil Mickelson – 4
Padraig Harrington – 3
Vijay Singh – 3
Rory McIlroy – 2
Keegan Bradley – 1
Ben Curtis – 1
Jim Furyk – 1
Trevor Immelman – 1
Zach Johnson – 1
Davis Love III – 1
Graeme McDowell – 1
Geoff Ogilvy – 1
Louis Oosthuizen 1
Charl Schwartzel – 1
Webb Simpson – 1
David Toms – 1
Bubba Watson – 1
Of the 124 players in the field, 84 have at least one PGA TOUR victory. These 84 players account for 447 career PGA TOUR wins. The 447 wins the fifth most of any field on TOUR this year, trailing only the PGA Championship, British Open, The Masters and THE PLAYERS Championship.
Miscellaneous Barclays Notes
· Eventual FedExCup champions have had a mixed bag of results at The Barclays since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. Tiger Woods, who won the FedExCup in 2007 and 2009, did not play The Barclays in 2007 and finished T2 in 2009. Vijay Singh won The Barclays in 2008 en route to claiming the FedExCup title while 2010 FedExCup winner Jim Furyk was disqualified from The Barclays that year after missing his pro-am time. Last year’s FedExCup winner Bill Haas finished T24 at Plainfield CC.
Miscellaneous FedExCup Playoffs Notes
· Entering The Barclays 2012, only Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan have competed in all 20 previous FedExCup Playoff events dating back to 2007.
· Stricker, Mahan and Phil Mickelson are the only three players to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola each of the first five years of the FedExCup Playoffs.
· Stricker and Camilo Villegas are tied for most top 10s in FedExCup Playoff events with 10 each. Following Stricker and Villegas are Jim Furyk (8), Phil Mickelson (7) and K.J. Choi (7).
· Rory Sabbatini and Padraig Harrington are the only players to record top 10s in each FedExCup Playoff event in a single year. Sabbatini recorded top 10s in all four events in 2007 (3rd – The Barclays, T6 – Deutsche Bank Championship, T10 – BMW Championship, T9 – TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola) while Harrington performed the feat in 2009 (T2 – The Barclays, T4 – Deutsche Bank Championship, T6 – BMW Championship, T4 – TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
· Among players with a minimum of 30 FedExCup Playoff rounds, Tiger Woods’ scoring average of 67.75 (40 rounds) is the lowest. Following Woods are Sergio Garcia with a stroke average of 69.02 (55 rounds), Jim Furyk at 69.17 (71 rounds) and Steve Stricker at 69.19 (77 rounds).
· In the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, the highest-ranked player entering The Barclays to go on to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola was Heath Slocum in 2009 at No. 124. Slocum finished No. 8 on the strength of a victory at The Barclays. The only other player to advance to the TOUR Championship after starting the FedExCup Playoffs outside the top 100 was Kevin Streelman in 2010 at No. 102.
2012 PGA TOUR Highlights
· PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis
o January – Johnson Wagner
o February – Phil Mickelson
o March – Justin Rose
o April – Bubba Watson
o May – Rickie Fowler
o June – Tiger Woods
o July – Ernie Els
· Johnson Wagner was voted PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for January thanks to a win at the Sony Open in Hawaii and two other top 10s.
· In 2012, victors have come back from deficits of:
8 – Kyle Stanley Waste Management Phoenix Open
7 – Brandt Snedeker Farmers Insurance Open
7 – John Huh Mayakoba Golf Classic
6 – Phil Mickelson AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
6 – Marc Leishman Travelers Championship
6 – Ernie Els British Open
· With his 40th career win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson is now ninth all-time in TOUR wins, surpassing Cary Middlecoff and Tom Watson. Walter Hagen is eighth with 45.
· With his playoff victory at the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic, rookie John Huh (21 years, 9 months, 5 days) became the youngest winner on TOUR since Rory McIlroy won the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship at the age of 20 years, 11 months, 28 days.
· Phil Mickelson was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for February thanks to an AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am win and a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust Open.
· Americans won the first nine events of the 2012 PGA TOUR season before Rory McIlroy captured The Honda Classic. The last time Americans had a victory streak that long was during the 1991 season when U.S. players won the first 11 events until Ian Woosnam of Wales broke the streak with a win at the USF&G Classic, now known as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
· With his victory at The Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, taking over the top spot from Luke Donald. McIlroy (22 years, 10 months) became the second-youngest player to achieve the top spot. Only Tiger Woods was younger, moving into the No. 1 position on June 15, 1997 at the age of 21 years, 24 weeks. Two weeks after giving up his World No. 1 ranking, reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Luke Donald re-gained the top spot after a four-way playoff victory at the Transitions Championship. McIlroy reclaimed the top spot after the RBC Heritage, Donald again after a third-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. McIlroy took over after a playoff loss to Rickie Fowler at the Wells Fargo Championship, then Luke Donald moved to No. 1 again after a win at the European Tour’s BMW Championship.
· Rory McIlroy became the third World No. 1 to also lead the FedExCup, joining Luke Donald (2011) and Tiger Woods (2007, 2008, 2009).
· England’s Justin Rose became the first European winner of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, edging Bubba Watson by one stroke.
· With his win at the Shell Houston Open, Hunter Mahan moved atop the FedExCup standings. Mahan is one of three players (Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson) to play at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola every year since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007.
· Justin Rose was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for March thanks to a victory at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and a T5 at The Honda Classic.
· Bubba Watson defeated Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of sudden death to win the first major championship of 2012 at the Masters Tournament. Along with T18 as the defending champion at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he was named TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for April.
· Matt Kuchar captured THE PLAYERS by two shots to move to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking.
· Jason Dufner won twice in three starts at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He added a runner-up finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial as well and in the process, moved atop the FedExCup standings, the sixth player to lead during 2012.
· Tiger Woods tied Jack Nicklaus’ record for most PGA TOUR career victories (73) with a come-frombehind win at Nicklaus’ event, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, a tournament he’s now won five times.
· Rickie Fowler was voted the May PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis. Fowler collected his first career TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in a playoff over Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points, and notched top-10 finishes in his other two starts at THE PLAYERS Championship (T2) and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (T5).
· In June, Webb Simpson claimed his first major championship title with his win at the U.S. Open at Olympic club in San Francisco. Simpson overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round with a 2-under 68 to win by one over Michael Thompson and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.
· Tiger Woods took over the lead in the FedExCup standings for the first time in 100 weeks with his third victory of the 2012 campaign at the AT&T National. Woods is the seventh player to lead the standings this season, and his 12 seasons with three or more victories is most of any player since 1970. Woods is now second all-time with 74 PGA TOUR wins.
· Tiger Woods was voted the June PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis.
· Entering The Barclays, 12 of the 31 different winners on the PGA TOUR have been under the age of 30, accounting for a total of 14 victories: Kyle Stanley, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan (2), John Huh, Rory McIlroy (2), Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Marc Leishman, Ted Potter, Jr. and Scott Stallings and Keegan Bradley.
o Mahan has since turned 30.
o Rookies Huh and Potter are two of the six first-time winners through the British Open Championship.
o In 2011, 16 players under the age of 30 accounted for 18 victories.
· Entering The Barclays, 18 of the 31 different winners in 2012 were inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of January 1: Steve Stricker (6); Brandt Snedeker (38); Phil Mickelson (14); Bill Haas (27); Hunter Mahan/2 (19); Rory McIlroy (3); Justin Rose (18); Luke Donald (1); Tiger Woods/3 (23); Bubba Watson (21); Jason Dufner/2 (33); Rickie Fowler (32); Matt Kuchar (11); Zach Johnson/2 (37); Dustin Johnson (7), Webb Simpson (10), Keegan Bradley (31) and Sergio Garcia (17).
· Dustin Johnson captured his sixth career title at the FedEx St.Jude Classic. Johnson (6), Rory McIlroy (4), Anthony Kim (3), and Webb Simpson (3) are the four players currently under the age of 30 with three or more wins on the PGA TOUR. The last player to win six or more times on TOUR before the age of 30 was Adam Scott (6) in 2008.
· Zach Johnson improved to 3-0 during his career in playoffs by defeating Troy Matteson on the second extra hole to win his hometown event – the John Deere Classic. It was his ninth-career win on the PGA TOUR.
· With his victory at the British Open Championship, Ernie Els became one of just six players to capture multiple U.S. Open and British Open titles. The others are: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Lee Trevino. Els was voted the July PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis.
· Keegan Bradley earned his third PGA TOUR victory with a final-round 6-under 64, erasing a four-stroke deficit to Jim Furyk in the final round to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by one stroke over Furyk (69) and Steve Stricker (64). Furyk was attempting to win in wire-to-wire fashion for the first time in his career, but a double bogey on the 72nd hole dashed his title hopes.
· Rory McIlroy decimated the field at the PGA Championship as he won his second major title by eight shots. McIlroy has won his firs two major championships by a combined 16 shots (8/2011 U.S. Open Championship). With the victory, McIlroy regained the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. McIlroy (23 years, 3 months, 8 days) is the youngest player to win the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods (23 years, 7 months, 15 days) in 1999.
2012 PGA TOUR Fact Sheet
· The 2012 season marks the sixth year of the FedExCup, a season-long points race of 37 events over the course of 33 weeks, followed by four PGA TOUR Playoffs events to determine the FedExCup champion: The Barclays (Dustin Johnson), Deutsche Bank Championship (Webb Simpson), BMW Championship (Justin Rose), TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Bill Haas). Last year, Haas joined Jim Furyk (2010), Tiger Woods (2009 and 2007) and Vijay Singh (2008) as winners of the season-long FedExCup competition.
· The 45-event season concludes with the PGA TOUR Fall Series, a four-event series which begins with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and concludes with the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Additional 2012 fall events include the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (China) and CIMB Asia Pacific Classic (Malaysia).
· Including temporary members Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) and Peter Hanson (Sweden), there are 77 active international players from 21 countries that are members of the PGA TOUR in 2012.
· At the beginning of the year, 18 of 26 rookies were under the age of 30, with eight of those under the age of 25. The youngest is Seung-yul Noh, who was 20 years, 7 months and 10 days on January 1.
Together, Anything’s Possible and The Barclays
The Barclays is more than a golf tournament and a showcase of elite golf at a world-class facility. The week is filled with activities that highlight the “good side of sports,” most notably, a commitment to honoring the men and women who serve in the U.S. Military. The Barclays will honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed forces throughout the week and has several special initiatives and events planned for Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday, August 22.
· Any active, retired, or Reserve military along with their dependents are able to gain entrance to the tournament for free by showing their military ID at the gate. You will then be presented a ticket to gain entry to the tournament.
· New this year, Veterans can access tickets through the Veterans Tickets Foundation. Please visit www.vettix.org for further details.
· All active, retired, and reserve military and their dependents, including veterans, will once again have access to the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by Barclays, a hospitality chalet solely for current or past members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Open Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Sunday, the air-conditioned tent is located on the 18th hole and will include interactive games and scheduled PGA TOUR player appearances. Free food and drink were generously donated by Applebee’s, Whole Foods, Ciao Bella and Coca-Cola, and various ceremonies and activities will take place throughout the week.
· Members of the military will serve in honorary roles throughout tournament week, holding positions of prominence as military caddies on No. 18 during the Wednesday pro-am; as announcers on the No. 1 and No. 10 tees Wednesday through Friday;
· Tuesday, August 21: The Barclays is proud to host a Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Presented by Birdies for the Brave. Three local Wounded Warriors will be custom fit for a brand new set of Callaway clubs and get a special tour of the Callaway TOUR truck from 3-5 p.m. at the practice facility: Cpl. Kevin P. Vaughan of Merrick, N.Y.; USMC First Lieutenant James Byler of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y.; and Army Corporal Christopher Levi of Holbrook, Long Island, N.Y.
· Wednesday, August 22: The Barclays will host “Operation Shower” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost Presented by Barclays. Actress Melissa Joan Hart will be the celebrity emcee of the event, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime baby shower to 40 pregnant women whose spouses are whose spouses are deployed members of the New York National Guard and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Trenton, N.J.). Event sponsors are Barclays and Carousel Designs. For more information, visit www.operationshower.org.
· Wednesday, August 22: The Barclays Military Appreciation Ceremony will take place at approximately 12:45 p.m. on the No. 1 tee. The ceremony will feature a Color Guard, National Anthem performance and Drill Team, and the special guest is General Craig R. McKinley, 26th Chief National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
· Thursday, August 23: Fans attending The Barclays will be able to pack their own care packages and write personal letters to service men and women currently deployed overseas. The Care Package Station provided by Whole Foods will be located outside the Patriots’ Outpost and opens at 12 p.m. More than 300 packages are expected to be completed.
TICKETS Fore CHARITY
Through TICKETS Fore CHARITY, The Barclays is providing 501(c)(3) organizations with the opportunity to promote tournament tickets to benefit their organization. Best of all, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the ticket sales – net proceeds exclude tax or processing fees – go to charity: 75 percent to the charity promoting the tickets; and 25 percent to The First Tee of Metropolitan New York. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and education programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. In 2011, the third year of the program, $333,450 was generated for local charities, and the tournament has set a goal of $400,000 for 2012. A total of 138 charities have officially signed up to participate in the program this year. The ticket available through TICKETS Fore CHARITY is a weekly grounds ticket available for $150. This is a grounds ticket for each day of the tournament from Tuesday, August 21-Sunday, August 26. The promoting charity will receive $112.50 of each ticket purchased on their behalf. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.buytfc.com.