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Liberty National Golf Club is Next Stop for the 2013 FedExCup's First Event
It's a rotation that any New York/New Jersey golf course would love to play a part in.
The Barclays, the first leg of the FedExCup series, sports a purse of $8 million and a first prize check of $1.44 million. Add the national television coverage on CBS and The Golf Channel, as well as the top 125 players of the PGA TOUR, and you have something quite special.
The birth of the tournament came in 1967 and made its home at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., for 30 solid years through 2006.
In 2007, the FedExCup was created by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. Four tournaments with giant purses and one carrot at the end of the championship—a $10 million check to the winner.
Barclays was aboard and thus created a rotation of some of the finest golf layouts on the New York/New Jersey landscape. The first year, in 2007, The Barclays concluded its rich history at Westchester.
Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. was home in 2008 and 2010; Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. was the site in 2009; Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J. joined the rotation in 2011 and Bethpage State Park – The Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. made it a foursome in 2012.
Three-time Masters champion and Barclays' ambassador Phil Mickelson looks forward to returning to Liberty National as part of the rotation in 2013.
"It's a tough golf course," he said. "It's a very penalizing golf course, and it's long and I think if it didn't have any rough, I think it would be awesome. The greens are similar to Augusta, in that they are fast and undulating; there's lots of area around the green to chip from and hit shots. But because it's so long, there's not much area, and if the rough were first cut, I think this place would be impeccable.
"I love playing here, but I love going by the Statue of Liberty every night. That's cool. Every morning we cruise right by it on the ferry and the same thing going back after playing. It makes me appreciate where we live. We live in the greatest place. And the New York and New Jersey fans are unbelievable."
After the Barclays returns to Liberty National in 2013, the rotation follows with Ridgewood Country Club in 2014, Plainfield Country Club in 2015 and back to Bethpage State Park – The Black Course in 2016.
Four spectacular courses for The Barclays and PGA TOUR's finest professionals. Any golf course would be thrilled to be part of this coveted foursome.