The 2015 The Barclays golf tournament on the PGA Tour, which is the first playoff tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs, is being played this week from August 27-30, 2015, at the Plainfield Country Club in Plainfield, New Jersey. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA golfers to win the 2015 The Barclays at the Plainfield Country Club.
As mentioned above, The Barclays is the first of the four tournaments that make up the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2015. The Barclays used to be played exclusively at the Westchester Country Club but since 2008 the tournament has been in a rotation of golf courses located in the New York City area. As of today, 119 players are playing in The Barclays in 2015. Only the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are eligible to play this week.
Vijay Singh holds the record for most wins in The Barclays with four (1993, 1995, 2006, 2008). Four players are tied for second with two wins each and all are greats – Jack Nicklaus (1967, 1972), Seve Ballesteros (1983, 1988), Ernie Els (1996, 1997), and Sergio Garcia (2001, 2004). Of note this year, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy are both not playing The Barclays this week even though both are qualified to play.
I’ve listed all the golfers who have odds of less than 80 to 1 each this week with comments. I’ve also then listed some notable players who have won this tournament in the past but are at odds of higher than 100 to 1 this week. Good luck to all the PGA players and bettors this week at The Barclays!
1. Jordan Spieth – 6 to 1 odds
At odds of 6 to 1, Jordan Spieth is the betting favorite to win The Barclays in 2015. Jordan Spieth is also the betting favorite to win the 2015 FedEx Cup playoffs and his odds are much lower for the overall playoffs than they are for him to win The Barclays. Jordan Spieth has four wins in 2015 including The Masters and the U.S. Open. He finished second at the PGA Championship in his last start and he missed the playoff at the British Open this year by one stroke. The big stage does not scare him one bit.
T-2. Jason Day – 10 to 1
Jason Day is the co-second choice to win The Barclays in 2015 at betting odds of 10 to 1. Jason Day just won the PGA Championship in his last start. I wonder how much winning his first major is going to take out of him emotionally? Probably too much to expect him to win this week.
T-2. Justin Rose – 10 to 1
Justin Rose is also 10 to 1 odds to win this week in New Jersey. Justin finished in fourth place at the PGA Championship in his last start. He’s played well on the big stage this year too, as he was also second at The Masters and he tied for 6th at the British Open. He could certainly win this.
4. Dustin Johnson – 12 to 1
Dustin Johnson won The Barclays back in 2011, the only other time that this tournament was played at the Plainfield Country Club. That is a big positive for him this year as he tries to atone for the meltdowns he has had at some of the majors this season. If he can control his nerves, Dustin Johnson can win any tournament including this one this week.
T-5. Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka – 25 to 1 odds each
Out of these four players at 25 to 1 odds each, Henrik Stenson is the only one to have won the FedEx Cup playoffs which he did in 2013. Stenson has not won The Barclays yet nor have any of these other players. Rickie Fowler won The Players Championship and the Scottish Open in 2015 but he has just two wins on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson won The Travelers in 2015 and he’s been playing decently lately. Brooks Koepka can hit the ball a mile. He won his first tournament at Phoenix this year and he could win this.
9. Matt Kuchar – 30 to 1
Matt Kuchar won The Barclays in 2010 when it was played at the Ridgewood Country Club. Kuchar has seven wins on the PGA Tour but his last win was over 18 months ago. In 2010, Matt Kuchar finished second to Jim Furyk in the FedEx Cup and earned a $3 million bonus.
T-10. Jim Furyk, Paul Casey – 35 to 1
Jim Furyk has never won The Barclays but he does have 17 wins on tour including the RBC Heritage in 2015. Furyk won the FedEx Cup in 2010 when he also claimed the rich $10 million bonus. Paul Casey tied for third last week in the Wyndham Championship. Casey has just one win on tour which came in 2009 but he did lose twice in playoffs on the PGA Tour in 2015.
12. Brandt Snedeker – 40 to 1
Brandt Snedeker is another player who has never won The Barclays but he did win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus in 2012. Snedeker has seven wins on tour including his win at Pebble Beach in 2015. He could win this week.
T-13. Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott – 45 to 1
Hideki Matsuyama from Japan has just win on the PGA Tour in 56 career starts. He certainly has the talent to win this week. Charl Schwartzel finished tied for third last week but his lone win on the PGA Tour remains his 2011 Masters win. He could win this week but it’s tough to bet a guy who hasn’t won in ages on tour. Adam Scott won The Barclays in 2013 but he has not won on tour in 15 months.
T-16. Robert Streb, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson – 50 to 1
Phil Mickelson played decently at the 2015 PGA Championship and he has a history of playing well at golf tournaments in the New York City area but can he win this week? Zach Johnson won the 2015 British Open and you wonder how well he will play the rest of the year after that major win. Bill Haas won the Fed Ex Cup in 2011 but he has not won The Barclays. Robert Streb’s lone win on tour was at the 2014 McGladrey Classic which technically counts as a win for this season.
T-20. Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson – 60 to 1
Patrick Reed won on tour in January but he has not been playing great lately. Webb Simpson has not won on tour since 2013. It’s very hard to make a bet on a golfer who has not won a tournament in a few years. If I’m going to do that I usually want higher odds than 60 to 1.
T-22. David Lingmerth, Danny Lee, Justin Thomas – 66 to 1
David Lingmerth played pretty well at the 2015 PGA Championship. Lingmerth won the Memorial in a playoff over Justin Rose this year for his first PGA Tour win. Danny Lee also won this year for the first time on tour at the Greenbrier Classic in early July. Justin Thomas is a 22 year old rookie looking for his first win on tour. He finished in 56th place last week.
- Nick Watney – 100 to 1 odds
Nick Watney won The Barclays in 2012 when it was played at Bethpage Black. Watney has five wins on the PGA Tour but his last win was at The Barclays in 2012. So far in his PGA Tour career, Nick Watney has earned $23.7 million in prize money.
- Hunter Mahan – 125 to 1 odds
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion in The Barclays having won the tournament last year in 2014 when it was played at the Ridgewood Country Club. Mahan has six wins on tour with The Barclays being his last win. Hunter Mahan has earned $29.1 million so far in his PGA career.
- Padraig Harrington – 200 to 1 odds
Padraig Harrington won The Barclays in 2005 when it was still played at the Westchester Country Club. Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic in 2015 which was his first win on tour since 2008. He missed the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship in his last start and it would be a shocker if he won this week.
- Vijay Singh – 200 to 1
As mentioned above, Vijay Singh holds the record for the most wins in The Barclays. Vijay has not won a tournament on the PGA Tour since 2008 but he did just barely qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs this season. Vijay Singh won the FedEx Cup in 2008 to claim the $10 million bonus.