2016 The Barclays Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Even though I’ve never been a Tiger Woods fan, the 2002 U.S. Open ranks as one of my all-time favorite Open venues, as something about the name Bethpage Black just does it for me.  It’s almost a scandalous, spooky name of sorts that seems right out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel or something.  Regardless of where the Bethpage name came from, it’s a helluva stern test for this week’s FedEx Cup Playoff opening event—The Barclays.

7,468 yards, par 71, beastly rough and raucous NYC crowds and yeah, The Barclays going to be a site to behold this week on our flat screens.  Oh yeah, and other than Sergio, Willett, Lowry and Lahiri, everyone is here teeing it up this week…I mean EVERYONE.

My picks last week at the Wyndham Championship were shoddy, as Lockzilla Russell Henley struggled on the weekend, ultimately finishing t-46th and my other two picks (Justin Thomas and Cameron Smith) disappointingly missed the cut.  I did spot on nail PGA Champion Jimmy Walker to miss the cut.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Henley t-46th)

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen
– If there’s anything that I’ve learned with Louis over the years, it’s to fade him when expectations are high and to roster him when he’s off the radar.  Well, this week certainly qualifies as the latter as he didn’t travel to Rio for the Olympics and hasn’t teed it up since the Travelers a couple weeks ago.  All he’s done in his past 5 events on Tour is notch 4 top 25s, including the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.  He also finished t-5th here at Bethpage back in the 2012 edition of the Barclays, so a good mix of form and past experience to carry Louis into contention again this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Thomas MC)

Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari
– Steady, not sizzling form of late for the 33-year-old Italian making the weekend in 10 of his last 11 tourneys, including 5 top 25s.  Probably a long-shot to make the Euro Ryder Cup squad at this point, but worth an extra push these past few weeks nonetheless.  A very safe, solid play for a made cut, top 25 with top 10 upside.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Walker MC)

Si Woo Kim
Si Woo Kim
– Quite the impressive inaugural win for Si Woo last week at the Wyndham Championship, but in making his debut at a big boy course like Bethpage following the exaltation of his feat last week = letdown city.  Stay away from Si Woo this week and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Smith MC)

Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel
– At 28th in the Ryder Cup Standings, Billy Ho needs a serious late push to join the Team USA squad at Hazeltine in a few weeks.  Last week’s t-5th at the Wyndham Championship was a step in the right direction, and I expect for “Ho’s Mo” to continue this week as he makes his debut at Bethpage.

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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