The Barclays (Bethpage Black) – Fantasy Golfanac

Course Details

Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York
7,468 yards – Par 71 – Bentgrass Greens
Course Architect: A.W. Tillinghast

Average Green Sizes: 5,500 square feet .. Smaller Greens
Stimpmeter: 12.5+ ft … Faster Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: ~700 OWGR …Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~62% … Average Fairway Difficulty (Last 3 @ Bethpage)
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): 57% … Tough-to-Hit Greens (Last 3 @ Bethpage)

The Barclays Course Rotation

2015: Plainfield Country Club
2014: Ridgewood Country Club
2013: Liberty National Golf Club
2012: Bethpage Black
2011: Plainfield Country Club
2010: Ridgewood Country Club

Tournament Angles

#1 Bentgrass Greens
#2 Long Courses
#3 Strong Field Events
#4 Hard Courses
#5 Fast Greens
#6 A.W. Tillinghast Design
#7 Driver-Heavy Courses
#8 Par 71 Courses

Previous Winners

2015: Jason Day -19 over Henrik Stenson -13
2014: Hunter Mahan -14 over Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale, Jason Day -12
2013: Adam Scott -15 over Graham DeLaet, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland -14
2012: Nick Watney -10 over Brandt Snedeker -7
2011: Dustin Johnson -19 over Matt Kuchar -17 (54 holes)
2010: Matt Kuchar -12 over Martin Laird in a playoff

54-Hole Leaders

2015: Jason Day, Sangmoon Bae -11
2014: Jason Day, Jim Furyk -9
2013: Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar -15
2012: Sergio Garcia -10
2011: Dustin Johnson -19
2010: Martin Laird -12

36-Hole Leaders

2015: Bubba Watson -7
2014: Cameron Tringale, Adam Scott -8
2013: Matt Kuchar -13
2012: Nick Watney -8, Sergio Garica -8
2011: Matt Kuchar -14
2010: Jason Day -8

Important Interview Quotes

Q. 5-under 66, quick start. Maybe talk a little bit about the day, how the golf course played.
I guess you would say it played as easy as it’s ever going to play probably. It was a little soft, fairways were a little soft. The greens were fast, receptive. They’re going to be really hard like this afternoon and this week coming up. So we’ve got probably the easiest 18 holes we’re going to get all week. And I just kind of took advantage of what was out there pretty much. -2012

Q. How is it playing different this week?
I don’t think the course is much different than it was in the U.S. Open. Today there wasn’t much wind, so that definitely helps. This golf course, if it gets windy, it gets really hard to hit the fairways, and if you don’t drive it in the fairway this golf course is very tough. -2012

Q. You’re known as a great ball striker on the PGA TOUR and the stats proved that again today, heading into the weekend in contention. Give me your opinion on the first two rounds of this tournament.
I believe the golf course is playing exceptionally well. The greens were receptive this morning. It’s the first time I’ve played Bethpage, and I feel like it suits my game. It’s a strong golf course, and you’ve got to drive the ball well to put yourself in position to attack the greens. You’ve got to have an all-around game, especially on a major championship golf course. -2012

Q. Are there any good memories coming back here?
Obviously that helps. I’ve done well at this golf course the two U.S. Opens we’ve played, so that definitely helps. And the first two days have been good. There’s going to be two very hard days coming. The course is getting extremely difficult out there. It’s just a very thin line between a good shot that goes 10 feet and a good shot that goes over the green, and then you have almost an impossible chip. -2012

Q. Slugger said a minute ago that you guys like firm and fast, and then when you give them firm and fast, they don’t like it anymore; any thoughts on that?
Well, there’s firm and fast, and then there’s this. I mean, this is pretty extreme. I would like to see Slugger put out there a little bit.
No, I mean, fair and fast is good. It identifies best player, I believe, but at the same time, it’s close. They are close to losing control of some of the greens, and eliminating some of the pin positions. So I think there’s a limit to everything. -2012

Q. Nine of 18 greens, I checked that stat twice for you in the third round but nine of 18, all it says is you scrambled great?
Yeah, you just can’t hit greens out there, I don’t care what anybody says, the greens are pretty much unplayable for the most part. You can’t hit them. Just really, really tough test. You’re going to miss greens and I got up-and-down when I had to which is great, made a bunch of key, par-saving putts and I felt like I played as good as I possibly could play today and I was very happy to shoot 68. -2012

Q. How about playing in front of these New York fans? Oh, they love you.
I really do love Bethpage. I love golf in this area. This is a facility here with five courses that is so good for the game of golf. It gives you a varying degree of difficulty and it makes golf fun. You can challenge yourself, make it hard playing Bethpage Black like we are and there are some other courses that you can get around and enjoy the game, and I think a facility like this, a municipal, is terrific for the game of golf. -2012

Q. You said coming into this week that the driver was going to be the key to putting the ball in play; is that the confidence that you got from today?
I think it was. I went to hitting a fade and a lot more fairways and I think that’s a good key for me, maybe something I’ll look at more in the future. I hit a lot of good, hard cuts that hit the fairway and hit some good iron shots. But more importantly, I made some putts and that was a nice feeling. -2012

Q. Does this feel anything like the Bethpage you saw two times before?
Well, it’s very challenging tee-to-green. Certainly the setup isn’t as penalizing as the USGA sets it up. This is setting up to be a perfect test where the best players are going to come to the top. If you hit some great shots, you’ll make birdies, but anything less than that, you won’t. I think it’s a wonderful challenge and you’ll see a big grouping of guys up on the leaderboard. -2012

Q. Do you do anything differently to prepare for the length of this course?
No, not really. Just try to get a good feel for the course. You know that you have to put the ball in the fairway because the front of the greens are all blocked, so you need to drive the ball fairly accurately. -2012

Q. Talk about how tough it was to try to gauge putts?
They are just really, really fast. DJ had a 4-putt four times I think, so that’s how fast they were. -2012 How differently — if at all — will conditions be for the players this week compared to when the course has hosted the U.S. Open?
For the most part, the course will be very similar to what it was in 2009 for the U.S. Open. We’re hoping for better weather, of course, so that it will play a little harder and faster, making it more imperative to drive the ball straight and keep it out of that juicy rough. -2012,

Golf Club Atlas: The Black Course was built at the end of Tillinghast’s career and as such, he had seen how the game was evolving from changes in technology. Perhaps for this reason, Tillinghast placed an unusual emphasis on aerial approach shots. –GolfClubAtlas

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