The Barclays First Round 3-Balls: Take on the Tiger

Will Tiger be up for the job on day one?

It's the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs this week and Dan Geraghty wonders whether Tiger Woods will be at his peak. Read all Dan's first round three-ball thoughts here...

"Now that the last Major of the year has been played we may see a slightly subdued Tiger."

This week the Barclays comes from the ever-so-intimidating Bethpage Black course.

Tiger Woods may have won a number of PGA Tour events this season, but we all know it's the Major's he craves more than anything else. Now that the last Major of the year has been played we may see a slightly subdued Tiger. Sure, the great one has a good record at Bethpage Black, including being the only player under par when winning 2002's US Open, however, Tiger faces numbers two (Rory McIlroy) and three (Zach Johnson) in the FedEx cup race in his three ball and I think there's a chance of him being caught cold on day one.

Henrik Stenson has made major strides in getting his career back on track with some good performances this season. Unfortunately, he was forced to pull out of last week's Wyndham before the second round with a stomach bug, but played well in round one prior to that. With that disappointment behind him, Stenson needs a good finish this week, he currently sits in 112th spot in the FedEx Cup race and only 100 players progress to next week. Even without consistent use of his driver, the Swede has the length to compete at Bethpage Black, he made the top ten here in 2009 and can outscore Billy Mayfair and Troy Kelly on day one.

I have a bit of a soft spot for Robert Garrigus, the monster-hitting American beat his drug addiction to make it on the PGA Tour and then put an incredible collapse (at the 2010 St Jude Classic) behind him to taste victory on tour (2010 CMN Classic). Now Garrigus is dreaming of the Ryder Cup; although that dream seems unlikely to come to fruition this year, it's still a possibility and if anyone is equipped to go toe-to-toe with Bethpage Black it's Robert Garrigus. I will take the inspired American to beat Bo Van Pelt and John Huh on the first day.

It says everything about how quiet a season Jason Day has had that he is playing with fellow Australian Robert Allenby and Gary Christian this week. The trio find themselves at 109 - 111 in the FedEx Cup race. However, Day has played by far the fewest events of the trio and had the better results; he expects to progress this week and if he is to do that he'll need to make the cut and have a good weekend.

He finished 22nd but mark my words Webb Simpson should have won last week at the Wyndham. Simpson didn't hole a thing during the weekend, but hit it inside 10 foot on every other hole. How he will react to that disappointing result is anyone's guess, but Simpson is a very positive man; after witnessing a wonderful tee to green display I'm willing to risk a point finding out (three ball partners are Ernie Els and Justin Rose).

Recommended bets:

2pts Lay Tiger Woods @ 2.68/5
2pts Back Henrik Stenson @ 2.01/1
2pts Back Robert Garrigus @ 2.89/5
2pts Back Jason Day @ 2.111/10
1pt Back Webb Simpson @ 2.915/8

Season Profit/Loss: +5.51pts

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