The Classic 17th at The Barclays

by Jeff Skinner

I spent a few hours roaming the grounds of The Barclays on Saturday and got to see some splendid golf.  I can understand why the players like Ridgewood Country Club.  It’s a healthy challenge with tree lined fairways, strategic bunkering and severely sloped greens.  It’s a Tillinghast classic.

Matt Kuchar should hire me as his good luck charm. I watched him play four holes over two days and he birdied every one of them.  By the time Tiger had come to the tough 17th on Saturday he was three over par for the day and out of contention but that didn’t stop him from a few twirls of the chub as he birdied the uphill monster.  Dustin Johnson has birdied 17 twice in three days.  The 626 par five is playing slightly below par for the week (4.8) and could be a turning point for the leaders today.  Few golfers will play it any better than young Rickie Fowler did during his third round.  Fowler hit the wide fairway with a 306 yard drive.  With 274 yards left to the hole he hit a miraculous approach that stopped five feet from the hole.  His five foot putt gave him a text book eagle.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch.


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