ALBANY -- The Cuomo administration and the PGA Tour have reached an agreement to bring The Barclays tournament to Bethpage Black in 2012 and 2016, Newsday has confirmed.
The Barclays is the first event of the PGA tournament playoffs for the Fed Ex Cup. This year's Barclays is slated for the last weekend in August and features an $8 million purse.
Accumulating points at tour events throughout the year, players must finish in the top 125 in Fed Ex Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs.
"The PGA Tour's decision to hold The Barclays at the scenic Bethpage Black golf course proves that New York's pristine golf courses are among the best in the nation," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. "We are committed to bringing world-class events like the PGA Tour and the prestige that comes with it back to New York. This will have a positive economic impact on Long Island and beyond." PGA Tour officials declined to comment.
The Barclays is the first of four tournaments in the Tour's season-ending playoffs, including the climactic Tour Championship in Atlanta in September. The Tour has held the first three legs in major markets -- New York, Boston and Chicago -- although it does hope to move at least one of the tournaments around. The last of the three will be held near Denver in 2014.
For The Barclays, the plan is to rotate it among courses in the metropolitan area. It was first held at Westchester Country Club, as an outgrowth of the traditional Westchester Classic, but the Tour and club couldn't reach agreement on continuing it. In the past two years, The Barclays has been held at Liberty National, within view of the Statue of Liberty, and Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. This year, it will be at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.
Bethpage has been one of the tour's targets for a number of years, but state officials resisted because of the Black Course's commitments to the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open. The U.S. Golf Association, which hosts the Open, has no plans to return to Bethpage this decade, which opened the possibility of a tour event.
Ted Bishop, incoming president of the PGA of America, and Ron Foley, state parks regional director, told Newsday last fall they are discussing holding the PGA Championship, another of golf's four major tournaments, and the Ryder Cup, an international competition, at the Black.