Padraig Harrington was one of the few pros who actually liked and endorsed Liberty National as the venue for The Barclays two years ago, and he has not backed off that feeling. He said after he shot 4-under par 67 at Plainfield Country Club Friday that the controversial course within view of the Statue of Liberty would make a good permanent home for the tournament.
Liberty National is one of the four courses in the current rotation, along with Bethpage Black (next year’s site), Plainfield and Ridgewood Country Club.
“I’d go back to Westchester if it was up to me,” said Harrington, who won the tournament when it was at Westchester Country Club, “but as an event, in order to set themselves apart, Barclays at Liberty National, is unique. We play a lot of good golf courses during the year. To be able to stay downtown Manhattan, that makes the event unique. It would be a great home.
“I like the [four] golf courses, but I believe that if Barclays are looking for a home and they’re trying to make the event unique, which every event on the tour has to try to put themselves out there as something different, I think Liberty National is a great home,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s a better golf course than Bethpage Black. Every one of the four golf courses in the rotation all are unique in themselves, all are good golf courses. But to be able to stay in the city, downtown Manhattan, of all places, is fantastic.”