Top star at The Barclays may be Bethpage itself

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Nearly every big name in golf headed to The Barclays, the first event of the rewarding FedExCup Playoffs.

Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, gold medalist Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler to name but a few.

But the biggest star at the end of the week may be an intimidating, 7,500-yard green monster named Bethpage Black.

The A.W. Tillinghast design that opened in 1936 is a dangerous gem in the heart of Bethpage State Park and lets golfers know they are in for a fight before they even peg their ball on the first tee.

“WARNING: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers” is what the sign reads some 15 yards from the start of the first hole.

That startling advice holds for everyone who plays this public golf course — including the professionals this week in The Barclays.

“This golf course, you’re never at ease,” said Ryan Moore, who is on the first page of the leaderboard after consecutive rounds of 68. “Every single tee shot is difficult….

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