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The Barclays PGA Tour Event Nearing Deals To Stay In New Jersey Through '19

Long Island's Bethpage Black could be in line to again host The Barclays
The Barclays, the first leg of the PGA Tour's FedExCup Playoffs, is "expected to stay" in New Jersey through the end of the decade, according to Brendan Prunty of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Sources said that the state's three host sites -- Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus and Plainfield Country Club in Edison -- "all have contracts on the table" to keep The Barclays through '19. A PGA Tour spokesperson "confirmed the contracts for Ridgewood and Plainfield, but said that Liberty National wouldn't be decided upon until after" this year's Aug. 22-25 event. Liberty National would host in '17, Ridgewood in '18 and Plainfield would "host for the third time" in '19. Sources said that what is "holding the deal up" is the status of "the fourth host site: Bethpage State Park's Black Course on Long Island." After a decade as a USGA site for the U.S. Open, Bethpage Black "welcomed the PGA Tour into the fold and enjoyed a successful Barclays for the first time last summer and will host again" in '16. It also "may be in line to host either a PGA Championship or a Ryder Cup in the future, which is why it is holding off on signing on the dotted line for another Barclays." With a "preference to keep one of the four sites in New York, tour brass have been bouncing around the idea of a yet-to-be-built golf course: Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx." Ferry Point is a nearly-$200M "collaborative project" between Donald Trump and Golf HOFer Jack Nicklaus set to open in '14. Moving The Barclays would "allow the PGA Tour to continue to use its successful formula of rotating one of its marquee events at the end of the season around the metropolitan area" (NJ.com, 7/23).
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