Day returns to defend Barclays crown as FedEx Cup play-offs begin

Day hasn't won since blowing away the field at The Players back in May but he has come close with top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship in his last start. For a sport where the largest events on the schedule have at minimum 80 years of history, it's often hard to create prestige in a new event - heck, a new Olympic gold medal wasn't compelling to some players, and others roll their eyes at the 40-year-old Players Championship.

The Barclays, won a year ago by Australian Day, is the first of four lucrative FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 schedule with a playoff bonus of $10 million going to the overall champion. But given the choice, Spieth stated that he'd rather be a part of a winning Ryder Cup team the following week at Hazeltine than hoist a second straight FedEx Cup trophy.

The KLM Open, to be played September 8-11, is hosting a "Beat the Pro" competition during the tournament, offering amateurs a chance to hit a tee shot on the par-3 14th at The Dutch course.

Tiger Woods is the only player to win the FedExCup on more than one occasion, following up his victory in the inaugural event in 2007 with another triumph two years later. Look for another big tournament from Day this week.

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There is a reset of points after the BMW Championship so that the top five all have a chance of winning the Fedex Cup bonus with a final-week victory, which is $US10 million.

Top-ranked Jason Day is the defending champion at this event. He missed the cut and dropped out of the top 125, as did Whee Kim.

Next week: Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 30 move on to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

So with all of those story-lines in play, let's get to it. That group includes Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and bronze medal victor Matt Kuchar.

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For the first few events, however, there's nearly as much attention on the bottom of the leaderboard as the top.

Course: Priddis Greesn Golf & CC.

Thirty players qualify for the concluding Tour Championship from September 22-25 at East Lake in Atlanta where a points reset will give all those left in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup. They want to hold on to their places to keep control over being able to win at the Tour Championship. "But on the golf course, you can make up a lot of ground with a good score".

Three captain's picks will be made by Davis Love following the BMW Championship and one more after the Tour Championship.

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