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FedEx Cup Playoffs

Mood Swings

A unique look at a golf tournament's ever-shifting dynamic

August 2012
The Barclays
A golf tournament, as with the players who are competing in it, has multiple moods. The Barclays, held at the historic New York public venue, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., was no exception. For the first event in the 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs, Bethpage's Black Course was busy and it was quiet depending on where and when you looked. A couple of holes, a couple of pairings, or a couple of hours could make a huge difference in the atmosphere. The Black could be a rowdy, bustling place reflective of the metropolis not far away or a quiet, solitary place with plenty of room to breathe, to stretch out, to think.
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A large gallery by the rope on No. 1 Friday afternoon.
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