One of Long Island’s most storied golf courses has inked a deal to host The Barclays tournament three times in the next 12 years.
New York State officials announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black – the most difficult of five golf courses located at Bethpage State Park – will host The Barclays tournament in 2021 and 2027. This event, which serves as the first round of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedEx Cup, was last held at Bethpage in 2012, and is scheduled to be held there again in 2016.
“Bethpage State Park is one of the best public golf courses in the nation, and we are proud to welcome The Barclays back for two more tournaments,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a written statement. “We look forward to welcoming golfers and spectators to these world-class competitions and urge them to also experience all that Long Island has to offer.”
Bethpage Black, which hosted the U.S. Open in both 2002 and 2009, is a 7,366-yard, par-71 course that caters to only the most veteran of players; narrow fairways, high roughs and relatively small greens are the norm here.
In 2012, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano estimated that hosting The Barclays generated roughly $34.4 million in economic benefit to the surrounding area. About 80 percent of the more than 100,000 raucous spectators for the four-day competition were visitors to Nassau County. Visitors were not allowed to park at Bethpage State Park, and instead had to be shuttled in from either the Long Island Rail Road’s Farmingdale station or Jones Beach, providing a significant economic boost to both of those surrounding areas as well.
While the 2012 event brought household names, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson, to Long Island, it was Nick Watney brought home the trophy at that event. Watney, now 33, is currently ranked 133rd in the PGA Tour’s official world golf rankings.
The 2016 Barclays may be the next major event to be held at Bethpage, but it’s certainly not the only. New York State officials announced last year that the course would be home to 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.
And PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem hinted that there might be more professional tournaments coming to Bethpage in the near future.
“Today’s announcement continues this tournament’s stellar rotation of playing on some of the area’s best courses,” Finchem said. “We’re thrilled to bring the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs to such a well-respected and challenging course again in 2021 and 2027, and we look forward to announcing additional venues in the rotation in the near future.”