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The PGA Tour FedExCup Playoffs begin this morning with The Barclays at Bethpage.  It is the first of four events.  Bill Haas is the defending FedExCup champion, and is in the field as one of the top 125 players in the standings.  Heath Slocum just made the field thanks to finishing in a share of 31st at last weekend's Wyndham Championship, which actually went to a Monday finish because of weather.  Slocum was the only player who moved into the top 125, bumping Jhonattan Vegas out of the playoff picture.

The field for The Barclays is packed with big names, including two-time FedExCup champion Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy [[ MAC-il-roy ]], Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood are among those contending for the title.  Last year, Dustin Johnson shot a six-under 65 on Saturday to win the event, which was shortened to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene.  He won by two strokes over 2010 champion Matt Kuchar.

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