First playoff event goes to Bethpage Black



NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Bethpage Black is back on golf’s landscape, this time as the first FedEx Cup playoff event.

The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that Barclays has signed a four-year extension as title sponsor through 2016, and that the opening playoff event would be played at Bethpage Black in 2012 and 2016.

The Associated Press first reported in February that The Barclyas was planning to go to Bethpage Black, a state-owned golf course on Long Island that hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open.

Barclays and the tour also announced that Liberty National, criticized by several players when it held the tournament in 2009, would be back in the rotation for 2013.

The other courses in The Barclays rotation are Ridgewood and Plainfield, both in New Jersey.