Aug 21, 2012; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Rory McIlroy (IRL) during a practice round for The Barclays at Bethpage State Park. Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs begins Thursday as the top 125 players tee off for the first round of The Barclays, which this year is being played at the famous Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, NY -- the site of the 2002 and '12 U.S. Open.
FedEx Cup points leader Tiger Woods headlines a star-studded field that features 2012 PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy, fan favorites Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson and St. John's University alum Keegan Bradley.
For the first two rounds, Woods, McIlroy and Zach Johnson -- each ranked No. 1-3, respectively, in the FedEx Cup standings -- will all be playing together. On Thursday, the trio will begin play at on Hole No. 10 at 8:16 a.m. ET.
Bradley's tee time is schedule for 8:05 a.m., as he will also start on the back nine and play with Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar. Mickelson will tee off at 12:44 p.m., playing with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
All the golfers will be looking to put up a four-day total good enough to advance them onto the second round of the FedEx playoffs, which features the standings top 100 players. The top 75 players in the standings make it to the third round, while the final 30 players move onto the Tour Championship.
If you're interested in watching The Barclays, Thursday's TV schedule looks like this:
Golf Channel: 2-6 p.m. ET
Live video at PGATour.com: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET
For more on The Barclays, visit SB Nation's golf homepage.