EDISON, NJ - The upcoming Barclays 2015 FedExCup Playoffs will showcase Edison – the state's fifth largest municipality – on a global stage and generate an economic windfall for Central Jersey as 125 of world's most elite professional golfers will descend upon Edison to compete in these prestigious first-round playoffs.
The Barclays FedExCup Playoffs – with its $8.25 million purse and a $1.48 million share for its winner – runs from Thursday Aug 27 through Sunday Aug 30 at the Plainfield Country Club on Woodland Avenue. The historic country club previously hosted the playoffs in 2011.
The playoffs will have a significant beneficial and far-reaching economic impact to Edison and across Central New Jersey and are expected to raise more than $1.5 million for New Jersey-New York area charities.
Players, fans, spectators and their families visiting from around the world are expected to generate an estimated $30–$35 million for the region's economy by patronizing lodgings, restaurants, area shopping malls and retail centers, and visiting local tourism destinations.
“We’re very excited to be back in Edison. This is our first time returning to Plainfield Country Club since the 2011 tournament, when Dustin Johnson won a shortened event due to Hurricane Irene,” Peter Mele, vice-president and executive director for The Barclays said. “We look forward to giving the golf fans a chance to cheer on the best players in the world as they compete on one of the most classic courses in the country."
The event's first few days – from Monday Aug. 24 to Wednesday Aug. 26 – are closed to the general public to allow warm-up rounds for professional golfers and to host several invitation-only events that may attract 8,000-10,000 attendees. The four days of actual competition are expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors.
The Barclays FedExCup Playoffs is scheduled for more than 18 hours of live television coverage on CBS Sports and the Golf Channel. Through affiliates, coverage will be available to more than 890 million household in 32 languages, across 224 countries and territories. SiriusXM Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage to more than 27 million North American subscribers.
Founded in 1890, the Plainfield Country Club is best known for its original Donald Ross-designed golf course which dates to 1921 and is consistently among the top-ranked classic courses in the United States. It has hosted two U.S. National championships — the 1978 U.S. Amateur and the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open, which had final-round play disrupted by a nearby tornado.