At the Barclays Tournament, Jostling for Ryder Cup Spots Raises the Stakes

At the Barclays Tournament, Jostling for Ryder Cup Spots Raises the Stakes

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Rickie Fowler during the Barclays tournament, which will determine the final three automatic U.S. qualifiers for the Ryder Cup.

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — It is golf’s version of a playoff beard, the wispy shadow of a mustache above Rickie Fowler’s upper lip.

But after one round at the Barclays tournament, the new facial bristles seem to be helping Fowler gain some momentum.

It is not only the FedEx Cup that Fowler, the No. 8 player in the world, is chasing. He is not shying away from declaring that a spot on this year’s Ryder Cup…



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