The Barclays 2012 Preview: FedEx Cup Playoffs Get Underway At Bethpage Black

June 1, 2012; Dublin, OH, USA: Luke Donald hits his approach shot on the seventeenth hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

The 2012 Barclays tournament begins on Thursday.

The 2012 Barclays tournament gets underway at Bethpage Black in New York on Thursday, and the start of this tournament also marks the beginning of the 2012 FedEx Cup playoffs.

Related: The Barclays 2012: FedEx Cup Playoffs Packed With Storylines

Tiger Woods is currently leading the FedEx Cup point standings, and he'll be playing in a threesome with Rory McIlroy on Thursday. That figures to be the headlining group of the day, but there are plenty of others to watch as well.

Northwestern alum Luke Donald will tee off with Phil Mickelson and Scott Piercy, and Illinois alum Steve Stricker is playing with Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar. Illinois natives D.A. Points and Kevin Streelman are also playing in this tournament.

Television coverage of the tournament begins on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel.

For updates on the tournament, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of The Barclays, visit SB Nation's golf news hub.

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