Golf: PGA Tour Northern Trust
Venue: Liberty National Golf Course, New Jersey.
Dates: Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th August 2019
The 2019 FedEx Cup play-off events get under way as the PGA Tour rolls into New Jersey for the Northern Trust. With all four majors in the calendar now complete, the battle for supremacy on the PGA Tour centres round the FedEx Cup and the money and ranking points that come with it. The biggest names in the game will descend on the Liberty National Course, as the Northern Trust returns to New Jersey for the first time since 2013. With a purse of over $9 million, there is plenty to play for and it promises to be a fascinating week of golf.
The Northern Trust is the first event in the annual FedEx Cup play-off series and everyone will be eager to get off to the best possible in 2019:-
World number one Brooks Koepka arrives in New Jersey in fine form having picked up the trophy at the St Jude Invitational last time out and he is consistently the man to beat on the PGA Tour.
Despite fading away in the final round of the St Jude Invitational, Rory McIlroy looked back to his best and he will be keen to string four days of consistent golf together and pick up a trophy.
Former world number one Dustin Johnson hasn’t managed a top 10 finish since May but looked in decent form at the St Jude Invitational last time out and could enjoy the course at the Liberty National.
With back to back runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson will feel he is due a win and the world number 9 and two-time major winner is in the form of his life and looks overpriced here.
2019 U.S. Open champion has been in disappointing form since his maiden major victory back in June but he will enjoy playing at the Liberty National and represents real value this week.
The field assembled at the Northern Trust is very impressive with the biggest names in the game, from all over the world teeing it up in New Jersey.
Enigmatic Australian Marc Leishman has earned over $3.5 million in prize money on the PGA Tour this season and after finishing 3rd at the St Jude, looks real value to finish as the top Australasian this week.
Top Continental European
Big hitting Spaniard Jon Rahm has finished inside the top 11 in each of his last 3 events and his barn storming finish at the St Jude last time out suggests that he is in good form coming into this one.
2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett has not missed a cut since early May and with top 10 finishes at the Open and Canadian Open, he looks overpriced to top the Englishmen this week.
Top South African
2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen hasn’t been able to consistently produce tournament winning golf this season but looks well placed to finish higher than his fellow countrymen this week.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner – Top Pick: Brooks Kopeka – 8.00
Outright Winner – Outside Pick: Webb Simpson -22.00
Top Australasian: Marc Leishman – 3.50