The Northern Trust Preview4 min read
Once again, our golf expert takes a look through the best bets for the weekend’s golf which features an absolutely stacked field at The Northern Trust. Readers will have been happy last weekend with Ollie Schniederjans coming in 2nd for some place money at 80/1. But who’s the pick this week?
The first of four FedEx Cup playoffs begins this week at the Northern Trust, which has always traditionally been played around the New York or New Jersey area. This year’s tournament is no exception with Glen Oaks Golf Club attracting a ‘who’s who’ of world golf with all four major winners in attendance at a course referred to as ‘The Augusta of the North.
Former green jacket winners Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson will be no doubt licking their lips at the prospect of the par 70 course, with an on-form short-game essential this week.
Lefty looks a terrific price at 100/1 and six places, given his record in the corresponding tournament in its previous guise (The Barclays) and likewise a terrific record in front of New York fans. He is likely to have a wonderful following over the four days and, whilst admittedly perhaps past his prime, looks a ridiculous price at three figures.
The big names at the front of the betting only serve to offer plenty of value elsewhere, and I’m happy to swerve the likes of Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler all priced below the 20/1 mark.
Matt Kuchar could go well but is skinny enough at 35/1 and I’m more interested in those at three figure prices. After putting up the pair of Jason Dufner and Ollie Schniederjans last week, I’m happy to go in again at 100/1 and 80s respectively. The pair were outstanding tee-to-green, with Ollie’s putter seeing him better the field by three shots… if it weren’t for last year’s Open Champion Henrik Stenson.
‘The Iceman’ was nothing short of magnificent on the back nine, making birdie on five of the last nine holes, to win his first title since last year’s Claret Jug but that shouldn’t detract from four brilliant rounds of golf from Ollie Schniederjans. It is admittedly a much stronger line-up this week, but nevertheless, he should be buoyed by last week’s efforts and remains in good nick.
Similar comments apply to Jason Dufner, who shot four rounds in the 60s to finish T14; with the putter deserting him throughout all four rounds. Providing his flat-stick finds form then he is a very dangerous player indeed.
I’ve had a couple of savers on big-hitting lefties Bubba Watson and Brian Harman, whilst Martin Flores and Camillo Villegas should likewise out-perform their respective odds of 300/1 and 400s.