Northern Trust betting tips: Rahm makes return in New York
Odds and preview for this week’s PGA Tour event
The first leg of the FedExCup Play-offs tees off at the Liberty National GC, Jersey City, New York, as we look at the odds to find some Northern Trust betting tips.
Only 125 players are now eligible to win the FedExCup and the $15million prize. There is plenty to be decided in just three weeks’ time as the run to the Tour Championship now begins.
No-one has successfully defended the FedEx Cup title, and Dustin Johnson is hoping to buck that trend as well as looking to defend his Northern Trust title won in Boston last year.
Only the top 70 golfers are eligible to continue to the BMW Championship, with 55 being eliminated this week in the only FedExCup Play-off event with a 36-hole cut.
The Liberty National is a par-71, 7,410-yard monster designed by Bob Cupp and Tom Kite, that features Bentgrass fairways and greens. The course hosted the Presidents Cup in 2017.
Jon Rahm is first on the Northern Trust betting tips list.
The Spaniard finished tied for third at The Open but then a positive Covid-19 test quashed his opportunity to play at the Olympic Games.
Following his win at the US Open, Rahm placed T3 at the Scottish Open and Open Championship.
He is well rested for his return at Liberty National, where he finished tied for third in 2019, and is a 9/1 shot in the Northern Trust odds.
Roughly two years after turning pro, 24-year-old Collin Morikawa is looking to become the second-fastest player to reach world number one behind only Tiger Woods.
The two-time major champion ranked fifth in strokes gained off the tee in the St Jude Invitational and was tied for 11th in the field in hitting greens in regulation. His putter was cold though, losing over two strokes at TCP Southwind where he finished 26th in his first event since winning The Open.
Morikawa is 16/1 to win the Northern Trust and with five top-10 finishes in his last eight completed tournaments, has to be considered in Northern Trust betting tips.
Jordan Spieth is enjoying a resurgence this year. He is in second place in the FedEx standings behind Morikawa after a year in which he has enjoyed one victory and nine top-10 finishes.
Runner-up at The Open and T3 at the Masters, he won the Texas Open and was also runner-up at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Spieth has always been one of the best putters in the business and his better consistency off the tee has put him in contention more often than not. Spieth is a 16/1 chance this week.
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Johnson won this event by an incredible 11 shots last year from Harris English. It was his fifth FedEx Play-offs win and he did not miss a green in his final round as he coasted to victory.
He was at the top of his game a year ago but this season has been a little different, although his eighth place at The Open has shown his game has not fallen apart as dramatically as some would have us believe.
Johnson (pictured below) is certainly worth including in Northern Trust betting tips at 16/1.
Viktor Hovland, whose last win came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December, has had five top-five finishes since and was 12th at The Open last month.
The 23-year-old rolled in five birdies in his final round at TCP Southwind and ranked in the top 10 among the field in SG: Off the tee in Memphis, but he had a cold putter and finished 36th.
He has all the shots in the bag and at 30/1, will certainly have his supporters this week.
Patrick Reed withdrew prior to the Wyndham Championship for an undisclosed reason, but he is 22nd on the FedEx Cup standings ahead of the play-offs.
Reed has placed T34 or better in seven of his last eight international starts, though he doesn’t have a top-15 since finishing fifth at the Memorial Tournament in early June.
Reed is due a big performance and is 40/1 to win this time.
Kevin Kisner was highlighted last week at 45/1 to land the Wyndham Championship and duly obliged, securing the title with a birdie on the second play-off hole.
He had a slow start to the season but has three top-eight finishes in his last five starts, dating back to his T5 at the Travelers Championship and is 60/1 this week.
Shane Lowry has had four top-10 finishes in his last 10 tournaments and has not missed a cut in any of them. The Irishman posted three straight rounds in the 60s at The Open to finish 12th in his defence of the title and he is determined to secure a Ryder Cup berth.
A good showing here will go a long way to reaching that goal and Lowry is a 70/1 chance as the last of our Northern Trust betting tips.
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publication