Par 70, 7,350 yards
Previously known as the Barclays, the newly named Northern Trust arrives at a new venue this year in the shape of Glen Oaks Golf Club in New York. Measuring a testing 7,350 yards, Glen Oaks was founded in 1924 and began on land carved out of the William K. Vanderbilt estate just south of Long Island.
The course as then moved to a larger 250 acre site in Old Westbury where there was three nine-hole courses designed. It stayed that was up until 2011 where a major redesign was overseen by Craig Currier of Bethpage State Park. The course for the tournament days will take from the three nine hole courses with holes 1-3 and 6-9 from the white course, holes 4 and 5 will be from the red course and the entire blue course will be played.
The course has 12 par 4’s, four par 3’s and two par 5’s. The course has been described as the Augusta of the North and at a glance appears to be a tree lined layout with fairly generous fairways and Poa Annua greens. The two par 5’s look to measure around the 600 yard mark and will be reachable by most of the field. The par 4’s and par 3’s look a bit trickier with water features on six of the 18 holes. The main areas to focus on here are par 3 and par 4 scoring, GIR and a hot putter. Its worth bearing in mind that the cream usually rises to the top in the FedEx Playoff events so be on the lookout for players that are in great form coming into this.
The Open Champion comes here in fine form with two wins, a second and two top 15’s in his last seven starts. Even after a few early wobbles, he showed unbelievable grit, class and mental toughness to get the job done in Royal Birkdale after a couple of early bogeys. After finishing solo fourth in New Orleans which included a 64 in the final round, Spieth went on to finish T2 at the Dean and Deluca Invitational after an impressive final round 65.
He then travelled to Ohio for the Memorial tournament and finished a respectable T13 for the week. He then had back to back wins, the first came at the Travelers Championship where he holed out from a bunker to beat Daniel Berger in a playoff, the second came after his heroics at The Open.
The Texan ticks all the boxes here ranking 12th in GIR, fifth in SGTTG, eighth in par 3 scoring, first in par 4 scoring and 17th in par 5 scoring. If Spieth gets the putter going on these Poa Annua greens, which he likes, and drives well he could be a huge threat here.
The Aussie has had a mixed bag of form this season and has had a few injuries to contend with but he looks to be showing some decent form lately after a decent performance at the PGA Championship where he finished T9 in his last start.Day looks to be threatening in the first two rounds and had a disastrous finish to his third round dropping five shots back after taking a bogey on 17 and an eight on the 18th.
He has shown glimpses of decent form over the last couple of months and had a great week at the Byron Nelson finishing solo second which included four rounds of 69 or better. He followed that with a T15 at Memorial, T27 at The Open Championship and a T24 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Day played well in this event over the last few years finishing T4 last year, a win in 2015 and a T2 in 2014. Statswise he ranks 23rd in driving distance, second in SG around the green, 47th in SGP and 17th in par 5 scoring. He always seems to play well this time of year and has a great record on the East Coast. These forgiving fairways and fast greens could suit his eye.
The defending champion looks to be in fine fettle coming to New York this week and could well be the man to beat here. He seems to be playing really well but the odd 72 or 73 has been sneaking in here and there but he has been in good form over the last couple of months with four top 20’s and two top 10’s in his last nine starts. Reed had a good week at the Byron Nelson where he didnt shoot worse than a 70 throughout the week to finish T20. He followed that with a T13 at The US Open, T5 at the Travelers and a T17 at The Quicken Loans. He then travelled to the Greenbrier and shot three rounds of 69 or better to finish T20 and to finish six under for the tournament.
At the PGA Championship, Reed again shot three rounds of 69 or better to post six under par and finish in a tie for second. He has a good record in this event over the last couple of years with a win last year and a T9 in 2014. Statswise Reed ranks eighth in strokes gained putting which will be a big plus here on these greens. That, along with great current form make Patrick Reed a decent shout here this week.
Throughout researching golf tournaments throughout the year to bet on, Matt Kuchar is one of those guys that tends to go under my radar. Ive always considered him a “place” guy because he rarely wins but given his current form over the last couple of months, I decided he was worth taking a chance on especially because he seems to be putting himself in a position to win a bit more lately.
Kuchar is one of the steadiest guys on tour and has been in great form lately finishing outside the top 30 just once in nine starts. After finishing T4 in Augusta, Kuchar followed that with a T9 at the Byron Nelson, T12 at the Dean and Deluca, T4 at Memorial, T16 at The US Open, solo second at The Open, T17 at The WGC Bridgestone and a T9 at The PGA Championship.
He also has some great form at this event over the last few years finishing T5 in 2014 and T19 in 2013. Statswise he ticks alot of boxes here ranking 30th in SGTTG, fifth in scrambling and 11th in par 4 scoring. Kuch looks good value here to keep up his good run of form.
Final Selections –
Jordan Speith 10/1 2pts EW
Jason Day 16/1 1pt EW
Patrick Reed 33/1 1pt EW
Matt Kuchar 35/1 1pt EW
Total staked = 10 pts
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