The Northern Trust betting tips & predictions – the Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays) tournament began in 1967 as the Westchester Classic and was played at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. The tournament is played in August to lead off the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
In 2008 the tournament left the Westchester Country Club and began being rotated amongst different clubs in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. The Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York on Long Island will host this year’s tournament.
The Northern Trust rotation of courses through 2022 are as follows;
- 2017: Glen Oaks Club – Old Westbury (LI), N.Y.
- 2018: The Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, N.J.
- 2019: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, N.J.
- 2020: Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.
- 2021: Black Course at Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale (LI), N.Y.
- 2022: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, N.J.
The Glen Oaks Club started in 1924 on land which curled around Lake Success on Long Island, New York. As urban sprawl spread in the ‘60s, the club moved to the current site in Old Westbury. Glen Oaks re-opened in 1971 as a 27-hole course designed by Joe Finger. The course comprises three 9-hole layouts the Blue, White and Red Courses.
The 27 holes at Glen Oaks were largely unchanged until 2011, when architect Joel Weiman and Craig Currier, the superintendent of the club, led a renovation that was completed in 2014. Currier came from Bethpage Black and after two US Opens at Bethpage and having also worked at Augusta, brought a lot of knowledge and experience to the renovation.
The Northern Trust will use a composite of Glen Oaks’ 27 holes. Numbers 1-3 and 6-9 on the White Course, numbers 4 and 5 on the Red and the complete Blue for a Par 70 at 7,300 yards.
Worth taking a look at the following video previewing last year’s Met Open Championship. It will give a flavour as to what players will face this week.
PGA Tour professional Scott Brown had this to say about Glen Oaks;
“It’s a fabulous golf course, similar (in style) to Augusta National in that you have to play shots to certain quadrants of the greens. It’s not crazy tight and it’s fun to play. The greens are firm and you have a lot of options for shots around the greens.”
The course has wide and tightly-mown fairways that run into clean, sharp-edged bunkers. There are shaved areas around the greens and putting surfaces that can offer speeds that will command attention.
As always with a ‘new’ course entering the PGA Tour rota it is hard to find an angle in. The ‘unfamiliarity-factor’ and new sight-lines will test all aspects of a player’s game this week.
Distance off the tee will be a plus and the ability to capitalise on good scoring when it presents will be important. As always, expect players in the mix this week to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting. The firmness of the greens and their speeds will likely decide the overall scores.
As you would expect from the FedEx Cup Playoffs this is a top-class field with a wealth of talent. Past results tell us that this week’s winner will be top quality player with superior ball striking skills.
Hideki Matsuyama 10/1, Jordan Spieth 10/1 and Dustin Johnson 12/1 are the Bookmakers favourites for this week’s Northern Trust
Northern trust Betting Tips 2017