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. As part of the revamped PGA Tour schedule for next season, the FedEx Cup playoffs are being reduced from four events to three. The Northern Trust will continue as the first leg of the playoffs but will begin a course rotation between Boston and New York / New Jersey.
- 2019: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, N.J.
- 2020: TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts.
Ridgewood Country Club is one of the oldest country clubs in America. The 27 hole layout opened in 1929 was designed by Albert Warren Tillinghast. He was among the foremost golf architects of the early twentieth century and his other designs include Baltusrol, Bethpage Black and Winged Foot.
Byron Nelson worked as an assistant professional at Ridgewood in the mid-1930s and represented the club for several of his early significant victories.
The Championship Course is a composite of the more difficult holes from the three original nine hole courses and was developed specifically for Northern Trust tournament.
Notable tournaments played at Ridgewood Country Club include;
- 2014 The Barclays, Hunter Mahan -14 (270)
- 2010 The Barclays, Matt Kuchar -12 (272) [Playoff]
- 2008 The Barclays, Vijay Singh -8 (276) [Playoff]
- 2001 Senior PGA Championship, Tom Watson -14 (274)
- 1990 US Senior Open, Lee Trevino -13 (275)
A quick look at the winners around Ridgewood would suggest that those with a solid tee-to-green game should do well.
In the 2014 edition of The Barclays, Hunter Mahan shot -6 (65) in the final round to secure a two shot victory over Jason Day, Cameron Tringale and Stuart Appleby. Six players held a share of the lead of Sunday, but it was Mahan’s putting that eventually helped put daylight between him and the field. Mahan hit 58 of 72 greens (80.56%) to lead the field in GIR for the week.
Ridgewood is a tree-lined classic course that will play as 7,319 yard Par 71. Wayward drives will be punished with recoveries from the tress and rough likely to be difficult. In 2014, Phil Mickelson’s tee shot on the driveable Par 4 5th hit a cart path and ended up in a hospitality tent. He duly went on to play from where the ball landed much to the delight of the spectators.
Ridgewood Country Club has a good mix of holes which will require a solid all-round game. Holes range from a 155 yard Par 3 to a 626 yard Par 5. There are short, risk-reward Par 4s and long, strategic Par 5s. It is a shot-maker’s course requiring an ability to shape shots on many holes.
The smaller than average greens are fast and well protected by bunkers. Good course management will be key in order to set up chances to attack pins. Many commentators have drawn comparisons between Ridgewood and Firestone, a course where Tillinghast had some design input.
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.
Northern trust Betting Tips 2018