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. 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 Northern Trust is played in August to lead off the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The Top 125 players qualify for The Northern Trust based on FedEx Cup points amassed during the regular PGA Tour season.
This year the FedEx Cup Playoffs are reduced from four events to three. The Playoffs feature a progressive cut, with fields of 125 for The Northern Trust, 70 for the BMW Championship and 30 for the Tour Championship.
The Northern Trust will cut the field to low 70 and ties after 36 holes, while the BMW Championship and Tour Championship are no-cut events.
The first two Playoff events award 2,000 points to the winner (quadruple points of regular season events), while the Tour Championship, features a strokes-based system called the FedEx Cup Starting Strokes for the first time this year.
The FedEx Cup points leader after the first two Playoff events will begin the Tour Championship at -10, the No. 2 player will start at -8, the No. 3 player at -7 under, the No. 4 player at -6 and the No. 5 player at -5. Players 6-10 start at -4, players 11-15 start at -3, players 16-20 start at -2 under, players 21-25 start at -1 and players 26-30 start at even par.
The player with the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes when combined with his FedEx Cup Starting Strokes will win the Tour Championship and also be crowned FedEx Cup Champion.
This year, Liberty National Country Club in Jersey City, New Jersey serves as host for The Northern Trust.
The Par 71 course opened for play in 2006 and can stretch to 7,353-yard from the championship tees. It is reported to have cost over $250M to build, making it one of the most expensive golf courses in history.
Tom Kite and renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp, collaborated on the design. Cupp had previously worked for Jack Nicklaus for over 15 years as a senior designer. The course has the enviable backdrop of both the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline.
“You need to drive it fairly straight at Liberty National, and the greens are such that if you don’t drive it straight it is tough to get to the pin. What I try to do is not have any one part of the game dominate. I don’t want it to be just a putting course or just a bombers course. I want you to be rewarded for length, accuracy, iron shots, chipping and bunker shots. And, of course, putting will always be there”
Liberty National has some notable members such as Cristie Kerr, Eli Manning, Phil Mickelson, Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg to name just a few.
Liberty National hosted the Presidents Cup in 2017 and has also hosted The Northern Trust in 2009 and 2013. The 2009 edition of The Northern Trust was won by Heath Slocum on a score of -9 (275) and in 2013 Adam Scott prevailed on a score -11 (273).
The feedback after the 2009 Northern Trust from the pros was mixed to say the least. Most had issue with the greens and Tiger commented that;
“I don’t think we’ve ever played greens with this much movement, about half your putts were double breaking”
Unsurprisingly, after all the negative feedback, changes have been made to 15 of the 18 holes. The greens were partially levelled, fairways widened and there were changes made to some of the bunkering.
Liberty National has a links feel and good course management will be key, particularly if the wind gets up. With unfamiliar greens serving as targets, Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green will be a key consideration. Players will need to drive well and iron play on approach will need to dialled-in.
As you would expect from the FedEx Cup Playoffs this is a top-class field with a wealth of talent. Those in tune with distance and accuracy who sink their fair share of putts should thrive.
Northern Trust Betting Tips 2019