The first leg of the three-event FedExCup playoffs arrives this week on the PGA Tour with The Northern Trust tournament, which is being held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. It’s the first time that course hosts since 2019. World No. 1 Jon Rahm is the betting favorite.
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2021 The Northern Trust Tournament Info
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- When: Thursday, August 19, 2021 to Sunday August 22, 2021
- Where: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
What to Expect at the 2021 The Northern Trust
Liberty National is a par 71 at 7,410 yards. It also hosted the 2017 Presidents’ Cup. The Northern Trust is the only FedExCup Playoff event with a 36-hole cut. The Northern Trust will host 124 of the top 125 players on Tour, with only Louis Oosthuizen opting out.
The Top 125 in FedExCup points advanced to the playoffs and only the Top 70 in points will advance after The Northern Trust to next week’s BMW Championship. Then only the Top 30 in points from there move on to the season-ending Tour Championship.
2021 The Northern Trust Betting Stats
American Dustin Johnson is the defending champion and is +1800 to repeat. Last year the event was played at TPC Boston and Johnson finished with an 8-under 63 on Sunday in the final round, finishing with a tap-in birdie in the dark following a delay for an 11-shot victory. It was the largest margin of victory since Phil Mickelson won by 13 at the TPC Sugarloaf in 2006.
Following the victory, Johnson went on to win the final playoffs event at the Tour Championship to become the 2020 FedExCup champion. Johnson also won this tournament in 2017 and 2011 but both at different courses.
Other past champions in the field include Patrick Reed (2016, 2019) and Bryson DeChambeau (2018). Reed is +4000 this week and DeChambeau +2800. DeChambeau hasn’t been himself this summer, dealing with caddie changes and various off-course controversies and distractions.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm of Spain is the +1000 favorite and hasn’t played since he finished third at the British Open. Rahm planned to represent Spain in the Olympic Games, but he received a positive COVID-19 test ahead of Tokyo and took some time off.
“I’m probably going to be a little bit more rested than most people, but at the same time, I haven’t played competitively in four weeks. So, there might be a slight bit of rust, but I’m pretty sure that’s going to go quickly just because of how happy and how excited I am to be back and be competing,” Rahm said.
Jordan Spieth is +1600 and Collin Morikawa +1800. Before his T-26 finish last week, the two-time major winner Morikawa wasson a tear. On the heels of his British Open win, Morikawa narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Olympic Games. These results followed up two more close calls as the 24-year-old captured a Top-5 finish at the U.S. Open and a playoff loss at the hands of Patrick Cantlay at the Memorial.
Spieth finished in a share of 12th place after shooting a three-under 67 in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday. He got off to an awful start, however, playing his first five holes on Thursday in four-over-par. Spieth could only get back to even-par for the week after 36 holes, but fired a seven-under 63 on Saturday to positional himself for a potential Top-10.
Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele are both +2200 and neither has won this event – Rory has won the FedExCup twice, though. McIlroy has earned one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes over his last five tournaments in 2021. McIlroy has finished within three shots of the leader in one of his last five appearances. Over that span, he’s finished within five shots of the winner two times and finished with a better-than-average score four times.
Over his last five appearances this year, Schauffele has one top-10 finish and two top-20 finishes. In Schauffele’s last four appearances at this event, he has finished in the top 20 once. His average finish at the event is 21st.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.