Northern Trust Golf Preview and Top Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 6:33 AM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 6:33 AM UTC

Tiger Woods would be an interesting entrant this week if he is fit enough to play

<div><h2><strong>Northern Trust</strong></h2><p><strong>Liberty National Golf Club<br />New Jersey<br />Par 71<br />7353 yards<br />August 8-11</strong></p><p>This tournament has held the same slot on the PGA Tour schedule since 2007 and is the first tournament in the FedEx play off series, limited to the top 125 players on the current rankings. The incentive for many players is a spot in next week’s next BMW Championship play off event which is restricted to the top 70 players.</p><p>Liberty National Golf Club hosted this event on the play off series twice before in 2009 and 2013 and also hosted The Presidents Cup in 2017 when America slaughtered the International team. The par three 14<sup>th</sup> hole at Liberty National is overlooked just under a mile away by the iconic Statue of Liberty and the views of the New York skyline are spectacular from the course. The course is made up of bentgrass on both the tiny greens and narrow fairways which should favour players whose strength is tee to green precision. The greens have always been known as some of the best putting surfaces on the PGA Tour.</p><h2><strong>Predictions and Betting Tips </strong></h2><p>2013 champion at Liberty National Golf Club <strong>Adam</strong> <strong>Scott</strong> is a good place to start when we look for a player type suited to this test. A player always high in ranking of shots gained tee to green stats. Two second place finishes on Tour this season at the Farmers Insurance and Memorial Tournament proves he is still competitive on Tour while not winning as much.</p><p>I looked over the Presidents Cup 2017 result when USA destroyed the International team, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson and particularly Dustin Johnson were the players who flourished for the home nation. It is also accurate to say Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen (International team) played to a respectable standard during the event. <strong>Louis</strong> <strong>Oosthuizen</strong> played well two weeks ago in the FedEx St. Jude Invitational after a poor opening round and that was an impressive Presidents Cup in a team otherwise outclassed and he represents small stakes each way value this week.</p><p><strong>Brooks</strong> <strong>Koepka</strong> won the St. Jude Invitational which was the first event on the FedEx play off series and maybe now the major championships are finished until April 2020 he will be able to prioritise these events.</p><p><strong>Justin</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> had a surprise capitulation on the final day of the Genesis Open which basically handed the tournament victory to JB Holmes. After a meteoric rise to the ranking of World Number One when he swept everyone in front of him I am sure this came as a shock. No doubt since it has taken that edge of confidence away form his game that high class sportsman to rely on. There have been signs in recent weeks that his form and confidence are starting to return with the next step being to start contending to win tournaments again looking likely.</p><p>The 2009 and 2013 previous tournaments at the course threw up several players who appeared to like the course with <strong>Webb</strong> <strong>Simpson</strong> being the first one we should analyse. The 2018 Players Champion has not won on the PGA Tour since but has been a model of consistency and a victory here would be no surprise.</p><p><strong>Tiger</strong> <strong>Woods</strong> would be an interesting entrant this week if he is fit enough to play this week having finished second both times in this event in 2009 and 2013. It is difficult to get a read If he is fit enough having seen how his mobility appeared seriously impeded at the Open Championship.</p><p>I think we have to seriously consider some rookie professionals on the PGA Tour this week who already this season have proved they can win events. The collegiate system has never been so strong and <strong>Matthew</strong> <strong>Wolff</strong> won the 3M Open in dramatic style with a 72<sup>nd</sup> hole eagle. One of the players he fended off that day <strong>Collin</strong> <strong>Morikawa</strong> went on to win himself two weeks ago at the Barracuda Championship.</p><p><strong>Patrick</strong> <strong>Cantlay</strong> is not a rookie professional, but he is in the early stages of what so far is a superb opening few years on Tour. This season he won the Memorial Tournament in impressive style with a final round of 64. He is ranked third on the shots gained tee to green stat and I believe he will be a perfect fit for Liberty National Golf Club.</p><p>This week looks to be dominated by the principals in the betting market so just the two outright selections. I expect more tips in my next article for on the place and side markets.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Webb Simpson - each way @ 23.00 (22/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Patrick Cantlay - each way @ 23.00 (22/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Louis Oosthuizen - each way @ 51.00 (50/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p></div>
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