Northern Trust Preview

 

This Weeks Preview is presented by the TriState PGA.

 

Pittsburgh, PA: This weeks Northern Trust is the first leg of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.   There are some terrific pairings and all the action kicks off Thursday morning at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus New Jersey.  With the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, and Francesco Molinari all competing, the opportunity for a Terrific finish of the season is substantial.

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The Players

This week, the crowds will be following Tiger Woods in droves as they always do.  I am fairly sure that Brooks Koepka and the rest of his peers  are okay with that.    Woods comes into this week playing well and rested after taking last week off.   He will be ready for Ridgewood and the distance will not hinder him one bit.

This course sets up perfectly for any of the long hitters including Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Brooks Koepka.  Eyes will also be on Phil Mickelson to see if he can turn the corner and get back into the good graces of Jim Furyk, the US Ryder Cup Captain.

Brandt Snedeker is coming off of a big win last week which included a round of 59.   He is someone playing well right now that could surprise this week.

Both Henrik Stenson and Rory McIllroy both dropped out of this tournament but will likely play next week.   Here is the Fed Ex Cup Standings coming into this week.

1 Dustin Johnson 2,717
2 Justin Thomas 2,634 83
3 Brooks Koepka 2,012 705
4 Justin Rose 1,991 726
5 Bubba Watson 1,879 838
6 Jason Day 1,771 946
7 Webb Simpson 1,710 1,007
8 Francesco Molinari 1,682 1,035
9 Bryson DeChambeau 1,617 1,100
10 Patrick Reed 1,555 1,162
11 Phil Mickelson 1,546 1,171
12 Tony Finau 1,509 1,208
13 Jon Rahm 1,430 1,287
14 Patrick Cantlay 1,388 1,329
15 Patton Kizzire 1,386 1,331
16 Paul Casey 1,319 1,398
17 Rickie Fowler 1,302 1,415
18 Kyle Stanley 1,198 1,519
19 Kevin Na 1,183 1,534
20 Tiger Woods 1,162 1,555
21 Rory McIlroy 1,154 1,563
22 Marc Leishman 1,148 1,569
23 Tommy Fleetwood 1,130 1,587
24 Chesson Hadley 1,122 1,595
25 Pat Perez 1,116 1,601
26 Andrew Landry 1,116 1,601
27 Aaron Wise 1,086 1,631
28 Xander Schauffele 1,081 1,636
29 Luke List 1,080 1,637
30 Brandt Snedeker 1,077 1,640
31 Austin Cook 1,060 1,657
32 Brian Harman 1,056 1,661
33 Gary Woodland 1,044 1,673
34 Ian Poulter 1,030 1,687
35 Andrew Putnam 1,026 1,691
36 Chez Reavie 1,020 1,697
37 Ryan Armour 1,006 1,711
38 Brendan Steele 998 1,719
39 Alex Noren 989 1,728
40 Kevin Kisner 971 1,746
41 Billy Horschel 960 1,757
42 Beau Hossler 957 1,760
43 Jordan Spieth 945 1,772
44 Byeong Hun An 913 1,804
45 Emiliano Grillo 901 1,816
46 Si Woo Kim 893 1,824
47 Charles Howell III 885 1,832
48 Brian Gay 880 1,837
49 Keegan Bradley 872 1,845
50 Henrik Stenson 868 1,849
51 J.J. Spaun 849 1,868
52 Zach Johnson 839 1,878
53 Cameron Smith 821 1,896
54 Scott Piercy 802 1,915
55 Ryan Moore 795 1,922
56 Rafa Cabrera Bello 784 1,933
57 Whee Kim 764 1,953
58 Stewart Cink 758 1,959
59 Chris Kirk 756 1,961
60 Ted Potter, Jr. 744 1,973
61 Jimmy Walker 719 1,998
62 Jason Kokrak 700 2,017
63 C.T. Pan 693 2,024
64 Matt Kuchar 679 2,038
65 Joel Dahmen 676 2,041
66 Michael Kim 675 2,042
67 Kevin Streelman 673 2,044
68 Keith Mitchell 659 2,058
69 J.B. Holmes 640 2,077
70 Adam Hadwin 638 2,079
71 Brice Garnett 634 2,083
72 Kelly Kraft 627 2,090
73 Adam Scott 623 2,094
74 Louis Oosthuizen 620 2,097
75 Troy Merritt 616 2,101
76 Hideki Matsuyama 607 2,110
77 Satoshi Kodaira 600 2,117
78 Kevin Chappell 597 2,120
79 James Hahn 596 2,121
80 Tom Hoge 594 2,123
81 Peter Uihlein 593 2,124
82 Branden Grace 590 2,127
83 Abraham Ancer 589 2,128
84 Russell Knox 585 2,132
85 Kevin Tway 577 2,140
86 Jamie Lovemark 576 2,141
87 Ollie Schniederjans 573 2,144
88 Russell Henley 569 2,148
89 Daniel Berger 565 2,152
90 Jason Dufner 557 2,160
91 Anirban Lahiri 555 2,162
92 Tyrrell Hatton 550 2,167
93 Patrick Rodgers 541 2,176
94 Brandon Harkins 528 2,189
95 Trey Mullinax 528 2,189
96 Charl Schwartzel 528 2,189
97 Rory Sabbatini 521 2,196
98 Charley Hoffman 515 2,202
99 Alex Cejka 502 2,215
100 Ryan Palmer 500 2,217
101 Richy Werenski 498 2,219
102 Nick Watney 491 2,226
103 Danny Lee 481 2,236
104 Sung Kang 480 2,237
105 John Huh 480 2,237
106 Harold Varner III 474 2,243
107 Scott Stallings 470 2,247
108 Tyler Duncan 457 2,260
109 William McGirt 449 2,268
110 J.T. Poston 448 2,269
111 Bronson Burgoon 446 2,271
112 Vaughn Taylor 445 2,272
113 Martin Laird 443 2,274
114 Sam Ryder 442 2,275
115 Grayson Murray 438 2,279
116 Ryan Blaum 433 2,284
117 Scott Brown 422 2,295
118 Brian Stuard 421 2,296
119 Nick Taylor 420 2,297
120 Sam Saunders 420 2,297
121 Sean O’Hair 417 2,300
122 Bud Cauley 405 2,312
123 Jhonattan Vegas 394 2,323
124 Harris English 383 2,334
125 Seamus Power 377 2,340

Predictions

This week, I have my eye on three players including Brooks Koepka just because the course sets up for him.   I also believe we may see Phil Mickelson surge, only because he has to prove he is worthy of a Captains Pick.   I also think we could see Ian Poulter finally break through.   He has been very close in recent weeks, and length is not really an issue for him either.

As for my longshot of the week, I believe we could see Paul Casey… only because I have a feeling.  I would also not be surprised to see Aaron Wise play well also.

The Course

Ridgewood Country Club is a 27 hole Private club that was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1927 and opened in 1929. Tillinghast was one of the legendary Architects of his time most known for his designs at Baltusrol and Winged Foot.

The club and course has hosted many Tour events including this years Kickoff to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.   This years course set up will boast a track playing just over 7500 yards.  Here is a list of all of the Tour Events the course has hosted.

1935 Ryder Cup
1957 U.S. Senior Amateur
1974 U.S. Amateur
1981 LPGA Coca-Cola Classic
1990 U.S. Senior Open
2001 Senior PGA Championship
2008 The Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays)
2010 The Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays)
2014 The Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays)
2016 The U.S. Girls’ Junior

 

Tee Times

1ST TEE

7:21 a.m.: Kevin Tway, Jamie Lovemark, Ollie Schniederjans
7:32 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Joel Dahmen, Michael Kim
7:43 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Jason Kokrak, C.T. Pan
7:54 a.m.: Emiliano Grillo, Si Woo Kim. Charles Howell III
8:05 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter, Andrew Putnam
8:16 a.m.: Aaron Wise, Xander Schauffele, Luke List
8:27 a.m.: Paul Casey. Kyle Stanley, Kevin Na
8:38 a.m.: Russell Henley, Daniel Berger, Jason Dufner
8:49 a.m.: J.T. Poston. Bronson Burgoon, Vaughn Taylor
9 a.m: Martin Laird. Sam Ryder. Grayson Murray
12:11 p.m.: James Hahn, Tom Hoge. Peter Uihlein
12:22 p.m.: Adam Hadwin, Brice Garnett, Kelly Kraft
12:33 p.m.: Ryan Moore, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Whee Kim
12:44 p.m.: Beau Hossler, Jordan Spieth, Byeong Hun An
12:55 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau
1:06 p.m.: Justin Rose: Bubba Watson: Jason Day
1:17 p.m.: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Patton Kizzire
1:28 p.m.: Trey Mullinax, Charl Schwartzel. Rory Sabbatini
1:39 p.m.: Sung Kang, John Huh, Harold Varner III
1:50 p.m.: Nick Taylor, Sam Saunders, Sean O’Hair

9TH TEE

7:10 a.m: Hideki Matsuyama, Satoshi Kodaira. Kevin Chappell
7:21 a.m.: Adam Scott, Troy Merritt, Louis Oosthuizen
7:32 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Cameron Smith, Scott Piercy
7:43 a.m.: Brian Gay, Keegan Bradley, J.J. Spaun
7:54 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
8:05 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
8:16 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau
8:27 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Alex Cejka, Ryan Palmer
8:38 a.m.: Richy Werenski, Nick Watney, Danny Lee
8:49 a.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Harris English, Seamus Power
12 p.m.: Braden Grace, Abraham Ancer, Russell Knox
12:11 p.m.: Kevin Streelman. Keith Mitchell, J.B. Holmes
12:22 p.m.: Stewart Cink; Chris Kirk; Ted Potter, Jr.
12:33 p.m.: Alex Noren, Kevin Kisner. Billy Horschel
12:44 p.m.: Chez Reavie, Ryan Armour, Brendan Steele
12:55 p.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Austin Cook, Brian Harman
1:06 p.m.: Chesson Hadley, Pat Perez, Andrew Landry
1:17 p.m.: Anirban Lahiri, Tyrrell Hatton, Brandon Harkins
1:28 p.m.: Scott Stallings, Tyler Duncan. William McGirt
1:39 p.m.: Ryan Blaum, Scott Brown, Brian Stuard
1:50 p.m.: Branden Grace, Abraham Ancer, Russell Knox

Round 2 Tee Times

1ST TEE

7:21 a.m.: Branden Grace, Abraham Ancer, Russell Knox
7:32 a.m.: Kevin Streelman. Keith Mitchell, J.B. Holmes
7:43 a.m.: Stewart Cink; Chris Kirk; Ted Potter, Jr.
7:54 a.m.: Alex Noren, Kevin Kisner. Billy Horschel
8:05 a.m.: Chez Reavie, Ryan Armour, Brendan Steele
8:16 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Austin Cook, Brian Harman
8:27 a.m.: Chesson Hadley, Pat Perez, Andrew Landry
8:38 a.m.: Anirban Lahiri, Tyrrell Hatton, Brandon Harkins
8:49 a.m.: Scott Stallings, Tyler Duncan. William McGirt
9 a.m: Ryan Blaum, Scott Brown, Brian Stuard
12:11 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Satoshi Kodaira. Kevin Chappell
12:22 p.m.: Adam Scott, Troy Merritt, Louis Oosthuizen
12:33 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Cameron Smith, Scott Piercy
12:44 p.m.: Brian Gay, Keegan Bradley, J.J. Spaun
12:55 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
1:06 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
1:17 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau
1:28 p.m.: Charley Hoffman, Alex Cejka, Ryan Palmer
1:39 p.m. Richy Werenski, Nick Watney, Danny Lee
1:50 p.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Harris English, Seamus Power

9TH TEE

7:10 a.m.: James Hahn, Tom Hoge. Peter Uihlein
7:21 a.m.: Adam Hadwin, Brice Garnett, Kelly Kraft
7:32 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Whee Kim
7:43 a.m.: Beau Hossler, Jordan Spieth, Byeong Hun An
7:54 a.m.: Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau
8:05 a.m.: Justin Rose: Bubba Watson: Jason Day
8:16 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Patton Kizzire
8:27 a.m.: Trey Mullinax, Charl Schwartzel. Rory Sabbatini
8:38 a.m.: Sung Kang, John Huh, Harold Varner III
8:49 a.m.: Nick Taylor, Sam Saunders, Sean O’Hair
12 p.m.: Kevin Tway, Jamie Lovemark, Ollie Schniederjans
12:11 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Joel Dahmen, Michael Kim
12:22 p.m.: Jimmy Walker, Jason Kokrak, C.T. Pan
12:33 p.m.: Emiliano Grillo, Si Woo Kim. Charles Howell III
12:44 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter, Andrew Putnam
12:55 p.m.: Aaron Wise, Xander Schauffele, Luke List
1:06 p.m.: Paul Casey. Kyle Stanley, Kevin Na
1:17 p.m. Russell Henley, Daniel Berger, Jason Dufner
1:28 p.m. J.T. Poston. Bronson Burgoon, Vaughn Taylor
1:39 p.m. Martin Laird. Sam Ryder. Grayson Murray

Author: Jhavelka