The Northern Trust Open Preview

The tour moves to Jersey City, New Jersey to tee it up at Liberty National Golf Club for the first of three tournaments in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The tour moves to Jersey City, New Jersey to tee it up at Liberty National Golf Club for the first of three tournaments in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. To start the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the top 123 players in the FedEx Cup standing make it to the Northern Trust open. The Northern Trust will have a 36 hole cut which includes the top 70 and ties.

Purse: $9,250,000

Winner: $1,665,000


TV Schedule

  • Thursday August 8th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Friday August 9th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 10th: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Saturday August 10th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS
  • Sunday August 11th: 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CST on Golf Channel
  • Sunday August 11th: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS

Whose Teeing Off

Tiger Woods will be back on the course for the first time since The Open in Northern Ireland.

Being that the Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are here, every big name is teeing up here besides Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson. Let’s take a look at some notable tee times for the first two days.

Thursday Hole #1 Tee Time/Friday Hole #10 Tee Time (times CST)

  • 7:05 AM/11:55 AM: Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner
  • 11:11 AM/6:21 AM: Kevin Streelman, Jordan Spieth, Matthew Wolff
  • 11:44 AM/6:54 AM:Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 11:55 AM/7:05 AM: Justin Rose, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
  • 1:06 PM/7:16 AM: Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay

Thursday Hole #10 Tee Time/Friday Hole #1 Tee Time (times CST)

  • 6:32 AM/11:22 AM: Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Max Homa
  • 6:43 AM/ 11:33 AM Scott Piercy, J.T. Poston, Tiger Woods
  • 7:05 AM/11:55 AM Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jon Rahm
  • 7:16 AM/12:06 PM: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar
  • 12:33 PM/6:43 AM: Andrew Putnam, Jim Furyk, Jason Day

Recent History

The tour hasn’t been to Liberty National since playing the Barclays here in 2013, so there is very little history to go off of. However, the Presidents Cup was played here in 2017 so we do have some standings to go off. Still that is hard to say because guys are playing against each-other and not necessarily getting an under par score.

In 2013 Adam Scott on The Barclays, while Tier Woods, Justin Rose, and Gary Woodland tied for second. Phil Mickelson and Jim Fury finished at T6. Rickie Fowler, Jason Kokrak, Nick Watney, and Matt Every all finished T9. Bigger names like Rory finished T19, DJ missed the Cut, Webb Simpson finished T15, Matt Kuchar finished T19 as did Jordan Spieth, Jason Day finished T25, while Patrick Reed and Billy Horschel missed the cut.

In the Presidents Cup two years the USA won 19-11 over the World. Many guys had some good scores. DJ went 4-0-1, Spieth, JG, Reed all went 3-1-1, Mickelson and Fowler both went 3-0-1, Kevin Kisner went 2-0-2, Brooks Koepka went 2-2-0 and Matt Kuchar went 2-1-0. On the World side, Oosthuizen went 2-2-1. Those were all the guys that finished with a winning record that combines Singles, Foursomes, and Fourball matches.

As far as the Northern Trust tournament goes, Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion.

The Course

Liberty National Golf Club hosts the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Liberty National is a 7,400 yard Par 71 located just outside of New York City. It is a challenging course, the last two Barclay champions shot around -10 under. The fairways are average length but the rough can be well, rough. There is fescue and bluegrass rough anywhere from 1″-4″. The greens can be the challenge here as they are small and have a lot of movement to them. The biggest factor here could be the wind as its so close to the Atlantic Ocean. If the winds pick up this weekend, this course could turn out to be very tough. There are also 90 bunkers and 10 water hazards that the players with have to avoid as well.

As far as guys winning here, you want someone who is good with their longer irons to hit these greens in regulation. Also, being accurate off the tee is important because of that rough. Let’s take a look at some holes.

Hole #4: 193 Yard Par 3

via Liberty National Golf Club

What a view here for the second Par 3 on the course. Guys will have a to hit their tee shot over the water, although only really errant shots should be worried of the hazard. The green is also protected by two bunkers on the front. I’d expect at least two pin placements that really put those bunkers into play.

Hole #10: 513 Yard Par 5

via Liberty National Golf Club

There currently are four Par 5’s on the scorecard, but one of them is going to be turned into a Par 4 to make this course a Par 71. Hole #10 is the shortest Par 5 and the best bet for that. Whats unique about this hole is a creek that runs through and makes it a two part hole. Guys will hole to lay up before the creek, as this is a dog-leg right hole. From there, they’ll get the view you see above into a green that is protected by two sand traps on the right, and one of the left.

Hole #11: 250 Yard Par 3

Long Par 3 here with a green that is surrounded by water on each side. There is also a big bunker on the left side of the green, which is probably the more likely side guys would hit a tee shot into the water. The green and surround fringe is a big area though. If the flag is put in the back, this turns into a very long Par 3 even for the Tour standards.

Hole #16: 325 Yard Par 4

A short and easy hole (16 handicap). Many guys will take a chance to hit this puppy in one, if they get a good bounce or run up. What they have to be weary about is the water that runs on the right hand side up by the green. There is also a bunker green that could come into play.


One & Done: I’m going with Tommy Fleetwood this week. His past tournaments have been top 5 finishes, plus he’s one of the best players I have available.

Betting Winner: Tommy Fleetwood (+2200), Patrick Cantlay (+2200), Webb Simpson (+2500), Bubba Watson (+10,000)

Top 10: Francesco Molinari (+350), Hideki Matsuyama (+450), Matthew Wolff (+750), Joaquin Niemann (+800)

Daily Fantasy:

  • Jason Day
  • Tony Finau
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Bubba Watson
  • Gary Woodland

One & Done Picks:

  1. Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
  2. Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
  3. Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
  4. WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
  5. The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
  6. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
  7. The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
  8. The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
  9. WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
  10. Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
  11. The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
  12. RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
  13. Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
  14. Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
  15. AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
  16. The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
  17. Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
  18. The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay: $1,638,000 (WINNER)
  19. RBC Canadian Open: Henrik Stenson – $220,400 (T8)
  20. U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson –$57,853 (T35)
  21. Travelers Championship: Bryson Dechambeau – $194,400
  22. Rocket Mortgage Classic: Gary Woodland – $0 (MC)
  23. 3M Open: Joaquin Niemann – $49,105 (T23)
  24. John Deere Classic: Scott Brown – $0 (MC)
  25. British Open: Justin Rose – $91,350 (T20)
  26. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Justin Thomas – $143,625 (T12)
  27. Wyndham Championship: Jordan Spieth – $11,284 (MDF)
  28. The Northern Trust Open: Tommy Fleetwood –

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