2017 FedEx Cup: The Northern Trust Open

1. The Northern Trust Tournament

Known as The Barclays for the past 12 years, this weekend’s tournament is now known as The Northern Trust Open and is the first of just four tournaments left before the 2017 golf season ends.

This tournament will take place at Glen Oaks Club, which was founded almost 100 years ago. It’ll be the first time this course has hosted this tournament. Originally, the club was built on a piece of property that was bought from William K. Vanderbilt’s estate! But eventually, the club moved to Old Westbury, NY. That course opened in 1971 and underwent a renovation that lasted from 2011 – 2014.

During this first FedEx Cup tournament, the players will be going back and forth between the club’s 3 9-hole courses. They will start on the White course, playing holes 1-3, then they’ll go to the Red Course where they’ll play 4 & 5, next they’ll go back to the White Course to play holes 6-9, and finally, they’ll play their last 9 holes on the Blue Course.

 

2. Top 15 in the FedEx Cup Standings

Here’s where the PGA Tour pros are currently sitting at in the FedEx Cup rankings.

  1. Hideki Matsuyama: 2869 points
  2. Justin Thomas: 2689 points
  3. Jordan Spieth: 2671 points
  4. Dustin Johnson: 2466 points
  5. Rickie Fowler: 1832 points
  6. Jon Rahm: 1754 points
  7. Brooks Koepka: 1736 points
  8. Daniel Berger: 1623 points
  9. Kevin Kisner: 1612 points
  10. Brian Harman: 1557 points
  11. Charley Hoffman: 1498 points
  12. Pat Perez: 1461 points
  13. Adam Hadwin: 1347 points
  14. Marc Leishman: 1324 points
  15. Matt Kuchar: 1260 points

 

3. Winners from the last 5 years

Last year’s FedEx Cup champion was Rory McIlroy. There was some talk that he may not be able to defend his title in the tournaments this year, due to a lingering rib injury, but it looks like he’ll be competing after-all! Along with Rory, there have been 9 other FedEx Cup winners, as these particular playoff events only began in 2007. Here are the winners from the last five FedEx Cup Championships.

  1. Rory McIlroy (2016)
  2. Jordan Spieth (2015)
  3. Billy Horschel (2014)
  4. Henrik Stenson (2013)
  5. Brandt Snedeker (2012)

Here are the winners from the last 5 Northern Trust tournaments:

  1. Patrick Reed (2016)
  2. Jason Day (2015)
  3. Hunter Mahan (2014)
  4. Adam Scott (2013)
  5. Nick Watney (2012)

 

4. Top Picks

According to the PGA Tour website, here are the picks of the players most likely to win this weekend’s Northern Trust Tournament:

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Hideki Matsuyama
  3. Jason Day
  4. Jordan Spieth
  5. Rory McIlroy

And here are their top 5 picks to win the overall championship:

  1. Hideki Matsuyama
  2. Dustin Johnson
  3. Jordan Spieth
  4. Rickie Fowler
  5. Justin Thomas

Comment and let us know who you think is going to take home the trophy this year!

 
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