With Liberty National preparing to host the Presidents Cup, the Northern Trust Open switches to Glen Oaks Club in New York, with the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings trimmed to 100 for next week’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
The course has never staged a professional event before but is often referred to as the ‘Augusta of the north’ so it will be interesting to see if players with a good Masters record get into contention.
The first of our Northern Trust Open betting predictions had certainly been trending in the right direction at Augusta before this year, world number one Dustin Johnson finishing sixth and fourth in his previous two starts.
Of course Johnson then blew his chance of a fourth straight victory by falling down the stairs in his rental house on the eve of the year’s first major and was forced to withdraw, since when he has understandably been unable to reproduce his absolute best.
However, Johnson finished 13th in the US PGA and spoke positively about his game following a closing 67, so he gets the nod at odds of 14/1 ahead of tournament favourite Hideki Matsuyama.
With a high-quality field in attendance we’re not going to stray far from the top of the market this week, with Jason Day our second selection at 20/1.
Day finished ninth in the US PGA despite his nightmare quadruple-bogey eight on the 18th in round three, won two play-off events in 2015 and has a good record at Augusta, finishing second and third in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
The former world number one may feel he has something to prove after the criticism of his risky play at Quail Hollow and can be backed to claim his first win of the season.
When it comes to Masters form, few players can match that of England’s Paul Casey, who has finished in the top six at Augusta in each of the last three years. The world number 17’s only missed cut this season came back in January and his major record this season reads 6-26-11-13, with the only thing missing being an overdue win.
With that in mind, Casey can either be backed at 28/1 in the outright market or at 6/1 for a top-five finish.
The last of our Northern Trust Open betting predictions is also worth considering in two markets, former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel being available at 100/1 for a win or 8/1 for a top 10.
Schwartzel was third at Augusta in April and should have contended in the Open but for a nightmare putting display in windy conditions in round two.
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