Henrik Stenson finished the regular PGA Tour season on a high with his win at the Wyndham Championship. It’s always good to get a win on tour but the big Swede will be hopeful that his performance at Sedgefield Country Club will set him up for further success in the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs.
There is a $10 million prize awaiting the man who finishes top of the FedEx Cup rankings at the end of the playoffs and it all begins this week at the Northern Trust. Only the top 125 players in the rankings get a spot in the field at Glen Oaks Golf Club so this is one of the most competitive tournaments of the year.
The PGA Tour’s best are used to heading to this part of the world to get the playoffs underway but there’s a lot to get used to this week. The tournament has a new title sponsor and it being held at a course that’s never hosted the PGA Tour before. This week’s competition course is cobbled together from parts of the three nine hole courses at Glen Oaks to create a par 70 layout that can play as long as 7,346 yards. That will excite the bigger hitters, as will the wide open fairways that have been compared to Augusta National, while the greens are a blend of Poa annua and Bentgrass.
Rahm a Big Price for Success
By his own high standards, the last month or so has been a little slow for Jon Rahm. The Spaniard’s last three finishes read T58-T28-T44 but his two appearances before that saw him finish 10th at the Open de France and win the Irish Open. Rahm has cut a frustrated figure at times but he’s said that he’s working on his on course demeanour and should find that Glen Oaks is much more suitable to his game.
Rahm’s power will be a formidable weapon this week. He ranks third for strokes gained off the tee on the PGA Tour this season and the wide fairways at Glen Oaks will help him further. He also claimed his first PGA Tour win on the Poa annua greens at Torrey Pines so putting won’t be as much of an issue for him as others. So, make sure to back Rahm at a generous 30/1 with Betfred.
Fowler Set for a Playoff Challenge
Rickie Fowler has not quite hit the heights this season of his friends Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. However, most players in the field would give a huge amount to have the year Fowler’s had. He won the Honda Classic, finished fifth in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship and racked up nine top 10 finishes in total.
Fowler is certainly playing some very good golf right now and he’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy, who finished last season on a high by winning the FedEx Cup. Like Rahm, Glen Oaks should set up very nicely for Fowler and his chances of winning must be seriously respected. You can back him for a top five finish at 3/1 with Ladbrokes or to win the tournament outright at 14/1 with Coral.