The Money List: Golf tips for the Northern Trust
Two major champions feature in Jack Green's golf tips for the first event of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.
Back to win: Justin Thomas
Thomas struggled earlier in the year but is now putting together a nice run of results, having finished inside the top 12 in each of his last three starts.
That bodes well for the 26-year-old’s chances at the Northern Trust, an event in which he has finished T16, T10, T6 and T8 in four starts.
Thomas finished strongly to win the FedEx Cup in 2017, and his current form suggests he can put together a similar run this year. He ranks second in shots gained from tee to green on the PGA Tour in 2019.
He’s played at Liberty National before, going 3-1-1 in the President’s Cup two years ago.
Each-way shout: Tommy Fleetwood
Fleetwood is the highest player in the FedEx Cup standings not to have won this season, and he went T20-T24-T8-T11 in the playoffs in 2018.
He comes into this year in better form, having finished T4 in his last start at the WGC St Jude Invitational, just a week after he came second to Shane Lowry at the Open.
It’s encouraging that the Englishman managed to quickly put the disappointment of Portrush behind him and post another good result, and he looks a good bet to be in contention once again this week.
He ranks seventh in total shots gained on the PGA Tour this year and first in scrambling.
Outside shot: Gary Woodland
Woodland hasn’t finished higher than 55th in three starts since he won the US Open in June, but his history at this event means he’s worth backing this week.
The American has twice finished inside the top five at the Northern Trust, including a T2 in 2013 when it was last held at Liberty National.
Woodland is having a solid season even without taking his major win into account. He ranks 12th in shots gained from tee to green, fourth in birdie average and is fifth in the FedEx Cup standings.
The world No. 16 is available at a great price considering he won a massive event just over a month ago, and this looks a great opportunity to break out of his post-major slump.
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