The race to the FedExCup championship gets underway on Thursday with the first of three playoff tournaments. The top 125 players in the standings will tee it up at The Northern Trust with the top 70 after Sunday advancing to next week’s BMW Championship. This is the only tournament of the three with a cut line so guys on the fringe can’t afford to leave valuable points on the course. Patrick Reed looks to defend his title but he’ll have to do it on a different course. For the first time TPC Boston hosts, though it’s no stranger to many. Nine players in the field won on this track when it hosted the Dell Technologies Championship. Bryson DeChambeau, the last player to win at TPC Boston, emerged as the betting favorite, but with the top players in the world going at it anything can happen. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of tournament matchup odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
The Northern Trust Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Billy Horschel -125 vs. Rickie Fowler -105
Brendon Todd +103 vs. Matt Kuchar -133
Abraham Ancer -108 vs. Sungjae Im -122
Alex Noren -113 vs. Emiliano Grillo -117
Tyrrell Hatton +100 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -130
Matthew Wolff -129 vs. Kevin Kisner -101
Joel Dahmen -106 vs. Ian Poulter -124
Hideki Matsuyama -119 vs. Tony Finau -111
Si Woo Kim -101 vs. Louis Oosthuizen -129
Ryan Palmer -112 vs. Chez Reavie -118
Paul Casey -121 vs. Adam Scott -108
Tiger Woods -123 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -107
Bubba Watson -126 vs. Marc Leishman -104
Brooks Koepka +100 vs. Patrick Cantlay -130
Phil Mickelson +111 vs. Doc Redman -141
Byeong-Hun An -110 vs. Russell Henley -120
Harris English -131 vs. Jordan Spieth +102
Shane Lowry -133 vs. Cameron Champ +103
Daniel Berger -101 vs. Patrick Cantlay -130
Scottie Scheffler -123 vs. Viktor Hovland -107
Bryson DeChambeau -101 vs. Justin Thomas -129
Jason Day -124 vs. Patrick Reed -106
Justin Rose -114 vs. Gary Woodland -116
Daniel Berger -123 vs. Brooks Koepka -107
Patrick Reed +103 vs. Webb Simpson -133
Justin Thomas -111 vs. Rory McIlroy -119
Xander Schauffele -120 vs. Collin Morikawa -110
Jason Day -107 vs. Webb Simpson -123
Dustin Johnson +114 vs. Xander Schauffele -144
Dustin Johnson +108 vs. Collin Morikawa -138
Justin Thomas -112 vs. Jon Rahm -118
Rory McIlroy -113 vs. Jon Rahm -117
Bryson DeChambeau +104 vs. Jon Rahm -134
Bryson DeChambeau +103 vs. Rory McIlroy -133
Tiger Woods -203 vs. Phil Mickelson +160
Need to Know
TPC Boston stretches to 7,342 yards at par 71 and will be hosting this event for the first time. That doesn’t mean it’s new to players. Part of the rotation from 2003 to 2018, TPC Boston is a familiar sight to many. In fact the last four Dell winners are teeing it up this week. It’s a long course that doesn’t offer a lot of resistance. With plenty of room down the fairways, big hitters typically do well with the likes of DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods winning in the past. However, it is a well-balanced course and should be a test for everyone. Past winners scored in the 15- to 20-under range thanks to some reachable par 5s.
The Northern Trust Matchup Picks
Tiger Woods -123 vs. Tommy Fleetwood
We haven’t seen the best of Tiger since winning the ZOZO way back when, but putting a few events together in a short time, and this being the playoffs I expect to see him at his best. Woods had a nice final round at the PGA Championship and his success at TPC Boston has to be considered. It’s hard to overlook a win, two seconds and a third-place finish here. Plus, when Woods says his game suits the layout you have to believe him. The price is steep but I think Tiger is ready to break out.
Bryson DeChambeau +104 vs. Jon Rahm
If the course sets up for big hitters you might as well invest in DeChambeau since he’s the biggest of them all. What makes him an even more interesting pick is that he tamed the layout before he bulked up being the last to conquer TPC Boston in 2018. There was a bump after his win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, but DeChambeau looked confident with his T4 at the PGA Championship displaying a strong all-around game.
Tony Finau -111 vs. Hideki Matsuyama
It’s tough to go against Matsuyama in any matchup considering his strong play on this course and solid form entering. However, it’s time for Finau to finally breakthrough and he’s another who can bomb it off the tee. Again, if that is indeed a deciding metric I like Finau’s chances. He’s trending in the right direction, too, with the T4 at Harding Park his second top-5 among three top-10s in his last four starts. Toss in a T4 at this lot in 2018 and I have no problem buying Finau.
Cameron Champ +103 vs. Shane Lowry
Following the theme of big hitters why not take a gamble on Champ. Only one player on Tour hits the ball farther on average, so he’s got that going for him. The open landscape will help with his accuracy issues, and Champ is good enough around the green to make others sweat. He’s 5 for 6 since the restart with four top-25s. He’s also coming off a nice showing at the PGA Championship when he was in contention before settling for a T10.
Patrick Reed +103 vs. Webb Simpson
I went back and forth on this one and probably shouldn’t have picked this matchup. I’m sticking with it, though, after deciding Reed is too good to pass on. He’s the defending champ, however, that win came on a different course. He’s playing well finishing among the top-13 in three of his last four starts and has never missed a cut in six tries at TPC Boston.
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