PGA TOUR’s FEDEx Cup Playoffs
LAST TOURNAMENT: Wyndham Championship (JT Poston)
THIS WEEK: The Northern Trust, Aug. 8-11
Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, N.J. (Par 71, 7,370 yards)
Purse: $9.25 million (Winner: $1.665 million)
Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau
FedEx Cup leader: Brooks Koepka
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 12-1:45 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).
NOTES: This is the first of three FedEx Cup Playoff events, limited to the top 125 players in the season standings. Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson (players’ choice), Rafa Cabrera Bello (expecting birth of first child) and Sam Burns (ankle injury) are not playing this week. Only the top 70 players in the standings after this week advance to the BMW Championship. … Tiger Woods will make his first start since missing the cut at The Open Championship. It is just his fifth start since winning the Masters in April. He is still one win shy of tying Sam Snead’s all-time Tour wins record of 82. … Australia’s Adam Scott won the last time The Northern Trust was held at Liberty National in 2013. … Patton Kizzire and Andrew Landry moved into the top 125 last week, while Pat Perez held onto the final spot despite missing the cut. … Each of the past four The Northern Trust champions entered the week in the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings. … Defending FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose enters the playoffs at No. 11 in the standings. 2015 champion Jordan Spieth enters at No. 69.
BEST BETS: Koepka (8/1 by PointsBet) is coming off a victory two weeks ago and is the only three-time winner this season. … Rory McIlroy (11/1) leads the Tour with 12 top-10s and a 69.090 scoring average. The 2016 FedEx Cup champion has never won The Northern Trust. … Webb Simpson (25/1) enters with consecutive runner-up finishes and three in his past five starts. … Rose (22/1) finished second at Liberty National in 2013, leading the field in strokes gained tee-to-green. Enters with four consecutive top-20s. … Patrick Cantlay (22/1) has three top-25s since winning the Memorial. … Sungjae Im (80/1) isn’t as heralded by the media as some other rookies, but he has seven top-10s and 14 top-25s.
NEXT WEEK: BWM Championship, Medinah, Ill.