By Dan Kilbridge | | 20 mins
Northern Trust Odds, Picks & Tips For The FedEx Cup Playoffs
The stage is set and the field is stacked for the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at this week’s Northern Trust in New Jersey.
Liberty National Golf Club last hosted a PGA Tour event in 2019, with Patrick Reed securing a one-shot victory. It’s a modern layout with stunning views of the New York City skyline and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty.
With the playoff field now set at 125 players, only the top 70 in the standings will move on to next week’s BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. The field will then be reduced to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake with $15 million at stake.
The golf betting options are plentiful with 124 of the game’s best in action this week – Louis Oosthuizen is the only playoff qualifier taking the week off ahead of the BMW Championship.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm is the golf odds favorite at Liberty National at +800 at most major sportsbooks and betting sites. He has been on the shelf for nearly a month after his T-3 finish at the British Open.
Jordan Spieth is next at +1200, while reigning FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson and reigning British Open champion Collin Morikawa are on the betting board at +1600. Xander Schauffele, fresh off his gold medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics, rounds out the top five at +1800.
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2021 Northern Trust Expert Picks & Predictions
Scottie Scheffler Top-20 Finish
Odds: +120 at DraftKings
Scheffler has been on a great run all summer and this course should play to his strengths. He ranks second on Tour in total driving and has more than enough distance to get an edge at Liberty National.
He’s still looking for his first Tour victory, but the consistency has been impressive. Scheffler has finished T-14 or better in four of his last six tournaments, including a solo third at the Memorial, T-7 at the U.S. Open and T-8 at the British Open.
Scheffler took his game to the next level in the 2020 playoff race, including a second-round 59 at the Northern Trust (albeit a different golf course). The point is he keeps showing up at the biggest events of the year, and we definitely like him for a top-20 this week at +120 odds.
2021 Northern Trust Betting Tips
There’s nothing overly tricky or unique about this course. It’s known more for the optics and picturesque views than anything else and has hosted just a handful of Tour events, as well as the 2017 Presidents Cup.
This is a pretty typical modern course, meaning distance off the tee is a big advantage. We’re looking at total driving as a big indicator – hence the Scheffler pick – but will also target medium hitters with great short games, like 2019 winner Patrick Reed.
Scheduling is also an issue this year with so many international tournaments in recent weeks, including the Olympics and British Open. With $15 million up for grabs at the end of this three-tournament stretch, we prefer guys who weren’t grinding all weekend at the Wyndham and we view light schedules over the past month as a big plus when shopping for odds on our sports betting app.
2021 Northern Trust, Date & TV
When: Thursday-Sunday, August 19-22
Where: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, NJ
TV: Golf Channel, CBS