The Northern Trust will begin on Thursday, August 23 and continue through Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. with a $9,000,000 purse. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion of this event and it can be view on the Golf Channel and NBC.

The History

This event began in 1967 and was previously known as The Barclays tournament. This year, the Northern Trust will be held in Paramus, New Jersey as a FedEx Cup tourney. The top 125 golfers will be entered in this event by points accumulated throughout the PGATour season. The last player in (at 125) was Seamus Power and the first one out (at 126) was Martin Piller. Sergio Garcia, who has won this event two times, did not make the cut.

Next year, the FedEx Playoffs will drop one of its tournaments from four events to three. This one will continue in August but it will rotate with the Liberty National Golf Club as the 2019 site and TPC Boston as the 2020 event holder.

The 2018 version is at Ridgewood County Club which was designed in 1929 by Albert Warren Tillinghast as a 27 hole course. In fact, former winner Byron Nelson worked at the course in the mid-1930’s as a youth. The course is lined with trees and is 7,319 yards and a par 71 course. The difficulty of the course lies in those trees that favor players that can drive straight and narrow. The longest hole is 626 yards and a par 5.

Players to Consider

Dustin Johnson is the defending champion and is playing very well and he might win again, but there isn’t much to win since he has the best odds to win. Bet him as a safe and small bet.

Justin Rose has played well all year with top 25 finishes in eight of his last nine events. His odds are higher than I expected and with his knack for birdies and that intrigues me enough to grab this bet.

Francesco Molinari has finished well in four of his last five events and is playing as well as any professional golfer. He has never played this course which is a minor concern for me.

Matt Kuchar has won at this course and was a runner-up at his event back in 2011. He has eight top 25 finishes in his previous eighteen events and has the experience on this course to win it.

As an underdog, look at Stewart Cink to possibly make some money. He was a top-five finisher at the PGA Championship and has only missed the cut once in his previous six events. In two prior appearances at Ridgewood Country Club, he finished 15th. I am putting some money on this underdog.

Odds to Win

Dustin Johnson 9/1
Justin Thomas 12/1
Brooks Koepka 14/1
Jason Day 14/1
Tiger Woods 16/1
Justin Rose 18/1
Jon Rahm 18/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Francesco Molinari 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Patrick Cantlay 30/1
Tony Finau 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Marc Leishman 60/1
Xander Schauffele 60/1
Alex Noren 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 60/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Tyrrell Hatton 60/1
Phil Mickelson 80/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
Branden Grace 80/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
Bryson DeChambeau 80/1
Kevin Na 80/1
Billy Horschel 60/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
Kyle Stanley 80/1
Stewart Cink 80/1
Byeong Hun An 100/1
Daniel Berger 100/1
Charley Hoffman 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Keegan Bradley 100/1
C.T. Pan 125/1
Kevin Chappell 125/1
Emiliano Grillo 100/1
Luke List 125/1
Russell Knox 125/1
Jason Dufner 125/1
Charl Schwartzel 100/1
Kevin Streelman 125/1
Chris Kirk 125/1
Aaron Wise 150/1
Beau Hossler 150/1
Martin Laird 150/1
Brian Gay 150/1
Austin Cook 150/1
Brian Harman 150/1
Pat Perez 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Chesson Hadley 150/1
Charles Howell III 150/1
Andrew Putnam 150/1
Joel Dahmen 150/1
Cameron Smith 150/1
J.B. Holmes 150/1
Si Woo Kim 150/1
Ollie Schniederjans 200/1
Jason Kokrak 150/1
Jamie Lovemark 150/1
Keith Mitchell 150/1
Abraham Ancer 150/1
Danny Lee 150/1
Harold Varner III 150/1
Kevin Tway 150/1
Chez Reavie 150/1
William McGirt 200/1
Peter Uihlein 200/1
Brendan Steele 200/1
Adam Hadwin 200/1
Ryan Armour 200/1
Harris English 200/1
Ryan Palmer 200/1
Rory Sabbatini 200/1
Anirban Lahiri 200/1
Michael Kim 200/1
J.J. Spaun 200/1
Nick Watney 250/1
Scott Piercy 250/1
Jhonattan Vegas 250/1
Andrew Landry 250/1
Richy Werenski 250/1
Whee Kim 250/1
Bronson Burgoon 250/1
Tyler Duncan 250/1
Sam Saunders 250/1
Troy Merritt 250/1
Brice Garnett 250/1
Sam Ryder 300/1
Ryan Blaum 300/1
Seamus Power 300/1
Brandon Harkins 300/1
Alex Cejka 300/1
Nick Taylor 300/1
Satoshi Kodaira 300/1
J.T. Poston 300/1
John Huh 300/1
Scott Brown 300/1
James Hahn 300/1
Kelly Kraft 300/1
Scott Stallings 300/1
Sung Kang 300/1
Trey Mullinax 300/1
Vaughn Taylor 300/1
Tom Hoge 300/1
Patton Kizzire 300/1
Grayson Murray 300/1
Sean O’Hair 500/1
Ted Potter, Jr 500/1
Brian Stuard 500/1

Weather Outlook:

Rain is expected on Tuesday evening and a bit on Wednesday morning which should make the greens wet and a bit slow. However, that front moves out and the tournament weather should be fine on a daily basis.