The FedEx Cup Play-offs are upon us. Who’s going to take a big step to the trophy and the $15 million bonus? Steve Carroll considers the Northern Trust market

The climax to the PGA Tour is here as the finest Stateside gather in New Jersey for the first of trio of season ending Play-off events. So who is going to forge a claim to get their hands on the FedEx Cup? Here are my Northern Trust betting tips

The details

The venue: Liberty National GC, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Date: August 8-11, 2019

Course stats: Par 71, 7,370 yards

Course summary: A former wasteland, oil refinery and even an internment camp – that’s quite a past – Liberty National has been transformed, with the help of $300 million, into a bentgrass paradise boasting sensational views of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty. This is the first time the course has hosted a PGA Tour event since the former Barclays tournament six years ago.

Purse: $9.25 million

Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau (-18)

TV coverage

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 12.15pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Red Button, 3.30pm; Sky Sports Golf, 7pm; Sky Sports Main Event, 9.30pm

Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event, 12.15pm (featured groups); Sky Sports Red Button, 3.30m; Sky Sports Golf, 7pm

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 6pm

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 5pm

Northern Trust betting tips: Steve’s players to follow

Given it’s six years since Liberty National last staged a PGA Tour event – when this was called the Barclays – course form won’t be as important as it is week to week.

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Even so, Adam Scott (40/1) was a runaway winner in 2013 and I’m optimistic the Australian will be able to forge a decent challenge once again.

He could be easily dismissed if you judge him solely on his tied-40th at the St Jude Invitational and his missed cut at the Open.

But he saved his best round for last at TPC Southwind, a 67, and Royal Portrush clearly wasn’t to everyone’s tastes in some difficult conditions.

Prior to that, he’d finished runner-up at Memorial, T7 at the US Open at Pebble Beach and T8 at Bethpage Black at the PGA Championship.

That’s plenty of decent form in top events for a player with six top 10s in 15 events this season.

His stat numbers are as reliable as you would expect – 5th strokes gained approaching the green, 10th around the green, 7th tee to green, 4th in total – and he’s due another massive week. Why not start at a place that will give him such fond memories?

Amateur Championship

Patrick Reed (55/1) closed with a 63 at the Wyndham Championship and the former Masters champion could bring some joy to a disappointing season at Liberty National.

Tied 5th, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, is the Ryder Cup hero’s best finish of the year so far but his final-round heroics at Sedgefield followed T12 at the St Jude and 10th at the Open.

It’s the 28-year-old’s best run of the year and he could be running into form at the right time.

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Joaquin Niemann (100/1) also recorded a 63 on a day of low scoring at the Wyndham and the Chilean looks a lively each-way contender.

Take out the missed cut at the Open and Niemann has three top 10s in his last six starts. He has 18 rounds in the 60s from his last 22 and, regardless of what you think of the various course’s difficulties, that is seriously consistent scoring.

I’ll also look at Rory Sabbatini (80/1), who racked up another top 10 at the Wyndham, could continue some good form at a big price having finished T13 in 2013.

So what does our tipster think of the favourites? And there’s one player he is definitely not putting money on. His Northern Trust betting tips continue on the next page…

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Handicap: 11.3

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