Everything you need to know about the first of the 2020 FedEx Cup play-offs, including the field, and five players we expect to challenge in Boston

It’s the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs in this strange season and we begin with the Northern Trust. The top 125 in the standings will tee up at TPC Boston with the top 70 moving onto next week’s BMW Championship. Here’s who we expect to contend in Massachusetts…

Venue: TPC Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Date: August 20-23, 2020

Course stats: Par 71; 7,342 yards

Course summary: Originally designed by Arnold Palmer, TPC Boston offers smaller than average bent-grass greens that typically run fast. The course offers variety, with both long and short par 4 and par 5 holes, meaning players will need to calculate the risk-reward approach.  

Purse: $9.5 million

Defending champion: Patrick Reed (-16)

The Northern Trust TV coverage

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf from 7.30pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf from 7.30pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf from 7.30pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf from 7pm

The Northern Trust betting: Each-way tips

Patrick Reed (28/1 with bet365) arrives here as the current Northern Trust champion and on the back of a great performance at the Wyndham. On a course that typically favours strong putters and consistent scrambling, Reed certainly fits the profile of a potential winner. The Texan ranks 1st in Putting Average and 30th in Scrambling, while also ranking high in Scoring Average on both par 4 and 5 holes. Seven top-10 finishes this season, including a win in Mexico, demonstrates the sort of form Reed is in and after a T9 finish last week he ticks a lot of boxes for me. 

Daniel Berger (33/1) is another player who fits our profile for a potential winner here. Berger ranks 22nd in Putting Average, and 2nd in Scrambling, perhaps indicating why he has six top-10 finishes and a victory on tour this season. Berger also ranks 6th for Par 4 Scoring and 7th for Par 5 Scoring. Berger currently sits 7th in the FedEx Cup ranks and as one of the top performers since the restart he will be looking to transform his great season into an excellent one. 

Matthew Wolff (70/1) has sprung into life towards the back end of this disjointed season, most recently finishing 4th at the PGA Championship. His impressive performances of late have caught my eye and, despite not fitting the profile perfectly, I can see him continuing his run of good form here. Two top 10s and a top 20 in his last six events mean he is hitting form at the right time heading into the play-offs. At this price, he has to be included as an each-way selection.

The Northern Trust betting: The long shot

Alex Noren (125/1) has found some form in the run up to the play-offs, with two top-10s in three events. Most recently, an impressive under-the-radar display secured him a T22 at the PGA Championship. Noren currently ranks 34th for Putting Average and 20th for Scrambling, while also ranking 15th for Par 5 Scoring Average. As a speculative long-shot selection Noren represents good value each-way at a big price.

The Northern Trust betting: Top tip

Bryson DeChambeau (12/1) has certainly turned a few heads over the course of this season. However, despite the controversy around his antics, you cannot question his undoubted talent and I am confident he will do well here. As well as fitting our profile perfectly, a strong putter who scrambles well when out of position, he has the added bonus of power off the tee. DeChambeau also has course and tournament form, winning the Dell Technologies Championship in 2018, the same year he won the Northern Trust at Ridgewood. With the progress he has made in his game over the last 12 months, I cannot ignore his appeal.

The Northern Trust

 For more prices, visit bet365.

The Northern Trust: Field

  1. Justin Thomas
  2. Collin Morikawa
  3. Webb Simpson
  4. Bryson DeChambeau
  5. Sungjae Im
  6. Patrick Reed
  7. Daniel Berger
  8. Rory McIlroy
  9. Brendon Todd
  10. Jon Rahm
  11. Xander Schauffele
  12. Lanto Griffin
  13. Abraham Ancer
  14. Marc Leishman
  15. Dustin Johnson
  16. Sebastián Muñoz
  17. Kevin Na
  18. Hideki Matsuyama
  19. Tyrrell Hatton
  20. Cameron Champ
  21. Adam Long
  22. Kevin Streelman
  23. Tony Finau
  24. Scottie Scheffler
  25. Billy Horschel
  26. Joaquin Niemann
  27. Harris English
  28. Viktor Hovland
  29. Ryan Palmer
  30. Cameron Smith
  31. Byeong Hun An
  32. Patrick Cantlay
  33. Gary Woodland
  34. Matthew Wolff
  35. Tyler Duncan
  36. Adam Scott
  37. Nick Taylor
  38. Joel Dahmen
  39. Tom Hoge
  40. Kevin Kisner
  41. Richy Werenski
  42. Mark Hubbard
  43. Brendan Steele
  44. Adam Hadwin
  45. Jason Day
  46. Michael Thompson
  47. Carlos Ortiz
  48. Andrew Landry
  49. Tiger Woods
  50. Dylan Frittelli
  51. Matthew Fitzpatrick
  52. Mackenzie Hughes
  53. Danny Lee
  54. Jim Herman
  55. Paul Casey
  56. Corey Conners
  57. Max Homa
  58. Maverick McNealy
  59. J.T. Poston
  60. Doc Redman
  61. Sung Kang
  62. Talor Gooch
  63. Matt Kuchar
  64. Charles Howell III
  65. Denny McCarthy
  66. Bubba Watson
  67. Phil Mickelson
  68. Henrik Norlander
  69. Brian Harman
  70. Xinjun Zhang
  71. Sepp Straka
  72. Harry Higgs
  73. Harold Varner III
  74. Bud Cauley
  75. Vaughn Taylor
  76. Brian Stuard
  77. Patrick Rodgers
  78. Alex Noren
  79. Pat Perez
  80. Troy Merritt
  81. Robby Shelton
  82. Si Woo Kim
  83. Chez Reavie
  84. Nate Lashley
  85. Ian Poulter
  86. Matt Jones
  87. Cameron Tringale
  88. Rickie Fowler
  89. Tommy Fleetwood
  90. Jason Kokrak
  91. Emiliano Grillo
  92. Cameron Davis
  93. Matthew NeSmith
  94. Scott Harrington
  95. Ryan Armour
  96. Ryan Moore
  97. Brooks Koepka
  98. Brandt Snedeker
  99. Louis Oosthuizen
  100. Jordan Spieth
  101. Russell Henley
  102. Sam Ryder
  103. Sam Burns
  104. Zach Johnson
  105. Keith Mitchell
  106. Zac Blair
  107. Scott Brown
  108. Brian Gay
  109. Justin Rose
  110. Kyoung-Hoon Lee
  111. Charley Hoffman
  112. Keegan Bradley
  113. Graeme McDowell
  114. Adam Schenk
  115. Lucas Glover
  116. Luke List
  117. Scott Stallings
  118. Brice Garnett
  119. Scott Piercy
  120. Rory Sabbatini
  121. Beau Hossler
  122. Shane Lowry
  123. Tom Lewis
  124. Bo Hoag
  125. Wyndham Clark

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