Golf’s postseason gets underway on Thursday with The Northern Trust, the first of three tournaments in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The top 125 players on the FedEx Cup points list are eligible to compete this weekend at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The tournament, which became part of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2007, has traditionally been held either in New York or New Jersey. All but four of the top 125 that qualified will compete over the weekend, with Paul Casey among the notable golfers sitting out of the tournament.
Of the three FedEx Cup events, the Northern Trust is the only one with a 36-hole cut, which will narrow the field down to the top 70 players after Friday’s round.
Many of golf’s best – including Tiger Woods – will be playing in the Northern Trust, which awards 2,000 FedEx Cup points to the winner of the tournament, a major boost for anyone on the cusp of the top-70 cutoff for next week’s BMW Championship. Woods is the only golfer to win the FedEx Cup twice, a feat he accomplished in 2007 and 2009.
Some golfers at the top of the standings will be in a comfortable position regardless, especially the top five of Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele and Gary Woodland, who all earned their spot due to impressive PGA Tour regular season performances.
Here is all of the information for how to tune in to the Northern Trust, which will set the stage for the final two FedEx Cup events that follow.
Northern Trust 2019 TV schedule, live stream
The Northern Trust has a similar broadcast schedule to many other PGA Tour events, with Golf Channel leading the coverage for the first two rounds, while the latter part of Saturday and Sunday is aired on CBS. You can also stream the Northern Trust on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
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Tiger Woods’ Northern Trust tee times
Tiger Woods will ramp up his run for a third FedEx Cup victory starting on Thursday. He will play the first two rounds with J.T. Poston and Scott Piercy.
Who else is in the Northern Trust field?
There are plenty of names worth watching beyond those in the star-studded top five, including Dustin Johnson (No. 7) and Jon Rahm (No. 10), who seem to securely have a spot among the top 70 in the BMW Championship, but can certainly benefit from a good finish at Liberty National.
Besides Woods, Hideki Matsuyama (No. 30) and Phil Mickelson are currently on the cusp of Tour Championship qualification, the final FedEx Cup tournament, which features the top 30 golfers in the standings.
Jordan Spieth (No. 69) and Matthew Wolff (No. 70) are among those who need a quality performance this weekend to secure their spot in the top 70 for next weekend.
The last five FedEx Cup playoff winners will be in the field, including 2018 champion Justin Rose.
Tee times for Round 1, featured groups
Woods’ group and a couple of trios that are comprised of the top six in the FedEx Cup standings will make up the featured groups for Thursday and Friday. You can view a full list of Round 1 tee times here.
Northern Trust purse, winnings
In addition to the hefty reward of the 2,000 FedEx Cup points, the Northern Trust purse amounts to $9,250,000, with the winner collecting $1,665,000. The Northern Trust purse has seen a $250,000 increase every year since 2015.
Odds to win the Northern Trust
Koepka and McIlroy – the top two golfers in the FedEx Cup standings – headline the list of favorites, but it becomes less clear after that. Rahm’s odds are better than most, while Justin Thomas, who is No. 17 in the FedEx Cup standings, is given the fifth-highest odds. Keep an eye on Tommy Fleetwood, who is coming off an impressive second place finish at the British Open, as a good value bet at +2500.
(Odds via Bovada )
Northern Trust past winners
Dustin Johnson is the only golfer to win the Northern Trust multiple times since it became a FedEx Cup event, while Vijay Singh’s four tournament victories since its inception in 1967 is more than any other golfer. DeChambeau would be the first back-to-back winner with a victory this year.
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