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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Twofer Tuesday: Northern Trust

Twofer Tuesday heads to New York for the first of the FedExCup Playoffs, the Northern Trust.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson

Things will change next year as FedEx takes over this event and moves it to Memphis, but for now the first Playoff event takes place in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty National Golf Club. Defending champion Dustin Johnson picked this trophy off on his way to winning the 2020 FedExCup.

After yet another week where I picked a player only to have him withdraw from the event, I'm a little gun shy about my picks. But hopefully no one decides to get sick or skip the Northern Trust and I get a valid shot at picking two Top10 finishers.

  • My first pick is Abraham Ancer. He's no longer a 'best player yet to win' and he had a T2 here in 2019.
  • My other pick is Xander Schauffele. In case you didn't hear, he won the gold medal in Tokyo.

That's it, folks. I have no elaborate explanation for picking either player. Both have played well, with Xander picking up the gold and Abraham winning the WGC the next week. And both have taken a week off, so they should be fresh coming in. Basically, I'm just shooting in the dark and hoping I get a couple of bull's-eyes.

On Thursday GC begins their coverage at 2pm ET and PGA TOUR LIVE begins streaming at 7am ET. Let's see how much the packed 2020 schedule has taken out of this field. Can $15mil get them charged up? (Just a thought: Based on recent performance, I'm not sure I'd bet on Brooks Koepka here.)

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