The Northern Trust 2020

The Northern Trust 2020: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Who is set to win the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs in Boston?

It is the FedEx Cup playoff time as we go into the first event since the regular season concluded with The Northern Trust. Sam Bettany provides a rundown of what to expect from TPC Boston and who to consider backing, having landing tips on Collin Morikawa and Webb Simpson each way recently.

Event Details

The Northern Trust Player Field?

Top 125 FedEx Cup ranked golfers

What competition is it?

PGA Tour 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs

What day is does the The Northern Trust start?

Thursday 13th August 2020

Where is The Northern Trust 2020 being played?

TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts, USA

What channel is The Northern Trust on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sport Golf

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Thoughts on The Northern Trust 2020

The regular season has now come to a close this season, and we make our way northeast for the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Northern Trust is an event played at alternate venues each year between New York and New Jersey, however the event heads to Massachusetts at TPC Boston for the first time. The winner is set up receive 1,500 points in the standings.

Previously known as The Barclays until 2016, the Northern Trust has provided us with three big winners in 2017, 2018 and last year’s edition in 2019. Patrick Reed is the defending champion having also won the event back in 2016, whilst Bryson DeChambeau won in 2018 and Dustin Johnson secured his second win in 2017.

Unlike the Wyndham Championship last time, this is an event that has by American golfers have been very successful in. European players have come close, but the last European player to win the event was all the way back in 2005. In fact, there have only five wins for European players at this event played across different courses in the northeast since 1967 (Seve Ballesteros twice, Sergio Garcia twice, and Padraig Harrington).

The most successful golfer at this event hails from outside the US however in Vijay Singh. The Fiji veteran secured four wins during his time playing in the event between 1993 and 2008. In fact, his first and penultimate PGA wins were in this tournament. Back in 1993, they knew the tournament as the Buick Classic and played at the Westchester Country Club in New York between 1967 and 2007. Singh’s 2008 win saw him secure the first ever win in this event at Ridgewood Country Club, the course which also hosted the 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions of this event.

According to the PGA themselves, the top-ranked player in the world has won here twice (Tiger Woods, 2006; Rory McIlroy, 2012), while on 11 occasions the winner was ranked inside the top 15. Whilst Patrick Reed won last year’s event, Bryson DeChambeau is the last person to win at this course. DeChambeau is a joint-favourite at 12/1*, whilst Reed is a 28/1* strong contender to secure back-to-back wins.

*Odds as of time of writing (Tuesday 18th August 2020) and subject to change

Nearly two aces for Kim Si-woo at Sedgefield!

Only three players in PGA history have a player hit two hole-in-ones in the same round. Kim Si-woo, the leader of the tournament heading into the last round, almost joined the prestigious list of players to complete this sensational feat. The South Korean, whose drop off in the last round saw him drop to T3 for the tournament, shot a 62 on day three after an ace on the third. Then on the 12th, the 25-year-old hit a 5 iron which the ball agonisingly just rolled around the edge of the hole.

The last player to record two aces in the same round was in fact at this tournament, when known as The Barclay’s, by Brian Harman in 2015. His hole in ones came in the last round at the 3rd and 14th at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey.

Webb Simpson each tip at Wyndham Championship lands

It would have been a little silly to not back the American to do well at Sedgefield after his back-to-back runner up finishes. He had also won the event back in 2011 and knows this course so well. Once again, he was in the conversation on Sunday. However, Simpson settled for third place behind Billy Horschel and Jim Herman, who took a huge lead in his rankings once again after securing his third PGA win. His third place finish meant a 10/1* each way landed.

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TPC Boston


2002 by Arnold Palmer (Redesigned by Gill Hanse with Brad Faxon)

Featured Holes

Hole 2 (par 5 difficult green)

Hole 4 (par 4 huge greenside bunker)

Hole 11 (par 3 deep greenside bunker)

Hole 18 (par 5 pot bunker)


Par 73


7,216 yards (6,598m)

The Northern Trust Defending Champion

Patrick Reed (two-time winner) (-16)

The Northern Trust Featured Groups:

  • Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson
  • Tiger Woods, Dylan Frittelli, Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Lando Griffin
  • Bryson DeChambeau, Sungjae Im, Patrick Reed

The Northern Trust Previous Winners:

2019 Patrick Reed (-16) by one stroke
2018 Bryson DeChambeau (-18) by four strokes
2017 Dustin Johnson (-13) by playoff
2016 Patrick Reed (-9) by one stroke
2015 Jason Day (-19) by six strokes

Sam’s Betting Tips

There have been three aces in the last two events, all coming from Asian players. Kim Si-woo and C.T. Pan both secured hole in ones at Sedgefield Country Club last weekend, whilst Byeong Hun An managed one in the final round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. A hole-in-one at this event is Evs* with Mark Jarvis.

We backed Jason Day to be the top Australian golfer at the PGA Championship and he was in fact a leader in the early rounds, but eventually settled for 4th. Day has been in fiery form, with top 10 finishes in his last four appearances, (4,6,4,7). I can see him having another great week and should finish ahead of a rusty Adam Scott and out of form Marc Leishman. He is 5/4* to finish as the best Australian.

Bryson DeChambeau will probably receive less media attention this week, which could help him focus on continuing his fine form and make his bombs off the tee count. He has top 10 finish in five of his last seven appearances, having won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in early July. DeChambeau each way is 12/1* with Mark Jarvis.

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*Odds as of time of writing (Tuesday 18th August 2020) and subject to change

**Each way terms for Outright Winner paying 6 places at 1/5th odds

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