With only the top 125 players in the PGA rankings qualifying for this week’s Northern Trust, the race for the end of season bonanza that is the Fedex Cup is now well and truly underway.
Chesson Hadley was the lucky 125th player to make the cut, pipping Justin Rose to the place in the tournament by just one point and he will take his place alongside 124 other players on the PGA Tour seeking to become $10m richer by the end of the BMW Championship and the season ending Tour Championship.
However, Hadley won’t be amongst the favourite to win the tournament this weekend, especially with defending champion Dustin Johnson in the field.
Johnson shot an incredible 30-under par last year to lift the Championship, a run that included rounds of 64, 63 and 60 at the famous Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
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Fedex Cup Standings & Organisation
The tournament is the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, three events that will ultimately see
the winner of the PGA Tour decided, who will pocket a cheque for $15,000,000 out of a $60,000,000 prize pool.
125 players take part in the Northern Trust tournament, but only the top 70 Fedex Cup ranked players will move forward to next week’s BMW Championship. Then only the top 30 in the Fedex Cup standings will make the field for the season-ending Tour Championship event.
This does mean that in addition to the players battling it out for the winner’s cheque in each of the tournaments, there is the added bonus of players playing to make the cut for the next event, which means that there is plenty of drama to enjoy throughout the field.
At the moment, Collin Morikawa leads the FedEx Cup rankings top ten with 2,171 points ahead of Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Harris English, Jon Rahm, Abraham Ancer, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns.
Oosthuizen however has decided not to play in the event.
The three playoff tournaments carry four times the number of Fedex Cup points as regular season events, meaning that each of the three playoff tournaments have a maximum of 1,500 points to be won by the victor, which can radically alter a players standings in the rankings.
After the BMW Open, the Tour Championship will take place with the players given a starting handicap score based on their ranking after the BMW Open. The handicaps range from -10 for the player top of the rankings heading into the event, down to even par for the players that enter the event 26th to 30th in the rankings.
Who Do The Bookies Think Will Win The Northern Trust?
The in form Spaniard Jon Rahm is the +900 favourite with BetRivers to win the Northern Trust open, with last year’s winner Dustin Johnson ranked at +1600 alongside compatriot Justin Spieth. Fedex Cup rankings leader Collin Morikawa is a +1800 chance to win what would be his third tournament of the year.
Xander Schauffele (+2000), Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy (all +2200) are all also well featured in the betting.
If you are looking for a good bet for the tournament, then the excellent Paul Casey, who is bang in form at the moment, is +2800 to win the event, but I feel that the +275 available on the Englishman finishing in the top ten is a great value bet.
The action kicks off in New Jersey on Thursday as the battle for the Fedex Cup begins!