2018 Northern Trust Fantasy Sleeper Report
So here we are: after ten months of toil, the final 125 of the FedExCup has been revealed. These are the men who will battle it out for a small fortune in prize money in the coming weeks, starting with the Northern Trust at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey on Thursday.
What can the players expect? It’s a good question! The PGA TOUR doesn’t roll around to Ridgewood all that often, and indeed it’s three editions of this event – then known as The Barclays – in 2008, 2010 and 2014 that gave us our last looks.
Assuming nothing much has changed, this is a 7,319 yard, Par 71 that serves up dense tree lines, and that is perhaps why more accurate types – Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Vijay Singh – have thrived here.
Bo Van Pelt hits from the bunker at 12 during the final round of The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
The best clues, perhaps, come in the identity of the course’s architect: A.W. Tillinghast is responsible for some famous venues, including many that have hosted majors such as Baltusrol, Winged Foot and Bethpage Black, three of the more recognizable. That gives an idea of a man who liked to create challenging tracks.
The last three winning scores here have been -14, -10 and -8, so we don’t expect the players to tear this stretch apart, although with rain forecast on Wednesday there could certainly be some low numbers posted on Thursday.
There’s a switch from the Bermuda of Sedgefield CC at last week’s Wyndham Championship to the Poa/Bentgrass blend for the players to fathom out, too.
Speaking of the Wyndham….there was a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure for Brandt Snedeker, who had publicly bemoaned his poor 2018 just before the tournament began. The fact he set up his title triumph by joining the 59 Club – a magnificent -11 in the first round – was merely the icing on the cake.
It was a good week for Nick Taylor and Harris English too, who gate-crashed the top-125 of the FedExCup standings to give themselves an outside chance of clinching the big prize but perhaps more importantly trousering some much-needed prize money in New Jersey.
The last 12 FedExCup events have been won by classy sorts, and the last three Northern Trust champions have been Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Jason Day; be under no illusions, the big guns want to get their play-off campaign off to the best possible start.
Can a sleeper upset the odds and clinch victory; as our 70/1 play C.T. Pan nearly did at the Wyndham? Let’s take a look with our The Northern Trust sleeper picks:
The Northern Trust Fantasy Sleeper Report
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