Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Justin Rose
- The PGA Tour stops this week at Ridgewood Country Club, host of this year's Northern Trust.
- Dustin Johnson opened as a +900 favorite, followed by Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day at +1200.
- My betting card this week consists of one stud, two excellent value plays and a couple of intriguing longshots.
The PGA postseason is upon us.
And with it comes a shift in my overall betting strategy.
With golf, I’m a sucker for longshots, but the playoffs are where the stars come out to shine. Thus, my plays will focus a little more on the top of the board, and I will try to find players who might be a little overlooked with many of the elite players in the field.
Ridgewood Country Club, the host of this week’s event, is a 7,319-yard, par 71 course. It’s a tighter course off the tee, and when the rough is long, accuracy can be more important than just bombing away with the driver.
The Northern Trust has been played here three times since 2008, with Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan claiming the titles. The scores have steadily decreased in that time, going from 8-under par in the first iteration to 14-under four years ago.
A solid short game will also be key this week. Kuchar and Jason Day finished in the top five in both 2010 and 2014, and they’re among the better players on tour around the green and with the putter.