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Tuesday, August 22, 2017


The PGA TOUR packs its bags and heads north to Old Westbury, New York, for the first round of the FedExCup Playoffs. THE NORTHERN TRUST (previously the Barclays) will be hosted by the magnificently redesigned Glen Oaks Club.


The grounds opened for play at Glen Oaks back in 1971 as a 27-hole course and remained as such until it was closed for redesign in 2011 when it underwent a 3-year transformation. Glen Oaks has been referred to by some players as the 'Augusta of the North' laid out on a sprawling piece of property. The redesign had an unexpected helper as Mother Nature played a huge part in the course design as not one but two devastating Hurricanes, Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012, mowed down over a thousand trees while moving sand, and land, creating sweeping vistas that lay gracefully designed by the hand of chaos.


The course will pluck out a selection of 18 holes from the possible 27 on the property and play as a 7,346 yard, par 70 for this week's big event.


For many this is the first look at a course that has been around for a long time and created by many hands. The course boasts quick greens with shaved edges and tightly-mown fairways that slam head first into razor-edged lined bunkers.


The course boasts only two par 5s so scoring on par 4s will be crucial this week. I think while the masses will be overloaded on bombers, precision and accuracy will lend its hand for those who excel on Glen Oaks. Although this course doesn't seem as tight it still punishes those who stray off the fairways.


Glen Oaks Club has character and stands out from other courses because of its decision to steer away from the usual course 'minimalist' designs that feature craggy bunkers and fescue that surrounds the fairways and playing areas. The result is a spectacular course that will take on the best 120 players in the world.


Weather

The weather for Old Westbury, New York, looks pretty good this week with temperature predicted to be in the low 60's in the early morning while hitting a high if 79-81 degrees each day through to Sunday, so there shouldn't be any concern.


Recent NORTHERN TRUST Winners

2016 Patrick Reed
2015 Jason Day
2014 Hunter Mahan
2013 Adam Scott
2012 Nick Watney


PGA TOUR STATS (as of the Wyndham Championship)

Since we have the top 120 players in the FedExCup standings this week I thought I would give you some list of stats that I think will be useful this week since most players have yet to play Glen Oaks Club.


Key Players Missing:
 Some notable players who have opted out of this week's event are Adam Scott (awaiting the birth of his child), Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Dominic Bozzelli and Scott Piercy.


Strokes Gained Off-the-Tee

Dustin Johnson
Jon Rahm
Tony Finau
Kyle Stanley
Keegan Bradley
Bubba Watson
Hideki Matsuyama
Justin Rose
Luke List
Charley Hoffman


Greens (or fringe) in Regulation
Kyle Stanley
Dustin Johnson
Graham DeLaet
Lucas Glover
Billy Horschel
Jordan Spieth
Chad Campbell
Stewart Cink
Jon Rahm
Tony Finau


GIR from Other than the Fairway

Dustin Johnson
Luke List
Tony Finau
Justin Rose
Jordan Spieth
Paul Casey
Robert Garrigus
Justin Thomas
Stewart Cink
C.T. Pan


Scrambling
Ian Poulter

Chad Campbell
Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar
Webb Simpson
Paul Casey
Charles Howell III
John Huh
Bill Haas
Brian Harman


Bogey Avoidance

Chad Campbell
Charles Howell III
Paul Casey
Ian Poulter
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Chez Reavie
Lucas Glover
Rickie Fowler
Dustin Johnson


Par 4 Birdies or Better

Justin Thomas
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Robert Garrigus
Xander Schauffele
Jon Rahm
Keegan Bradley
Stewart Cink
Jason Dufner
J.B. Holmes


Strokes Gained Total

Rickie Fowler
Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
Francesco Molinari
Jon Rahm
Justin Thomas
Hideki Matsuyama
Kevin Kisner
Louis Oosthuizen
Paul Casey


Total Putting

Brian Harman
Jonas Blixt
Luke Donald
Steve Stricker
Wesley Bryan
Brian Gay
Rafa Cabrera Bello
David Lingmerth
Patrick Reed
Danny Lee


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Macaulay Scott Renner has been playing ice hockey and golf for over 40 years while growing up on the beaches of the NJ shore. An avid Grateful Dead fan, he has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and currently resides in Philadelphia. Macaulay can found on Twitter @msr427.



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