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Rory McIlroy has his eyes on the winner's circle as he preps for THE NORTHERN TRUST this week in Old Westbury, New York.

McIlroy ended his injury-riddled regular season with a T22 at the PGA Championship. He managed just 11 starts, with six of them landing inside the top 10 to sit 44th in the FedExCup race. While a majority of TOUR golfers would be satisified with this campaign, there is something very obvious missing for someone of his caliber. A victory. McIlroy has secured a worldwide win in each of the last eight years but hasn't found the winner's circle since his win at last year's TOUR Championship. After the PGA Championship, McIlroy admitted to being overworked as he tried to practice/play his way back into form, but now he's well-rested and ready to make a run at defending his FedExCup crown.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 2:39 PM

Branden Grace prepares for his second appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs as he turns attention toward Glen Oaks Club for this week's NORTHERN TRUST.

Grace missed the cut here last year in what was his Playoffs debut. The South African improved to T41 and then T32 in his next two starts. With a little experience now under his belt, Grace will have his eyes on a much bigger prize. Currently ranked 90th in the FedExCup race, Grace can't afford to let his foot off the gas, as only the top 100 qualify into next week's Dell Technologies Championship. In his latest start, Grace snapped a nine-event cuts-made streak (worldwide) with an early exit at the PGA Championship. This week provides a nice opportunity to start a new streak.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 2:31 PM

Seung-yul Noh makes his fourth appearance at THE NORTHERN TRUST as he preps for Glen Oaks Club this week in Old Westbury, New York.

Noh has pegged it at this event three times, walking out with nothing better than T53 (2014). Perhaps, Glen Oaks Club will be the course that suits his eye. Noh enters the week ranked 100th in the FedExCup standings, right on the bubble to qualify for TPC Boston next week. The 26-year-old ranks outside the top 100 in both long-distance strokes gained statistics but ranks 9th in strokes gained around-the-green and 58th in putting. On the recent form line, Noh has missed the cut in his last two starts but also collected a pair of top 25s in his two starts before that.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 2:25 PM

World No. 3 and pre-tourney co-fave Jordan Spieth arrives for his fifth NORTHERN TRUST ranked 3rd in the FedExCup standings and has a first-round reservation at 8:26 am ET off No. 10 tee with Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas.

The 24-year-old shares the bookmaker's top spot with Matsuyama as 10/1 outrights. He's 3-for-4 in the first leg of the Playoffs, cashing three top 25s and one top 10, a T10 last year at Bethpage State Park (Black). The Texan is 16-for-19 on the season and checks in off seven consecutive weekends of action after missing back-to-back cuts at the Byron Nelson and THE PLAYERS in May. He's posted 13 top 25s, eight top 10s and seven top 5s, highlighted by his win at Pebble Beach in February and back-to-back wins at the Travelers (playoff) and The Open, both of the latter as the pre-tourney fave outright. Spieth's current form: T28-T13-1-P1-T35-T13-T2.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 1:35 PM

World No. 185 Kevin Tway readies for his NORTHERN TRUST debut and arrives at 72nd in the FedExCup standings.

In his second full season on TOUR, first since 2014, the 29-year-old is making his debut in the FEC Playoffs and checks in off a missed cut (by one) last week at the Wyndham on 2-under 72-66=138. He's 18-for-24 on the season with six top 25s and three top 10s, highlighted by a pair of career-best 3rd-place finishes 12 and 13 starts ago, respectively. The Oklahoman posted a T3 at the Valero Texas Open in April and chased the following week with 3rd at the Zurich teamed with Kelly Kraft. His current form reads: CUT-T37-T48-T12-T55-T43.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 1:19 PM

World No. 240 Michael Kim is in Old Westbury, New York, for THE NORTHERN TRUST and checks in off a T64 at the Wyndham and at 95th in the FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old missed the cut by one in his tourney debut last year on 4-over 74-72=146 at Bethpage State Park (Black). That's as far as he made it in the Playoffs, exiting at 118th in the FEC standings. The Houston resident is 19-for-26 on the season with six top 25s and one top 10, a career-best T3 at the season-opener in Napa last October. His current form reads: T64-CUT-T71-T29-T35-T69.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 1:10 PM

World No. 177 Stewart Cink is at Glen Oaks Club for THE NORTHERN TRUST and arrives at 76th in the FedExCup standings.

This is the 44-year-old's ninth appearance in the FEC era with three prior top 25s and a pair of T15s his best, most recently T15/2015 (Plainfield CC). He's 18-for-23 on the season with nine top 25s and three top 10s with his last action a T62 at the RBC Canadian Open four weeks ago. The Georgia Tech alum's three top 10s are all T10s, including two in a three-event span at the DEAN & DELUCA and the FedEx St. Jude Classic 11 weeks and five starts ago. His current form reads: T62-CUT-T58-T46-T10, also sandwiching in a MC at the Scottish Open.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 1:01 PM

Justin Rose arrives a bit out of form as he prepares for Glen Oaks Club at the NORTHERN TRUST this week.

The Englishman enters the week with nothing better than a T54 in five (stroke play) PGA TOUR starts since finishing runner-up at the Masters. He's gone cold with the putter during that stretch, but his game has been out of sorts in general. The FedExCup Playoffs provide a good starting point to regroup and get back into form. Currently 32nd in the FEC standings, Rose will have a little wiggle room to find that form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 12:54 PM

Søren Kjeldsen will taken on the role of local hero when he pitches up at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa for the 2017 Made In Denmark.

The Dane has fed off the huge galleries in the three runnings of this tournament, finishing T15 in 2014, runner-up in 2015 and T8 last year. He's posted six rounds of 68 or better in his last eight laps of the course and would have been much closer 12 months ago but for a third-round 73. The layout definitely suits his game and he'll arrive with one of the key weapons for success at Himmerland, a hot putter. Kjeldsen was ranked second for Strokes Gained: Putting at last week's Wyndham Championship where he took T16 and that followed T8 in the Scottish Open on his most recent regular European Tour start. He's shown he can handle the extra expectations here; now can he get over the line and capture his first European Tour win since the 2015 Irish Open? Many managers/bettors will back him to do so.
Aug 23 - 5:34 AM

Peter Hanson travels to one of his Scandinavian neighbors this week to contest the Made In Denmark at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa.

The Swede finished T10 in a Challenge Tour event at this venue way back in 1996 but the course has changed completely since. He returned two years ago for his first appearance in this event but couldn't back up a promising 69 and missed the cut after shooting a 76 in round two. Hanson is 86th on this year's Race to Dubai (77th and 95th the previous two seasons) after cashing in eight of his 13 starts. His only top 10 came back in January's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship although he did show up well when T14 at July's Irish Open, that finish securing his biggest pay-day of the campaign. He's followed that with a pair of missed cuts and a R1 exit at the Paul Lawrie Match Play so needs a spark again.
Aug 23 - 5:06 AM

Robert Rock has two top 10s in his last three European Tour starts and will look to continue his return to form at this week's Made In Denmark at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa.

The 2017 season was proving a struggle for the Englishman but he's bumped his Race to Dubai position up to 91st thanks to T9 at July's Scottish Open and three head-to-head wins at last week's Paul Lawrie Match Play where he reached the final eight. Prior to that Rock had managed nothing better than T12. He missed last year's Made In Denmark but did contest the first two editions of this event. The 40-year-old cashed both times but had to settle for T45 (2014) and T53 (2015). On current form, he must have a decent chance of improving his best finish this time.
Aug 23 - 4:48 AM

After an early exit in last week's Fiji International, Austin Connelly will try his luck at the Made In Denmark.

Connelly's long journey to Fiji looked to be paying off when he hit 5-under after two thirds of his second round. But a weekend challenge turned into a weekend off as he suffered an astonishing collapse, playing his last six holes in 8-over to miss the cut by a shot. Still, it's all very much a learning curve for the young Canadian and we saw his potential in The Open at Royal Birkdale (T14). This will be his first start at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa but it's worth noting that Connelly played in the Challenge Tour's Made In Denmark in late June and closed with a 67 for tied 22nd. He could be a risk worth taking this week.
Aug 23 - 4:22 AM

Marcel Siem admitted he was "really upset" after losing to Adrian Otaegui in the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play last Sunday; he'll get back on the horse at this week's Made In Denmark.

The German was 3-up at the turn and 2-up with five holes to play but suffered a 2&1 loss to his fast-finishing opponent. "I'm really upset, it's disappointing, it was right there on a silver plate for me today. There's nothing better than having a tournament win under your belt, having an exemption. I would have had a chance to play in every tournament," Siem lamented later. Still, it's gone now and he'll try to buckle down at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa where he'll be playing this event for the first time. The four-time European Tour winner has also posted top 10s this season at May's Rocco Forte Open and June's Nordea Masters so his run to the PL Match Play final didn't come out of the blue. Siem sits 87th on the Race to Dubai from 19 events.
Aug 23 - 4:01 AM

David Drysdale is 3-for-3 in the Made In Denmark and he returns to Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort this week to try and keep that record going.

The Scot posted T15 in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2014 but hasn't quite hit those heights in the last two years, finishing T44 each time. Drysdale has never finished better than 48th (2009) on the Race to Dubai in his lengthy career but he's actually 47th on this year's list. That's thanks mainly to a T4 finish at the Irish Open last month although he's surrounded that with some other good performances of late - T16 in the Open de France and T27 at The Open at Royal Birkdale. He suffered a first-round exit in the Paul Lawrie Match Play last week but should enjoy this return to strokeplay on a course he gets on well with.
Aug 23 - 3:38 AM

Zander Lombard had mixed fortunes on his Made In Denmark debut last year; he returns to Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa for another crack this week.

The young South African started brightly with a 69 on his first look at the course 12 months ago but then crashed to a second-round 80 and missed the cut. At least he's shown he can do it for 18 holes at this venue and he should still have plenty of confidence from a top-five finish at the European Open in Germany last month. That ended a run of six events without a top 40 although prior to that he'd finished runner-up at the Rocco Forte Open in Italy. He's certainly not the most consistent type but those good results on mainland Europe bode well at least.
Aug 23 - 3:29 AM



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