STAR PREVIEW: The Northern Trust with BLUE HORSESHOE

Not a bad result from last week. A second for Webb Simpson and a sixth for Brian Harman at 70-1. After an awful start to his final round and a strong finish, Webb Simpson will definitely mark the Wyndham Championship down in the ‘One that got away’ column.But now, as Jermaine from Flight of the Conchords says: ‘It’s business time’.

We arrive at the Fed-Ex cup play off’s with the top 125 money earners of the PGA tour. Over the next three weeks this field will reduce down to the top thirty who will then play off for the title of Fed-Ex cup champion and a dizzying winners check of Fifteen Million USD. (Perhaps I should have worked harder at my golf game when I was young, but I don’t think it would’ve made much difference somehow).

The Northern Trust is being played at Liberty National in New Jersey. The club used to be a toxic landfill site but after a 250 million dollar facelift it is now the club of choice for the great and the good of New York, and those with pockets deep enough to afford the substantial membership.

The course is a 7,371 yard par 71 and has tended to favour strong drivers and good exponents of second shot iron play.

I usually sweat and slave over my selections every week but this this week I found it remarkably easy.

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

BROOKS KOEPKA – currently at 8/1 with starsports.bet

This guy has been a bit a of a star for me this year. From backing him four times this season his record has been 1st, 1st , 2nd , 4th. That is what you call in the trade ‘A Banker’.

I’m going with him again this week for two reasons:

1. He won this tournament last year, so he knows his way round Liberty National very well.
2. He absolutely destroyed Rory McIlroy in the final round to win the St. Jude Invitational two weeks ago, so he is bang in form.

All that equals Banker.

PATRICK CANTLAY – currently at 22/1 with starsports.bet

Although he doesn’t have the driving power of Koepka, Cantlay has been a model of consistency this year and has consistently ranked in the top three all season in scrambling and scoring average. He is another player who has performed very well for me this season and I think he will go well again here in New Jersey.

GARY WOODLAND – currently at 66/1 with starsports.bet

I tipped this guy a couple of times earlier this season as I could see his game was trending upwards, but I grew impatient with him when he failed to convert from a couple good positions. Then, just to teach me a lesson on patience, he went out and won the US Open. This course suits long straight hitters, which Gary Woodland so clearly is. I think this layout will play to his strengths. My only concern is that he has just become a father to twins, so he may be a little tired and short on practice time.

PATRICK REED – currently at 45/1 with starsports.bet

This is one player I am determined not to make the same mistake on due to a lack of patience. His string of top 25 placed finishes of late proves his game is definitely on an upward curve. His final round 63 at the Wyndham last week shows me his excellent iron game is starting to fire on all cylinders and this is a course that rewards good ball striking from the fairways. As long as Reed can control his driver, I think he is right in this.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK BROOKS KOEPKA 3 points ew at 8/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PATRICK CANTLAY 1 point ew at 22/1 with starsports.bet
BACK GARY WOODLAND 1 point ew at 66/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PATRICK REED 1 point ew at 45/1 with starsports.bet

EW 7 places 1/5


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