STAR PREVIEW Thurs: Northern Trust with BLUE HORSESHOE

We arrive at the start of the 2020 FedEx Cup this week with the news of Brooks Kopeka withdrawing Northern Trust at TPC Boston, which will also rule him out of the rest of the playoff series due to the fact that has was only ranked in the mid nineties of the top one hundred and twenty six money earners of the season so far. Its been a strange, injury plagued year for Koepka and no doubt he’ll be happy to see the back of 2020, much like the rest of us.

Despite Koepka’s defection the field for the Northern Trust is stacked with winners and everyone in the field will be keen for a high leader board finish good performance in order to advance into next week in this extremely lucrative series.

Blue Horseshoe Loves

Patrick Reed currently at 28/1 with

I tipped Reed to win at this event last year and he duly obliged at 45/1. He clearly loves it here as that was his second win at this tournament and venue. Reeds game was looking a little lacklustre post lockdown, but his game has been trending well again lately. He finished very strongly at the PGA Championship and just missed out on a top seven placing last week. I’m sticking with the golfer everyone loves to hate.

Patrick Cantlay currently at 30/1 with

Cantlay also likes it here at TPC Boston. He finished tied 8th in 2018 and tied 12th in 2019. He has been a bit slow to come into form post lockdown, but this a venue which clearly suits his game and he represents great each way value for a player currently ranked number 12 in the world.

Xander Schauffele currently at 18/1 with

I’m convinced Schauffele is one consistent performance from getting his mojo back. He has been shaping well in recent tournaments, but has been letting himself down with one bad round in his four. This course is not particularly testing and could be just the sort of track where Xander strings four good rounds together.

Collin Morikawa currently at 22/1 with

I have long waxed lyrical about this kids talent, but even I was surprised by his stunning performance at the PGA Championship. Morikawa is not the sort who will be distracted by his first major win. It’ll be straight back to work for him and this course, where he performed well last year, places an emphasis on good iron play rather than driving, which plays right into Morikawa’s hands.

Cameron Smith currently at 200/1 with

Smith is another golfer with a very solid track record of high leader board finishes at TPC Boston. After what has been some rather poor form of late, Smith finally showed a small glimmer of form at the PGA Championship. A little birdie has told me that Cameron Smith has finally started to re-find his game, that’s good enough for me. He’s too good a golfer to be at 200/1.Those are great each ways odds for a little nudge.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK PATRICK REED 1.5 pt each way at 28/1 with
BACK PATRICK CANTLAY 1.5 pt each way at 30/1 with
BACK XANDER SCHAUFFELE 2 pt each way at 18/1 with
BACK COLLIN MORIKAWA 2 pt each way at 22/1 with
BACK CAMERON SMITH 1 pt each way at 200/1 with

ew 6 places 1/5 odds

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