The Northern Trust Championship Preview with predictions
By: Jonathon Warriner
The Course: Glen Oaks Club
Par-70 7,346 yards
Most are unfamiliar with the course however most players thus far have liked what they’ve seen. Some have described it as a diamond in the rough type course. The course on paper is tough, and the front nine looks that part. The front nine has 6 Par-4’s, all of which are playing over 440 yards, the Par-5 third which plays at 625 yards and two par-3’s, the second hole which plays 238 yards and the sixth hole, which plays 185 yards. Early on the back there will be a couple of scoring holes, hole 11 is a 323 yard Par-4, while this might seem easy water looms left of the fairway and up at the green to collect any ball that misses short. On this hole most will probably try to hit an iron off the tee and take their chances from 100-120 yards. The 13th hole presents another scoring chance as it is a 539 yard Par-5, players will need to make birdies on the 13th if they want to stay in contention. The popular spot for fans will be the Final Five holes, which are isolated from the remainder of the golf course. 14 is a 438 yard par-4 which will allow some birdies to be made with good shots. 15 is a short par-3, however with water right and a possible Sunday pin on the right, some shots will find the water here. 16 is probably the last hole you can reasonably expect to make a birdie. The hole is a short dogleg right par-4 of 400 yards, this hole is narrow but expect some birdies to be made here. 17 is a 233 yards Par-3 which is scary within itself, water left just makes it worse, expect a lot of players to try to just aim middle of the green and take their chances from there. When first looking at hole my first reaction was of confusion as it doesn’t look like a golf hole. The hole is a dogleg left hole with water all around the left side of the fairway, the second shot will go uphill into a tight green guarded by bunkers. Most would take four pars for the week on the Final hole on the course.
Five to watch:
Rickie Fowler: Nobody is as consistent as this guy. Fowler has 11 Top-10 finishes this year and only 4 of his 18 times playing this year has not finished in the Top-25. He should not only contend but should be expected to win.
Jason Day: Has struggled this year for the most part but he appeared to find his form at Quail Hollow where he finished 9th. Also he seems to play well in the New York area as he finished 2nd at the PGA last year and won this event in 2015.
Patrick Reed: Reed finally showed some good form at Quail Hollow finishing second at the PGA Championship. Also Reed has won an event every year since his inaugural win in 2013, why wouldn’t the streak continue this year.
Hideki Matsuyama: Nobody is hitting the ball better than him right now, if he can just make some putts he should once again be in contention to win.
Matt Kuchar: Had a Top-10 at the PGA after a second at The Open, maybe this is the week he finally wins.
Final Projected Leaderboard:
1.Patrick Reed -9
T2.Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day -8
T4. Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar -7
T6. Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Chappell -6
T9. Rory McIllroy, Paul Casey, Martin Laird and Tony Finau -5