The majors are a thing of the past and the 2018 PGA Tour is starting to wind down, but there is still one very important piece of business to take care of before it comes to an end. We are, of course, talking about the FedEx Cup playoffs, and that big $10 million bonus at the end of it, which will begin this coming Thursday, August 23 at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. The course is a 7,385-yard Par 71 that is sure to test the very talented field heading to town. The Northern Trust is open to the top 125 ranked player on the tour, but there will be a few notable absentees, including Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy. The first of 4 FedEx Cup tournaments is upon us, so let’s take a look at some of the favorites.
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Dustin Johnson not only comes into this event as the world number 1 and the FedEx Cup point leader, albeit by a slender margin, he is also the defending champion of the Northern Trust. He won it in rather thrilling fashion last season, needing extra holes to see off the challenge of Jordan Spieth. While Johnson did not play particularly well in the majors in 2018, he did still manage to rack up 3 wins and 10 top 10 finishes. He is a little off the pace of the 4 wins that he had last year, a career best, but with these 4 tournaments still to come, he has a real shot at equaling, or perhaps even bettering, his total from 2017.
The #3 ranked player in the world is sitting just off the pace being set by Dustin Johnson at the top of the FedEx rankings. Thomas had a tough act to follow after notching a career-best 5 wins on the PGA Tour last season, but he has come close, winning 3 times this season and landing in the top 10 on 8 separate occasions. He is in great form heading into this tournament having won at the Bridgestone, which he then followed up tied for 6th at the PGA Championship. Johnson may once again be the favorite, but I think Justin Thomas is the man to beat here.
What a year this has been for the #2 ranked player in the world. He has two wins on tour this season, with both coming at majors. He got the ball rolling by winning the US Open, which he then followed by taking the top spot at the PGA Championship. Other than those two huge wins, Koepka also has 5 top 10 finishes to his name this season. His wins at the majors suggest that he is a player suited to the big pressure tournaments, which is why he is going to get a lot of love from bettors in the coming days.
While not as flashy as some, Day is one of the most consistent players on the tour, which is why he has been able to stay ranked in the top 10 for quite some time, while also sitting 6th in the FedEx Cup standings this season. Day has picked up a pair of wins in 2018, taking his career tally to 12, while also landing in the top 10 on 5 different occasions. Probably not a winner this weekend, but still a threat to land in the top 10.