The Northern Trust: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/23/18
The 2018 Northern Trust
The Northern Trust: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Ridgewood Country Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, CBS
We head to New Jersey for the first time this year for The Northern Trust, the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This years event returns to the Ridgewood Country Club and seven of the last eight winners have been double-digit strokes under par. The field is loaded and there’s plenty of betting options out there with the favorite giving you a chance to make nine times your money.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Justin Rose - You can make a case Justin Rose deserves to be the favorite this week given how he’s played all season, but you can get him at +1800. Rose has top-25 finishes in eight of his last nine events, which includes winning in Forth Worth and finishing runner-up at the Open. Rose is third in birdie average, second in scoring average and seventh in sand save percentage. Rose was also runner-up at this event back in 2013. Usually Rose is coming in with much lower odds. Take it while you can.
Francesco Molinari - We’ve been riding Francesco Molinari quite a bit recently and he’s given us a serious bang for the buck, finishing sixth or better in four of his last five events. Molinari has bumped his scoring average up to 15th, and there’s not a hotter golfer on the planet over the last month than the Italian. Molinari has no course history here, but I don’t think that matters given his form. I’ll take Molinari at +2200 odds.
Stewart Cink - If you’re looking for a big underdog this week, Stewart Cink may be worth a look at +10000. Cink is not only coming off a top-five finish at the PGA Championship, but he’s made the cut in each of his last six events. Five of those six appearances have produced a top-25 finish. Cink has also finished 15th in each of his last two appearances at the Ridgewood Country Club. It’s a serious shot in the dark, but it’s worth it.
Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has missed the cut in three of his last five events, but he’s also finished in the top-15 in his last three appearances when making the cut. Kuchar has eight top-25 finishes this year in 18 events where he’s made the cut and has consistently knocked on the door of victory whenever he’s made it to the weekend. Kuchar also won at the Ridgewood Country Club back in 2010 and has a runner-up finish at the Northern Trust in 2011. Kuchar at +4500 odds may be one of the better bets on the board.
Paul Casey - Paul Casey has cooled off a bit, missing the cut a couple of times and falling outside of the top-30 in four of his last seven events. There’s a reason you can get Casey this week at +6600 odds. The reason to consider those odds is Casey still has 11 top-25 finishes this year and has finished no worse than 22nd in three appearances at the Ridgewood Country Club. In fact, in three appearances at this course, Casey has an average finish of 13.6. That’s good enough for me with this big price.