The PGA Tour moves to the postseason this week, kicking things off with the Northern Trust. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup Standings have made their way to Glen Oaks Country Club in Westbury, NY. The Northern Trust is the first of the four-event series that crowns a champion and gives out a $10 million prize.
Patrick Reed won his first title of 2016 at Bethpage Black, shooting a final-round 1 under 70. Reed held a three-shot lead with three to play but made things interesting with two bogeys coming in. Rickie Fowler entered the back nine tied with Reed but faltered, shooting 4 over on the back side and finishing T7.
The first-time PGA Tour host is a mystery to most. The uber-exclusive NYC club touts Augusta-like conditions and is said to be the Cypress Point of country club food. The course underwent an extensive renovation shortly after hiring all-star superintendent Craig Currier. Currier had spent over a decade at Bethpage Black, overseeing two U.S. Opens. Expect Glen Oaks to play firm and fast and by the looks of it, the course has plenty of width, which should make for an interesting leaderboard. The PGA Tour's Sean Martin did a deep dive on Glen Oaks.
In order to move on to next week's second playoff event, players will need to work their way inside the top 100 in the FEC standings. Playoff events carry four times the FedEx Cup points as regular season tournaments. The added points allow for big swings in the standings and make the postseason anyone's ballgame.
McRib available in NYC
Despite rumors that he would shut down for the season to rest a lingering rib injury, Rory McIlroy will tee it up. The Irish star will instead give his rib rest shortly after the Playoffs. McIlroy is winless since his Tour Championship win at last year's FedEx Cup finale.
With the PGA Tour heading to a first-time host in Glen Oaks, Paulie has found a few hot hands and value plays for you. Read his picks here.
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