The first look: THE NORTHERN TRUST

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The first look: THE NORTHERN TRUST

The first leg of the FedExCup playoffs in New York at THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Only 125 players are now eligible to win the FedExCup and $ 15 million in prize money, and with much to be decided in just three weeks, the TOUR championship run is now starting.

FIELD NOTES: Final field will be decided upon completion of the Wyndham Championship … Dustin Johnson aims to win the FedExCup for the second year in a row while defending his NORTHERN TRUST title. The win for Johnson last year came at TPC Boston … Patrick Reed won the last NORTHERN TRUST event at Liberty National in 2019. He’s back in search of more magic in Jersey City … Harris English finished second on THE NORTHERN TRUST a year ago. It’s a different course for 2021, of course, but English is playing inspired golf through 2021 and has already won twice … Former FedExCup champions to serve at THE NORTHERN TRUST include Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Billy Horschel and Brandt Snedeker with Justin Rose expected to be in the top 125 at the Wyndham Championship this weekend … The top 5 in the current FedExCup standings – Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Harris English and Jon Rahm – are all ready for their run to East Lake … Abraham Ancer is back in action after his first TOUR win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Ancer finished second at the NORTHERN TRUST 2019 in the Liberty National with tied points.

FEDEXCUP: The winner will receive 2,000 FedExCup points.

COURSE: Liberty National Golf Club, par 71, 7,410 yards. The location where Liberty National is today used to be a lot of things (including a landfill) but after a $ 300 million project became a solid TOUR stop, it has some of the best views in the world Golf with downtown New York City and the Statue of Liberty was prominently represented. The course, a collaboration between Bob Cupp and Tom Kite with curved grass fairways and greens, also hosted the Presidents Cup in 2017. Not long after visiting the TOUR in 2009, it was renovated.

STORYLINES: Only the top 70 are eligible for the BMW Championship. Fifty-five golfers will be eliminated after THE NORTHERN TRUST and will not move to Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland … THE NORTHERN TRUST is the only FedExCup playoff event with a 36 hole cut … Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are the only two- FedExCup- Winner, but no one has ever won the FedExCup in the past few years. Dustin Johnson appears to be the first man to do that… This week, keep an eye out for Jon Rahm, who is back on US soil for his first event since winning the US Open this summer. He finished third at The Open Championship, but then a positive COVID-19 test ruined his chance to play at the Olympics. He’s back at Liberty National, where he finished third in 2019, tied on points.

72 HOLE RECORD: 254, Dustin Johnson (2020 – TPC Boston)

LIBERTY NATIONAL RECORD: 268, Patrick Reed (2019)

18 HOLES RECORD: 60, Dustin Johnson (Second Round, 2020 – TPC Boston)

LIBERTY NATIONAL RECORD: 62, Kevin Chappell (third round, 2013), Troy Merritt (first round, 2019)

LAST TIME: Dustin Johnson’s impressive ball hit (and putting and driving distance and basically everything else) took him to the finish line at THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2020 with 30-underers. He won against Harris English with 11 shots. Daniel Berger, who finished third, and Kevin Kisner and Scottie Scheffler (also fourth) finished 12 and 13 shots behind Johnson’s overall victory, respectively. Johnson fired a final 8 under 63 and tipped in for a birdie on the final hole after a 75-minute rain delay on Sunday. Johnson’s 11-shot triumph was the biggest victory on the TOUR since Phil Mickelson won the TPC Sugarloaf with 13 shots in 2006.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS).

PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (featured groups). Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Featured Holes). Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Featured Groups), 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Featured Holes).

Radio: Thursday-Friday 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).

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