With that in mind, here are the five best prop bets ahead of the Northern Trust. Top Englishman: Tyrrell Hatton (4-1) Hatton sits fourth in this year’s 'birdie or better' statistic, and that’s a great pointer at TPC Boston. DeChambeau is also a favorite this week at +1100 in the latest Northern Trust odds. Justin Thomas, who won here in 2017, is next in golf betting odds at +1300. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are +1500 while Jason Day and Xander Schauffele are +2000. 2020 Northern Trust Best Bets.
The top 125 golfers from the FedExCupstandings descend on TPC Boston this week for the 2020 Northern Trust. The course hosts this event for the first time, but it was the previous home of the Dell Technologies Championship from 2003-2018. Below, we look at the betting odds to win the 2020 Northern Trust and make our PGA Tour picks and best bets.
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2020 Northern Trust Betting Picks – Tier 1
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Bryson DeChambeau (+1100)
DeChambeau is the favorite to win the 2020 Northern Trust. He enters the week fourth in the FedExCup standings and sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings.
He’s first on the PGA Tour this season in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee with an average of 1.175 per round. The Scientist won the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship held at TPC Boston and the 2018 Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club. Those victories were well before revolutionizing his game during the midseason pause and picking up his sixth career win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
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2020 Northern Trust Betting Picks – Tier 2
Byeong Hun An (+9000)
An is coming off a T-22 finish at the PGA Championship, where he oddly lost 0.84 strokes per round off the tee but gained 0.99 strokes putting per round, according to Data Golf. It was a rare good putting performance that could have him on track for a course where his usual strengths of SG: Approach and SG: Around-the-Green will shine.
He tied for 31st at the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship with 1.44 total strokes gained per round. He’s 31st in the FEC standings and needs a quality finish to secure a trip to East Lake for the Tour Championship in two weeks.
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2020 Northern Trust Betting Picks – Long shots
Doc Redman (+12500)
Redman remains at an appealing price following his T-3 finish at last week’s Wyndham Championship. He averaged 1.25 SG: Off-the-Tee and 2.67 SG: Tee-to-Green for the week. He’s 22nd for the season in SG: Off-the-Tee.
The 22-year-old is 55th in the Golfweek rankings and 60th in the FEC standings.
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- August 18, 2020
- By Matt Blunt
Picks & Predictions
The first week of the playoffs gets going on the PGA Tour this week, as the Top 125 players in the Fed Ex Cup points race have a tee time at TPC Boston if they wanted it. From here it's a race to get inside that Top 70 so that a tee time with one's name on it exists next week.
That's the immediate goal for everyone in this field, although winning the Northern Trust does go quite a long way in making sure a trip to Atlanta for the Tour Championship in two weeks is available as well.
TPC Boston makes it's return to hosting a playoff event after a year hiatus, and it's a course that does generally cater to the longer hitters. The 18th hole is a getable Par-5 that can provide plenty of drama late on the weekend and will probably create some big swings in scorecards this week.
Taking advantage of all three of the Par 5's this course offers is going to be key to whomever ends up on top, but keeping the ball in the short grass as much as possible on all 18 holes is going to be the overall key.
Winning scores here generally come in the -15 to -20 range, so guys better be able to avoid those big numbers if they want to find their names in contention, and scrambling around the greens to keep those strong rounds going could end up being what separates some from the back.
But as always, getting hot with the putter is something the winner will ultimately do on a track like this were numerous guys will be going low.
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2020 The Northern Trust
- Tour: PGA, FedEx Cup Playoff Odds
- Date: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 to Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020
- Venue: TPC Boston
- Location: Norton, Massachusetts
- Par-Yardage: 71, 7,342 yards
- TV: Golf Channel, CBS
The last time TPC Boston held a playoff event back in 2018, it was Bryson DeChambeau (+1100) who came away as the winner, his second straight playoff win at the time.
Even with two wins in the first two events of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs that year, DeChambeau failed to end up as the Tour Champion in the end, something that he still discusses from time to time today.
Given DeChambeau's recent changes to his body and game the past few months, he's become quite the polarizing figure to some, but he enters this week's event as the favorite.
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- Bryson DeChambeau: +1200
- Justin Thomas: +1400
- Rory McIlroy: +1400
- Jon Rahm: +1600
- Dustin Johnson: +2000
- Xander Schauffele: +2000
- Collin Morikawa: +2200
- Jason Day: +2500
- Patrick Reed: +2800
- Patrick Cantlay: +3000
- (Odds Subject to Change)
Behind him is a whole list of talented names as you would expect in a prestigious event like this, with Justin Thomas (+1300),Rory McIlroy (+1500), Jon Rahm (+1500), Jason Day (+2000), and Xander Schauffele (+2000) rounding out the guys at 20/1 odds or lower.
It's not hard to make a case for any of those guys, although McIlroy has yet to really show his best stuff since returning from the stoppage and if there was one name that may not deserve a ringing endorsement this week, it would be him.
It's one of those names that tees off this week's selections though, so let's get right to it:
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Jon Rahm +1500
Rahm finished 4th here in his first look at this course back in 2017, and his overall length does put him in that group of guys that should have an advantage over a good chunk of the field this week in that regard.
Two Top-13 finishes – including a win – in his last three starts shows that the form is there, and if it's not going to be a Major victory (as of yet) that is Rahm's highlight in his trophy case, a Fed Ex Cup playoff event is the next best thing.
Rahm has consistently been gaining strokes on the field in basically every category over the past few weeks, while the only times he's not it's very minimal overall. He was +2.59 SG Total at the PGA Championship a couple of weeks back, and if it weren't for a putter that couldn't find the range, he might have that first Major win already. Sports betting site.
But as I mentioned earlier, there are strong cases to be made for all the names at the top, but Rahm is the name for me this week in that range.
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Tyrrell Hatton +5500
Hatton has done some phenomenal work in just eight official PGA starts this year, including one win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He' s a name that I not only like this week, but one as a longer shot to win that $15 million prize a few weeks from now, and a victory this week would go a long way in obtaining that prize.
Nearly all aspects of Hatton's game have been working quite well since the restart, although an abnormally bad putting week for him at the PGA Championship made it a short week for the Englishman. It's the accuracy and approach game that will determine whether or not Hatton becomes a contender on the weekend, and a 12th place finish at this venue back in 2018 suggests to me that he'll find a way to bring his best stuff this week.
Mid-Range Value #2
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Viktor Hovland +5500
Not looking to go searching for diamonds in the rough way down the odds board this week – although if I were forced to, Brendon Todd (+11000) and Emiliano Grillo (+17500) would be the names I'd consider. But it's Hovland at the same price point as Hatton that I've settled on simply because his accuracy and ball striking is quickly approaching the “second to none” category on the PGA Tour these days.
This will be Hovland's maiden voyage at TPC Boston so I do wish the price was a little higher with that being the case, but with a win on Tour already this season and the phenomenal success off his young colleagues like Morikawa, Wolff and others likely have made the oddsmakers somewhat guarded in pricing these guys now.
All this young Norwegian does is stripe the ball though and if you give yourself enough quality birdie looks at this track, there is a good chance the majority of them will start to fall.
Putting is the weak link in Hovland's game right now, so that is always going to be a concern, but he did find a way to gain 1.2 strokes on the field with the flatstick at the PGA Championship while the rest of his game wasn't up to his usual standard.
If he's able to put it all together this week, I do think he'll be there in contention late.
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72 Hole Matchup to Take
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72 Hole Matchup: Jason Day (-106) over Collin Morikawa
This is nothing more than a situational play for me here as after the entire golf betting market had Morikawa to win the PGA, everyone, including Morikawa himself took it easy last week to bask in his glory.
But even with a week off, fading a young 23-year old golfer off a monumental win for his career is always something to keep in the back of your mind, especially when he – like Hovland unfortunately – is making his maiden voyage at this golf course.
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Compare that to the nine straight years Jason Day has teed it up here from 2010-18, where Day has one missed cut (2018) and six Top-15 finishes on his resume. You've also got an outright situation where Day is five points better for the outright win (+2000) compared to Morikawa's +2500, and yet Morikawa is the favorite in the head-to-head tilt?
Off the highest of highs for one of the future faces of the Tour, I just don't see that making sense for Morikawa this week, and I'll take the grizzled vet in Day this week.
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Viktor Hovland +250
Easy prop to get on board with here considering Hovland's an outright selection as well, as the young Norwegian is actually the favorite at that price just ahead of his former teammate Matthew Wolff (+300).
The fact that Rickie Fowler is behind both of them at +350 tells you where the state of Rickie's inconsistent game currently is, and even though Fowler does have the experience edge over those two at TPC Boston, and did win here in 2015, the fact that Fowler's got four missed cuts and three Top 22 finishes in his last seven starts suggests that he just can't find any consistency in his game right now and clearly the oddmakers agree.
How to Bet on Golf
Golf betting has gained much more exposure and interest in the past few years, and with plenty of plus-money prices littered throughout the various forms of golf wagers, the chance for bigger scores is part of the reason behind that increased popularity.
Sportsbooks ensure that there are no shortage of wagering options on golf tournaments every week, and it isn't all about picking the winner. Grabbing the outright winner of a golf tournament is the best way to get that 'big score' but it's also the hardest wager to cash. After all, a typical professional golf tournament has a field of 140+ different players to consider.
Understanding Golf Odds and Bets
Most golf odds are listed in the fractional format – 10/1 on Dustin Johnson for example – and in that particular case you would multiply the amount bet by that first number to project your winnings. So a $100 bet on DJ to win that particular event would win you $1000.
If you are more comfortable with the American version of odds listings that you typically see across the other major North American sports – ie +1000 – these numbers are easily convertible. Online and app based books may already have that option built in, but the easiest way to do it yourself is to add two zeros to the first number in the fraction. So a 10/1 price on DJ converts to +1000 in that format.