The Northern Trust Prediction
The Northern Trust golf tournament is set for Aug. 23-26 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. That means it’s time to pick your perfect FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Northern Trust 2018 lineup looks like:
Not a ton of course history to go on — the Northern Trust, then called the Barclays, was last held at Ridgewood in 2014 — but JDay finished T2 that year (behind Hunter Mahan, in case you’re curious) and T5 at Ridgewood in 2010, so he’s the closest we’ve got to a course horse this week. Day’s played sneaky-good this summer, with a win (Wells Fargo), a T5 (The Players) and four other top-19 finishes since May. He’s first on Tour in SG: Around the Green and SG: Putting, a pair of useful stats come FedExCup Playoffs time.
The world’s hottest player at the moment, Mr. 59 is the kind of cresting wave you can surf to glory until it peters out. Sneds said it best himself: “I’ve done this before, I’ve won that thing (FedExCup), I can’t wait to try to make a run at Atlanta and try to win the FedExCup Playoffs because I’m playing great.” The pop-stroke putter is especially lethal right now; after a rough few months, he’s up to 21st in SG: Putting.
The Northeast is Mr. Reed’s neighborhood: He won this tournament at Bethpage in 2016 and excelled at nearby Liberty National at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Sits eighth on Tour in SG: Around the Green. No top 10s since a solo fourth at the U.S. Open, so the Masters champ is overdue to contend again.
Cink might be best known for embarrassing tan lines on his bald dome and for stealing Tom Watson’s British Open, but the 45-year-old has found a fountain of youth this summer. Since a MC at the Memorial, Cink has finished outside the top 25 only once in six tournaments, with three top-4 finishes, including a T4 at the PGA, where he shot four rounds in the 60s. Finished T15 at Ridgewood in 2010 and 2014. Ranks 6th in SG: Approach the Green.
Kisner could use a strong showing to get into the Ryder Cup conversation. It’s been an odd season — seven missed cuts, but a runner-up at the Match Play and a T2 at the British Open. Coming off a T12 at the PGA. Ranks 9th in SG: Putting.
Bradley’s having one of the more consistent seasons of his career, with as many top 10s as missed cuts (four). Finished solo fourth at the Canadian on the strength of a Friday 63 that included three eagles. Third on Tour in SG: Approach the Green.