While it has been a shortened season on the PGA Tour, ending the year as the champion is still a fantastic achievement. In fact, given all that has hone down in 2020, winning this one might be a little more special than most. This weekend sees the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs on the tour, the first of 3 events that will determine the champion of the sport. This weekend at the TPC Boston, we will have the top 125 golfers tee off, but only 70 will move on to next weekend, followed by just 30 the weekend after that. There are a lot of points up for grabs starting on Thursday, August 20, but rather than talking about the FedEx Cup winner, let’s look at the favorites to win The Northern Trust so you can place your bets against their PGA odds.
PGA The Northern Trust Betting Analysis
Bryson DeChambeau (+1100)
If you want to talk about a player that has undergone a massive change in their game, then you need to talk about DeChambeau. He has bulked up dramatically and has added some serious length to his driving game. He has a way to go to match his career best 3 wins in a single season achieved in 2018, but he does have a win on the tour this season. DeChambeau comes into this event sitting in 4th in the FedEx Cup standings, so he is certainly in with a shot at winning it all. He won this tournament in 2018, so he does have some history here.
Justin Thomas (+1200)
Thomas comes into this weekend as the leader in the FedEx Cup standings and has a shot at doing what only two other golfers have managed, which is to win the FedEx Cup twice. This has been another fantastic season for Thomas, who has 3 wins on the tour this year, taking his career total to 13. Thomas is currently ranked #2 in the world, but he would more than likely end the season at the #1 spot if he can play well over the next 3 weeks and win the FedEx Cup. He will, though, need to be better than he was at the PGA Championship, the last event he played in.
Rory McIlroy (+1400)
No player started the season on a hotter streak than the Irishman, but he has struggled to recapture that early form after returning to action. He has played in 6 events since the PGA restarted and has failed to crack the top 10 in any of them. Still, he is still sitting at #8 in the FedEx Cup standings, but you have to say that his chances of winning do not look good given his current form. This is not an event that he has had a lot of joy at, so I don’t like his chances this weekend.
Jon Rahm (+1400)
The Spaniard is the #1 player in the world despite that fact that he only has 4 career wins on the PGA Tour. What he does have, though, is a remarkable level of consistency that sees his near the top of the leaderboard in just about every tournament he enters. He does have 1 win this season, which came at The Memorial a few short weeks back, and he is coming off a T13 at the PGA Championship. Not always a great win bet, but a guy that figures to be in the top 10.