Top Betting Picks for THE NORTHERN TRUST 2021

| August 18, 2021 7:24 am PDT

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are set to kick off at Liberty National for the fourth time in the last 12 years. Among the most scenic layouts in the country, you’ll recall this stunning setting in Jersey City if you watched the 2017 Presidents Cup (the United States won 19-11).

Patrick Reed emerged at the most recent THE NORTHERN TRUST at this venue (2019) and is among the 124 men vying for the hardware in 2021. Louis Oosthuizen (8thin the FedEx Cup) is the lone qualifier who “opted out.”

Those of you looking to lock in betting picks for THE NORTHERN TRUST, here’s what’s on my mind.


Heath Slocum barely snuck into the 2009 Playoffs (124thon the regular-season points list). A week later, Slocum’s life was changed thanks to holding off the likes of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to claim the 2009 NORTHERN TRUST (formerly known as The Barclays) at Liberty National.

In other words, a dark horse can shock the world at this ultra-private oasis that flaunts breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.

Kevin Streelman (+12500)

Lurking at +9000 at some of the best places to bet on golf online, Kevin Streelman’s +12500 number at BetOnline is worth a serious look.

Streelman (53rdin the FedEx Cup) strolls into Jersey City on a T19-T7 burst as he looks to stack up enough points to earn a trip to Atlanta. The ball-striking technician led the field in GIR (86.11%) on his way to gaining nearly seven strokes from tee to green at the Wyndham Championship.

Cameron Champ (+15000)

Riding loads of positive vibes heading into the playoffs, Cameron Champ’s current groove is too blatant for me to pass at +15000. Not only did Champ win a few weeks ago in Minnesota – he finished 11thin his prior start and is rested since closing with 65-68 in Memphis (T31).

The epitome of a boom or bust play, Cameron’s current form is one reason to hop on his bandwagon this week. Another is his positive course history (T21 here in 2019). A third is the simple fact that he’s a three-time winner who’s been garnering lots of confidence on the greens.

Cameron Champ led the field in SG: Putting (+8.48) on his way to winning the 2021 3M Open.

Top 20 Finish – Daniel Berger (+150)

Once again, BetOnline is letting us lock in THE NORTHERN TRUST predictions at an extremely favorable price. Installed at +120 to land inside the top 20 at most of the top betting sites, Berger’s +150 price tag (to finish top-20) at BetOnline puts this wager in “must-bet” territory for me.

Berger is no stranger to this golf course; the Florida native won two out of three matches at Liberty National at the 2017 Presidents Cup as a 24-year-old “newbie.” Now 28 and firmly established as one of the most consistent players on the planet, Daniel surges into NYC as a serious FedEx Cup title contender.

During his current streak of eight straight made cuts, Berger’s accounted for four top-8 finishes. He’s shot 68 or lower in seven straight rounds – there isn’t a single weakness in his game to speak of.

I could continue raving about the dependability Daniel brings to the table, but the following list displaying some of his season stats helps tell the story.

  • 5th in Early Scoring Average
  • 4th in Late Scoring Average
  • 2nd in Par-3 Scoring Average
  • 6th in Par-4 Scoring Average
  • 16th in Par-5 Scoring Average
  • 12th in Birdie Average
  • 2nd in Bogey Avoidance

Of all THE NORTHERN TRUST betting picks I recommend, this is the one steeped in the most value.

Matchup Bet – Billy Horschel (+100) Over Keegan Bradley

Latching onto Billy Horschel in this matchup without laying any juice is a close second. Billy’s been relatively quiet since triumphing at the WGC-Match Play in the spring, although Horschel knows all about how to get hot in August.

Twice a winner in the playoffs, the 2014 FedEx Cup champ has connected on 10 of his last 11 cuts. He finished T17 in his most recent showing (WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational). On the flip side, Keegan Bradley’s stellar form that lasted from March through May is now a distant memory.

Keegan Bradley’s Last Five Starts
Date Event Result
7/25 3M Open T39
7/18 The Open Championship MC
7/4 Rocket Mortgage Classic T14
6/27 Travelers Championship MC
6/6 the Memorial Tournament MC

For what it’s worth, Bradley finished T64 at Liberty National at THE NORTHER TRUST in 2019. Horschel finished 21st.

THE NORTHERN TRUST Pick to Win in 2021

I’m a bit uneasy touting DJ, considering he could switch putters at the drop of a hat. At the same time, being able to grab hold of a highly motivated Dustin Johnson at +2000 isn’t something I want to ignore.

Especially when Johnson has been vocal about how close he is to “putting it all together.”

“I’m hitting it very well, just need to tighten the putter a little bit.”

No wins since the 2020 Masters has most believing Johnson is in a serious slump – let’s just clear the air and get to the bottom of that notion.

Dustin has tallied top-25s in five of his last six starts; he’s cracked the top-10 in two of his last three. Perhaps most importantly, DJ finished T23 in SG: Putting (+1.503) and 5thin Putts per GIR (1.628) his last time out. And speaking of “lasts,” Johnson was the 36-hole leader (63-67) the last time he teed it up at Liberty National (2019 THE NORTHERN TRUST).

  • Dustin Johnson

Add it all up and know that Dustin is priced as low as +1400 in some spots. Ready to head to BetOnline and get on board?

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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