Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with the PGA Tour’s 2021 The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club this weekend. DPA Staff Colin Lynch here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!
The tournament features a 125 player field consisting of PGA Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 7:20 EDT at Liberty National Golf Club located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The course will play as a par 71 measuring over 7,400 yards and will feature Bentgrass greens. The Top 70 and tied will make the cut for the weekend after the completion of 36 holes.
Top Tier Targets
Jon Rahm ($11,500)
Rahm is coming off a 3rd place finish at The Open Championship last month. He has three consecutive Top 10 finishes world wide. Rahm has finished in the Top 10 six times in his last nine starts. He’s arguably the best golfer in the world right now and he has no weakness in his game. The Spaniard has Top 10 finishes in all four Majors this year, including a win at the U.S. Open, and a Top 5 at the Masters (3rd, 8th, 1st, 5th). Rahm ranks number one in the field in strokes gained ball striking and birdie or better percentage. He also ranks Top 10 in strokes gaind on approach, strokes gained tee to green, and bogey avoidance. He’s viable in all formats and he’s one of the safest play on the board.
Jordan Spieth ($10,800)
Spieth posted a Top 12 finish earlier this month at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He’s now posted five straight Top 20 finishes on tour (12th, 2nd, 19th, 18th, 2nd). Jordan has been one of the best golfers on tour all year. He has one of the best short games in the world and he hasn’t missed a cut since January (15 straight). Spieth has made fifteen consecutive cuts on tour, highlighted by seven Top 5 finishes, including thirteen Top 20’s in that span. Spieth has quietly gained strokes off the tee and on approach in nine of his last ten events. Spieth ranks Top 10 in the field in strokes gained on approach, strokes gained around the green, and birdie or better percentage. Spieth posted a Top 10 finish (6th) at this course back in 2019.
Collin Morikawa ($10,400)
Morikawa is arguably the best iron player in the world right now. He’s made fifteen consecutive cuts on tour and has eight Top 10 finishes in that span, including Top 20’s in all four Majors (1st, 4th, 8th, 18th). Morikawa ranks number one in the field in strokes gained on approach and strokes gained tee to green. He also ranks Top 5 in strokes gaine ball striking and birdie or better percentage.
Middle Tier Targets
Paul Casey ($8,700)
Casey enters The Northern Trust in amazing form and he’s quietly been playing the best and most consistent golf of his career in 2021. Casey has sixteen worldwide starts this year and fourteen of those starts have resulted in Top 26 finishes (5th, 4th, 15th, 36th, 7th, 6th, 4th, 21st, 75th, 26th, 5th, 10th, 5th, 12th, 1st, 8th). Casey has back to back Top 5 finishes in his last two events and he’s one of the better golfers in the field at avoiding bogeys. Paul ranks Top 5 in the field in strokes gained on approach and strokes gained tee to green.
Tony Finau ($8,200)
Finau is an elite ball striker that is one of the longest off the tee in the field. Finau has nine Top 20 finishes in his last seventeen starts world wide, including eight Top 15’s. Finau ranks Top 10 in the field in strokes gained around the green. He’s quietly been rounding back into form and he seems to always play his best in stacked fields. Bentgrass is also his best putting surface.
Value Tier Targets
Kevin Streelman ($7,400)
Streelman is a well rounded golfer that is coming off a Top 10 finish (7th) last week at The Wyndham Championship. He shot all four of his rounds in the sixties. Streelman has posted Top 20 finishes in five of his last six starts on tour. He’s one of the most accurate off the tee in the field. Streelman ranks Top 25 in the field in strokes gained tee to green and he has gained strokes ball striking in eight of his last ten events.
Cameron Tringale ($7,300)
Tringale is coming off a Top 20 finish (16th) at The 3M Open. His recent form has been solid and he’s quietly having one of his best and most consistent season of his career. Tringale has made twelve of his last sixteen cuts on tour and all twelve have resulted in Top 35 finishes (16th, 26th, 14th, 26th, 32nd, 3rd, 9th, 13th, 31st, 26th, 7th, 17th). He’s one of the few golfers in the field that can gain strokes in all facets of his game. Tringale ranks Top 20 in the field in strokes gained putting and Top 5 in bogey avoidance.
Scottie Scheffler ($9,300)
Daniel Berger ($9,100)
Tyrrell Hatton ($7,800)
Jason Kokrak ($7,700)
Jhonattan Vegas ($7,100)
Charley Hoffman ($7,000)
Talor Gooch ($6,800)
Matt Wallace ($6,500)
Hank Lebioda ($6,300)
Doug Ghim ($6,200)
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