- Dustin Johnson has a one stroke lead after 36 holes at the Northern Trust
- Jordan Spieth sits alone in second, while Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Rory McIIroy are all within striking distance
- See the live updated odds entering Round 3 at the Northern Trust
The Northern Trust has reached the halfway point and after 36 holes a familiar name is at the top of the leaderboard.
Heading into the weekend:
1. @DJohnsonPGA (-12)
2. @JordanSpieth (-11)
3. @Abraham_Ancer (-10)
7. @AndrewPutnam1 (-9)
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2019
Dustin Johnson holds a one stroke lead over Jordan Spieth in the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, while a handful of big names are within striking distance.
Live The Northern Trust Odds
|Golfer||Position||Score||Rounds||Odds at Sportsbook 1||Odds at Sportsbook 2|
|Dustin Johnson||1||-12||63, 67||+225||+225|
|Jordan Spieth||2||-11||67, 64||+650||+700|
|Jon Rahm||T-3||-10||64, 68||+500||+550|
|Patrick Reed||T-3||-10||66, 66||+1400||+1200|
|Abraham Ancer||T-3||-10||67, 65||+2800||+2500|
|Troy Merritt||T-3||-10||62, 70||+2500||+3300|
|Justin Rose||T-7||-9||65, 68||+1400||+1200|
|Rory Mcllroy||T-7||-9||65, 68||+1600||+900|
|Louis Oosthuizen||T-7||-9||68, 65||+2200||+2200|
|Wyndham Clark||T-7||-9||67, 66||+6600||+4000|
|Kevin Kisner||T-12||-8||68, 66||+5000||+6600|
|Ian Poulter||T-12||-8||68, 66||+6600||+5000|
|Harold Varner III||T-12||-8||67, 67||+12500||+10000|
|Justin Thomas||T-15||-7||67, 68||+2800||+2500|
*Odds taken August 9 at 9pm EST.
World number one, and pre-tournament favorite, Brooks Koepka is nine shots back, while reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods withdrew prior to Round 2 with an oblique injury.
Top of the Board
It appears DJ’s demise was short lived. The number two player in the world, who hasn’t had a finish inside the top-20 since the PGA Championship, has made just one bogey through 36 holes and has gained over nine strokes on the field from tee to green.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2019
He ranks first in ball striking, first in strokes gained off the tee and third in approach. His putting and short game has been field average through two rounds, and if that starts to heat up he could easily lap this field. There is plenty of talent chasing him, but when he’s on his game he’s nearly impossible to beat. +225 is extremely fair for one of the best players in the world.
Reed is Really Close
We’ve been touting Reed for weeks now and it feels like he’s incredibly close. The ball striking is on point once again, but it’s his putting that’s held him back through two rounds. Normally the flatstick is the bread and butter of his game, but so far this week he’s already missed seven putts inside 13 feet.
Patrick Reed hit all 7 fairways, hit all 9 greens, and had 7 birdie putts inside of 25 feet on his first 9 holes. Shoots 34 w/ 18 putts. Only birdie putt he made was from 13 inches. #NorthernTrustOpen
— Kenny Kim (@KendoVT) August 8, 2019
Despite the blip on the greens, he’s yet to make a bogey through two rounds and is just two shots back. +1400 is a steal for a Major champion and a former winner of this event.
Favorite Live Value Picks at the Northern Trust
- Jon Rahm (+550): He hasn’t finished outside the top-11 in his last five starts, and his game is built for this course. One of the best drivers on Tour, he’s able to attack even the longest par-4’s with short irons and wedges thanks to his his length, which gives him a significant edge on the field.
- Louis Oosthuizen (+2200): He ranks second in the field in ball striking, first in approach and fourth in strokes gained tee to green. He’s never won on American soil, but has good vibes at this course after a posting an impressive record here at the 2017 Presidents Cup
- Justin Thomas (+2800): His approach game has been out of this world again this week, gaining over three shots on the field through 36 holes. He ranks third in this field in birdies gained over the past 50 rounds, and has a history of coming from behind on the weekend to steal events.
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