2017 Northern Trust Open Betting Preview And Tips

August 24th – 27th, 2017
Glen Oaks Club (Composite), Old Westbury, New York
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,350
Purse: $8.75 million with $1,530,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Patrick Reed

2017 Northern Trust Open Best Each Way Bets

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The bookies  have both Hideki and Jordan Spieth down at around the 10/1 mark and it's hard to argue.  But on the virgin composite venue that is Glen Oaks and given the quality of the field I would urge caution betting win-only on either  pre start.  Yes Hideki is bang in form and yes if the greens run 12 on the stimp Spieth has a jump on everyone but if you're looking to back someone on the nose you can still get last weeks winner Henrik Stenson at 22/1.

Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets At The Northern Trust Open

Jason Day 20/1

Day has been building his way steadily back to form of late and has improved his finishes through The Open (T27) Bridgestone (T24) and last time out at the PGA Championship (T9).  That last performance was all the more impressive in that it included a Saturday 77.  If Glen Oaks plays like the "wide open" Augusta it's compared to Jason  need not worry about brain farts with the driver this week and makes him a great each way look.

Paul Casey 33/1

I make it nine top-30 finishes since The Masters for Paul Casey and while I doubt more and more his ability to WIN, I'm more convinced about his contentedness to finish in the places and bank a cheque.  The key to Casey's healthy bank balance is fairways and greens; his downfall is his putting.  But there is a strong school of thought among analysts that one-off venues (and especially those with fast greens) suit the weaker putters in the field because nobody has learned them well enough to gain vantage.  If you go along with this theory Casey is a solid place contender at 33's.

Matt Kuchar 33/1

One of the tips I'm getting from the course is that when it comes to iron play to these greens it's "quadrant golf" and aligning that with Augusta comparisons the first name I think of is Matt Kuchar.  And what a year it has been already for Kuch. T4 at The Masters,  T16 at the US Open, solo 2nd at The Open and T9 at the PGA Championship.  Rested last week and though he's without a win since April 2014 he did win The Barclays (as it was then) on this week in 2010!

Zach Johnson 66/1

When you see a guy with a building run of form then has one poor showing that throws his odds back out, he's always worth keeping an eye on for one more week.  Zach Johnson is that guy. Found form again at the John Deere and built through The Open to a solo second at the WGC Bridgestone then lapsed to a T48 at the PGA Championship.  But this week we are on a mix and match of holes from two courses at Glen Oaks to make a composite par 70 which could play right into the wily old hands of Zach.

Pat Reed 40/1

There's just too much on the positive side to leave Pat Reed out of my top-5 this week.  Of all the players on Tour, when Reeds finds his stride, he builds momentum and possesses a steadfast belief that he WILL win.  Technically the defending champion from The Barclays at Bethpage last year, it's worth also noting that two of Reed's five PGA Tour wins have come in late August.  T2 last time out at the PGA Championship, he has to be on your betslip.

Long Odds Glory Shots

A lot of you took my Martin Flores tip (T7) at The Wyndham and if you backed him to make the top 125 in the rankings or finish top-10 well done.  That sees him top 20 in his last three starts and at 200/1 this week is well worth another little flutter.  Flores went a cumulative -8 for just the par-3's last week and -15 for just the par-5's in Canada the week before! That's an all rounder!

If you're looking for a more solid long odds glory shot Kevin Chappell fits the bill at 70/1.  Winner in Texas this year and this course with its fast Poa Annua greens that could negate the potency of the top putters could elevate Chappell.

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