When it was originally introduced for the 2007 season, the FedExCup was professional golf’s only postseason playoff system. The format was a gamble, to say the least, but here we are a decade later and the Cup is as popular as ever.
The playoffs begin this weekend with The Northern Trust, where the top 125 point-getters throughout the regular season will get the postseason started. The FedExCup then uses a gradual, points-based cut for the final three events of the year. That means 100 players will enter the field at the Dell Technologies, the best 70 will play in the BMW and the top 30 will compete in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Everything gets started this week in Old Westbury, New York, where Patrick Reed (50/1) will look to become The Northern Trust’s first back-to-back winner since Ernie Els won at Westchester in 1996 and 1997.
Below, we take a look at three other players who look like good picks this week in our PGA Pick ‘Em Contest. We’ll then take a quick look at who you might want to roll with for the FedExCup as a whole.
Hideki Matsuyama (10/1): The No. 2 player in the world arrives in Old Westbury with the best odds of anyone in the field. No one is hotter than Matsuyama, who has a trio of top-5 finishes in his last four starts, a stretch that included a win at the WGC-Bridgestone earlier this month.
At the very least, he should be in contention when the weekend rolls around.
Rickie Fowler (12/1): Fowler has had success in this tournament in the past, posting a pair of top 10’s since 2014. And like Matsuyama, he’s one of the hottest players in the field, coming off a fifth place finish at the PGA Championship.
His strength on the greens (ranked first on Tour in one-putt percentage http://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.413.html and strokes gained through putting http://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.02564.html) should play big at Glen Oaks.
Henrik Stenson (25/1): Stenson didn’t have a bad week in Greensboro, posting his first victory of the year in a tournament he only entered to fulfill his number of minimum events for the season. https://twitter.com/JasonSobelESPN/status/899389475436056576
He’ll look to keep that momentum rolling at The Northern Trust.
Best FedExCup bets
Jordan Spieth (5/1): The favorite, and for good reason. Do you trust anyone more than Spieth to accumulate more points over the course of four golf tournaments?
Rory McIlroy (12/1): He may be accepting applications for a new caddy, but McIlroy will be dangerous throughout the next month. The Northern Irishman won both the Deutsche Bank and Tour Championships a year ago to clinch the FedEx Cup title and he’ll be playing with plenty of confidence. http://www.golfpunkhq.com/news/article/what-rory-mcilroy-is-looking-for-from-his-new-caddy-
Hideki Matsuyama (9/2): We touched on it a bit above, but Matsuyama enters the playoffs white hot. His ability to post regular top-5 finishes will be huge as golfers look to accumulate points over the next four tournaments.