A not-Top 10 golfer took the field by storm last week. Look for a repeat.
Last Names Only, Please
Last week, The Northern Trust had a field of Americans in the Top 5, but not the big names like you may have expected. In fact, if we put the last names of all five finishers and you could guess all of their first names, we’d be highly impressed.
Because it wasn’t your Johnson (Dustin) or Watson (Bubba) or Koepka (Brooks) or Thomas (Justin) or any of the other notable names on the leaders list to win big at Ridgewood.
It was DeChambeau (Bryson) whose 18-under par gave him a four-stroke victory.
Ok, granted DeChambeau is 12th in the rankings and Finau (Tony), who finished second, is ranked No. 18. But we said last week that The Northern Trust was going to be for a guy who needed the points.
Koepka and Thomas did finish tied for eighth at 11-under and Johnson finished tied for 11th at 10-under.
Thomas’ Dell Tech History
The FedEx Cup playoffs head to TPC Boston for the second round of the playoffs. And only 100 golfers are allowed to swing a club. The Norton, Mass. course has been a staple on the FedEx Cup playoffs since they began in 2004.
It was Thomas who won the Dell Technologies Championship just a few weeks after snagging the PGA Championship in 2017.
It was Thomas who won the Dell Technologies Championship just a few weeks after snagging the PGA Championship in 2017. He turned a three-way tie with Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman into a video game-esque challenge, dropping birdies to separate himself.
With a tighter field, things will likely begin to heat up again this season. Rickie Fowler will be out for his second straight tournament due to a nagging oblique injury.
But reigning champion Thomas will return and if history has anything to say, DeChambeau and the rest of the field will be looking to repeat what Thomas did in 2017: turned his Dell Tech victory into an eventual playoff title.
However, the favorite remains Dustin Johnson, while DeChambeau’s odds at another victory (+3300) sit him just inside the Top 15.
DeChambeau’s Top 10 Finishes
The 24-year-old DeChambeau moved to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup rankings. And if you find that ridiculous there are some things you should know. His win likely gave him a spot on the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.
He deserves that spot only Johnson and Thomas have more top-10 finishes this season than DeChambeau. He has eight.
Tiger’s Deep Run
While Tiger Woods is the only player to win the FedEx Cup more than once and he’s been making deep runs, we see him making another, just not winning it all.
With the playoff race tightening, we’re not sure it’ll be Johnson or Thomas to lift the trophy either, but we don’t think it will be Jordan Spieth (a down year) or Rory McIlroy (same).
We’re going to go on a limb and say Adam Scott finally gets a 2018 win. Well, he’s had a down year too! Sure. He also finished tied for fifth last week and has showed up at all the right times (PGA Championship – third. The Players Championship – 11th). In half of his tournaments, he’s finished in the Top 25 and in nearly half he’s finished in the Top 10.
Just a matter of time for him to taste sweet victory.