Find Me a 100 Winner: A trio of outsider picks for The Northern Trust

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Check out Dave Tindall's trio of outsider picks for this week's PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs opener at TPC Boston...

"He'll want to keep his game sharp in the build up to the US Open and a three-figure price on this course where spraying it off the tee isn't a big issue could easily be underestimating him."

Back Phil Mickelson 1u each-way @ 100/1

Paul is sitting this week out so hopefully I can try and fill his shoes to some extent.

Thankfully, I decided to swerve those at 99/1 or higher in my outright preview but, as it happened, I did look closely at a couple of players in that bracket. Here's a chance to play them!

This week we begin the Playoffs at a familiar venue, TPC Boston. It's been used every year between 2003 and 2018 and has a reputation for dishing up birdie-fests with 22-under the winning score on three occasions.

Steve Rawlings gives you the full lowdown in his comprehensive preview and, like me, is keen to get Patrick Reed on board.

The leading lights have a great record but plenty of outsiders have filled the frame and the odd outlier on the winner's rollcall gives us hope of catching a big-priced champion.

Look to Lewis

Back Tom Lewis 1u each-way @ 150/1

Tom Lewis is making his first start at TPC Boston this week but that was the case at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational three weeks ago where, up against a class field brimming with course specialists, he played superbly to finish in a tie for second.

A good first round at the US PGA followed before he missed the cut but Lewis did play four rounds at the Wyndham last week, ranking 19th for SG: Approach.

The birdies will be flying this week and that bodes well for the young Englishman, who fired a sensational 61 at the St. Jude.

Looking at his big moments, Lewis won his two Portugal Masters with -21 and -22 respectively while he fired -23 to land last September's Korn Ferry Tour Championship. His one Challenge Tour event was also landed with -23.

Tied 11th in last summer's Open, he can thrive in this company and 150/1 looks big.

Mickelson not done yet

Back Phil Mickelson 1u each-way @ 100/1

It's not the easiest thing to get a handle on where Phil Mickelson is these days and a couple of finishes outside the top 50 in the back-to-back weeks at Muirfield Village and 71st at the US PGA aren't encouraging.

But in amongst that, Lefty reminded us of his class with a tied second place at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Mickelson had some impressive course form there with 2-11-3-2-9-12-57 from 2013 to 2019 so it's a case of 'get him on the right course' maybe.

TPC Boston is a contender for that. Mickelson won there in 2007 and his last two knocks on the par 71 show T12 in 2018 and T6 in 2017.

He'll want to keep his game sharp in the build up to the US Open and a three-figure price on this course where spraying it off the tee isn't a big issue could easily be underestimating him.

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Back Zach Johnson 1u at [390.0]
Place order to lay 10u @ [25.0]

Finally, Zach Johnson has been throwing in some low rounds in the last couple of months and went berserk on the weekend at the Wyndham with rounds of 61 and 65 to jump to tied seventh and book his place in the Playoffs.

He's also been shining in the first two rounds too - 66 in R1 at the US PGA and 68-64 at the Travelers where he took T11.

His course form is a mixed bag but he started out with a 63 in 2010 and jumped out with 69-65 in 2015.

The double major champion is ranked 4th for R1 Scoring this year so there's some decent back-to-lay potential if he continues his hot form.

Dave Tindall,

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