The Northern Trust 2020: Key stats for this week's opening FedEx Cup Play-Off event in Massachusetts

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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats as the PGA Tour arrives in New England for the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs ...

"A quick look at the list of champions at TPC Boston, shows that few outsiders ever win over Palmer's course. Over the years, Driving Accuracy has not been a particularly key stat in Boston where the ability to scramble successfully appears to hold a greater significance."

Seven days later than originally planned, the FedEx Cup Play-Offs get underway in Massachusetts, with this week's Northern Trust event taking place at TPC Boston.

The three-tournament series will bring to an end a PGA Tour season like no other, with as many as 11 events having to be cancelled because of Covid-19.

This week's opening salvo is available to the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings, following the completion of the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

From here, this total will be significantly reduced to 70 for the second play-off event, after which the top 30 head to Georgia for the season-ending Tour Championship.

Back on the rota

TPC Boston, designed by the late Arnold Palmer, returns to the PGA Tour schedule following an absence of one year.

Because of the Tour's decision in 2018 to reduce the Play-Off series from four tournaments to three, TPC Boston will now appear on the schedule every other year.

Opening for business in June 2002, just 15 months before making its pro debut, TPC Boston is the most easterly American venue on the current PGA Tour itinerary.

It is also one of the most northerly and is located around 20 miles south of downtown Boston.

Laid out in woodland, TPC Boston is a traditional parkland course. It has lush undulating fairways and Bentgrass greens, while water comes into play on just four holes - which is unusual for such a modern build.

Excellent honours board

A quick look at the list of champions at TPC Boston, shows that few outsiders ever win over Palmer's course.

Even before the Play-Offs began in 2007, three of the four champions here were Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and a young Adam Scott.

Since then, other winners have included Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker, while Rory McIlroy is a two-time champion - alongside Singh.

And it's highly likely that another 'marquee name' will emerge holding the trophy aloft this Sunday evening, too.

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Man of the moment, the recently crowned PGA winner Collin Morikawa, makes his first start as a major champ, but is the only member of the world's top 15 not to have competed at TPC Boston previously.

DeChambeau, who tied-fourth at Harding Park two weeks ago, is the most recent Boston champion, while Patrick Reed is another who can combine decent current form with a strong course history.

Over the years, Driving Accuracy has not been a particularly key stat in Boston where the ability to scramble successfully appears to hold a greater significance.

With this in mind, Xander Schauffele and Abraham Ancer could find the course to their liking.

World No 10 Schauffele rarely finishes outside the top-15 nowadays, while Ancer tied-seventh on his Boston debut two years ago.

This might also be the type of venue where Hideki Matsuyama could make a return to winning ways.

Without a PGA Tour victory since August 2017, Matsuyama has a steady Boston record, including a tie-for-fourth last time he visited.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: All 125 qualifiers are listed

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24
Jon Rahm 13 52 1 27 37 33 MC
Justin Thomas 37 1 18 2 MC 8 10
Rory McIlroy 33 47 32 11 41 32
Dustin Johnson 2 12 Wd MC 1 17 MC
Collin Morikawa 1 20 48 1 MC 64 2
Webb Simpson 3 37 12 MC 8 1 MC
Brooks Koepka MC 29 2 MC 62 MC 7 32
Bryson DeChambeau 4 30 MC 1 6 8 3
Patrick Reed 9 13 47 10 39 MC 24 MC 7
Adam Scott 22
Xander Schauffele 10 6 13 14 20 64 3
Patrick Cantlay 43 35 32 7 11
Tommy Fleetwood 59 29 35 MC
Tony Finau 4 65 3 8 53 MC 33 23
Tyrrell Hatton MC 69 4 3
Tiger Woods 37 40
Justin Rose MC 9 MC MC MC 14 3
Daniel Berger 13 2 MC 3 1
Paul Casey 31 2 67 MC MC 32
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 6 3 27 MC 14 32
Marc Leishman MC 52 40 MC 58 MC
Gary Woodland 58 57 22 5 MC 62 9
Matt Kuchar MC 25 32 39 41 MC
Abraham Ancer 43 15 58 11 2 14
Louis Oosthuizen 33 6 54 65 46 MC 55
Hideki Matsuyama 22 20 MC 22 21 MC
Sung Jae Im 9 MC 35 MC 63 53 58 MC 10
Shane Lowry 23 66 6 MC 39 60 MC MC
Viktor Hovland 33 59 48 3 12 11 21 23
Kevin Na MC 35 9 Wd 5 MC
Jason Day 4 6 4 7 MC 46 MC MC
Rickie Fowler MC 15 MC 22 12 MC MC
Kevin Kisner 3 19 25 MC 3 MC MC 29
Ryan Palmer 43 15 2 MC MC 8 MC
Matthew Wolff 4 49 12 22 MC 2 MC MC 54
Chez Reavie MC 75 6 22 17 46 74 MC
Billy Horschel 2 43 25 13 7 MC MC 38
Brendon Todd MC 17 15 22 57 11 MC MC
Scottie Scheffler 4 15 22 MC MC MC 55
Kevin Streelman 58 35 54 7 2 MC MC
Tom Lewis 51 MC 2 32 12 MC
Phil Mickelson 71 2 54 58 24 MC
Cameron Smith 43 59 68 MC MC MC
Byeong Hun An 22 12 MC MC 46 MC 60
Ian Poulter 22 69 MC 5 64 14 29
Graeme McDowell MC MC 35 MC 35 MC MC
Joel Dahmen 10 20 74 MC 20 48 19
Jordan Spieth 72 71 30 13 MC 54 68 10
Sung Kang MC 79 44 73 MC 46 MC MC
Adam Hadwin 58 72 54 35 4 41 43
Brandt Snedeker 42 51 67 MC MC 41 MC
Bubba Watson 71 25 MC 32 MC MC MC 52 7
JT Poston MC 75 30 MC MC MC 8 10
Corey Conners MC MC 30 22 39 MC 21 19
Cameron Champ 10 25 MC 67 12 14
Joaquin Niemann 42 MC 52 MC 31 63 5 32
Jason Kokrak 15 MC 44 Wd MC MC MC 3
Max Homa MC 52 3 MC MC MC 41 MC
Adam Long 31 51 2 MC 52 24 MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes 58 44 6 48 3 70 MC
Lanto Griffin 19 58 44 MC 21 24 MC MC
Charles Howell MC 3 48 MC MC 49
Keegan Bradley MC 52 68 39 45 MC 32
Lucas Glover MC MC MC 38 21 20 21 23
Rory Sabbatini MC 66 MC 17 MC 21 14
Matt Jones 37 MC 59 14 MC MC 52 38
Nate Lashley 77 37 Wd MC MC MC MC
Brendan Steele 22 53 13 52 6 MC
Dylan Frittelli 20 33 18 22 MC MC 8 MC
Michael Thompson MC 57 1 MC 64 46 8 MC
Sebastian Munoz 74 MC 48 MC MC MC 28 MC
Nick Taylor MC 35 MC 48
Danny Lee MC 71 26 Wd MC MC 70 MC
Alexander Noren 22 9 3 MC MC 21 60
Keith Mitchell MC 43 MC 22 MC MC MC 64
Harris English 23 19 18 13 17 MC
Si Woo Kim 3 13 41 46 18 64 57 11 MC MC
Ryan Moore MC 12 12 40 MC MC MC
Andrew Landry 42 MC 30 MC MC 33 49
Vaughn Taylor MC MC MC MC 52 MC
Scott Piercy 69 MC MC 62 MC 64
Harold Varner 7 29 MC MC 30 32 MC 19
Luke List 66 51 32 10 MC 21 MC MC Won
Troy Merritt 59 MC 2 MC MC 22 8 60 70 MC
Doc Redman 3 29 MC MC 21 11 21 58
Xin Jun Zhang MC MC 12 10 MC MC MC 37 MC
Richy Werenski MC 1 3 35 21 46 78 58
Bud Cauley 15 37 51 44 MC Wd MC 29
Emiliano Grillo 66 9 3 MC MC 39 60 MC MC
Tom Hoge 27 58 46 MC MC MC 37 MC MC
Brian Harman 27 58 41 MC MC MC 28 23
Mark Hubbard 15 51 72 Wd 12 37 33 43
Carlos Ortiz MC MC 48 61 MC 33 MC
Henrik Norlander 59 23 6 31 12 41 MC
Sepp Straka MC 66 18 61 14 8 MC 33 MC
Harry Higgs MC MC MC MC 70 MC 52 38
Brian Stuard 51 MC MC MC MC 30 20 52 43
Talor Gooch 25 MC 18 MC 17 Wd MC MC 43
Charley Hoffman MC 25 MC 7 41 MC MC
Pat Perez Wd 18 23 39 45 MC 49
Robby Shelton MC 59 3 MC MC MC MC
Tyler Duncan 13 MC 49 68 53 32 28 38
Maverick McNealy MC 7 MC MC 8 58 32
Russell Henley 9 37 51 MC 7 32 MC
Wyndham Clark MC MC 35 MC MC Wd MC 64 MC
Sam Burns 13 MC 32 17 30 24 MC
Scott Brown 42 MC MC 65 MC MC
Cameron Tringale Dq 3 MC 30 MC
Patrick Rodgers 66 19 32 18 MC 45 MC MC 14
Ryan Armour 25 MC MC MC 4 6 74
Denny McCarthy 9 58 32 32 58 MC Wd MC 66
Matthew NeSmith 42 57 MC MC MC MC 33 49
Scott Stallings 42 5 62 58 39 6 48
Adam Schenk 51 12 41 39 30 MC MC 43
Sam Ryder MC 21 MC 7 MC MC 41 MC
Brice Garnett MC 26 MC MC 17 MC
Zach Johnson 7 MC 58 31 11 MC 43
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 40 66 35 45 MC MC MC
Zac Blair MC 35 MC MC 57 MC 55
Cameron Davis 15 32 12 MC MC MC MC
Scott Harrington MC MC 40 MC 39 MC MC
Jim Herman 1 77 MC MC 33 MC
Beau Hossler MC 21 MC MC MC MC MC
Brian Gay MC 41 MC 27 MC MC MC MC
Bo Hoag 42 29 12 62 MC MC MC 49
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Jon Rahm 43 4
Justin Thomas 24 1 MC 56
Rory McIlroy 12 MC 1 29 5 47 1 37
Dustin Johnson 7 18 8 44 27 4 42 57 4
Collin Morikawa
Webb Simpson 49 75 MC 44 9 53 18 1 MC MC
Brooks Koepka 12 18 57 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 1 30
Patrick Reed 35 6 5 4 MC* 70
Adam Scott 49 MC 4 16 53 7 8 5
Xander Schauffele 49 53
Patrick Cantlay 24 13
Tommy Fleetwood 24
Tony Finau 4 65 24 MC
Tyrrell Hatton 12
Tiger Woods 24 65 3 11 11
Justin Rose 2 10 57 MC 16 MC 68 MC 54
Daniel Berger 35 61 41 12
Paul Casey 21 4 2 Wd 25
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Marc Leishman 21 3 46 MC 65 16 42 42 61 15
Gary Woodland 24 18 15 12 29 41 25
Matt Kuchar 43 56 46 9 29 4 35 25 11 15
Abraham Ancer 7
Louis Oosthuizen 31 30 8 12 2
Hideki Matsuyama 4 23 15 25 57
Sung Jae Im
Shane Lowry
Viktor Hovland
Kevin Na MC 6 60 MC 69 MC 33 11
Jason Day MC 25 15 12 7 13 51 3 2 19
Rickie Fowler 13 46 1 23 MC 74 52 41
Kevin Kisner 24 53 46 12
Ryan Palmer MC 24 65 16 MC MC 61 11
Matthew Wolff
Chez Reavie MC 61 MC 2
Billy Horschel Wd MC MC 72 2 70
Brendon Todd 44 MC
Scottie Scheffler
Kevin Streelman MC 35 57 69 26 41 MC 45 32
Tom Lewis
Phil Mickelson 12 6 MC 65 45 41 4 10 25 27
Cameron Smith 3 MC
Byeong Hun An 31
Ian Poulter MC 23 33 23 9 47 MC 45 MC
Graeme McDowell MC 47 74 37
Joel Dahmen MC
Jordan Spieth 12 2 21 MC 29 4
Sung Kang 35 MC
Adam Hadwin 21 13 46
Brandt Snedeker 31 46 44 MC 47 6 3 5 32
Bubba Watson 7 69 MC 29 29 67 MC 16 37 32
JT Poston
Corey Conners
Cameron Champ
Joaquin Niemann
Jason Kokrak 24 53 8 MC 16 73
Max Homa
Adam Long
Mackenzie Hughes 13
Lanto Griffin
Charles Howell 58 MC 24 56 35 53 MC 31 67 54
Keegan Bradley 49 35 25 16 16 13 MC
Lucas Glover 30 21 65 36
Rory Sabbatini 22 53 MC 68 MC MC
Matt Jones 4 MC* MC 33
Nate Lashley
Brendan Steele MC 56 72 44 50 20 10
Dylan Frittelli
Michael Thompson 53 MC
Sebastian Munoz
Nick Taylor 56
Danny Lee 49 MC MC 33 35
Alexander Noren 43
Keith Mitchell 20
Harris English 41 12 MC 27 69
Si Woo Kim 35 40 15
Ryan Moore 71 Wd 8 MC 73 75 10 10 67 MC
Andrew Landry 58
Vaughn Taylor 24 MC
Scott Piercy Dq 53 MC 13 64 74 36
Harold Varner 47 33
Luke List MC 47
Troy Merritt MC 39
Doc Redman
Xin Jun Zhang
Richy Werenski
Bud Cauley 47 57
Emiliano Grillo 7 22 33
Tom Hoge 66
Brian Harman 49 65 24 12 65 MC 74
Mark Hubbard
Carlos Ortiz 65
Henrik Norlander
Sepp Straka
Harry Higgs
Brian Stuard 31 21 16 67
Talor Gooch
Charley Hoffman 74 47 MC 3 MC 27 26 31 1 27
Pat Perez Wd 6 29 Wd 70 26 61 MC 27
Robby Shelton
Tyler Duncan
Maverick McNealy
Russell Henley 58 40 MC MC 2 62
Wyndham Clark
Sam Burns
Scott Brown 65 33 69 MC* MC
Cameron Tringale 44 69 67 MC MC
Patrick Rodgers 73 46
Ryan Armour 35
Denny McCarthy
Matthew NeSmith
Scott Stallings 49 35 35 66 52
Adam Schenk
Sam Ryder
Brice Garnett 12
Zach Johnson MC 56 57 22 16 27 47 16 30 19
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Zac Blair 60
Cameron Davis
Scott Harrington
Jim Herman 69 33 MC
Beau Hossler 35
Brian Gay 62 27 MC MC 54
Bo Hoag

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