The Northern Trust 2021: Form stats for the opening week of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs

Liberty National Golf Club: One of the most expensive venues ever built
Liberty National: Laid out close to the Hudson River and in full view of the dramatic Manhattan skyline

The PGA Tour swings into Play-Off mode with this week's Northern Trust taking place at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. Course and current form stats by Andy Swales...

"The ability to get up and down safely from tight spots will be all-important this week, so pros such as Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson should fancy their chances. Both Spieth and Simpson have previous top-10s at Liberty National."

It's week one of the FedEx Cup Play-Offs which are being contested for the 15th time.

Inaugurated in 2007, the first 12 instalments of the Play-Offs consisted of four tournaments, which were reduced to three in 2019.

First up is The Northern Trust which this year takes place at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

This will be the fourth time that Liberty National has been called upon to host the opening event of the Play-Offs, most recently in 2019.

No expenses spared

Laid out on the banks of the Hudson River, Liberty National is one of the most expensive golf courses ever built.

Opened in 2006, more than six million cubic feet of soil had to be moved, before 70,000 truckloads of sand could be laid.

Around 5,000 trees were planted on a course which has small greens full of subtle undulations.

No expense was spared in the designing and building of the venue which cost in excess of $250m.

Liberty National has its own helistop, yacht services, spas and restaurants, and was constructed on a low-lying former landfill site.

It is situated within close proximity of Manhattan and just 2,000 yards from the Statue of Liberty - after which the course was named.

Latest odds for this week's Northern Trust in New Jersey

Water comes into play on 10 holes of an often windswept layout that boasts spectacular views of the New York City skyline.

With a maximum field of 125, those teeing-up this Thursday will be aiming to qualify for the second Play-Off tournament in Maryland next week, when the leading 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will be sent an invitation to compete.

In addition to hosting Play-Off events in 2009-13-19, it was also the site of the 2017 Presidents Cup match.

On the tee

The only absentee from those who qualified is South African Louis Oosthuizen who has opted to take a well-earned break. Otherwise it's a full house.

With the exception of the four majors and Players Championship, this will be the strongest field teeing-up in the world this year.

The ability to get up and down safely from tight spots will be all-important this week, so pros such as Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson should fancy their chances.

Both Spieth and Simpson have previous top-10s at Liberty National, as does Ian Poulter whose chances of contending this Sunday must be reasonable.

Another pro whose particularly accurate game should be suitable for Liberty National is Abraham Ancer.

The Mexican will still be buzzing from his long overdue victory at TPC Southwind when he won the prestigious WGC St Jude Invitational earlier this month - following four runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour.

One of these came at Liberty National two years ago when he finished one shot adrift of champion Patrick Reed.

And a final mention for 37-year-old Kevin Na, who is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour including once this year.

The South Korean-born American lost a play-off at Sedgefield on Sunday and certainly knows a thing or two about scrambling his way to safety.

However, in a field of this immense strength, Na is more likely to offer a strong e/w opportunity.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Liberty National Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24
Jon Rahm 3 7 1
Dustin Johnson 10 MC 8 25 19 10
Collin Morikawa 26 4 1 71 4
Xander Schauffele 46 1 26 10 7
Justin Thomas 26 22 40 8 19
Bryson DeChambeau 8 33 MC 19 26
Brooks Koepka 54 6 5 4 MC
Patrick Cantlay 23 MC 13 15
Harris English 4 46 1 3 14
Abraham Ancer 1 14 59 4 MC
Jordan Spieth 12 2 19
Rory McIlroy 12 4 46 MC 59 7
Viktor Hovland 36 14 12 1 Wd
Tyrrell Hatton 17 MC 18 MC 2
Patrick Reed 31 22 34 MC 32 25 19
Hideki Matsuyama MC 2 4 Wd 26
Daniel Berger 5 8 34 7
Webb Simpson 7 15 19 MC MC
Scottie Scheffler 14 8 12 47 7
Paul Casey 5 4 15 36 7
Tony Finau 34 28 15 MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 57 26 2 55 10
Jason Kokrak MC 34 26 12 MC
Sam Burns 2 76 18 13 MC
Billy Horschel 17 53 54 MC
Joaquin Niemann 17 10 59 2 36 31
Cameron Smith 5 10 33 30 MC
Sung Jae Im 24 46 22 47 8 35 35
Lee Westwood 31 59 35 46
Phil Mickelson 17 MC 74 61 62
Ryan Palmer 26 MC 4 MC
Kevin Kisner 1 63 73 8 5 55 MC
Corey Conners 36 13 15 MC MC
Kevin Na 2 23 2 47 MC
Adam Scott 2 36 46 13 35
Marc Leishman 36 51 MC 3 64
Matthew Wolff MC 17 39 58 MC 15
Shane Lowry 23 22 12 23 65
Max Homa 51 40 25 MC MC
Brian Harman MC 36 19 MC 5 19
Garrick Higgo Wd 53 MC MC 41 MC MC 1
Stewart Cink 43 MC MC 30 57
Ian Poulter 10 26 4 36 40 25
Sergio Garcia 26 25 19 17 19
Mackenzie Hughes 37 50 6 14 76 15
Si Woo Kim 2 65 32 Wd 58 MC 40
Kevin Streelman 7 19 MC MC 15
Russell Henley 7 MC 11 19 13
Matt Wallace 8 40 26 MC
Bubba Watson 46 51 6 19 50
Carlos Ortiz 36 42 MC 47 MC
Charley Hoffman MC 30 57
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 24 54 6 MC 73 MC
Cameron Champ 31 1 11 MC MC
Cameron Davis 60 28 55 1
Branden Grace 2 30 MC 54 7
Matt Jones 70 51 MC 52 36 65
Sebastian Munoz 29 4 MC 4 67 MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 27 MC 12 MC MC
Chris Kirk 29 MC MC 12 MC
Jason Day MC 14 10
Gary Woodland MC 7 11 MC MC 50
Cameron Tringale 16 26 14 MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 2 26 19
Talor Gooch MC 33 36
Brendon Todd 10 MC MC MC 30 MC
Erik van Rooyen 37 1 58 MC MC 10
Matt Kuchar 29 MC MC MC MC
Lanto Griffin MC MC 33 25 70 35
Dylan Frittelli MC MC 5 MC MC MC 46
Keegan Bradley 39 MC 14 MC
Lucas Glover MC 57 MC 1 41 MC
Joel Dahmen MC 7 67 46 21
Alexander Noren 16 MC MC 4 MC
Troy Merritt 51 39 MC MC 2 36 65
Harold Varner 57 15 MC 11 MC 47 MC
Jhonattan Vegas 15 16 2 11 57 2
Adam Long MC 25 MC 23 MC MC
JT Poston MC 28 2 MC 40 MC
Brendan Steele MC 67 MC MC
Maverick McNealy 18 16 18 21 30
Patton Kizzire MC 39 11 25 MC MC
Aaron Wise 46 MC 69 66
Seamus Power 60 1 8 8 19 19
Martin Laird MC 57 28 MC MC MC
Adam Hadwin 10 MC 6 MC MC MC 40
Harry Higgs 15 MC MC MC MC
Henrik Norlander 45 5 28 38 61 25
Richy Werenski 37 59 MC MC MC 25 MC MC
Zach Johnson MC 34 25 MC
Robert Streb MC 46 MC MC 38 19
Andrew Putnam MC 2 MC MC MC 13 67
CT Pan 29 3 MC MC MC 31
Brandt Snedeker MC MC 11 19 38 MC 60
Brandon Hagy MC 5 MC 18 6 MC
Kramer Hickok MC Wd 58 2 MC
Keith Mitchell 55 5 MC MC MC MC
Sepp Straka 15 10 MC MC MC 10 MC
Luke List MC 58 5 4 MC
Tom Hoge MC MC MC MC 66 46
Chez Reavie MC 43 11 59 18 MC 25 40 14
Hudson Swafford 37 MC MC MC 2
Doc Redman MC 49 MC MC 61 2
James Hahn 62 MC 5 MC MC
Hank Lebioda MC Wd 8 4 5 31
Wyndham Clark MC MC MC MC MC
Matthew NeSmith MC MC 50 58 MC 35
Adam Schenk MC 4 51 15 4 41 MC 68
Kyle Stanley MC MC MC 41 41 54
Sam Ryder 35 34 25 3 58 MC 54 MC 52
Scott Piercy 15 3 71 69 MC MC 19
Denny McCarthy 15 67 MC MC MC 73
Brian Stuard 15 MC 6 15 8 MC 30 MC MC
Roger Sloan 2 6 16 31 71 21 MC 52
Scott Stallings MC 18 39 55 25 MC MC
Pat Perez 30 11 MC 14 MC 10
Brice Garnett 51 34 16 72 MC MC 5 MC
Peter Malnati MC MC 58 MC 54 MC
Doug Ghim MC MC 18 32 54
Russell Knox 24 MC MC MC 41 MC 35
Chesson Hadley 15 54 58 MC 34 52 MC 2
Anirban Lahiri 46 42 3 MC 52 MC 25
Brian Gay 51 MC MC 64 MC MC MC
Tyler McCumber 15 MC MC MC MC MC
Player 2019 2013 2009
Jon Rahm 3
Dustin Johnson 24 MC 15
Collin Morikawa 52
Xander Schauffele MC
Justin Thomas 12
Bryson DeChambeau 24
Brooks Koepka 30
Patrick Cantlay 12
Harris English MC
Abraham Ancer 2
Jordan Spieth 6 19
Rory McIlroy 6 19
Viktor Hovland
Tyrrell Hatton 59
Patrick Reed 1 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 30
Daniel Berger
Webb Simpson 18 15 8
Scottie Scheffler
Paul Casey
Tony Finau 30
Matt Fitzpatrick
Jason Kokrak 12 9
Sam Burns
Billy Horschel 21 MC
Joaquin Niemann 30
Cameron Smith 59
Sung Jae Im 38
Lee Westwood 25
Phil Mickelson 71 6 52
Ryan Palmer 77 66
Kevin Kisner 12
Corey Conners 21
Kevin Na 77 24
Adam Scott 5 1 58
Marc Leishman MC 71 MC
Matthew Wolff 71
Shane Lowry 52
Max Homa 38
Brian Harman 52 MC
Garrick Higgo
Stewart Cink 68 28
Ian Poulter 10 MC 9
Sergio Garcia MC 37 31
Mackenzie Hughes 67
Si Woo Kim 84
Kevin Streelman MC 19 58
Russell Henley 59 MC
Matt Wallace
Bubba Watson MC 13 MC
Carlos Ortiz 67
Charley Hoffman 77 70 31
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC
Cameron Champ 21
Cameron Davis
Branden Grace 30
Matt Jones 30 33
Sebastian Munoz 43
Emiliano Grillo MC
Chris Kirk MC
Jason Day MC 25 12
Gary Woodland 52 2
Cameron Tringale MC 58
Charl Schwartzel 25
Talor Gooch 71
Brendon Todd
Erik van Rooyen
Matt Kuchar MC 19 28
Lanto Griffin
Dylan Frittelli 43
Keegan Bradley 64 33
Lucas Glover 43 Wd MC
Joel Dahmen 67
Alexander Noren
Troy Merritt 12
Harold Varner 3
Jhonattan Vegas 38
Adam Long MC
JT Poston 59
Brendan Steele MC
Maverick McNealy
Patton Kizzire MC
Aaron Wise 43
Seamus Power
Martin Laird 83 72
Adam Hadwin 43
Harry Higgs
Henrik Norlander
Richy Werenski
Zach Johnson 28
Robert Streb
Andrew Putnam 12
CT Pan 24
Brandt Snedeker 6 MC 12
Brandon Hagy
Kramer Hickok
Keith Mitchell 64
Sepp Straka MC
Luke List 77
Tom Hoge
Chez Reavie 38 MC
Hudson Swafford
Doc Redman
James Hahn MC
Hank Lebioda
Wyndham Clark 18
Matthew NeSmith
Adam Schenk 24
Kyle Stanley 71 50
Sam Ryder MC
Scott Piercy 67 43 MC
Denny McCarthy MC
Brian Stuard 52 MC
Roger Sloan 64
Scott Stallings MC MC
Pat Perez MC MC MC
Brice Garnett MC
Peter Malnati MC
Doug Ghim
Russell Knox MC
Chesson Hadley 43
Anirban Lahiri
Brian Gay MC 43 12
Tyler McCumber

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