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Fall may not quite be upon us, but the official-unofficial start of Autumn — at least in the golf world — is. The FedExCup Playoffs open up in New York with the Northern Trust with the top-125 in FedExCup points looking take the next step towards a $10 million pay day.

With all the star power in the field this week, it’s easy to be confused or dismayed filling out your scan tron card with your picks.

Unfortunately for you, Golfstradamus is still on the road — so I’m here, ready to make some picks and make you some money. Now, you probably won’t earn a cool ten mil, but you can definitely parlay these choices into some walking around money you can hide from the wife.

So — if you’re ready to make some money, get your pencils ready and take note:

The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club – Old Westbury, New York
August 24 – 27, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Hideki Matsuyama 10/1
Jordan Spieth 10/1
Dustin Johnson 12/1
Rickie Fowler 12/1
Rory McIlroy 15/1
Jason Day 15/1
Justin Thomas 20/1
Brooks Koepka 20/1
Henrik Stenson 20/1
Jon Rahm 25/1
Paul Casey 30/1
Matt Kuchar 30/1
Justin Rose 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Francesco Molinari 50/1
Daniel Berger 50/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Phil Mickelson 60/1
Kevin Kisner 60/1
Charley Hoffman 50/1
Tony Finau 60/1
Kevin Chappell 60/1
Zach Johnson 60/1
Jason Dufner 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Webb Simpson 60/1
Branden Grace 80/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
Brian Harman 80/1
Bubba Watson 100/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 100/1
Kevin Na 100/1
Jamie Lovemark 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Xander Schauffele 100/1
Keegan Bradley 100/1
Patrick Cantlay 100/1
Robert Garrigus 100/1
Bud Cauley 125/1
Graham DeLaet 125/1
Chez Reavie 125/1
Brendan Steele 125/1
Ben Martin 125/1
Byeong Hun An 125/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Bryson DeChambeau 150/1
Adam Hadwin 150/1
Chris Stroud 150/1
Charles Howell III 150/1
Emiliano Grillo 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Kyle Stanley 150/1
Grayson Murray 150/1
Chad Campbell 150/1
Lucas Glover 150/1
Steve Stricker 150/1
Billy Horschel 150/1
Russell Knox 150/1
Cameron Smith 150/1
Rory Sabbatini 150/1
Pat Perez 150/1
Sean O’Hair 150/1
Jason Kokrak 150/1
James Hahn 150/1
Jhonattan Vegas 150/1
Si Woo Kim 200/1
Wesley Bryan 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Sung Kang 200/1
Harris English 200/1
Danny Lee 200/1
Harold Varner III 200/1
Patton Kizzire 200/1
David Lingmerth 200/1
Martin Laird 200/1
Anirban Lahiri 200/1
Hudson Swafford 200/1
Richy Werenski 200/1
Patrick Rodgers 200/1
Kevin Tway 200/1
Robert Streb 200/1
Martin Flores 200/1
Morgan Hoffmann 250/1
Chris Kirk 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Nick Watney 250/1
Scott Brown 250/1
Luke Donald 250/1
Brandon Hagy 250/1
William McGirt 250/1
Seung-Yul Noh 250/1
Camilo Villegas 250/1
J.J. Spaun 250/1
C.T. Pan 250/1
Scott Stallings 250/1
Luke List 250/1
Geoff Ogilvy 250/1
Jonas Blixt 300/1
Derek Fathauer 300/1
Ryan Blaum 300/1
Michael Kim 300/1
Blayne Barber 300/1
Brian Gay 300/1
John Huh 300/1
Jim Herman 300/1
J.J. Henry 300/1
Nick Taylor 300/1
Mackenzie Hughes 300/1
Tyrone Van Aswegen 300/1
Kelly Kraft 300/1
Vaughn Taylor 300/1
Cody Gribble 500/1
Whee Kim 500/1
D.A. Points 500/1
Rod Pampling 500/1

Mortal Locks: 

Jordan Spieth — It’s going to come down to the FedExCup Playoffs to decide this year’s PGA Tour Player of the Year. The two front runners are Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, as we all know, but the question is — who will draw first blood in the playoffs? My money is Jordan Spieth. The 2015 FedExCup champion has proven he can win whenever, wherever and that he can get it done with $10 million on the line. At 10/1, he’s the co-favorite — but that doesn’t mean you should shy away.

Rory McIlroy — I could have sworn Rory McIlroy told us all he was going away for a while to get healthy? I guess the allure of cashing another $10 million check in a couple weeks was just too much to pass up for the Northern Irishman. Last year’s FedExCup champ is looking to do what only Tiger has done before him — win back to back FedExCup titles. At 15/1, he won’t make you rich — but something is better than nothing, right?

Bang for Your Buck:

Justin Rose — With the course at Glen Oaks Golf Club getting favorable comparisons to Augusta National, it’s easy to like take guys with good track records there to pad your lineup this week. Rose, who hasn’t played great as of late, needs a shot in the arm. For Rose, the unfamiliar greens and Augusta-like layout could prove to be an advantage for the veteran Englishman in New York (hey, good song). At 40/1, you don’t need to bet big to win big.

Louis Oosthuizen — Teeing it up for the first time since completing the career grand slam of runner-ups, Louis Oosthuizen finally looks healthy — both physically and mentally. It may not come this week, but the ol’ crystal brain confident that Shrek will win some time in the next four weeks. If it happens this week, the ROI on the 40/1 action will be quite sweet.

Charley Hoffman — I’m not quite ready to pack in on the Charley Hoffman money hemorrhaging train, so I’ll be taking the action once again this week. It’s not too often a guy has the type of season Hoffman has without eventually punching through and hoisting a trophy. And Hoffman has played well during this time of year in the past. Those items, combined with the obvious tear he’s been on (six top-5 finishes this season) and I still think he can seal the deal. At 50/1, the juice is worth the squeeze.

Fun Under $5

Richy Werenski — The pride of South Hadley, Massachusetts — Richy Werenski — has strung together some decent finishes on Tour in recent weeks and is coming into action at The Northern Trust off a top-1o at the Wyndham Championship. While I doubt very much he’s going to make a Cinderella-type run and win $10 million, there’s a decent chance he can turn some heads this week in New York. At 200/1, why not?

Morgan Hoffmann — It seems like every year some almost no-name player makes a deep run during the FedExCup playoffs on the heels of a great showing in New York and/or Boston. Not so long ago, Morgan Hoffmann did just that. And while he hasn’t popped up on leader boards too often this summer, he always seems to get warm just as the temperatures cool down. At 250/1, are you really going to miss a couple bucks?

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Now it’s time to turn in for the evening and pray to the gambling gods for a good showing. Don’t worry if I don’t answer right away — everything you need to know is here. Until next time, go and choose wisely…

– (Not) Golfstradamus

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