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The Playoffs Kick Off In New York: Northern Trust Preview

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I don’t know why, but the FedEx Cup playoffs do it for me. They work. I love them. The main reason is probably because, ever since I moved to Connecticut and eventually Boston for school, I’ve been a huge New England guy and half the playoffs take place in New England. I’ve soaked up the action at TPC Boston on Labor Day a handful of times now — it’s always one of my favorite days of the year.

Sadly I’ll miss Boston this year (I’ll be in St. Andrews playing 7 rounds in 4 days), but carry plenty of confidence the event will go on without me. Hope many of you can sneak out to either New York this weekend or Boston next and catch some of the action. It’s a great time.

For those of you hitting Glen Oaks this Friday, Trent and I will be following Kisner in the afternoon then grabbing some drinks after.

Join us. Glen Oaks is looking SEXY.

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A few members had us out last month. You’re going to hear this a lot this week, but Glen Oaks really is Augusta-esque. The look, the manicuring, the greenness. Spectacular.

Here’s a damn bunker cut into the 6th green AND the 7th tee box! Oh my!

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The Track

Already talked about the track so we’ll get into notable holes quickly here. Just want to say that it’s a 7,344-yard par 70. Glen Oaks’ superintendent, Craig Currier, has the place looking Augusta-esque probably because he worked two winters at Augusta National. He also was hired at Bethpage Black for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens.

He knows how to prepare a course for an elite event.

Notable Holes

2nd, 238 yards, par 3

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Including this one simply because I stuck a long-iron here then lagged one nicely from 10 feet for a tap-in par. And because it’s a sweet, long, downhill par 3.

3rd, 625 yards, par 5

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625!

13th, 323 yards, par 4

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You know the drill here. Drivable par 4. This one’s got water everywhere and lays right smack dab in the middle of Glen Oaks’ open valley. Gorgeous terrain. Scoreable hole with plenty of trouble. Love it.

15th, 184 yards, par 3

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That shaved bank should make things interesting. You know what else makes this interesting? Playing it as a nine-some.

18th, 475 yards, par 4

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Challenging finisher. Water left. Severely elevated green. Expecting a little carnage here.

Clubhouse

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Honestly one of the ugliest clubhouses I’ve ever seen.

Clubhouse grade = 3.7.

The Field

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It’s the playoffs. Basically everybody’s here except Adam Scott, who’s popping out a kid, Brandt Snedeker, who’s injured, and Tiger Woods, who’s neither qualified nor healthy enough to compete, but has a hammer.

Rory, despite health concerns and admitting he’s less than 100 percent, is teeing it up.

Fore Play guys in the field: Kevin Kisner, Keegan Bradley, Brian Harman, Wesley Bryan, Ollie Schniederjans, Jim Herman, Bud Cauley. Let these guys hear it out there, especially Kiz and New Englander Keegan Bradley aka People’s Golfer 2.0.

Predictions

Using Ouija Board

Winning Score

14-under. Total guess.

Winner

A new layout leaves a lot up to chance here. Who plays well here? Nobody knows. We’re working with no precedent upon which to base our guesses. Rickie? Hideki? JT? Spieth?

Sure, they’ll play well. They always do, but none are my pick this week. I’m going a little outside the box.

Charley Hoffman wins this week. Dude’s been KNOCKING at the door, and historically plays well at Augusta. This ain’t Augusta, but I’ve heard the comparison enough to spring the trap and let it affect my pick.

The Steven Bowditch Memorial DFL Award

Get reeeeeeal tricky without Bowdo on the course. RIPIP Steven.

I’m going with a guy who’s missed 4 cuts in his last 7 starts. With a highest finish of T37th, at the Barracuda, which plays opposite Firestone. I like John Huh but somebody’s gotta be DFL.

John Huh = DFL.

Dark Horse

Bubba Watson. Guy hasn’t had a good year, but 100-1? I’ll take that leap.

Here are your betting odds.

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Weather

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Coverage

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Thursday & Friday: Golf Channel 2-6PM
Saturday: Golf Channel: 1-2:30PM; CBS 3-6PM
Sunday: Golf Channel 12-1:30PM; CBS 2-6PM

Prepare for lots of people hating on CBS’ coverage, a Sunday tradition much less cool than the old one.

Final Thoughts

Kiz on the show this week. An extraordinarily normal South Carolinian dude like you or me, just really, really good at getting that little ball in that little hole.

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Enjoy Glen Oaks.