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Expert PGA Betting Picks: Northern Trust

Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.

Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Northern Trust.

For a full breakdown of the tournament, click here.

Odds courtesy of Bovada.

Jason Day +1800

2017 has been a forgettable year for Day, but he’s due for a win and is slowly rounding into the form that saw him become the world No. 1 just a short time ago. The Aussie has finished 27th or better in his last three events and recently placed within the top 10 at the PGA Championship.

Day won this tournament in 2015 and was a runner-up in 2014, so he’s obviously comfortable in his surroundings in the first playoff event of the year. Books aren’t believing in him like they once did, which is evident in his +1800 odds, but he’s my top pick of the weekend regardless.

Paul Casey +3300

One of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour, Casey is a great example of a dream play for single-day fantasy sports users and a hit-or-miss choice for sports bettors. Ranking high on the leaderboard hasn’t been a problem for him lately, as the Englishman has nine T-15s to go along with 11 T-25s in his last 13 starts.

Casey is sixth in strokes gained from the tee to green and his game translates very well to Old Westbury. Expect him to be in the mix once again when all is said and done.

Patrick Reed +3300

Reed’s career trajectory was at an all-time high this time last year when he emerged triumphant at this event (formerly known as The Barclays) and spearheaded the American squad in a huge Ryder Cup win shortly after that. That’s where Reed’s dominance fell off, however, as he’s another golfer who’s largely struggled this season.

Don’t sleep on Patty this time around, though. To go along with last year’s win, Reed posted a T-10 showing here in 2014. He came in as a runner-up at the PGA Championship and hasn’t missed a cut since April. That’s good enough for me.

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