Northern Trust Open 2019: Best Odds and Picks for FedEx Cup Playoffs

Brooks Koepka enters The Northern Trust Open as the bookmakers' favorite, closely followed by Rory McIlroy.

Koepka won the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee, two weeks ago and according to Oddschecker, Koepka is an 8/1 favorite to win at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

A second-favorite at 10/1, McIlroy recovered well after missing the cut at The Open Championship at Portrush, Northern Ireland, to finish tied for fourth at the WGC.

The pair, who are currently ranked first and second in the FedEx Cup standings, were paired together at the WGC and will again play alongside each other in the first round of The Northern Trust Open.

Both Koepka and McIlroy urged PGA officials to penalize slow players. The issue of slow play arose prominently at The Open Championship, when J.B. Holmes took seemed to take an eternity to take his shots.

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Brooks Koepka of the United States plays a shot on the ninth hole during a practice round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club on August 7 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Koepka, who was paired with Holmes in the final round, didn't mention Holmes directly but suggested it was time for officials to hand out penalties.

"What I don't understand is if I hit in the water, I have to take a penalty stroke," Koepka said in his press conference. "It's in the rule book. And then you have 40 seconds to hit a shot. That's in the rule book, too. So I don't want to take a penalty shot. They are all in the rule book. So figure it out and penalize somebody."

McIlroy echoed his rival's stance: "I think the guys that are slow are the guys that get too many chances before they are penalized. So it should be a warning and then a shot [penalty]. We are not children that need to be told five or six times what to do."

Behind the duo, Jon Rahm is the next favorite at 12/1. The Spaniard won the Irish Open and finished 11th and seventh at The Open Championship and the WGC, respectively.

Dustin Johnson, who won The Northern Trust Open in 2017, is a 14/1 shot, while defending FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose and Justin Thomas are both at 18/1.

Rickie Fowler follows at 20/1, while The Open Championship runner-up Tommy Fleetwood is a 22/1 shot alongside Patrick Cantlay.

Tiger Woods, who finished tied for second place at Liberty National in 2009 and 2013 is a 28/1 shot, along with Xander Schauffele.

Adam Scott, who won in 2013, is a 33/1 shot, ahead of Tony Finau and 2018 Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari who are both at 40/1.

World number eight and The Northern Trust Open defending champion Bryson DeChambeau is a 45/1 outsider, along with 2016 winner and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

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