New course, who dis? Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York hosts the Northern Trust Open (remember: Northern Trust no longer sponsors event at Riviera, that's now the Genesis Open. Liberty National, which has hosted this tournament twice in the past decade, would have been the choice, but it's hosting the Presidents Cup next month
And to ratchet up the confusion even further, well, this is too crazy to paraphrase, so here's PGA Tour.com's Jeff Shain talking about the 7,350-yard par-70 composite course.
“Founded in 1924, Glen Oaks Club began on land carved out of the William K. Vanderbilt estate south of Long Island's Lake Success. A need to expand in the late 1960s sent the club to a 250-acre site in Old Westbury, where Joe Finger was brought in to design three nine-hole loops."
“The layout remained largely unchanged until 2011, when members approved a major renovation and hired Craig Currier away from Bethpage State Park to oversee the project...The tournament course will draw from all three nines – Nos. 1-3 and 6-9 of the White course, Nos. 4 and 5 from the Red and the entire Blue layout."
Well OK! We don't know how the course will play, but a quick glance at some course photos show an abundance of fairway bunkers. Thus, strokes gained: off-the-tee and strokes gained: tee-to-green are worth weighting. Most of the greens are contoured around the edges and feature run-offs, so you'd be wise to add proximity to your statistical stew.
If you want to take a look at player FedEx Cup ranks and see who needs to play well to get into the top 100 (and thus advance to the next event and will theoretically be more motivated to play well), and who is comfortably inside the top 100, I don't hate the approach. It's certainly more likely top players will mail it in than the basement dwellers will mount heroic charges, however.
With that said, here are a few suggestions for your DFSing pleasure.
Creme de la Creme
Jordan Spieth: $11,200
Spieth has been off since the PGA Championship where he never really got anything going. He'll have had time to rest up and sharpen his saw, and should be poised to play well in New York this week. Regarding recent form: He's won twice in his last four starts, if you recall. Second in strokes gained: approach. Fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Third in total strokes gained. Third in birdie average.