The Northern Trust 2019 : Northern Trust Golf 2019 Tee times for Tiger Woods, field, Round 1 TV coverage, The Northern Trust 2019 TV schedule The 2019 The Northern Trust features a hungry field looking to win the PGA Tour’s first FedEx Cup playoff event in Jersey City, N.J You can watch the 2019 The Northern Trust online starting on Thursday, as Golf Channel has its online stream for all four rounds of the tournament
The top 3 in the FedExCup standings tee it up together at THE NORTHERN TRUST. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)
Buckle up the FedExCup Playoffs are about to begin.
The PGA TOUR visits the picturesque Liberty National to kick start the race for the FedExCup $15 million. Get ready for the best players of the PGA TOUR regular season going all out with the best skyline in sports showcasing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Can it get much better?
This week’s Featured Groups include two-time FedExCup champion Tiger Woods and regular season FedExCup points leader Brooks Koepka. Rory McIlroy will also feature as will last week’s winner J.T. Poston.
PGA TOUR LIVE’s Thursday and Friday broadcasts will begin at 7:15 a.m. ET. The Saturday and Sunday coverage begins at 8:30 a.m.
Here’s a look at this Featured Groups and how you can follow them. (Note: all times Eastern; FedExCup ranking in parentheses):
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Tiger Woods, J.T. Poston, Scott Piercy
Tiger Woods (28): The only two-time FedExCup champion gets his first start since missing the cut at The Open Championship. Woods enters the Playoffs as the defending champion at East Lake but needs to play well to ensure he is in the top 30 in two weeks’ time to defend.
J.T. Poston (27): Enters the Playoffs in sensational form having just secured his first PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship. A week ago was under the gun to make it to the BMW Championship, now has East Lake in his sights.
Scott Piercy (26): In the midst of an impressive season despite being winless. Has a career-high six top-10s, including a T2 at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Tee times: 7:43 a.m. off No. 10 on Thursday; 12:33 p.m. off No. 1 on Friday.
Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar
Brooks Koepka (1): The man to beat as the Playoffs begin. Koepka led the regular season points race after winning the PGA Championship, THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The latter was his last start so he’s in hot form.
Rory McIlroy (2): Had a chance to knock Koepka from top spot in Memphis two weeks ago but was unable to close the deal. Lost that battle but with wins at THE PLAYERS Championship and the RBC Canadian Open this season McIlroy is playing well enough to add a second FedExCup to his resume.
Matt Kuchar (3): Led the FedExCup race for a large portion of the season before being overrun late. A two-time winner early in the season the veteran has maintained solid results since. Can he ramp things back up and claim his first FedExCup?
Tee times: 8:16 a.m. off No. 10 on Thursday; 1:06 p.m. off No. 1 on Friday.
Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele (4): Hot form early in the season with a World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions win followed by a sizzling finish to the Sentry Tournament of Champions means this former Rookie of the Year is in great shape to take out the FedExCup.
Gary Woodland (5): A regular at East Lake over the years Woodland will now head to Atlanta as the U.S. Open champion and more confident than ever.
Patrick Cantlay (6): A win at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide reminded everyone this young gun can’t be ignored when thinking of potential FedExCup winners.
Tee times: 1:06 p.m. off No. 1 on Thursday; 8:16 a.m. off No. 10 on Friday.
FAN VOTE FRIDAY CHOICES:
7:54 AM/ET: Justin Thomas (17) / Bryson DeChambeau (18) / Tommy Fleetwood (19)
8:05 AM/ET: Justin Rose (11) / Marc Leishman (12) / Rickie Fowler (13)
HOW TO FOLLOW
TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 12-1:45 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. (featured groups). Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. International subscribers (via GOLF.tv): Thursday-Friday, 11:15 to 22:00 GMT. Saturday, 13:00 to 22:00. Sunday, 13:00 to 22:30.
RADIO: Thursday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and
Tiger Woods has only played Liberty National Golf Club twice in his career, and both times he’s been beaten by just one person. In 2009, Heath Slocum clipped him by a stroke. In 2013, it was Adam Scott — again by one. Both instances were at a tournament called The Barclays, which is now The Northern Trust, this week’s event being played at Liberty National.
It would be surprising if Woods found that level of success this week on this course based on recent form and current health. Woods hasn’t truly contended in an event since the Masters in April which — not sure if you know this — he won. He’s also limping into The Northern Trust with physical limitations. Well, not literally limping but also not far from it. Woods didn’t take full strokes for at least part of his pro-am on Wednesday at Liberty National as he deals with some back stiffness.
“It’s best to be smart about it,” a stiff Woods told reporters after his pro-am, echoing what he’s said at nearly every event since the Masters. “This is kind of how it is; some days I’m stiffer than others.”
I’m not sure if I would have been more surprised in January if you had told me Tiger would win the Masters or if after that he would do nothing at all. Both are shockers to a system still unfamiliar with what to do with this version of Woods.
“As I’ve said to you guys all year, this is how it is,” Woods added to reporters. “Some days I’m stiffer than others. Yesterday I was out there hitting it great. Driving it out there with Brooksy and D.J. Today, I’m stiff. Hopefully I’m not that way [Thursday].”
Tiger only has so many swings left. We know this. He knows this. Only he will admit it, though. And I’m fine with him not spending them in practice rounds in New Jersey in the middle of August.
Heck, maybe we’re at the point where Woods should only play the majors. That’s basically what he’s done this year from March on, and even that has seemed taxing. Who knew that a Masters win — of all things! — would prove to be the thing most revealing of just how much he struggles to rev this once-perfect engine.
But here we are, four months later with seemingly more questions than ever. Woods won’t have answers this week or next, and I don’t expect him to. He is what he is — a brittle golfer who can’t roll with the best in the game without putting his body through the wringer. He seems unwilling (maybe even unable) to do that for a playoff event nobody will remember — and he should — because it’s April and May and June and July when I want to see him roaring. Might be time to play for just that.