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Tuesday, July 23 2019 @ 05:08 AM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott commit to THE NORTHERN TRUST


Six-time PGA TOUR winner and THE NORTHERN TRUST’s 2013 champion announce their plans to tee it up at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY – Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion and currently No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, and 2013 champion Adam Scott have committed to play in THE NORTHERN TRUST this August when the FedExCup Playoffs kick off in Jersey City.

Koepka, who won the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park in May to become the first player in history to successfully defend both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open in a career, will return to the tri-state area this August in his quest to capture his first victory at THE NORTHERN TRUST and his first FedExCup title. Koepka’s best finish in four previous appearances at THE NORTHERN TRUST was T8 in 2018.

Scott already has one victory at THE NORTHERN TRUST on his resume. The 2013 champion recorded the largest come-from-behind win in the history of THE NORTHERN TRUST, carding a final-round, 5-under 66. Scott’s six-stroke comeback victory came the last time THE NORTHERN TRUST was played at Liberty National, where the Aussie topped Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Graham DeLaet by one stroke.

When Liberty National gets ready to host THE NORTHERN TRUST for the third time, Koepka and Scott will be joined by the biggest names in the game. This year, the stakes in the FedExCup Playoffs will be even higher when the top-125 players arrive at THE NORTHERN TRUST. With the PGA TOUR’s move from four to three Playoff events, only 70 players will advance, with 55 players going home. Additionally, players are competing for more tournament prize money than ever before –a $9.25 million purse at THE NORTHERN TRUST and an overall bonus pool of $60 million (with a $15 million pay day for the FedExCup champion) are all up for grabs.

Brooks Koepka – 6-time PGA TOUR winner

History at THE NORTHERN TRUST: Koepka earned his first top-10 in four starts at this event with a T8 at Ridgewood Country Club in 2018.

FedExCup Rank: Currently No. 2

FedExCup movement this season: Began the season at No. 3 in the FedExCup standings thanks to a win in his first start of the 2018-19 season at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Jeju Island, South Korea. Since then, he has only fallen outside the top-10 in the standings twice.  Heading into last year’s FedExCup Playoffs, Koepka was No. 3 in the standings before finishing a career-best 9th after the TOUR Championship and ultimately capturing the PGA TOUR Player of the Year award.

Best career finish in the FedExCup Standings: 9th, 2018

Wins this season: Two – THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and PGA Championship

Fun fact: His great uncle is Dick Groat, a two-time World Series-winning shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1960 National League MVP.

Adam Scott – 13-time PGA TOUR winner

How he won THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2013: Scott entered the final round of the 2013 tournament at Liberty National trailing Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland by six strokes before a bogey-free 5-under 66 led to a one-stroke victory over Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland, Graham DeLaet and Justin Rose. Woods left a 26’8” chip just three inches from the hole on the par-4 18th that would have led to a playoff.

FedExCup Rank: Currently No. 17

FedExCup movement this season: Began the season at T35. Three top-10 finishes at the PGA Championship, Memorial Tournament and US Open have put him in prime position heading into the final stretch of golf before the Playoffs.  Scott is looking to make it back to the TOUR Championship for the first time since 2016.

Best career finish in the FedExCup Standings: 4th, 2013 and 2016

Wins this season: none. Looking for his first win since the 2013 WGC-Mexico Championship.

History at THE NORTHERN TRUST: In addition to his win in 2013, Scott has four other top-10 finishes at this event, including a T4 in 2016 and T5 in 2018.

Fun fact: He named his second child, Byron, in part after golf legend Byron Nelson. Scott won the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in 2008 for his sixth career TOUR win.  

With less than 30 days to go until THE NORTHERN TRUST begins, here’s a look at the current top 20 in the FedExCup standings:

Position       Player                                   Points          

1                      Matt Kuchar                       2287

2                      Brooks Koepka                  2,202

3                      Rory McIlroy                      2,195

4                      Xander Schauffele             1,817

5                      Gary Woodland                  1,789

6                      Patrick Cantlay                   1,658

7                      Dustin Johnson                   1,631

8                      Paul Casey                          1,541

9                      Justin Rose                         1,308

10                   Rickie Fowler                       1,293                            

11                   Jon Rahm                             1,283

12                   Chez Reavie                        1,272

13                   Marc Leishman                    1,215

14                   Bryson DeChambeau         1,193

15                   Charles Howell III               1,156            

16                   Justin Thomas                    1,120

17                   Adam Scott                         1,107

18                   Tony Finau                          1,041

19                   Kevin Kisner                       1,039

20                   Scott Piercy                        1,006

ABOUT THE NORTHERN TRUST 

THE NORTHERN TRUST is the first of three events in the FedExCup Playoffs, the culmination of the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR Season. Played in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area, THE NORTHERN TRUST features do-or-die drama as the top 125 players compete to advance. With strong ties to the essential elements of New York culture, the event is a celebration of food, lifestyle, the very best golfers on the PGA TOUR and a fan experience that is unmatched. Many of the world’s top players have won THE NORTHERN TRUST including Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and 2018 champion Bryson DeChambeau, who captured a four-stroke victory and became the tournament’s youngest winner in the FedExCup era. Since the tournament’s inception in 1967, THE NORTHERN TRUST has generated nearly $50 million for New York/New Jersey Metropolitan-area charities.

ABOUT NORTHERN TRUST

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 23 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2019, Northern Trust had assets under custody/administration of US$10.9 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.2 trillion. For more than 130 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A., incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at https://www.northerntrust.com/disclosures.

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