Tiger Woods & world’s top pros coming to TPC Boston for The Northern Trust Aug 20 -23.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin Aug 20-23 at TPC Boston with the top 125 players teeing off and only 70 will advance in the quest for the ultimate prize in golf - a $15 million check for winning the FedEx Cup.

NORTON, Mass. – The FedExCup Playoffs return to Boston this year for THE NORTHERN TRUST, which is great news for four past champions at TPC Boston who all sit inside the top 5 of the FedExCup standings. The 2017 winner at TPC Boston, Justin Thomas, leads the standings followed by Webb Simpson (No. 2), Bryson DeChambeau (No. 4) and Rory McIlroy (No. 5), a two-time winner in Boston. Only three weeks remain on the PGA TOUR for players to move into the top 125 and qualify for THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first of three FedExCup Playoffs events August 20-23.

Thomas ranks No. 1 in the FedExCup standings thanks to two victories and eight top-ten finishes this season. Thomas has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs each of the last five years, with his best finish at THE NORTHERN TRUST (T6) coming in 2017. The 27-year-old collected his first Playoffs victory at TPC Boston in 2017 on his way to winning the 2017 FedExCup at the season-ending TOUR Championship.

“I’m excited that anytime you go to a place you’ve won, it’s a good feeling and you obviously have good vibes,” Thomas said. “I love that area and the course is fun. It’s a place where you can make some birdies and you’re going to have to play well.”

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Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy after winning the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., Monday, Labor Day Sept. 3, 2018, the last time the PGA Tour was in town.

Simpson, currently ranked No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, captured his victory at TPC Boston in 2011. The North Carolina native has advanced to the first FedExCup Playoffs event each of the last 11 seasons. With two victories and six top-ten finishes so far this season, Simpson is looking to win the FedExCup for the first time in his career.

THE 2018 NORTHERN TRUST champion and last winner at TPC Boston, DeChambeau holds the No. 4 spot in the race for the FedExCup. For the season, DeChambeau has one victory and eight top-ten finishes.

Two-time FedExCup champion (2016, 2019) McIlroy currently sits at No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. The Northern Irishman has two victories at TPC Boston (2012, 2016) with his most recent happening on his way to his first FedExCup victory.

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TPC Boston opend in 2003 and Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course Design, Inc. collaborated with PGA TOUR player consultant Brad Faxon on a re-design of TPC Boston in 2007 designed to make the course blend more naturally with its New England setting will be without spectators this year by order of PGA Tour & Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Six past champions of THE NORTHERN TRUST are currently featured in the top-125 of the FedExCup standings, including defending champion and 2016 winner Patrick Reed (No. 6), 2011 and 2017 champion Dustin Johnson (No. 28), 2013 winner Adam Scott (No. 33), 2010 champion Matt Kuchar (No. 61), 2015 champion Jason Day (No. 64) and 2012 winner Nick Watney (No. 118).

In addition, past winners at TPC Boston within the top-125 include 2003 winner Scott (No. 33), 2006 champion Tiger Woods (No. 45), 2015 champion Rickie Fowler (No. 89), 2007 winner Phil Mickelson (No. 103) and 2010 champion Charley Hoffman (No. 104).

Only three weeks remain until the FedExCup Playoffs begin at THE NORTHERN TRUST. When the PGA TOUR’s top-125 arrive at TPC Boston August 20-23, the pressure-packed drama will be unparalleled as only 70 players will advance to the BMW Championship.

The PGA Tour and Commonwealth of Massachusetts have jointly agreed to ban spectators from attending the event, held since 2003.

www.THENORTHERNTRUST.com.

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Tom Gorman, a Boston-based golf writer, is a longtime member of the Golf Writer's Association of America. Tom is a member at White Cliffs CC (Plymouth, MA) and Fiddlesticks CC (Ft. Myers, FL). Email can be sent to teetalktom@aol.com.

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