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The Northern Trust, formerly The Barclays, is a golf tournament in the New York City area on the PGA Tour. Since 2007, it has been played as the first tournament of the playoff system for the FedEx Cup. The field is limited to the top 125 players on the FedEx points list for the regular season.

The Northern Trust
The Northern Trust logo.png
LocationVaries – Jersey City, New Jersey in 2019
Established1967, 52 years ago
Course(s)Liberty National Golf Club
in 2019
Par71 in 2018
Length7,319 yards (6,692 m) in 2018
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$9.0 million
Month playedAugust
Aggregate261 Bob Gilder (1982)
261 Jason Day (2015)
To par−19 Johnny Miller (1974)
−19 Bob Gilder (1982)
−19 Dustin Johnson (2011)
−19 Jason Day (2015)
United States Patrick Reed
Liberty NGC is located in the United States
Liberty NGC
Liberty NGC
Location in the United States
Liberty NGC  is located in New Jersey
Liberty NGC 
Liberty NGC 
Location in New Jersey
Liberty NGC is located in New York City
Liberty NGC
Liberty
NGC
Location near
New York City

Many of the world's top players have won The Northern Trust including Sergio García, 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 FedEx Cup era. Since the tournament's inception in 1967, The Northern Trust has generated nearly $50 million for New York/New Jersey Metropolitan-area charities, including a record $1.865 million in 2018.[1]

The 2019 edition of The Northern Trust was held August 8–11 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, for the third time in the tournament's history.[2]

In 2018, the PGA Tour announced that The Northern Trust will rotate between the New York/New Jersey and Boston areas in 2019 and 2020. The tour will return to New England and TPC Boston in 2020; the course hosted the Dell Technologies Championship from 2003 through 2018.[2]

HistoryEdit

The event began in 1967 as the Westchester Classic, played at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City in Westchester County. Beginning in 1976, it underwent a series of name sponsorships (detailed below), not unlike other PGA Tour stops. The name of the event evolved to the point that, by 1990, it no longer contained the name of its host course or location. However, among golfers on tour and many fans, it was still known by its traditional name, "The Westchester."

The tournament was usually played during June of each year, either the week before (in even-numbered years) or the week after (in odd-numbered years) the U.S. Open. It had its greatest attendance in 2001 when Tiger Woods participated, although two days of heavy rains disrupted play. It had one of its more exciting finishes in 2005, when Pádraig Harrington eagled the par-5 final hole with a 65-foot (20 m) putt to win the title. The most frequent winner of the tournament is Vijay Singh, with four trophies.

Beginning in 2008, it left the Westchester Country Club and began being rotated amongst different clubs in the New York metropolitan area (also detailed below).

In 2011, Hurricane Irene shortened the tournament to 54 holes, which was played that year at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey. The tournament ended by noontime on Saturday, August 27, allowing ample time for players and spectators to evacuate the golf course.

The tournament has traditionally closed CBS Sports's PGA Tour television schedule, due to the network's commitment to airing SEC and NFL football during the fall months; until 2014, the network also had rights to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which begins the Monday prior to Labor Day. (The 2019 changes to the PGA Tour calendar, which resulted in The Northern Trust being moved up two weeks due to the PGA Tour's desire to complete the FedEx Cup Playoffs by the end of August, will not affect this tournament ending CBS's golf season, even though the tournament now takes place three weeks before the first week of the college football season.) Jim Nantz, who calls the final two rounds of The Northern Trust on television, is also the lead play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS.

In 2017, Chicago-based financial services company Northern Trust replaced Barclays, which had sponsored the tournament since 2005.[3] Northern Trust had previously been the title sponsor of the Los Angeles Open at Riviera for nine years, known as the "Northern Trust Open" from 2008 through 2016.

In 2019, the FedEx Cup Playoffs will feature three events, instead of four, and the Playoffs will conclude by the end of August. Therefore, The Northern Trust will be played earlier in August (August 5–11, 2019), followed by the BMW Championship, August 12-18 (70 players); and the Tour Championship August 19–25 (30 players).[4]

HighlightsEdit

In 2015, Brian Harman became only the third player in PGA tour history to record two holes-in-one in the same round.[5]

WinnersEdit

PGA Tour (FedEx Cup Playoffs) 2007 onwards
PGA Tour (Regular) 1967–2006
# Year Player Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
The Northern Trust
53rd 2019 Patrick Reed (2)   United States Liberty National, NJ 268 −16 1 stroke   Abraham Ancer 9,250,000 1,665,000
52st 2018 Bryson DeChambeau   United States Ridgewood, NJ 266 −18 4 strokes   Tony Finau 9,000,000 1,620,000
51st 2017 Dustin Johnson (2)   United States Glen Oaks, NY 267 −13 Playoff   Jordan Spieth 8,750,000 1,575,000
The Barclays
50th 2016 Patrick Reed   United States Bethpage Black, NY 275 −9 1 stroke   Emiliano Grillo
  Sean O'Hair
8,500,000 1,530,000
49th 2015 Jason Day   Australia Plainfield, NJ 261 −19 6 strokes   Henrik Stenson 8,250,000 1,485,000
48th 2014 Hunter Mahan   United States Ridgewood, NJ 270 −14 2 strokes   Stuart Appleby
  Jason Day
  Cameron Tringale
8,000,000 1,440,000
47th 2013 Adam Scott   Australia Liberty National, NJ 273 −11 1 stroke   Graham DeLaet
  Justin Rose
  Gary Woodland
  Tiger Woods
8,000,000 1,440,000
46th 2012 Nick Watney   United States Bethpage Black, NY 274 −10 3 strokes   Brandt Snedeker 8,000,000 1,440,000
45th 2011 Dustin Johnson   United States Plainfield, NJ 194^ −19 2 strokes   Matt Kuchar 8,000,000 1,440,000
44th 2010 Matt Kuchar   United States Ridgewood, NJ 272 −12 Playoff   Martin Laird 7,500,000 1,350,000
43rd 2009 Heath Slocum   United States Liberty National, NJ 275 −9 1 stroke   Ernie Els
  Pádraig Harrington
  Steve Stricker
  Tiger Woods
7,500,000 1,350,000
42nd 2008 Vijay Singh (4)   Fiji Ridgewood, NJ 276 −8 Playoff   Sergio García
  Kevin Sutherland
7,000,000 1,260,000
41st 2007 Steve Stricker   United States Westchester, NY 268 −16 2 strokes   K. J. Choi 7,000,000 1,260,000
Barclays Classic
40th 2006 Vijay Singh (3)   Fiji Westchester, NY 274 −10 2 strokes   Adam Scott 5,750,000 1,035,000
39th 2005 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland Westchester, NY 274 −10 1 stroke   Jim Furyk 5,750,000 1,035,000
Buick Classic
38th 2004 Sergio García (2)   Spain Westchester, NY 272 −12 Playoff   Pádraig Harrington
  Rory Sabbatini
5,250,000 945,000
37th 2003 Jonathan Kaye   United States Westchester, NY 271 −13 Playoff   John Rollins 5,000,000 900,000
36th 2002 Chris Smith   United States Westchester, NY 272 −12 2 strokes   David Gossett
  Pat Perez
  Loren Roberts
3,500,000 630,000
35th 2001 Sergio García   Spain Westchester, NY 268 −16 3 strokes   Scott Hoch 3,500,000 630,000
34th 2000 Dennis Paulson   United States Westchester, NY 276 −8 Playoff   David Duval 3,000,000 540,000
33rd 1999 Duffy Waldorf   United States Westchester, NY 276 −8 Playoff   Dennis Paulson 2,500,000 450,000
32nd 1998 J. P. Hayes   United States Westchester, NY 201^ −12 Playoff   Jim Furyk 1,800,000 324,000
31st 1997 Ernie Els (2)   South Africa Westchester, NY 268 −16 2 strokes   Jeff Maggert 1,500,000 270,000
30th 1996 Ernie Els   South Africa Westchester, NY 271 −13 8 strokes   Steve Elkington
  Tom Lehman
  Jeff Maggert
  Craig Parry
1,200,000 216,000
29th 1995 Vijay Singh (2)   Fiji Westchester, NY 278 −6 Playoff   Doug Martin 1,200,000 216,000
28th 1994 Lee Janzen   United States Westchester, NY 268 −16 3 strokes   Ernie Els 1,200,000 216,000
27th 1993 Vijay Singh   Fiji Westchester, NY 280 −4 Playoff   Mark Wiebe 1,000,000 180,000
26th 1992 David Frost   South Africa Westchester, NY 268 −16 8 strokes   Duffy Waldorf 1,000,000 180,000
25th 1991 Billy Andrade   United States Westchester, NY 273 −11 2 strokes   Brad Bryant 1,000,000 180,000
24th 1990 Hale Irwin   United States Westchester, NY 269 −15 2 strokes   Paul Azinger 1,000,000 180,000
Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic
23rd 1989 Wayne Grady   Australia Westchester, NY 277 −7 Playoff   Ronnie Black 1,000,000 180,000
22rd 1988 Seve Ballesteros (2)   Spain Westchester, NY 276 −8 Playoff   David Frost
  Ken Green
  Greg Norman
700,000 126,000
21st 1987 J. C. Snead   United States Westchester, NY 276 −8 Playoff   Seve Ballesteros 600,000 108,000
20th 1986 Bob Tway   United States Westchester, NY 272 −12 1 stroke   Willie Wood 600,000 108,000
19th 1985 Roger Maltbie   United States Westchester, NY 275 −9 Playoff   George Burns
  Raymond Floyd
500,000 90,000
18th 1984 Scott Simpson   United States Westchester, NY 269 −15 5 strokes   David Graham
  Jay Haas
  Mark O'Meara
500,000 90,000
17th 1983 Seve Ballesteros   Spain Westchester, NY 276 −8 2 strokes   Andy Bean
  Craig Stadler
450,000 81,000
16th 1982 Bob Gilder   United States Westchester, NY 261 −19 5 strokes   Peter Jacobsen
  Tom Kite
400,000 72,000
15th 1981 Raymond Floyd   United States Westchester, NY 275 −9 1 stroke   Bobby Clampett
  Gibby Gilbert
  Craig Stadler
400,000 72,000
14th 1980 Curtis Strange   United States Westchester, NY 273 −11 2 strokes   Gibby Gilbert 400,000 72,000
13th 1979 Jack Renner   United States Westchester, NY 277 −7 1 stroke   David Graham
  Howard Twitty
400,000 72,000
American Express Westchester Classic
12th 1978 Lee Elder   United States Westchester, NY 274 −10 1 stroke   Mark Hayes 300,000 60,000
11th 1977 Andy North   United States Westchester, NY 272 −12 2 strokes   George Archer 300,000 60,000
10th 1976 David Graham   Australia Westchester, NY 272 −12 3 strokes   Ben Crenshaw
  Tom Watson
  Fuzzy Zoeller
300,000 60,000
Westchester Classic
9th 1975 Gene Littler   United States Westchester, NY 271 −17 Playoff   Julius Boros 250,000 50,000
8th 1974 Johnny Miller   United States Westchester, NY 269 −19 2 strokes   Don Bies 250,000 50,000
7th 1973 Bobby Nichols   United States Westchester, NY 272 −16 Playoff   Bob Murphy 250,000 50,000
6th 1972 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States Westchester| NY 270 −18 3 strokes   Jim Colbert 250,000 50,000
5th 1971 Arnold Palmer   United States Westchester, NY 270 −18 5 strokes   Gibby Gilbert
  Hale Irwin
250,000 50,000
4th 1970 Bruce Crampton   Australia Westchester, NY 273 −15 1 stroke   Larry Hinson
  Jack Nicklaus
250,000 50,000
3rd 1969[6] Frank Beard   United States Westchester, NY 275 −13 1 stroke   Bert Greene 250,000 50,000
2nd 1968[7] Julius Boros   United States Westchester, NY 272 −16 1 stroke   Bob Murphy
  Jack Nicklaus
  Dan Sikes
250,000 50,000
1st 1967[8] Jack Nicklaus   United States Westchester, NY 272 −16 1 stroke   Dan Sikes 250,000 50,000

PO Indicates a win in a playoff
^ Indicates weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[9][10][11]

Multiple winnersEdit

Six men won the tournament more than once through 2017.

Future sitesEdit

Year Edition Course Location Dates Times hosted Ref
2020 54th TPC Boston Norton, Massachusetts August 13–16
2021 55th Bethpage Black Course Farmingdale, New York August TBA 2012, 2016 [12]
2022 56th TPC Boston Norton, Massachusetts August TBA
2027 61st Bethpage Black Course Farmingdale, New York August TBA 2012, 2016, 2021 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Northern Trust generates $1.865 million for local area charities". PGA Tour. November 12, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Northern Trust to call New York/New Jersey home in 2019, Boston home in 2020". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Northern Trust to sponsor first FedExCup event in 2017". PGA Tour. January 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "PGA Tour unveils significantly revamped 2018-19 Season schedule". PGA Tour. July 10, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Staats, Wayne (October 29, 2018). "These are the only three golfers to make two holes-in-one in same PGA Tour round". PGA of America. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Beard Cans Birdie On Final Hole For Title". Lodi News-Sentinel. Lodi, California. UPI. August 4, 1969. p. 8. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  7. ^ "'Loose Moose' Grabs Westchester Win Away From Murphy". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Daytona Beach, Florida. AP. August 19, 1968. p. 15. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "Army Didn't Bug Me -- Jack". The Free Lance−Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. AP. August 31, 1967. p. 22. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  9. ^ The Barclays – Winners – at www.pgatour.com
  10. ^ The Barclays – Winners Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine – at golfobserver.com (since 1970)
  11. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  12. ^ a b "Bethpage State Park to host Barclays in 2021, 2027". PGA Tour. February 3, 2015.

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