The Northern Trust R1

Reed & Thomas tied in first Playoff event

Northern Trust 2021 R1
August 19-22
Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey
$9,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas both signed for an opening 8-under par 63 to share the lead at the Northern Trust, the first event in the Playoffs.

Rahm is playing for the first time since he took enforced time off due to Covid-19 and missed out on the Olympics but there was no sign of that in his bogey-free first round.


Northern Trust 2021 R1

Thomas, who suffered putting problems earlier in the year, found himself taking the advice of a teenager and is playing with his old putter this week.

“And I found myself defending myself to this 15-year-old. I was like, ‘Why am I not using this thing?’ It’s not like I’m making a lot of putts with what I have. If you’re putting well, any of us can go out and putt with anything.”


Northern Trust 2021 R1

Not every putt was a winner but his nine birdies and one bogey carded him his lowest round since he signed for a 62 in Mexico at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last December.

Harold Varner III is in solo third place after signing for a 66. He is currently in 72nd place in the FedExCup standings with only the top 70 moving on to next week’s tournament.


Northern Trust 2021 R1

Bryson DeChambeau had a very uneven round, firing nine birdies, parring the 4th and 10th holes and suffering from five bogeys and two double bogeys at the par-4s 9th and 12th for a round of 71 and a share of 52nd place.

He is the first player in ten years to shoot par or better with two pars or fewer.

Reigning FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson noticed a crack in his driver minutes before starting his round and headed to the first tee with his next-longest club, a 5-wood. Luckily he had a 3-wood in his car which was delivered to him in time to play the third hole.

“(It) threw me for a loop there because it was literally 10 minutes before I was teeing off when it happened,” he said.

“Driver fatigue will occur over time, of course, for these guys that are hitting so many shots,” said a TaylorMade spokesman. “We do regularly test all of our athletes’ product prior to most tournaments unless a player requests us to provide a new gamer for him. On this occasion, Dustin noticed a fine crack prior to play. He was able to switch into a strong 3-wood that he is using today.”


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Northern Trust 2021 R1

The wind at Liberty National was a particular worry as the 3-wood’s higher trajectory is more affected by it but Johnson managed to play four birdies and three bogeys for a 71 and a T34 place at 1-under.

“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “I figured out a way to shoot a decent score.”

Patrick Reed withdrew citing an ankle injury for the second week running. He is currently 9th in the U.S. Team’s Ryder Cup rankings and players have through the BMW Championship next week to make it to the top six and an automatic qualification. Team captain Steve Stricker will select and announce the remaining six members team after the season-ending Tour Championship.

Captain America will be hoping for a good result after resting his ankle to at least capture Stricker’s attention and make it to Whistling Straits in September.

Northern Trust 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Jon Rahm
-8
63
T1
Justin Thomas
-8
63
3
Harold Varner III *
-5
66
T4
Tony Finau *
-4
67
T4
Mackenzie Hughes *
-4
67
T4
Kevin Na *
-4
67
T4
Adam Scott *
-4
67
T4
Robert Streb
-4
67
T4
Cameron Tringale
-4
67
T10
Patrick Cantlay *
-3
68
T10
Cameron Champ *
-3
68
T10
Viktor Hovland *
-3
68
T10
Keith Mitchell
-3
68
T10
Sebastián Muñoz
-3
68
T15
Keegan Bradley
-2
69
T15
Cam Davis *
-2
69
T15
Harris English
-2
69
T15
Lanto Griffin
-2
69
T15
Russell Henley
-2
69
T15
Garrick Higgo *
-2
69
T15
Harry Higgs *
-2
69
T15
Tom Hoge
-2
69
T15
Anirban Lahiri *
-2
69
T15
Marc Leishman
-2
69
T15
Hideki Matsuyama *
-2
69
T15
Maverick McNealy
-2
69
T15
Alex Noren *
-2
69
T15
Carlos Ortiz *
-2
69
T15
Andrew Putnam *
-2
69
T15
Cameron Smith *
-2
69
T15
Kevin Streelman
-2
69
T15
Aaron Wise
-2
69
T15
Erik van Rooyen *
-2
69
T34
Paul Casey
-1
70
T34
Corey Conners
-1
70
T34
Joel Dahmen
-1
70
T34
Dylan Frittelli
-1
70
T34
Emiliano Grillo *
-1
70
T34
Dustin Johnson
-1
70
T34
Zach Johnson *
-1
70
T34
Patton Kizzire *
-1
70
T34
Russell Knox *
-1
70
T34
Brooks Koepka *
-1
70
T34
Jason Kokrak *
-1
70
T34
Peter Malnati
-1
70
T34
Henrik Norlander
-1
70
T34
Seamus Power *
-1
70
T34
Xander Schauffele *
-1
70
T34
Scottie Scheffler
-1
70
T34
Jhonattan Vegas *
-1
70
T34
Lee Westwood *
-1
70
T52
Daniel Berger
E
71
T52
Sam Burns
E
71
T52
Stewart Cink
E
71
T52
Bryson DeChambeau
E
71
T52
Doug Ghim
E
71
T52
Branden Grace
E
71
T52
James Hahn *
E
71
T52
Billy Horschel *
E
71
T52
Sungjae Im *
E
71
T52
K.H. Lee
E
71
T52
Luke List
E
71
T52
Shane Lowry *
E
71
T52
Rory McIlroy
E
71
T52
Joaquin Niemann
E
71
T52
Pat Perez
E
71
T52
Scott Piercy
E
71
T52
Chez Reavie *
E
71
T52
Hudson Swafford *
E
71
T52
Bubba Watson *
E
71
T52
Gary Woodland *
E
71
T72
Abraham Ancer
+1
72
T72
Brice Garnett
+1
72
T72
Brian Gay *
+1
72
T72
Brian Harman *
+1
72
T72
Tyrrell Hatton
+1
72
T72
Kramer Hickok *
+1
72
T72
Si Woo Kim *
+1
72
T72
Chris Kirk *
+1
72
T72
Adam Long
+1
72
T72
Tyler McCumber
+1
72
T72
Troy Merritt
+1
72
T72
Ian Poulter
+1
72
T72
Sam Ryder
+1
72
T72
Charl Schwartzel *
+1
72
T72
Webb Simpson
+1
72
T72
Brandt Snedeker *
+1
72
T72
Jordan Spieth *
+1
72
T89
Jason Day
+2
73
T89
Matt Fitzpatrick
+2
73
T89
Talor Gooch
+2
73
T89
Charley Hoffman
+2
73
T89
Martin Laird *
+2
73
T89
Denny McCarthy *
+2
73
T89
Phil Mickelson *
+2
73
T89
Ryan Palmer
+2
73
T89
Doc Redman
+2
73
T89
Adam Schenk
+2
73
T89
Sepp Straka *
+2
73
T89
Brian Stuard
+2
73
T89
Brendon Todd *
+2
73
T102
Lucas Glover *
+3
74
T102
Max Homa
+3
74
T102
Collin Morikawa *
+3
74
T102
Matthew NeSmith
+3
74
T102
C.T. Pan
+3
74
T102
Scott Stallings *
+3
74
T108
Sergio Garcia *
+4
75
T108
Chesson Hadley *
+4
75
T108
Adam Hadwin *
+4
75
T108
Matt Kuchar *
+4
75
T108
Kyle Stanley *
+4
75
T113
Kevin Kisner *
+5
76
T113
Hank Lebioda
+5
76
T113
J.T. Poston
+5
76
T113
Richy Werenski
+5
76
T113
Matthew Wolff
+5
76
T118
Wyndham Clark *
+7
78
T118
Brandon Hagy *
+7
78
T118
Brendan Steele *
+7
78
T121
Matt Jones *
+8
79
T121
Roger Sloan
+8
79
WD
Matt Wallace
E
* Player started on the back nine

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