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Charles Howell III returns to action this week during the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, turning his attention toward Ridgewood Country Club for THE NORTHERN TRUST.

CH3 was a pre-tourney WD last week at the Wyndham Championship. There was no word about any injury but his last two starts have been major championships with nothing else in between. It's certainly possible that he's carrying a nagging injury. The Augusta native currently ranks 47th in the FedExCup race so he's safely secured a spot in the first two legs of the Playoffs but he'll need to make some moves if he wants to play the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship. As for this week at Ridgewood CC, Howell missed the cut here in 2008 and 2010 before posting a T22 in 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 21 - 2:40 PM

Tiger Woods takes his talents to Ridgewood Country Club this week as he readies for THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Just a year ago, Woods was a question mark to play at all in 2018. Now he arrives as the 20th-ranked golfer in the FedExCup race and 26th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods went 3-for-4 during the majors this year with a pair of top 10s, most recently a runner-up finish in his latest start (PGA Championship). The only thing currently holding him back is his performance with the driver. He's hit fewer fairways than the field in 10-of-14 starts this season and he's lost 2.3 strokes off-the-tee over his last 5 ShotLink starts. At this point it looks like it's just a matter of time before he has a strong driving week that leads to him picking up his 80th career title. Woods has seen Ridgewood CC once before, posting a T12 here back in 2010. Assuming he remains committed and plays well, this will kick off a run of 5 events over the next six weeks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 21 - 2:28 PM

Luke List will make his third appearance at THE NORTHERN TRUST as he prepares for Ridgewood Country Club this week in Paramus, New Jersey.

List missed the cut in his 2016 event debut but returned to post a T34 last year. It's hard to find many better in the tee-to-green department (4th in off-the-tee, 69th in approach, and 13th around-the-green). The weakness remains in the putting, currently ranked 181st on TOUR as he loses an average of 0.344 shots per round with the flat stick. List put on a show during the Florida Swing this year and carried over that momentum into the spring months. However, he now arrives without a top 20 over his last eight PGA TOUR starts. He's gained strokes putting just once since his runner-up finish at the Honda Classic which makes it hard to "trust in the ball-striking and hope for a hot putting week."
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 21 - 2:19 PM

Dustin Johnson hoisted the trophy after the 2017 NORTHERN TRUST held at Glen Oaks Club and this week he'll head to Ridgewood Country Club in attempt to defend his crown.

DJ opened the week at 14/1 last year and entered the final round three strokes back before blitzing his way into a playoff with Jordan Spieth. From there, he hit one of the most exciting drives of the season to set up a wedge opportunity which he stuck to 43 inches for a tap-in victory. This week he'll head to a different venue, one that he's seen a few times (MC/2008, T9/2010). Johnson arrives as a 10/1 favorite in the betting markets and should be considered a top-tier option in all fantasy formats. DJ hasn't lost strokes off-the-tee since the 2016 PGA Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 21 - 1:39 PM

Gaganjeet Bhullar is all set to undertake his European Tour full member adventure, starting with the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague this week.

Quite the summer for the Indian, often overlooked by outside observers who spot Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma and others first. But perhaps he is ready to alter that. Since the start of May he ticked five finishes of T11 or better on the Asian Tour and took that form with him to the Fiji International, a European Tour co-sanctioned event. He putted like a marvel that week, needed only 98 putts and claimed the title. In a stroke (or rather, just under 100 of them) he transformed his career. Now the task is to transfer that form and he has a little hope this week because prior to Fiji he has just three ET top tens in 97 starts and one of them was in the Czech Open in 2011 (at Prosper rather than Albatross however).
Aug 21 - 7:32 AM

Jeunghun Wang is looking to relocate his putting mojo in the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort.

It's been a frustrating year for the Korean, who was T7 in the Dubai Desert Classic and also the China Open, but has slumped somewhat in the summer. Admittedly he was T13 in the European Open but that was rather reliant on one good round: a Friday 65. Before and after that he has made seven starts, completed only two cuts and not finished better than T49. His putting seems to be struggling. Only twice this year has he been top 20 for Total Putting; he managed it 11 times in the previous two seasons. A first visit to Prague for him.
Aug 21 - 7:31 AM

171st on the Race to Dubai, Jazz Janewattananond needs a strong week in the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort.

Quietly, last week's T6 in the Nordea Masters was quite a career highlight for the Thai golfer. Prior to that he had teed it up nine times in Europe (as opposed to elsewhere in the world on the European Tour) and he was just 3-for-9 with not one top 30 finish. But he stroked laps of 67-68-72-64 to end that run and he did it in front of his sponsors too (who have connections with The Hills GC in Gothenburg via the Swede Johan Edfors who is also based at Black Mountain GC in Thailand). A winner on the Asian Tour in early July does he have it in him to go one step further up the career ladder?
Aug 21 - 7:30 AM

Romain Wattel will hope his most recent result is a sign of a career kickstart as he prepares to tee it up in this week's D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

Last seen in the Porsche European Open at the end of last month the Frenchman finished T5, it was a result of some note because it was his first return to the top ten since his victory in last September's KLM Open. There's been an odd turnaround in his recent fortunes. Until the end of 2015 he made the top ten in 17.4% of his 132 ET starts. Since then? 5.9%, but it includes the win (and that figure was boosted by his last start remember). His only previous start in the Czech Republic was 2011 at the Czech Open, hosted by Prosper Resort and he finished T23.
Aug 21 - 7:29 AM

Ashley Chesters will hope to have learned some lessons from his debut in last year's D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

The Englishman had something of a nightmare 12 months ago at Albatross. He scratched laps of 78 and 79 to miss the cut by a long way. He found less than half the greens in regulation, made a touch over one in four scrambles and needed 63 putts as he limped home. His country form is similar: He missed the cut there on the Challenge Tour in 2016. He needs hope from his form, therefore, and there is something. He ranked first for Driving Accuracy last week in Sweden, the fourth time he's done that in his last six cuts made. It led to him ranking second for Greens in Regulation which is an improvement on recent times. when he couldn't make the most of the short grass He ended the week T29 and has some hope of improving on last year.
Aug 21 - 7:28 AM

A second visit for Soren Kjeldsen to the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague and one that holds promise.

Weeks such as these are often a barometer of how a season is going for a mid-ranking performer. In recent times Kjeldsen was flying and could keep his powder dry for the big weeks, but at 103rd on the Race to Dubai he needs some impetus and so he plays. He'll be encouraged by memories of this course and event in 2014, when he hung around the top ten all week before claiming T3. He'll also be aware that although nothing spectacular has happened this season he has found consistency. He was 3-for-10 through the first half of the season and has now played eight weekends on the bounce. Within that he was T7 in the BMW International Open, and T7 at halfway last week in the Nordea Masters.
Aug 21 - 6:10 AM

Nacho Elvira had an up-and-down weekend on his last trip to the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

A curious year for the Spaniard who has just two top tens, but ranks 78th on the Race to Dubai. He was third in his home Open back in April and then T9 in the BMW International Open. More recently he was T24 last week in the Nordea Masters. All solid enough, but he's been sniffing around for a win over the last couple of years and not really given himself the looks you might have expected this term. It's a fifth visit to the country for him. He finished T60-T24 at Kuneticka Hora on the Challenge Tour and T60-T83 here at Albatross on the main circuit. His last visit in 2016 saw him card 67-83 at the weekend.
Aug 21 - 6:09 AM

Mikko Korhonen heads to the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague with a poor record.

The Finn had not had much luck on this track in the past. In fact he is just 1-for-4 with the sole weekend reaping nothing more than T62. In all that time he never once went sub-70 and broke 72 only once. That said, he managed T6 and T4 in the Czech Republic on the Challenge Tour, but it's meagre evidence of him having a good time this week; he's the sort who thrives on certain spots and Albatross has not yet been one of them. First and second in back-to-back weeks in June, his breakthrough moment, he has since then ticked three missed cuts. The first two immediately afterwards, the latter at the PGA Championship on his last start.
Aug 21 - 6:07 AM

Doug Ghim's golfing education will get an unusual boost in this week's D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

The 22-year-old's exciting year continues with a slightly left-field invite to Prague. It is one of the European hot spots for American youngsters so perhaps he wanted a piece of that. The former World No. 1 amateur turned pro after his Masters and U.S. Open appearances (earned as U.S. Amateur runner-up) and in this month there has been real promise: 70-71-67-69 for T23 in the Barracuda Championship then 68-64-69-66 for T20 (T10 at halfway) in the Wyndham Championship last week. He ranked 8th for All-Round on that last start and was 11th for Total Putting at Augusta (aided by a pair of eagles in the first round), so he has something about him. Could be an intriguing outsider.
Aug 21 - 6:07 AM

Connor Syme will make his tournament debut in the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague this week.

It's been a season of promise for the Scottish rookie and yet, despite some genuine highlights, he cannot rest on his laurels as he rests at 107th on the Race to Dubai. His T2 in the Shotclock Masters was of only of limited help in securing his card in these Rolex Series influenced times. His recent form is hinting at good things to come. He was T32 in the Scottish Open, ranking ninth for All-Round; T22 in the European Open when 8th for Total Putting; and T21 last week in the Nordea Masters when second for Ball-Striking. If he can combine it all he could be a compelling force.
Aug 21 - 6:06 AM

Henrik Stenson has removed his name from the field at this week's NORTHERN TRUST, the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.

The Swede has been battling elbow concerns but that doesn't appear to be affecting his ball-striking. He said last week that it doesn't hinder him during practice or play (only in the gym). To back that up, he's gained 17.6 strokes tee-to-green over his last three starts (10 rounds). That includes a whopping 6.6 strokes gained on approach last week in Greensboro. During that same stretch, he's lost 13.5 strokes putting. At 50th in the FedExCup standings, he can afford to rest as he's guaranteed at least one more start (which would be his 15th of the season if he chooses to return to action). The only odd thing about this WD is the fact that he's still on the outside of the Ryder Cup squad but with his solid ball-striking recently, perhaps he's received word that a captain's pick is headed his way and he'd better serve the team if he's well rested before heading to Paris.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 20 - 1:25 PM



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