2012 Northern Trust Open Picks

The blog focus of attention returns to the PGA Tour this week and next stop is the Northern Trust Open and Riviera C.C. A quality field assembles for the Northern Trust Open and for me, this is where the PGA Tour really kicks off, on a course that often plays tough and the cream tend to dominate the leaderboards. Adam Scott, my E/W pick for this year's PGA Tour Money list at 33/1 makes his season bow. Scroll down for Northern Trust Open Picks.

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Northern Trust Open Picks
Pick 1: 0.75pts e/w Jason Day @ 33/1 with Ladbrokes - £50 free bet Not much relevant course form at the Northern Trust open for Day to go on but the tougher the track, the better. Day tends to thrive on courses like Riviera where premium is on keeping bogeys off the card, especially on par 4's. Off the back of a T2 in Qatar last time out and can draw inspiration from fellow Aussie and defending champ, Aaron Baddeley.

Pick 2: 0.5pts Nick Watney e/w @ 40/1 with Ladbrokes - £50 free bet Very attractive price on Watney this week due to a T40 at Pebble where he never really got going but signs were there that Watney's game isn't far away. 5th in the all round ranking last year as well as 7th in bogey avoidance and 31st in total driving are stats that catch the eye for the Northern Trust Open.

Pick 3: 0.5pts e/w Keegan Bradley @ 50/1 with Bet365 - £200 in free bets - Bradley is simmering so far this season with four top 25's from four starts and like Watney, his game is suited to the tougher tracks. Ranking 10th in GIR% this year on what is predominantly an approach shot course in Riviera C.C, Bradley could be a contender for this year's Northern Trust Open.

Pick 4: 0.5pts Geoff Ogilvy e/w @ 66/1 (general) A massive return to form for Ogilvy during the back end of last season and many of you will know that when Ogilvy is on, I rate him as one of the top five in the world in terms of natural quality. Progressive form this year already with a T50 at the Farmers Insurance and T25 last week - a nice warm up for the Northern Trust Open. Ranked 18th in par 4 performance in 2011.

Pick 5: 0.5pts e/w Kevin Na @ 40/1 (general) Ranking 10th in bogey avoidance this year and coming off the back of two T5's, Na also has standout course form at the Northern Trust Open with a top 10 in 2010 and a 3rd place finish last year. Na was ranked 9th in scrambling last year. I don't usually back him due to his temperament but after eventually winning last year and with all variables pointing in his favour, 40's is a decent price.

Northern Trust Open Sleeper Pick
Pick 6: 0.25pts e/w Jimmy Walker @ 100/1 with Betfred - £50 free bet Walker is a player on my 'one to watch list' and has been very profitable for me over the last two seasons. A player who can go low on some of the tougher courses and comes in to the Northern Trust Open off a T9 at Pebble to go with a T4 here at Riviera last year.

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