The 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs are officially here. Over the next three weeks, a FedEx Cup champion will be crowned, and it all starts on Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club when The Northern Trust 2019 tees off. Experienced and amateur bettors alike will lock in wagers on this star-studded event that brings together the top 125 eligible players to compete at a challenging par-72 course that plays nearly 7,400 yards. It’s a strong 2019 Northern Trust field that includes plenty of brand names like Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods. Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, is going off as the favorite in the latest 2019 Northern Trust odds at 8-1, followed closely by McIlroy at 10-1. Johnson (16-1), Rahm (18-1), Justin Rose (20-1) and Woods (22-1) are also near the top of the odds board. Before locking in any 2019 Northern Trust picks of your own or entering a PGA DFS contest on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, listen to the PGA predictions from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed two of the last three majors entering the weekend. It predicted Gary Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Koepka and won by three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch. In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, and anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now that the 2019 Northern Trust field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Koepka, a four-time major winner and the top favorite to win it all this week, makes a strong push but falls short of capturing the title.

The No. 1 player in the world enters the Northern Trust 2019 as the FedEx Cup points leader after an impressive season that saw him register the most wins on Tour. Kopeka also earned eight top-10 finishes this season and made the top five in all four majors. 

Despite his dominant season, Koepka has failed to land on top of the leaderboard in back-to-back tournaments throughout his career. In fact, he’s finished in the top 15 just once in the last two years after winning his previous start. Plus, Koepka has had trouble finding the fairway off the tee this season. He enters the first tournament of the FedEx Cup 2019 ranked 96th in driving accuracy percentage (62.39), which could cause trouble at Liberty National. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded field.

Another surprise: Tommy Fleetwood, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

Fleetwood is an emerging star who divides his time between the European and PGA Tour. He has yet to win a tournament on the PGA Tour, but has five victories in events outside the United States under his belt. He’s also proven he can play with the top golfers in the world, evidenced by his top-five finishes at the Players Championship and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. In the latter, he finished just five strokes behind Koepka. He was also in contention at the Open Championship before a final round 74 led to a second-place finish to Shane Lowry.

The 28-year-old Englishman will enter the Northern Trust 2019 with his game fully intact. In fact, Fleetwood has fired a 70 or lower in 11 of his last 12 rounds on the PGA Tour. His ability to go low can be directly attributed to his strong iron play. If he’s able to avoid trouble off the tee this week at Liberty National, you can expect him to be in contention on Sunday and climb up the 2019 Northern Trust leaderboard.

Also, the model says four other golfers with odds of 20-1 or longer will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

So who wins the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs 2019? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2019 Northern Trust leaderboard from the model that’s nailed six golf majors heading into the weekend, and find out.

Brooks Koepka 8-1
Rory McIlroy 10-1
Dustin Johnson 16-1
Webb Simpson 16-1
Jon Rahm 18-1
Justin Rose 20-1
Patrick Cantlay 22-1
Tiger Woods 22-1
Justin Thomas 22-1
Tommy Fleetwood 25-1
Rickie Fowler 25-1
Jason Day 33-1
Collin Morikawa 33-1
Xander Schauffele 33-1
Hideki Matsuyama 40-1
Francesco Molinari 40-1
Adam Scott 40-1
Byeong Hun-An 50-1
Bryson DeChambeau 50-1
Tony Finau 50-1
Matt Kuchar 50-1
Patrick Reed 50-1
Jordan Spieth 50-1