Northern Trust 2020 ranking takeaways: Harris English among the leaders after TPC Boston first round

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All the stars were present at TPC Boston in the Northern Trust’s first round on Thursday, but not all of them showed up. While none of the big names in the field performed particularly poorly, none of them really appeared on a day when the course was manageable. The co-lead after the first round is shared by three players who are ranked outside of the top 40 in the world, but all of them shot 64s to open the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.Let’s take a closer look at their performances as well as the rest of the big names in this ranking.

T1. Kevin Streelman, Harris English, Cameron Davis, Russell Henley (-7) – This performance of English is not surprising if you pay attention to it for a few months. The Englishman has five consecutive top 25s and can absolutely hang on to the world’s top ball scorers. He was second in that elite field (to Streelman) in the iron game and shot a 31 on the harder side of the course (the back nine). Love an early bet on his win later this weekend. Davis made the biggest leap forward in the FedEx Cup in the opening round, rising from 91st to sixth on the projection table. It ranges from coming out of the playoffs to well inside the 18-hole Tour Championship cup line. We will see if this can last.

T4. Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, Scott Piercy, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Wolff (-6) – Munoz caught fire on the front side of his sleeve by birdieing the first seven (!) Holes before exiting the rest of the course. He arrived with exactly zero top 10s in 2020. Keep an eye on how King Louis plays at TPC Boston. It could be a problem on the weekends.

T11. Adam Scott, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, Daniel Berger, Charles Howell III, Talor Gooch, Robby Shelton, Danny Lee (-5) – Berger is another guy who, if you’ve been careful, you shouldn’t be surprised. He’s in the FedEx Cup top 10 and is playing perhaps the best round of golf of his life. Some of those numbers seem unbearable, and yet – just like Jason Day a few years ago – he’s backed them. He also sees upward trends in all other parts of his game. No surprise at all if he is in contention, not only at the end of this week, but in the Tour Championship for $ 15 million as well.

T20. Dustin Johnson (-4) – DJ had the worst grand tour of the field. He got out in 30 on the harder side of the course and came home in 1 on the easy side. It also sums up his career. The way he organized his tour was also crazy. He was almost the last in the field both driving and putting and always shot 67. Considering how his season has been (and this day has been), I have no idea at all. what to expect Friday-Sunday.

T30. Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas (-3) – I watched most of Thomas’ round on Thursday, and it was a master class on ‘how to win a tournament on a Thursday’. He shot the best 3 under 68 I’ve ever seen after letting his short game move his tee-to-green for a first nine that was mostly rubbish but somehow ended up with him at 1 under . This is what happens when you have no holes in your game. Tiger’s 68 was more traditional and he hit his irons beautifully all day long even though he didn’t drive it very well. He will have to get that part of his game back on track over the next few days, but it looks like everything is going in the right direction.

T49. Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy (-2) – Not much here other than the names. Rahm hit his irons badly, and Spieth made his usual “16 birdies, eight bogeys and two triples in an 18 hole round”. Rory is the one to watch on Friday afternoon.

T112. Phil Mickelson (+3) – Lefty’s streak of making every round of the FedEx Cup’s 70 playoffs (the penultimate tournament of the year) needs a real kick in the arm on Friday, or it will end.

CBS Sports was with you throughout updating this story with the latest scores, updates, and highlights below. Check out the live scores at the top of this story, a more detailed leaderboard, and our comprehensive spectator guide.

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