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Power Rankings: 2017 The Northern Trust

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The PGA Tour heads north to New York this week for The Northern Trust. A field of 120 players will tackle Glen Oaks Club, which is hosting a playoff event for the first time.

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Patrick Reed won this event last year by two shots over Rickie Fowler when it was played at Bethpage Black. Here are 10 names to watch in Old Westerbury:

1. Jordan Spieth: With so many new variables tied to an unknown layout, don't overthink it. Spieth's form has not especially slipped since his back-to-back wins earlier this summer, and his prowess on quick, poa annua greens like the ones expected at Glen Oaks is well-established.

2. Rickie Fowler: Fowler came up short in his major quest at Quail Hollow, but he was nonetheless solid en route to a T-5 finish that included a 32 on the back nine on Sunday. Fowler has been remarkably consistent all season, with five top-10 finishes over his last six starts, and is likely to contend again this week.

3. Dustin Johnson: The world No. 1 should have a little more room off the tee this week on a 7,300-yard, par-70 layout that could favor the bombers. While he hasn't won since March, Johnson has notched three straight top-20 finishes to show the form with which he dominated in the spring isn't too far off.

4. Justin Thomas: Thomas will be making his first start since his breakthrough win at the PGA Championship, his fourth victory of the season and one that vaulted him to the top of the Player of the Year race. Thomas is second on Tour in birdie average this season and sixth in total strokes gained.

5. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama blew away the field at Firestone, but he couldn't keep pace with Thomas down the stretch two weeks ago in Charlotte. He's likely to challenge for what would be his sixth straight top-15 finish this week, given that he's the only player ahead of Thomas this season in terms of birdie frequency.

6. Henrik Stenson: The Swede made a last-minute decision to play the Wyndham Championship, and it paid off as he won for the first time since the 2016 Open Championship after recording four straight rounds of 66 or better. Stenson's ball-striking prowess should be rewarded this week as he fifth straight finish of T-17 or better.

7. Brooks Koepka: Koepka has played sparingly since his U.S. Open win, but he has played well with three straight top-20s. He should once again be able to lean on his driver this week on a burly layout that includes only one par-4 under 400 yards.

8. Rory McIlroy: Perhaps the ultimate wild card in this week's field. Based on his comments at Quail Hollow, it's surprising to see him even make the trip to Long Island, but we saw last year just how quickly the Ulsterman can catch fire come playoff time. Should his rib injury cooperate, we could see him start his season-long title defense in style.

9. Jason Day: Day has been close in recent weeks, but his bid for a second major was derailed by a costly quad during the third round in Charlotte. The Aussie appears to be turning things around, and he remains hungry for what would be his first win in nearly 16 months.

10. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman has had a solid season that has yet to yield a win, but he enters the playoffs clinging to the final automatic qualifying spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team. Hoffman should have plenty of motivation to remain on the right side of the bubble, and he's only a couple weeks removed from a playoff loss in Canada and a T-3 finish in Akron.