Northern Trust

The Northern Trust is a 72-hole stroke play tournament on the PGA Tour that has undergone many name changes since originally starting out as the Westchester Classic in 1967, when it was first played on the West course at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

Northern Trust Championship Trophy

Forty-one consecutive editions took place at that venue up until 2007, though the name of the competition changed to the Buick Classic in 1990 before it became first the Barclays Classic in 2005 then The Barclays two years later. Since 2017, it’s been known as The Northern Trust.

Name changes have been an unfortunate side effect of title sponsorship with many PGA Tour stops down the years as large corporations seek to maximise their profile in return for underwriting the operating costs of these large golf events. Nevertheless, for many fans, this tournament will always be “The Westchester”.

Jack Nicklaus won the $50,000 first prize for the rain-delayed inaugural event back in 1967 (which finished, incredibly, on a Wednesday) when his 272 aggregate score was enough to give him the title by one stroke from runner-up Dan Sikes, who won the Jacksonville Open and Philadelphia Golf Classic that same season.

The Golden Bear shot the same score 12 months later but it was only good enough to secure joint second place, along with Sikes and Bob Murphy, as Julius Boros won. Two years down the line, Jack finished runner-up again but he came out on top for the second time in 1972 when his aggregate total of 270 beat Jim Colbert by three strokes.

There was early success for overseas players in the competition as Australians Bruce Crampton (1970) and David Graham (1976) both lifted the trophy before Seve Ballester...

Northern Trust host courses

Glen Oaks Club (White & Blue)

56th New York - Best in Area

The White and Blue nines form the course of first choice at Glen Oaks Club, a 1971 Joe Finger creation. Joel Weiman of McDonald Design Group recently renovated all twenty-seven holes, with trees removed and bunkers rationalized.


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Liberty National

19th New Jersey - Best in Area

The iconic Statue of Liberty stands just over a mile from the par three 14th hole at Liberty National Golf Club where the course was laid out in 2006 on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor.


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3rd New Jersey - Best in Area 57th USA Ranking 66th North America Ranking

The name, Plainfield Country Club, is understated and perhaps suggests an ordinary run-of-the-mill golf course but we can assure you, plain it is not.


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TPC Boston

13th Massachusetts - Best in Area

Designed by Ed Seay with Arnold Palmer in 2002, the golf course at TPC Boston underwent a significant renovation by Gil Hanse in 2007 and this work has greatly enhanced the strategic challenge.


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Westchester (West)

21st New York - Best in Area

The two courses at the Westchester Country Club were laid out just after the end of the Great War with the West designed as a championship layout for tournament play...


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Northern Trust Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 BAM Courses Played 7
= M. James Ward Courses Played 7
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 7
4 Jon Gillman Courses Played 6
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 6
= Richard Levine Courses Played 6
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 6
= James Gold Courses Played 6
9 Christopher Pierce Courses Played 5
= Pam Allen Courses Played 5