Preview – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – Deutsche Bank Championship – TPC Boston – Norton, Massachusetts —
The quest for the FedEx Cup title and a spot in the TOUR Championship heats up this week. It’s the second-leg FedEx Cup Playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The event features a Friday start with a Monday finish on Labor Day in America. TPC Boston hosts the event featuring 100 players with only the Top 70 advancing to the BMW Championship.
Patrick Reed moved himself into position for a FedEx Cup title by winning last week’s opening leg of the playoffs at the The Barclays. Reed, logged his 10th Top 10 of the season and first victory, edged Emiliano Grillo and Sean O’Hair by a shot at Bethpage Black.
TPC Boston features the par-5 18th hole — a unique finishing hole with a pair of bunkers in the center of the fairway. This year’s added twist is a much smaller putting surface at No. 18, which is expected to create more drama. The championship usually comes down to this hole with the possibility of two- and three-shot swings.
The par-71 layout, stretching to 7,207 yards, is suitable for a variety of types of players so long as they fire birdies. The event has produced strong past champions including Vijay Singh twice including 2004 and 2008, Steve Stricker (2009), Phil Mickelson (2007) and Adam Scott (2003). Charley Hoffman captured the title in 2010. Rory McIlroy won in 2012 edging Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods for the title.
Rickie Fowler won the Deutsche Bank a season ago. He rounded into form last week leading through 54-holes but failed to close out victory in New York.
The winner will need to go low at this Hanse Golf Course Design. Historically, the course provides plenty of birdie opportunities.
- Fowler (15-under) edged Henrik Stenson by a stroke to win his first career FedEx Cup Playoff event. Hoffman was third while Jim Furyk, Reed, Hunter Mahan, O’Hair and Jones finished T-4. Fowler was a 40-to-1 betting pick heading into the week.
FANTASY: Look for a birdie-machine to win it this week – hot off the tee and around the greens. Jim Furyk, three Top 10s in nine starts at TPC Boston, is a threat here. Missing much of the season with injury, Fuyrk needs a strong week to advance in the playoffs. Consider Billy Horschel, who made a run here in 2014. He played well last week to open at Bethpage. Jason Day, who fell just short of the FedEx Cup title a season ago, is in play this week.
BETTING: Day, at 6 ½-1 odds, is the overall betting favorite at Skybet.com. But, consider Matt Kuchar (50-1), who has nine Top 10s this season. He might be the DUE player for a win this week (just like Reed last week). Take a flier on Hoffman (66-1), who won here in 2010 and shot 63 in round two here last year. Take Adam Scott (25-1) who returned to form last week ending up T-4 and two shots back of Reed.
Other Golf News:
- Darren Clarke named his three Captain’s Picks to round out Team Europe for the Ryder Cup, which begins at the end of September. Clarke selected veteran Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters, who won last week on the European Tour. Clarke will have six rookies on his squad when they take on the U.S. team at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
- The LPGA Tour hosts the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada this week. Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings World No. 1, is the outright betting favorite at 4-1 odds. Suzann Pettersen is the defending champion.
- PGA Tour Champions heads to Calgary, Canada this week for the Shaw Charity Classic with Bernhard Langer headlining. Langer, who won last week on tour in a playoff, is looking for this career 30th Champions Tour victory. He is a 3 ½-1 betting favorite.
- Masters champion Danny Willett headlines the field at the European Tour’s European Masters. He is a co-favorite to win at 14-1 odds. The field also includes Ryder Cup participants Matthew Fitzpatrick, Westwood, and Andy Sullivan. Marcus Fraser, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alex Noren are among the players teeing it up.