Final Round — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — Deutsche Bank Championship — TPC Boston — Norton, Mass. —
TPC Boston quickly isolated Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson into a match-play type atmosphere Monday in the final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
While the 54-hole leader Stenson was in control with a three-shot lead for much of the day, a two-shot swing at No. 11 moved Fowler close and then a Stenson double-bogey at the 16th proved the difference.
Fowler captured the title — the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — at 15-under by a stroke. It was his third worldwide victory of 2015 — he also won THE PLAYERS and the Scottish Open this season.
Fowler, a 40-to-1 betting selection at Ladbrokes.com heading into the week, missed the cut the prior week. For Stenson, he now has back-to-back runner-up finishes in the playoffs. Both players moved into the Top 5 of the standings — Fowler to third behind Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, while Stenson is 4th followed by Bubba Watson.
It marked the third runner-up effort this season for Stenson, who won the Deutsche in 2013 en route to capturing the FedEx Cup title. He also went on to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai the same season.
Charley Hoffman, the 36-hole leader until a 76 in round three, shot 67 Monday to finish solo third place. Hoffman climbed to No. 6 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Jim Furyk, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan, Sean O’Hair and Matt Jones all ended up T-4 at 8-under overall.
The Top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings advance to the third-leg of the playoffs in two weeks. Chicago hosts the third-leg — BMW Championship — at Conway Farms Golf Club.
Several high-profile player just missed advancing to Chicago including Luke Donald, Davis Love III and Jason Dufner.
Other Golf News:
- The Web.com Tour Finals begins later this week at the Hotel Fitness Championship.
- With his efforts on the weekend at TPC Boston, Mahan advanced to the BMW Championship in two weeks. Mahan is the only player in the nine-year history of the FedEx Cup Playoffs to advance to every TOUR Championship. He will need to move into the Top 30 in the standings to find his way to East Lake this time.
- The LPGA Tour hosts its final major of the year this week in France at The Evian Championship. Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis — Nos. 1-2-3 in the World Rankings and in the Race to CME Globe standings — are competing.
- Fowler, who entered the week at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, should move up to 5th in the latest rankings. Jordan Spieth, despite missing this second straight cut, will return to No. 1.