Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson make up the dream grouping for Friday’s first round at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The trio — entering week two of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — are No. 1-2-3 in the FedEx Cup Standings respectively. Scott’s victory last week in comeback fashion at The Barclays also moved him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings ahead of Mickelson and behind Woods. Scott’s move up also dumped Rory McIlroy to 4th in the current world rankings.
Woods’ back issues flared up Sunday at The Barclays, but he’s expected to give it a go this week at TPC Boston. Woods won this title in 2006 and was a runner-up on two other occasions.
Scott, the Masters champion this year, also won the Deutsche Bank a decade ago in 2003 and finished runner-up in 2004.
The Top 70 after the Deutsche Bank advance to round three of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. McIlroy is defending champion this week at TPC Boston edging Louis Oosthuizen by a shot last year and beating Woods by two. Mickelson finished T-4 alongside Dustin Johnson.
Other Golf News:
- With his hot play of late, Canada’s Graham DeLaet is positioning himself as a contender for the International Team at the Presidents Cup Oct. 3-6. DeLaet, who was a runner-up at The Barclays and has six Top 10s on tour this year, is now 7th in the FedEx Cup Standings and nearly a shoo-in to make the TOUR Championship. He is 10th on the International Team standings with automatic roster spots determined after the Deutsche Bank Championship.
- Web.com Finals tee off this week at the Hotel Fitness Championship with 25 PGA Tour membership cards for next week up for grabs. The four-event Finals features players from Web.com Tour and PGA Tour players, who finished 126 to 200 on the Money List this year. Some of the players competing include Chad Campbell, Ricky Barnes, Jhonattan Vegas, Steve Marino and Ryo Ishikawa.
- Bo Van Pelt, who is 97th in the FedEx Cup Standings and barely qualified for the Deutsche Bank, has just one Top 10 this year on the PGA Tour. He has to play well to advance to the next round at the BMW Championship. BVP won the European Tour in late 2012 at the ISPS Handa Perth International