Low scoring expected in second FedEx Cup play-off.
Last week’s Barclays Championship saw 25 players cut from the FedEx Cup this year and the likes of Jonas Blixt, Retief Goosen and recent Tour winner Nick Watney were eliminated from this year’s play-offs. A field of 100 remain and head to TPC Boston for this weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
With the tournament unusual in that it is played from Friday to Monday – Monday is Labor Day in the US – there’s a strong field heading to one of the lowest scoring courses on the PGA Tour. Keep reading for our preview of the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Huge under par scores expected
The Deutsche Bank Championship has been held at TPC Boston since 2003 and has been part of the FedEx Cup play-offs since 2007.
Last year’s scoring average of 69.207 was a tournament record and defending champion Henrik Stenson matched the all-time aggregate low score of 22-under par (262). He led the field in greens in regulation (61) and holed 25 birdies and followed Rory McIlroy’s winning score of 20 under par in 2012.
For any other golfer a T22 finish at an event with a strong field would represent a decent week’s work but such as been Rory McIlroy’s recent form that it actually ranks in his top four worst finishes of 2014.
The 25 year old was never really in contention at Ridgewood after an opening round of 74 but the world number one is a previous winner of this event and is coming off the back of big wins at the Open, WGC Bridgestone and the US PGA.
McIlroy is a worthy 4/1 favourite.
We tipped Adam Scott as one to watch last weekend and the Australian would have been in close contention of the title had it not been for a disappointing third round of 75. It was his second successive T15 finish following five consecutive top 10 placings and he is a previous winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Scott’s scoring average is the third best on the PGA Tour and he’s never missed the cut in nine visits to TPC Boston. The world number two is 10/1 to win.
Rickie Fowler kept up his terrific recent form at the Barclays last weekend and recorded his fifth successive top ten finish. Since June his results have been, T2, T2, T8, T3 and T9 and the Californian is 51 under par for his last 24 rounds of tournament golf.
His record at this tournament is poor – his best is T41 and he missed the cut last year – but on current form he is certainly one to watch at 19/1.
Some outsiders to consider
He may not be a household name and have never won a PGA Tour event but one of the form players this August is William McGirt.
The 35 year old from North Carolina is ranked 35th in the FedEx Cup play-offs and did his ranking no harm whatsoever by finishing T5 at the Barclays last weekend. That result followed another top ten finish – a T8 at the Wyndham Championship the previous week – and he has registered seven top 35 finishes in his last nine events.
On current form McGirt could be a brilliant each-way bet at 80/1.
Big hitting Gary Woodland is inside the world’s top fifty players and finished T13 at the Barclays where he was bogey-free in his second and third rounds. It was the 30 year old’s eleventh top 20 finish of the season and he looks to be in good form at the business end of the season.
Woodland finished 8 under par at this tournament in 2013 and tied for 25th place in 2011. He is comfortably ranked inside the top 40 FedEx points scorers and can consolidate his position by going well this weekend at 55/1.
There are still one or two places on the US Ryder Cup team to be filled and one of the main contenders for a captain’s pick this year is Kevin Na.
After his T9 finish at the Barclays last weekend, Na is now second behind Hunter Mahan in earning the most world-ranking points in 2014 among the prospective Ryder Cup captain’s picks. With thirteen top 25 finishes this season and a previous T11 finish at this tournament Na is another that can go well this weekend. He is 70/1 to win.
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