Jason Day takes over at top of FedEx Cup rankings after Barclays win
After the first round of the FedEx Cup play-offs just 100 players remain in contention for the remaining tournaments. Big names including Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzl were eliminated after last weekend’s event and their seasons are now over.
For the rest there are two more chances to grab a space in the top 30 for the season-ending Tour Championship. Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.
30 more players to be eliminated this weekend
With a change to the way ranking points are allocated in the final four play-off events it will take a mammoth effort from some of the lower ranked players to book their place in next week’s BMW Championship.
The likes of Luke Donald and Jason Dufner dragged themselves into the top 100 after the Barclays but it will take a top-ten finish for many of the lower ranked players to secure enough points to book their place in the top 70.
Scoring on the par 36-35=71 TPC Boston course is generally good with four of the last seven winners shooting 20 under par or better. Decent putting can reap rewards and the expected good weather could result in a terrific weekend of low scoring.
It’s also worth remembering that the tournament starts a day later than normal: the action gets under way on Friday and finishes on Monday which is Labor Day in the US.
Your golf betting favourites
It’s been a terrific couple of months for Jason Day and the new leader of the FedEx Cup rankings is a worthy 6/1 favouriteAdd to betslip for this weekend’s event. The Australian has won three of his last four starts and coasted to victory at the Barclays last weekend, shooting an astonishing 63-62 over the weekend to win by 6 shots.
His last six tournament results read T9, T4, 1, T12, 1 and 1 and five of those have been in strong fields against the world’s best. Day could move to the top of the world rankings after this weekend and the 27 year-old plays alongside Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson on Thursday and Friday.
The world number three has admitted reaching the summit of golf would fulfil an ambition. He said: “It always is a goal of mine. I can only control what I can control. I can’t control them. Seeing Jordan and Rory are going to play next week, they’ll most likely play well.
“That means I’ll have to play well, as well, just keep this momentum going.”
While Day was winning the Barclays, Spieth was shooting his worst round of golf since May. A 75 and 74 meant he missed the cut at the Barclays, the first time he had failed to make the weekend since the Players Championship.
The Texan shot a 62 in the final round of his debut at this tournament in 2013 for a share of 4th place and is the 15/2 second favouriteAdd to betslip.
Rory McIlroy continues his return from injury after his 17th place at Whistling Straits a couple of weeks ago. The 26 year old shot 20 under par to win this tournament in 2012 and is also 15/2 to win this weekendAdd to betslip while Justin Rose has recorded five consecutive top 20 finishes and can go well at 16/1Add to betslip.
Some outsiders to consider
A player who has quietly and effectively been going about his business over the last few weeks is the experienced Jason Bohn. The 42 year old has four top tens in his last ten tournaments and four top 15s in his last five starts.
Bohn hasn’t shot over par for a tournament since missing the cut at the Players Championship in May and finished T9 last week, leading the field in proximity to the hole. The Deutsche Bank has not been his best tournament in recent years – just a pair of top 35 finishes since 2009 – but he’s in good form and the 99/1 available looks terrific each way valueAdd to betslip.
Last week we highlighted the chances of three young players enjoying terrific seasons and there’s no reason to believe they won’t go well again.
Justin Thomas sits 7th in the Tour all-around rankings and could do with a good performance this week as he currently sits 30th in the FedEx Cup standings – the final qualifying place for the final event. The 22 year old finished T16 at the Barclays and can go well again at 65/1Add to betslip.
Tony Finau was one of our tips last week and another rookie who finished T16 at Plainfield. The 25 year old sits just outside the top 30 but again looks a great each-way bet at 69/1 while Danny Lee‘s recent results would have been significantly better if he could have followed up excellent first rounds with more consistent weekend performances.
His last four ‘first rounds’ have been 67, 65, 68 and 66 and the 25 year old is 79/1 this weekAdd to betslip.
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