The PGA Tour travels to Massachusetts this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship and the second leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs. Charley Hoffman defends the title at TPC Boston.
After his victory in last week’s Barclays tournament, Dustin Johnson heads the FedEx Cup standings going into this event. He leads from last week’s runner-up Matt Kuchar with the regular season points leader Nick Watney in third.
The Deutsche Bank is one of the youngest tournaments on the PGA Tour, beginning its life in 2003. Since then it’s produced some notable champions. Adam Scott won the inaugural event and Messrs Singh, Woods, Mickelson and Stricker have all tasted victory at TPC Boston since then.
Last season Charley Hoffman fired a superb final round of 62 to take the title, finishing five shots clear of Luke Donald, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy.
Played over Labor Day weekend the tournament finishes on Monday. Labor Day is a holiday celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
The TPC Boston opened for play in June 2002, it’s a private members’ course designed by Arnold Palmer Course Design. It tends to play as one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour schedule so expect to see low scoring this week – Charley Hoffman won last year with a four-round total of 22-under-par.
Venue: TPC Boston, Massachusetts
Date: Sep 2-5
Course stats: par 71, 7,214 yards
Purse: $8,000,000 Winner: $1,350,000
Defending Champion: Charley Hoffman (-22)
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Sunday 4 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 6pm
Monday 5 – Live on Sky Sports 3 from 5pm
Jason Day – The Australian has confirmed his place as one of the best in the world in 2011. He was runner-up in this tournament last year. He’s had nine top-15 finishes in his last 18 starts on the PGA Tour.
Luke Donald – The World Number 1 was another man who tied for second in this event last year. He’s supremely consistent and is ranked second on the PGA Tour for birdies made. That’s a key skill this week as the scoring is likely to be low.
Matt Kuchar – Surely he’s going to step up and claim a significant victory soon. He was runner-up last week and has nine top-10 finishes to his name in 2011.
Key hole: 18th. It’s a par 5 of just 528 yards. The longer hitters will carry the fairway bunkers and leave themselves a fairway wood or long iron to the green. The very longest hitters will carry the bunker on the right off the tee and be left with just a mid-iron in.
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