The PGA Tour travels to the TPC Boston this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship and the second leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs.
After a second place finish at The Barclays last week, Tiger Woods leads the points list from Steve Stricker with Heath Slocum in third. Last year’s Deutsche Bank winner Vijay Singh is in 78th place and has some serious work to do if he’s to claim the $10 million first prize for the second time.
Following this week the top 70 on the FedEx Cup points list will be eligible for next week’s BMW Championship.
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 and Mickelson have all tasted victory at TPC Boston since then.
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.
Venue: TPC Boston, Massachusetts
Date: September 4-7
Course stats: par 71, 7,207 yards
Purse: $7,000,000 Winner: $1,260,000
Defending Champion: Vijay Singh (-22)
Friday 4 – Live on British Eurosport 2 from 8pm
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Sunday 6 – Live on British Eurosport 2 from 8pm
Monday 7 – Live on British Eurosport 2 from 7pm
Tiger Woods – The World Number 1 has two victories and two second place finishes in his last four starts. Questions have been asked following his poor last round at the USPGA and missed putts through the last round of The Barclays so Woods will be out to prove his doubters wrong.
Padraig Harrington – The Irishman seems to be right back on form and, had it not been for a second round 75 last week, he would have won The Barclays with something to spare.
Vijay Singh – The defending champion has a superb record at the TPC Boston: Two wins and two further top-four finishes in the last five years. He has to win this week if he’s to have any chance of retaining the FedEx Cup so look for a concerted effort from the Fijian.
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.
Skills required: Power. The longer hitters always dominate at TPC Boston. Mickelson, Woods and Singh have all won in the last five years.