Only a hundred of the world’s players move on to The Deutsche Bank Championship this week at TPC Boston. Hunter Mahan takes the points lead after his first victory on the PGA Tour in over two years last week at The Barclays, and will come into the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 776 point lead over second place Rory Mcilroy. The Deutche Bank Championship tees off on Friday morning, with the finale’ coming on Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.
Henrik Stenson won at TPC Boston for the first of his two Cup clenching wins last year en route to his domination of both The FedEx Cup Championship, and the Race To Dubai.
The 38 year-old Swede has not played well for the most of the 2014 season, but has looked pretty good since the Bridgestone Invitational. He continues to struggle with his game, and in particular, his putter. Stenson is currently ranked 66th in points standings, and will need to play well in Boston to retain at least, a chance to get back to the Tour Championship in 2014.
I still think Rory McIlroy is in the driver’s seat with this playoff, and a win at the Deutche Bank could go a long way to secure his first FedEx Cup Championship. He came close in 2012, but was unseated in the Tour Championship by Brandt Snedeker. Rory went on to win the Race To Dubai, but if he is not already pretty high on the list for Player of the year, the FedEx Cup would certainly remove all doubt.
Last weeks winner, Hunter Mahan keeps his streak intact of being the only player since 2007 when the FedEx Cup Championship began, to play in every event since the start. The Barclays was his 30th start, and with the win last week, he is pretty much assured to make every start in 2014.
TPC Boston was designed by Arnold Palmer, and opened in 2002. After five years. The creation was torn apart, and re-designed by Gil Hanse, and Brad Faxon. The re-design added the ” Chocolate Drop” mounds, and the grass bunkers around the course to give it a New England feel. The course is 7216 yards long, and plays to a par of 71 for the professional golfers.
Ridgewood Country Club had some very quirky greens that gave many of the touring pros fits last week. I am betting Rory McIlroy will get his putter going this week, and with his length off the tee, will be a favorite at TPC Boston.
I love this time of the year! The only thing left for a Monday holiday, after all of the sporting events have concluded on Sunday, is the Deutsche Bank Championship for our national holiday.
• TELEVISION: Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. (GC). Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Monday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (GC), 1:30-6 p.m. (NBC).
• RADIO: Friday-Saturday, 1-7 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, noon-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com).