After a year away, the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs return to the Boston area for the Northern Trust
The FedEx Cup Playoffs are ready to get underway. These three upcoming tournaments are the finale to a COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 PGA Tour season.
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Usually the playoffs can fall a little flat as they come on the heels of four major championships. Perhaps this year will be more captivating as players won’t be packing it in with the U.S. Open coming in September and Masters in November.
The event this week is the Northern Trust. The playoffs often start in the New York area, but we’re at familiar venue TPC Boston in Norton, Massachussets.
The field is 125 players with top 65 and ties making the weekend. Players are seeking to land in the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings to make next week’s BMW Championship. After the BMW, top 30 qualify for the Tour Championship.
At time of writing, all 125 qualified players are in the field. That includes the entire top 30 in the world. No. 39 Henrik Stenson is the highest ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings to not qualify. More internationals No. 40 Lee Westwood, No. 41 Danny Wilett, No. 44 Francesco Molinari, No. 46 Matt Wallace No. 47 Erik van Rooyen, No. 49 Christian Bezuidenhout and No. 50 Victor Perez are among notable absences.
TPC Boston will be familiar to most of the field as it hosted the Deutsche Bank Championship/Dell Technologies Championship from 2003-2018. That was when the playoffs featured four events, and this was the second.
It’s an Arnold Palmer design measuring 7,342 yards for a par 71. The fairways are relatively easy to hit, but the bentgrass greens are smaller and faster than average on Tour.
This is a course where big hitters can have success as driver is required on most par-4s and par-5s.
A few stats to watch include strokes gained off the tee, par-5 scoring, putting on bentgrass.
The course is usally on the softer side, but a warm and dry week with high temperatures in the upper 80s could lead to former than normal conditions. The greens should be as fast as ever.
Let’s see who will amass a big paycheck in Massachusetts.