Daniel Berger’s made the cut in all four trips to TPC Boston, yet it appears the best may still be to come at this venue.
The Floridian had an impressive debut in the Northeast as a PGA Tour rookie in 2015. He got in contention through 54 holes with 68-69-68 before a Sunday 73 dropped him to T-12th.
He responded the next week by taking second at the BMW Championship and punched his ticket to East Lake.
Berger’s picked up two more top-50s here since, but hasn’t crested past T-35th in 2018.
That ought to change considering how remarkable he’s been this summer. Berger spent plenty of time on his boat during quarantine but was obviously still staying sharp. He won the first tournament back at Colonial in a playoff over Collin Morikawa. That win’s certainly appreciated in value this month.
The former Florida State Seminole nearly won the week after at the RBC Heritage where he took T-3rd. Yet again, Berger was in the mix at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (T-2nd) and was a key figure for three days at the PGA Championship en route to T-13th.
Berger ranks 38th or better in every strokes gained category and fourth overall (1.725 per round). He’s not afraid to go low at tournaments like this, as proved by ranking fifth in birdie average (4.46)
He’s got a top-25 short game and is 19th in sand saves (58.54%). He can get out of trouble with the best of them, ranking eighth in proximity from the rough (39’4”).
Berger qualified for East Lake his first three years on Tour, but got stalled in the second round in 2018 and missed theplayoffs entirely in an injury riddled 2019.
His mojo is back and a fourth career victory would be his best yet.