I would like to welcome everyone to the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship. This week the Top 100 Players in the Fed Ex Cup standings will be teeing it up at TPC Boston for the second leg of the Playoffs. To qualify for next weeks BMW Championship, players will be forced to be within the Top 70 in the Fed Ex Cup Rankings following this week. The added pressure of cracking the Top 70 will make for some excellent story lines in Boston. Lets take a closer look at the Course.
The 7304 yard Par 72 layout forces golfers to be on their game and making plenty of birdies. Mike Weir and Vijay Singh, who both fired blistering rounds of 61, share the course record at TPC Boston. We can expect the winning score to be in the -20 to -22 range, as this has been a consistent number through out years past. Look for golfers to make the most of a relatively easy golf course that should have somewhat soft conditions.
One hole where much of the week’s drama may unfold is the 18th at TPC Boston. A relatively short Par 5 (528 yards), players have the option of which bunker they should carry with their drive. This decision will be based on player’s length along with their positioning in the tournament. Two fairway bunkers guard the middle of the fairway approximately 250 yards out. The next fairway bunker is about 315 yards out. Long hitters who can carry this bunker will be left with an iron into a green that will give away some eagles this week. Look for plenty of excitement on the 18th this week, which has always played as the easiest hole on the course.
Plenty of past Deutsche Bank Champions will be teeing it up again this week. All armed with a plethora of course knowledge, these players will understand which holes they can attack and which ones they need to make Pars on. Past champions competing this week include Webb Simpson (2011), Charley Hoffman (2010), Steve Stricker (2009), Vijay Singh (2004, 2008), Phil Mickelson (2007) and Adam Scott (2003).
Look for players who know the course to come out firing and be near the top of the leaderboard by the weekend. For a look into who these players are, let’s jump over to our Six Pack and grab another winner!
Deutsche Bank Championship Outright Winner Picks
The outright winner picks, along with the head-to-head picks are sent to clients only. You can sign up to become a client at http://www.golfbanker.com.
Below I’ve included one sneak peak pick that the members received for an outright winner this week…
DUSTIN JOHNSON 18 to 1 – We are going with DJ for another week. One of the best young American golfers, DJ played far too well last week to not take him (T3). Look for DJ to use his extreme distance, thus leaving him short irons into the greens. One stat I really like about DJ is he hits more than 54% of his Greens in Regulation when he misses the fairway (15th on Tour). He also knows this course as he finished T4 here in the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Possibly the biggest reason I like DJ this week is he must play well to help secure a Ryder Cup spot. In recent weeks we have seen players who are on the edge of getting picked play very well (ex Sergio, Snedeker, Watney, Poulter). Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker are all but on the Ryder Cup team so that leaves two spots for a slew of talented American golfers. Many people say Dustin is on the outside looking in currently and I fully expect him to rise to the occasion here.