Well our three tournament outright winning streak finally came to end last week. Adam Scott was eventually the Champion after a 5 under Sunday round and some very poor play by the leaders. Last week was a perfect example of what playing for the huge money offered in this Fed Ex Cup format can do to players. We now take a quick ride over to Boston for this weeks event.
I would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 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 Rory Mcilroy (2012) Webb Simpson (2011), Charley Hoffman (2010), Steve Stricker (2009), 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!
Steve’s Six Pack System Picks
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With that said I’ve got a free pick for you below…
JIM FURYK 38 to 1 – Furyk very well could be the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour right now. He has Top 10 finishes in each of his past four tournaments ( RBC Canadian Open – T9, WGC – Bridgestone – T9, PGA Championship – 2nd, The Barclays – T6). Jim plays the game his own way, focusing on precision instead of power. He ranks 6th on Tour for Driving Accuracy Percentage, and only 173rd for Driving Distance. Hitting from the short grass in the fairway has allowed Jim to hit plenty of greens and rank 18th on Tour in Scoring Average. He is also a very good putter, and extremely talented from 10-15 feet, where he ranks 6th on Tour. Jim should be excited when he steps foot on the first tee at TPC Boston on Thursday. Over his career he has been near the top of the leaderboard here a lot and it has result in some excellent finishes. He has five Top 15’s in his eight starts at this tournament, and will look to get that elusive win this week. Jim will need to keep his nerves in check when he is contention on Sunday, as this has caused him to miss out on a handful on tournaments over the past two seasons.