Dustin Johnson: Dustin has missed the cut only four times in 18 starts in 2013 however one was last week but he did have family changes on his mind so I will give him a pass. He did withdraw due to injury twice but that is behind him now. He has seven top-25s, five top-10s, a runner-up and victory at the rain shortened season opening event in Hawaii. Johnson has two top-10s in his last four starts including a tie for second at the RBC Canadian Open. He has finished tie for fourth twice at the Deutsche Bank Championship including the 2012 edition of the event. In 2013 he is fifth on tour in driving distance, 21st in adjusted scoring average, 16th in par breakers, second in bounce back and second on tour in total eagles. If he can repeat last season where he led the field in all-around at the Deutsche Bank Championship then he has a shot.
Webb Simpson: Simpson is not living up to his own expectations in 2013 but he has still made 18 of 22 possible cuts with 13 top-25s, four top-10s and a runner-up finish. The former major champion is coming into this week off of four straight top 25s and a 36 hole lead at last week’s Barclays before stumbling on the weekend. Webb finished tied for 18th at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year and won this event in 2011. Simpson is ninth on tour in scoring average and 16th in final round scoring in 2013. Simpson has been plagued by the bad round in 2013. If he can avoid that there is a chance he can capture the title at an event he has won in the past.
Phil Mickelson: Phil is having another great year in his Hall of Fame career. He has made the cut in 15 of 18 possible events in 2013. Of those 15 he has 10 top-25s, seven top-10s, two third place finishes, two second place finishes and two victories at The Open Championship and the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Phil was fourth here in 2012, 10th in 2011 and won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2007. In 2013, Phil is fifth in strokes gained putting, seventh in adjusted scoring average, first in birdie average, and first in par breakers. He is coming off a stellar closing 65 at The Barclays and should carry that into this week.
Tiger Woods: Yet another idea season without a major for Mr Woods but don’t let that fool you. He is having an exceptional year. He made the cut in all 13 events that he entered in 2013. Of those he has eight top-25s, eight top-10s, a second place at The Barclays last week and five victories including the Players Championship, Cadillac Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational. All three of those victories bring out a “major” quality field. Tiger is second in all-time earnings at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a third, two seconds and a victory here in 2006. He is second in strokes gained putting, fourth in birdie average, first in adjusted scoring average, first in the all-around and second in par breakers in 2013. Tiger has entered and by default is a contender. If his back was not visually in pain I might have picked him to win.
Adam Scott: What can you say about the 2013 Adam Scott is having? He entered 13 official PGA Tour events and made all 13 cuts. He has nine top-25s, six top-10s, two third place finishes and wins at The Masters and last week at The Barclays. His win last week elevated him to number two in the FedExCup standings.
The native Australian who now calls Crans sur Sierre Switzerland his home could argue that his second home is at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Since its inception in 2003, Adam Scott has loved this event. He finished in the top-5 five times including a tie for second in 2004, a tie for fifth in 2010, a tie for eighth in 2011 and a tie for seventh in 2012. He also won his first tour event here at the inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship in 2003.
In 2013, Scott is second on tour in adjusted scoring average, 14th in total driving, fourth in all-around and 14th on tour in Par-4 performance. He is coming off a closing 66 last week en route to victory at The Barclays and there is no reason that Adam Scott cannot join Vijay Singh as the only other player to win The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship back-to-back. On a side note, the year Vijay Singh did it he won the FedExCup. Could this be Adam Scott’s year? Maybe just maybe it is.
Who will win the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship?
- Tiger Woods (33%, 2 Votes)
- Adam Scott (33%, 2 Votes)
- Phil Mickelson (17%, 1 Votes)
- Other (Please leave comment) (17%, 1 Votes)
- Dustin Johnson (0%, 0 Votes)
- Webb Simpson (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 6