The Barclays is behind us and it is on to the next phase in the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs. Enter the Deutsche Bank and the Tournament Players Club of Boston. The second act of the four part FedExCup Playoffs is where the rubber begins to meet the road. Players are battling for a trip to the BMW Championship then on to the Tour Championship and the favorable points reset.
Dates: September 4 – 7 2015
Course: TPC Boston
Stats: 7,214 Yards; Par 71
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Friday: Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel 1:00 – 3:00 PM, NBC 3:00 – 6:00 EST
Monday: Golf Channel 11:30 – 1:30 PM, NBC 1:30 – 6:00 EST
Purse: $8.25 million total purse, $1.485 million winner’s share
2015 Deutsche Bank Championship Predictions, Picks at TPC Boston Holes That Matter
While no Tournament Players Club course is every considered easy, the first four holes of the TPC Boston are reasonably mundane. The fifth hole is where the fun begins. The Par-4 466 yard hole requires a long tee shot with extreme accuracy to miss the perfectly placed fairway bunker down the left side. Players will not be able to relax since they will be left with a mid-iron approach to a well-protected and challenging three tiered green. Anything from birdie to double-bogey will be in play here this week.
The Par-4 465 yard sixth hole is a long hole that forces players to tee off out of a chute with a slight dogleg left. There are two bunkers that come into play down the right side of the fairway assuming players are not affected by the mounds that can be seen from the tee. The approach shot into the sixth green will be challenged by diabolical mounds off the left side of the green and water protecting the greens front edge. If players can play this hole in even par this week they will gain a stroke or even two on the field.
The Par-4 495 yard 14th hole is a challenge to say the least. The left side of the fairway is protected by mounds and fescue that will wreak havoc on any errant tee shot that ends up in their direction. Players will be forced to play long shots ranging from 200-225 yards even from the best of lies into a challenging and small green. This hole will bring the gamut of scores into play this week.
Short does not always mean easy and that is reflected in the Par-3 161 yard 16th hole. As players play their shots into this green they are challenged by water front and back left of this menacing two tiered green. A visually appealing and golf ball altering stone wall is also awaiting a tee shot that is slightly misjudged. Expect tournament officials to place pin positions close the water increasing the probability of an errant shot finding the drink.
The Par-5 530 finishing hole at TPC Boston is sure to build many dramatic moments as the week plays out. A tee shot over the two bunkers will leave either a layup or a fairway wood approach to this green. Long hitters can choose to bomb the ball over the right fairway bunker leaving a long to mid-iron into the green and a chance at eagle. The 18th is a classic risk reward hole that will deliver anything from eagle to double-bogey. Imagine choosing your line on the 72nd hole of the tournament needing to make birdie or eagle to win. Now that is drama.
2015 Deutsche Bank Championship Predictions, Picks at TPC Boston Top Picks
The FedExCup Playoffs are here this week’s Deutsche Bank is the place but attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. However, that is part of the excitement whether it is a wager, fandom or even a fantasy team. It’s time for 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship Predictions, Picks at TPC Boston Top Picks
|Dustin Johnson||Finished tied for seventh at the PGA Championship and tied for ninth at the Barclays last week closing with a 65. He has finished tie for fourth twice at the Deutsche Bank Championship including the 2012 edition of the event with a top-30 the last time he played here in 2013.|
|Rory McIlroy||If it is possible, Rory has slipped under the radar with the love for Day and Spieth but he won twice on tour this year and took the playoff opener off to rest and make his run. He has five top-10s in his last six starts and that other was a top-20. He finished tied for fifth here last year and won the event in 2012.|
|Jason Day||The only four time winner in 2015 finally broke through and became a major champion with his victory at the PGA Championship two weeks ago and then came back to win the Barclays last week.. He also has won three of list last four events. How can you not like him this week.|