The event may have a new name (formerly known as the Deutsche Bank Championship), but it still has the same old, intense atmosphere. It’s also an important tourney, as it will be the second act of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. With the sport’s best and biggest names all appearing to be on fifth gear, it should have an added intrigue.
Read on and find out which golfers are good to place some dough on!
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Where: TPC Boston – Norton, MA
When: September 1-4, 2017
Lines: VIEW GOLF LINES HERE
TV Broadcast: Golf Channel / CBS
Favorites: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy
The old Dustin Johnson is definitely back – it’s for real now. Being the number one man in golf, he has always been an automatic pick for the favorites, but this coming event just has a little extra buzz in his name. For one, he will be fresh off his Northern Trust title win (his fourth this season), where he showcased a great performance by answering the tough challenge from one of his fiercest competitors, Jordan Spieth. If DJ is able to play like he did last week, there’s not much reason to think he can be edged out… by anyone.
Spieth, of course, is another man that should easily be on the list. He and Johnson have been going toe-to-toe for a while, and is just weeks removed from bumping him out of the top spot – he even finished second in the Northern Trust tournament, and was holding a five-shot lead at one point. The 24-year-old Spieth is in prime form too, as evidenced in leading everyone at Glen Oaks in birdies and ranking third overall in strokes gained: off the tee and strokes gained: putting.
As for Rory McIlroy, though he is still nursing an injury and was only able to finish with a T34 and T22 in his last two, he should still be on the crop of the tournament’s elites because of his history at the Deutsche Bank/Dell Technologies Championship. He has reigned at this very event twice since 2012, and he just had a T4 and T5 in late July and early August.
Sleepers: Louis Oosthuizen and Webb Simpson
World no. 20 and FedEx Cup no. 26 Louis Oosthuzien has been up-and-down for most of the season, and has fallen to mediocre finishes following a top 10 finish. The past month, however, have been very different to his 2017 norm, as he has posted a T2 and a T10 in his last two events, making him a very worthy dark horse pick. The man is raising his play at the right time.
Webb Simpson, meanwhile, who’s 40th in the world, but 16th in FedEx, is a quiet and dangerous competitor. Though not indicative in his rankings, he has the ability to match the play of every elite man in the sport. He has 15 top 25 finishes on the season, five of which were also inside the top 10 – this includes his solo third and T6 finish at the Wyndham Championship and the Northern Trust.
Long Shot: Jhonattan Vegas
It’s usually about player trends, and our next pick for the long shot is no different. Jhonattan Vegas, ranked 35th in the world and 10th in FedEx, has missed the cut 10 times in his 26 events this season, but has suddenly collected a pair of top three finishes in the last month. He got a T3 in the Northern Trust this past weekend, and was able to win the RBC Canadian Open last month.
Spieth and Johnson again have a tight battle, with the former taking it this time.
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