Round Two of The Playoffs begin this week in New England. A phrase we very well may be able to repeat in January as The Patriots look to repeat as SuperBowl Champions in the NFL. But for now, it remains golf and The FedEx Cup Playoffs, taking place at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. And what a playoff atmosphere it ought to be. Coming off of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth’s battle at The Northern Trust in Round One in New York, with The Patriots kicking off the NFL Season next Thursday, The RedSox in the heat of a pennant race, and The PGA Tour making its annual Labor Day Weekend stop in the area, the crowds should be in full throat.
It doesn’t hurt either that the players love this golf course. It gives them a bit of a breather after Round One which has become traditionally, a very hard test out of the playoff gate. TPC Boston was designed by Arnold Palmer in 2002 and in 2007, Gil Hanse and New England native Brad Faxon, made some fairly substantial changes. The fairways are wide, the greens are relatively small with excellent, fast putting surfaces, and the course offers up quite a bit of variety; reachable Par 5’s, drivable Par 4’s, long Par 4’s, long Par 5’s. The players can be creative and use many different aspects of their arsenal and it often results in low scores. Since Hanse and Faxon made their original tweaks in 2007, 18-under par has been the average winning score.
The FedEx Cup Playoff field has been trimmed to the Top 100 players this week but only 96 will be in attendance. J.B. Holmes, Scott Piercy, Brandt Snedeker, and Henrik Stenson have withdrawn. The next stop, in what will be the 3rd of the four playoff legs in The FedEx Cup Series, is The BMW Championship. Just the Top 70 players move on to Conway Farms Golf Club in Illinois after the dust settles this week in Boston.
Dustin Johnson (+8.45 Pinnacle) It was a fantastic duel on the back nine last week at Glen Oaks Club that saw DJ eventually take out Jordan Spieth in a playoff, and confirm for us that the back injury from way back in April is long gone. Johnson has three Top 10’s here since 2009.
Jordan Spieth (+9.48 Pinnacle) With last week’s test resembling Augusta National, it is not surprising that Spieth nearly won. This week is different however, as for the now World Number 2 in four tries, has gone 21-CUT-29-4 in Boston.
Rory McIlroy (+15.82 Pinnacle) Meanwhile, this young man has won this event twice and is the defending champion. Very interesting to note, of the last seven winners of The Dell Technologies Championship, only one has finished Top 10 the week prior at The Northern Trust and only one other has finished Top 25. Rory was 34th last week in New York.
Rickie Fowler (+1600 5Dimes) Rickie has been pretty disappointing as of late, especially on Saturdays. He killed his chances on Saturday at The PGA and after owning the 36-hole lead last week, did it again on Saturday by shooting four over par. He won here at TPC Boston in 2015.
Jon Rahm (+1800 5Dimes) Jon Rahm really came back to life last week after going through a few bad weeks in a row. Like has been so often been true for Rahm this season, as basically a Tour rookie, it is once again his first time playing in this event. With last week’s 3rd place finish, Rahm is now the 5th ranked player in the world. That is maybe the most incredible golf story of the year. FIFTH! Wow.
Patrick Reed (+3857 Bookmaker) Reed continues to be a popular pick in the post season with the ever-present Ryder, and in this case, President’s Cup standings in the background. He has been at his best all season recently with three Top 20’s and two Top 10’s in the last two months. Reed was 5th here last year.
The Long Shots
Louis Oosthuizen (+3687 Bookmaker) Speaking of being at his best recently, Louis is like going on a career best run it seems. 2nd at The PGA and 10th last week at The Northern Trust, and don’t forget he also added to the career grand slam of 2nd place finishes with a 2nd at The PLAYERS earlier this year, “The 5th Major.” It has been very good for Oosthuizen this season and I would not be surprised to see it continue.
Sergio Garcia (+43.22 Pinnacle) Like he often does, Sergio took Week One of The Playoffs off to rest and this time, to enjoy his new life as a married man and a Major Champion. There seems to be some comfort in his life currently and maybe not the urgency to compete again – yet! but at over 40-to-1 to win this? That feels very steep for the 7th best player on the planet.
Charley Hoffman (+53.75 Pinnacle) Charley won here in 2010 and is a big fan of the golf course. He has six Top 20 finishes in his last eight starts and has become the 22nd ranked player in the world. Maybe the most important note here is that he is currently holding onto the final position in The President’s Cup standings by a thread. He’ll need to do well here this week in order to hang on to that guaranteed spot on the team.
Adam Scott (+4011 Bookmaker) Scotty has been off for two weeks to celebrate the birth of his second child and I feel, as we have seen before on Tour, this often inspires a player to great heights. Scott won here in 2003, in the inaugural edition of this tournament and since then he’s made ten of ten cuts and recorded five Top 10 finishes including a 4th last year. Finally, Adam Scott is ranked 73rd in The FedEx Cup Standings. In order to advance to next week, he’ll need to fall into the Top 70. I like the fact that he has course form, motivation, and a carefree piece of mind that comes with the proud addition of a new family member. Adam Scott could be one very dangerous happy camper this week at 40+ to one.
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