Deutsche Bank Championship
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Deutsche Bank Championship Field
99 Players | Top 70 and Ties Make The Cut
The first rounds of cuts have been made, and a fortunate few, 100 players to be exact, are shipping off to Boston for the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Now, just because 100 have qualified to play at the Deutsche Bank Championship, doesn’t mean we’ll get the full complement of players. Masters champ Danny Willett has decided the site of the Boston Tea Party hits too close to home. That, or he just doesn’t want to be heckled by drunk bros from Southie. Either way, Willet won’t be in attendance. Other than the world’s No. 10 player, the remaining 99 players will be spending Labor Day (Labour, in Canada) weekend positioning themselves for the $10M payday that awaits the playoff winner in Atlanta.
Currently, 2013 DBC winner and reigning Open champ Henrik Stenson is still listed in the field. Stenson pulled out of The Barclays last week with a knee injury following an underwhelming opening round 74. He’s going to have an MRI this week to determine his status for this event. Since the Deutsche Bank Championship doesn’t begin until Friday, he’ll get an extra day to rest. Continue checking back throughout the week for updates. Depending on where you sit in season-long Fantasy golf standings, targeting an iffy Stenson on your roster may be required if you need to make up ground. With the injury, most Fantasy Golfers will simply ignore him, as they should; however the Swede has a very successful track record at this event and could prove to be a low-owned jolt to your overall points total. Risky, absolutely. But, if you’re playing for first place, Stenson may be an option you have to pursue to gain ground with only three tournaments remaining in the season.
Deutsche Bank Championship Key Stats
Deutsche Bank Championship Course
TPC Boston | 7,297 Yards | Par 71
Unlike the Barclays and next week’s BMW Championship, the Deutsche Bank Championship does not employ a rotating stream of courses as host venues, it’s always situated at TPC Boston. A Gil Hanse renovation (Plainfield and Doral other Hanse renovations), the layout should prove to be an easier test than Bethpage Black. The only major change is the lengthening of the second easiest hole on the course, No. 4. Once a drivable 298-yard Par 4 that generated more than its share of eagle opportunities, has been extended over 50 yards into a less-drivable 352-yard Par 4. Playing 0.285 strokes below par last year, it was basically a free birdie chance for the field. It’s difficult to anticipate the impact the the extra yardage will cause, but a 352-yard hole should still be one of the easier Par 4s on the course.
With the winning score falling somewhere between -15 and -22 the last decade, a premium will be placed on scoring opportunities, especially on Par 4s between 450-500 yards (Six of the 11 P4s fall in this range). It’s a given the field needs to seize every birdie chance on the Par 5s, but pin seeking on the shorter Par 4s and treading water on the longer ones is how the leaders will separate themselves from the field.
Per usual, a heavy emphasis will be put on the players who rank highly in SG: Tee-To-Green, but SG: Approach-The-Green is the component of that metric that’s had the most hits on the leaderboard over the years. So, a cross reference of those two numbers along with ball striking and efficiency from the key Par 4 range should help whittle down the pool of players to pick from. Mix in some recent form with a dash of course history, and you’ll be in good shape.
Deutsche Bank Championship Picks
*Remember, now that the Fantasy Golf has almost reached its conclusion, make sure to use ALL your starts from the elite players. You don’t get to carry them over to next season.*
Deutsche Bank Championship Yahoo! Roster
A-List: Adam Scott & Sergio Garcia
B-List: Charley Hoffman, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy & Russell Knox
C-List: Billy Horschel & Emiliano Grillo
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