The second leg of the PGA Tour Fedex Cup playoffs takes us to TPC Boston for the Deutchebank Championship and don’t go setting your alarm for 4am to watch the opening round on Friday morning because this event starts 24 later than usual as it’s the Labor Day holiday in the States.
TPC Boston does not overly favour the bigger hitters and scores should be on the low side, with easy par 5’s and accessible bentgrass greens.
There could be some value outside the top 3 in the market with Jason Day looking to back up from his win at the Barclays, Rory McIlroy coming back from a long layoff and Jordan Spieth having missed the cut last week.
The three players named above are paired together for the first two rounds and this should make fascinating viewing. A possible trend i’ve spotted is Jordan Spieth’s vulnerability when teeing it up with the very biggest hitters, such as Day and McIlroy.
|Course: TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts|
|Course Architect: Arnold Palmer (2001)|
|Acres of fairway: 28|
|Greens: Bentgrass; average size: 5,000 sq. ft.|
|Stimp: 11.5 ft.|
Henrik Stenson finished 2nd last week at the Barclays and he’s fancied to follow up his win here in 2013. An opening round 76 cost him dearly at the PGA Championships but that has been his only poor effort in the last month.
2 units win at $15 with
Hideki Matsuyama always has to be considered in the big events and his tied 13th last week signalled a return to his best form and he played a bit better in this event last year than his bare form of a 57th placed finish suggests.
1 unit each way at $46 with
Robert Streb‘s 9th placed finish in this event last year with rounds of 73, 67, 67, 68 bodes well for his chances this week. He finished 5th in the WGC Bridgestone and tied 10th in the PGA Championship before a round 4 total of 73 cost him a top 20 last week.
While most of the focus from the Aussie press will undoubtedly be on Jason Day it could just be the likeable Queenslander Steven Bowditch to hit the headlines at a massive price come Monday.
He closed with a 64 at the Barclays for a 13th placed finish and had a 65 to his name in this event last year.
Another factor that I see as a positive is the solid record of Aussies in this event. Day has a 2nd, 3rd and 7th while Ogilvy and Senden posted top 5’s last year.
.75 units each way at $126 with