By Vince Eager
The second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs means a trip to Massachusetts and the TPC Boston course, a 7,214 yard par 71 layout which is a solid test of all round ability.
|Course: TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts|
|Course Architect: Arnold Palmer (2002), Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner, Brad Faxon|
|Yardage: 7,214 yds|
|Acres of fairway: 26|
|Greens: Bentgrass; average size: 6,100 sq. ft.|
|Stimp: 11.5 ft|
Last 10 winners
Oddy Oddy Oddy Recent and Course Form Ratings
Angel Cabrera has won on the PGA Tour this season at the Greenbriar and before that had a t11 and t24. Since his win he tied for 19th at the Open which included an opening round of 76. A t31 followed at the Bridgestone, then a w/d after an opening 82 at the USPGA before a solid t22 at the Barclays.
While his recent form is a bit patchy there’s a lot to like about his course record with -9 good enough for an 18th placed finish in 2010 and -15 for a 4th place in 2009. The -16 he shot to win the Greenbriar showed he can go low as well as grind our pars on championship courses.
John Senden is another winner in 2014 – The Valspar Championship – and the difference has been his improved putting. He is 9th in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour compared to 125th in 2013. This improved form with the flat stick allied to his already excellent ball striking has made Senden a force to be reckoned with.
His form has tailed off a little from early in the season but a tied 22nd at the Barclays where he posted a closing round of 66 suggests he could be ready to contend once again.
Senden’s course form is very solid reading 11, 8, 21 and 12 between 2009 and 2012 (he missed out last year).
Andreas Romero has been flying under the radar recently but has been playing some excellent golf with rounds of 64 and 66 at the Wyndham Championship two weeks ago.
He finished 11th and 31st in his two visits here.
Geoff Ogilvy’s recent form is patchy with a win and a missed cup in his last three starts but it’s his course form which catches the eye here. His recent form at TPC Boston reads 7, 2, 25, 51 with the latter two finishes coming when he was badly out of sorts.
Kevin Stadler has been in career best form this season so course form figures of 10 and 4 in the last two seasons bodes well for his chances this week.
Charley Hoffman is another player that plays above himself at this course with a win here in 2010 backed up with solid finishes of 27th, 31st, 26th and 27th in the last five years. His 30th placed finish at the Barclays closing with three rounds of 69 after a 73 to open gives us hope that he’s hitting some good form at the right time of the season for a big finish.