The Deutsche Bank Championship begins Friday at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts and the field shrinks from the top 125 in FedExCup standings to the top 100.
Rickie Fowler is the defending champion and is coming off of a great 64 hole performance at The Barclays. His final eight holes last week included three bogeys and a double bogey. Up to that point Fowler had only made one bogey, and that came on the ninth hole of the first round. If he can replicate last week’s performance and give himself a chance to win this week, he could solidify a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
You can see all of the groupings below, but Fowler-Matsuyama-McGirt, Scott-Spieth-Grillo, and Reed-Day-Johnson are the ones to keep your eye on early for obvious reasons.
Notably missing will be Kevin Na, who is currently 14th in FedExCup points, and Danny Willett who is 86th. Na welcomed the birth of his first child on the 29th, and Willett has chosen to defend his Omega European Masters title in Switzerland.
Fr – 2:30-6:30 PM – Golf Channel
Sa – 2:30-6:30 PM – Golf Channel
Su – 1:00-:3:00 PM – Golf Channel; 3:00-6:00 PM – NBC
Mo – 1:30-3:30 PM – Golf Channel; 3:30-6:30 PM – NBC
Deutsche Bank Championship Odds, via TopBet.eu
|8:15||Jerry Kelly||Kyle Reifers||Martin Laird|
|8:27 AM||David Lingmerth||Paul Casey||Jon Curran|
|8:39 AM||Jason Kokrak||Louis Oosthuizen||Justin Rose|
|8:51 AM||Scott Piercy||Charl Schwartzel||Branden Grace|
|9:03 AM||Jimmy Walker||Brooks Koepka||Charley Hoffman|
|9:15 AM||Bubba Watson||Jason Dufner||Henrik Stenson|
|9:27 AM||Hudson Swafford||K.J. Choi||Jim Furyk|
|9:39 AM||Danny Lee||Harold Varner III||Sung Kang|
|12:40 PM||Brian Harman||Ricky Barnes||Johnson Wagner|
|12:52 PM||Zach Johnson||Luke Donald||Ben Martin|
|1:04 PM||Jamie Lovemark||Harris English||J.B. Holmes|
|1:16 PM||Rickie Fowler||Hideki Matsuyama||William McGirt|
|1:28 PM||Phil Mickelson||Ryan Moore||Kevin Kisner|
|1:40 PM||Adam Scott||Jordan Spieth||Emiliano Grillo|
|1:52 PM||Patrick Rodgers||Billy Hurley III||Russell Henley|
|2:04 PM||David Hearn||Tyrone Van Aswegen||Bryce Molder|
|2:16 PM||Scott Brown||Derek Fathauer||Chad Campbell|
|8:15 AM||Chez Reavie||Marc Leishman||Patton Kizzire|
|8:27 AM||Ryan Palmer||Charles Howell III||Billy Horschel|
|8:39 AM||Brendan Steele||Daniel Summerhays||Fabian Gomez|
|8:51 AM||Kevin Chappell||Sean O’Hair|
|9:03 AM||Russell Knox||Justin Thomas||Brandt Snedeker|
|9:15 AM||Patrick Reed||Jason Day||Dustin Johnson|
|9:27 AM||Alex Cejka||Webb Simpson||Chris Kirk|
|9:39 AM||Vijay Singh||Spencer Levin||Steve Stricker|
|12:40 PM||Roberto Castro||Colt Knost||Brian Stuard|
|12:52 PM||James Hahn||Aaron Baddeley||Kevin Streelman|
|1:04 PM||Tony Finau||Rory McIlroy||Jim Herman|
|1:16 PM||Smylie Kaufman||Graeme McDowell||Bill Haas|
|1:28 PM||Sergio Garcia||Jhonattan Vegas||Daniel Berger|
|1:40 PM||Si Woo Kim||Matt Kuchar||Gary Woodland|
|1:52 PM||Vaughn Taylor||John Senden||Freddie Jacobson|
|2:04 PM||Jason Bohn||John Huh||Adam Hadwin|
As I did last week, I’m going to give you five names I think can pull out a win this week. Last week I was close with my feelings about Rickie.
- Rickie Fowler – I’m going with my gut again on Fowler. He played great until the back nine on Sunday last week. He knows he can earn a captain’s pick if he plays well or defends his 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship win this week and while he hasn’t performed well prior to The Barclays, things appear to be clicking for him.
- Adam Scott – Scott has five finishes in the top 10 in his last 10 appearances at the Deutsche Bank, but none since 2012. In 2012 he finished tied for seventh, in 2011 he tied for eighth, in 2010 he tied for fifth,
- Jordan Spieth – Spieth has been all over the map this season. He’s got two wins and just finished four back at The Barclays. He knows what it takes to win the FedExCup having won it last year, and playing well this week would like set him up and boost his confidence for another solid finish at the Tour Championship.
- Jason Day – Day cannot be overlooked after finishing two back at The Barclays. His issue last week was controlling his driver. He ranked 72nd in strokes gained off the tee, but led the field in strokes gained putting. If he can hit some fairways, look out.
- Justin Thomas – Thomas wants on the Ryder Cup team badly. What better way to earn a captain’s pick than win a FedExCup event at the end of the season. Thomas finished four behind Reed last week at The Barclays, but he’s coming on strong.