Fed Ex Cup playoffs are back! A revised format this year with COVID crippling the schedule, the PGA Tour has done well to get action back for the fans.
The Top 125 in the Fed Ex Cup standings will line up, with only the Top 70 progressing to the BMW Championship next week. The pressure is on for many!
Unfortunately, we won't have Brooks Koepka in Boston, withdrawing from injury and bringing a premature end to his Fed Ex Cup playoffs. Koepka, sits in 97th, meaning he will not be in the BMW Championship field next week.
TPC Boston will host the Northern Trust, a 7,308 yard, Par 71 layout that has hosted a number of PGA Tour events over the years. Patrick Reed is the defending champion, albeit that was on a different course, the last man to win at TPC Boston? Bryson Dechambeau.
You have to be able to make birdies and plenty of them, TPC Boston averages around 17 under par for the 4 rounds. Distance off the tee is important, like any other week, but TPC Boston has some of the smaller greens on tour so iron play will be at a premium all week. Three Par 5's on the course aren't the easiest, albeit do offer some scoring opportunities for the longer hitters, it will be interesting to see how these are managed as the weekend rolls on.
How do I know all this? A little bit of research and many, many hours spent playing TPC Boston on Golf Club 2019 on PS4!
Like last week, officials have allowed the rough to grow, meaning position off the tee is important!
What does this all mean in terms of predictions? Let's have a look and see if we can make a profit.
Returned a fortnight ago for the PGA Championship and finished in a T22. The only thing holding me back from really being keen on Scotty this week is his driving accuracy, he ranks 189th on tour and as a result, just 70th in greens in regulation. If he can drive the ball well, I think he'll be in contention come Sunday!
Hasn't had his best stuff since the resumption of play after the hiatus. That said, he's made every cut but just had one bad round in almost every tournament. Can he string 4 together here? We know he has the distance and iron game, if he can find some consistency, he will be hard to beat. He has two wins at TPC Boston and is the all-time leading earner on this course. Backing Rory to get off to a fast start and keep on going!
Loyal followers will know I have been following Cantlay hard of late, I think he has a major in him this year. He's 66th and 93rd respectively on tour for driving accuracy and distance, he has the game to get the job done here. Like Rory, hasn't had his game at its best in the post-COVID tournaments, thinking this is the week it all comes together.
If there were crowds, I'd be more confident. But a throw at the stumps here with the entertaining Englishman. His tee to green stats aren't good, it is as if he needs matchplay, his strength is and always has been his putting, 13th on tour. If he can get the greens in regulation percentage up, he can drain some putts at big odds!
Tiger Woods - $10 to win @ $34
Like the PGA Championship, simply can not leave the greatest of all-time go around at such big odds. Maybe he's just going to be peaking for Augusta again? Regardless, we will back him here for a little win, like most courses he's played, Tiger boasts a strong record at this place!
Sadly, leaving out Jason Day this week after thinking he was a real chance in the PGA Championship. He will probably win by 5 now that I've done that. The other obvious exclusion is Dechambeau, any bloke who can hit it as long as he can has to be considered, always.
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