GolfMonger Preview: The Deutsche Bank Championship


The second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs comes to the TPC Boston and The Deutsche Bank Championship, where Chris Kirk looks to defend his title.  We are not so sure about that.  There are a few guys playing pretty well that will have some say in the outcome come Labor Day Monday.

Unique circumstance this week.  It is Labor Day Weekend and with Monday being the holiday, the schedule at TPC Boston is a Friday start with a Monday finish.  Adds some fun to the Playoffs as most of Americans will take the holiday off on Monday so we will all be able to tune in and watch the final round.

As we have seen in years past, the Deutsche Bank Championship provides plenty of excitement and a ton of birdies.  The TPC Boston is set up each year for a veritable birdiefest.  Henrik  Stenson leads the way in the birdie barrage over the history of the Deutsche Bank Championship.  So will he be in our picks?  Or will we ride the Jason Day train?

The field will be cut from 100 to 70 players after this week.  Right now, Boo Weekley sits on the bubble at No. 70.  There are 30 players gunning to get to his spot or better over the next four days.  We have seen in years past that players outside No. 85 have to Top 5 to get to the BMW Championship.  Our good friend, and former PGA Tour player Hugh Royer III, told us on Tuesday to count out any player higher than 85th place.

GolfMonger Picks:

1.  Jason Day – We would be idiots if we did not pick Jason this week.  He’s only won three of the last four tournaments he has teed it up in.  Not sure we have to say anything more than that.

2.  Jordan Spieth – Coming off, by far, his worst showing of the season with a MC at The Barclays, we fully expect a 180 degree turnaround from the now No. 2 golfer in the world.  He only spent a week at No. 1 and will be gunning to get it back from Rory McIlroy.

3.  Rory McIlroy – We might as well complete picking the Top 3 golfers in the OWGR at take Rory in this spot.  He seemed to recover very well, very fast from his ankle injury and player very well at Whistling Straits.  He has not played since as he was resting said ankle to be ready for the home stretch of the playoffs.  The 2012 winner of the DBC will make some noise this week and be in the mix on Monday.

Wild Card Pick:

There are 30 players that have some work to do to not have their season end this week.  With that in mind we are taking Jason Dufner.  Duf is sitting at 82nd in the standings, but had a big week last week moving up 21 spots after T30 finish.  He will need a Top 10 probably to move on.  We have a gut feeling that Duf is not ready for the season to be over.

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Happy Labor Day everyone!!!!

Author: Brian Stefan

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