Deutsche Bank Championship 2013 Preview

By Michael McGill ( @MickSportsNews )

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Week two of the FedEx Cup playoffs sees the Top 100 qualifiers teeing it up in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston for a share of US$8 million in prize money.

The Deutsche Bank Championship has been played at TPC Boston since its debut in 2003. It is a Par 71 course measuring 7216 yards. There are 53 sand bunkers and 2 water hazards. The greens are Bentgrass.

Starting on Friday and finishing on Labor Day it is the only PGA Tour event to conclude on a Monday.

The Top 5 in betting are 7/1 Tiger Woods, 12/1 Phil Mickelson, 12/1 Adam Scott, 14/1 Rory McIlroy and 18/1 Justin Rose.

To play well at TPC Boston you need to rank well in a few different categories.

  • Length- If you look at the past winners and runners up of this tournament many of them have been long off the tee. There are several dogleg holes on the course and these can be carried by the big hitters. This will be a distinct advantage.
  • Putting- The greens at TPC Boston are large and many have several tiers so putting could be challenging this week. Many past winners have ranked highly in putting stats on their way to victory.
  • Scrambling & GIR- Past winners have all ranked highly in both of these areas.
  • Par 5’s- If you want to finish high up the leader board you need to take advantage of the three Par 5 holes. Looking at past winners they have all played them well.

Two players come to mind this week.

Phil Mickelson 12/1

Phil has really turned back the clock this season. He is playing out of his skin. Starting the year ranked No.22 in the World he now finds himself No.3 and his rise looks like continuing.

He has only missed three cuts from 18 starts this season. Those 15 made cuts have resulted in 2 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds! Those results were 1st Phoenix Open (-28), 1st The Open Championship, 2nd St Jude Classic, 2nd US Open, 3rd WGC Cadillac Championship and 3rd Wells Fargo Championship. Pretty impressive results.

Last week at The Barclays he finished with a round of 65 to be T6th. He finished the week ranked T4th in Greens in Regulation and 6th in Strokes Gained Putting. If he keeps those stats going this week he will go a long way to winning.

This season he is ranked 1st in birdie average, 5th in strokes gained putting and 7th in scoring average. He also won this event in 2007 (-16) and was T10th in 2011 and T4th in 2012.

His current form and closing round of 65 last week have him in great shape. He can go low as scene in the Phoenix Open and has a great record on the course. At 12/1 he is a great bet and can not be overlooked.

Jordon Spieth 45/1

Another player having a huge year is young Jordon. His 20 starts have resulted in half of those being Top 25 finishes! Seven of those ended up being Top 10’s. Then there was his break through win at the John Deere Classic (-19) where he won in a play off beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn.  He also went low in the Puerto Rico Open (-19) when finishing second.

Two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship he continued his great run where he lost in a play off to another young gun Patrick Reed. Last week it was a T19th at The Barclays. This kid can play. Many pundits are tipping to have a very successful career,

He now finds himself ranked No.33 in the World after starting the year ranked No.810. His stats also fair well for this course with numbers like 14th in driving accuracy, 14th in scoring average, 2nd in all round ranking and 5th in Par 4 birdie or better.

You can expect to see this confident young man up near the leader board again this week and at 45/1 could be a great each way selection.

Good Luck and Good Punting.


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