Par 71 7,342 yards
It was a great finish to the Northern Trust last week in New York. Honestly I was thinking we were in great shape with Jordan Spieth leading by five and Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed sitting in T4 after round three but Dustin Johnson spoiled the party. It wasn’t a bad week with Jordan getting us some small place money losing to DJ in a playoff and Jason Day shooting a final round 67 to finish T5 for another place.
The top 100 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs arrive to TPC Boston for the second of four playoff events for the Dell Technologies Championship, formerly known as the Deutsche Bank Championship. TPC Boston is located in Norton, Massachusetts, approximately 25 miles south of Boston. Only the top 75 will advance to the BMW Championship which starts next week.
Originally designed by Arnold Palmer and built in 2003, the course was re-designed by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon in 2007 and poses a tricky test for the players this week. Measuring a testing 7,342 yards, this course has 11 par 4’s, four par 3’s and three par 5’s.
The fairways are quite generous and forgiving so accuracy wont be too much of an issue here. The greens are Bentgrass and are fractionally smaller by PGA Tour standards but they do run a bit faster averaging around 12 on the stimp. Hitting these small, fast greens and holing putts will be key.
Going on previous history, distance seems to be quite advantageous with the likes of Rory McIlroy (last year and 2012), and Jason Day on the list of previous recent winners.
There are a total of 58 bunkers on the course some of which could cause some problems for the shorter hitters, but the longer guys should be able to carry some of the fairway cross bunkers off the tee. The shortest hole is the par 3 16th measuring 160 yards and the longest hole is the par 5 7th measuring a lengthy 600 yards which will only be reachable by the longer hitters in the field. Water comes into play on three holes in total – the 2nd, 6th and 16th.
TPC Boston’s 18th hole was renovated in 2011 and now has a smaller, elevated green that is protected by a greenside pot bunker which could offer some drama in the later stages of Sunday.
Rickie has been playing some great golf recently and could be a huge threat here especially with the flat stick. He has five top 10’s in his last seven starts, four of which are top 5’s. He had a good week at the Memorial finishing T2 and followed that with a T5 at the US Open at Glen Oaks, T3 at the Quicken Loans, T22 at the Open Championship, solo ninth at the WGC Bridgestone and a T5 at the PGA Championship. He had a decent performance last week at the Northern Trust finishing T20 which included a 68 and a 66 in the first two rounds.
Fowler has played well on this course in the past finishing T23 in 2014 and an impressive win here in 2015 where he shot four rounds of 68 or better to finish 15 under for the tournament, one shot clear of Henrik Stenson.
Statswise he looks like he could suit this course ranking 38th in driving distance, 47th in GIR, second in SGP and 22nd in par 4 scoring. Rickie is playing great golf lately and has to be respected here.
He was a touch disappointing last week in The Northern Trust but I think Reed isn’t far away from playing really good golf so I’ll give him another run here. After shooting 70,67,66 in the first three rounds last week, Reed finished with a disappointing final round 75 to finish T20 on two under for the week. However, I don’t think the final round did his overall performance justice. He struck the ball really well and putted great throughout the first three rounds he was just a bit unlucky on Sunday.
He has been in great form over the last couple of months with seven top 20 finishes in his last ten starts. His good run of form started at the Byron Nelson where he finished T20 after four rounds of 70 or better. He followed that with a T13 at The US Open, T5 at the Travelers, T17 at the Quicken Loans, T20 at the Greenbrier, T2 at The PGA Championship and T20 last week.
Reed has played well here over the last couple of years finishing T4 in 2015 and T5 last year. Of those eight completed rounds, he has shot a 70 or better seven times suggesting this course suits his eye. Reed is particularly strong with the flat stick ranking ninth in SGP so far this season and if he keeps that going in TPC Boston, he could be dangerous.
The South African is in fine form lately with three top 10’s in his last seven starts. He played well in New Orleans finishing in a respectable T24 and followed that with a T2 at the Players, T18 at the Byron Nelson and a T23 at the US Open.
Most recently Oosthuizen has played particularly well shooting rounds of 70,67,71,70 on his way to an impressive T2 at the PGA Championship. Last week in New York Louis shot three rounds of 69 or better to finish T10 at the Northern Trust on four under for the tournament.
He has a good record here over the last few years finishing solo second in 2012 which included three rounds of 66 or better, T12 in 2015 and a T8 last year which included a third round 64.
Statswise he ranks 18th in SGTTG, 24th in scrambling and 29th in strokes gained putting. Louis looks to be playing very solid lately and looks good value to keep up his good form on a course he has played well on in the past.
Ive been keeping a keen eye on Chappell over the last few weeks and he really seems to be playing very steady golf since winning in Texas back at the end of April. He has four top 15’s in his last eight starts and has some good form at this event over the last few years.
He had a good week at the FedEx St Jude Classic shooting four rounds of 69 or better to finish T4. He followed that with a T23 at the US Open, T8 at the Canadian Open which included three rounds of 69 or better and a T13 at the WGC Bridgestone.
Chappell played well last week in New York shooting 68,73, 64,70 to finish T6 at the Northern Trust and has played well in TPC Boston before finishing T22 in 2013, T12 in 2015 and a T8 last year. Stastwise he ranks 26th in driving distance, 21st in SGTTG and 28th in par 5 scoring. With solid current form and a good record here, Chappell looks decent value to have a good week.
Final selections –
Rickie Fowler 16/1 1pt EW
Patrick Reed 30/1 1pt EW
Louis Oosthuizen 33/1 1pt EW
Kevin Chappell 40/1 1pt EW
Total staked = 8 pts (PP Paying 7 places)
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