The Deutsche Bank Championship may have only been on the go since 2003, but it has quickly established itself as the second-leg of the FedEx Cup Play-Off Series, which involves the top-100 players in the FedEx Standings after last week’s first play-off event The Barclays.
To celebrate the Labor Day Weekend in America, the tournament runs from Friday to Monday at the TPC Boston, and many players have already built up a warm relationship with the Massachusetts based course that was designed by Arnold Palmer, and tweaked by Gil Hanse.
The top of the market is headed by the usual suspects, but neither Day, McIlroy, Spieth or Dustin Johnson make much appeal. Day could have easily won this by now, but having finished second and third here earlier in his career, his performances since have been worse. The same applies to Spieth who finished fourth on debut but has got nowhere near since. Fourth is also the best Johnson has managed, whilst previous winner McIlroy continues to look sulky.
One player who won’t be sulking this week is Charley Hoffman, and his tremendous record here includes a win and a third in the last 6 years. A winner earlier this season, he blew cold for a while after, but caught the eye when finishing eleventh last time out.
Russell Knox hasn’t quite got that pedigree, but finishes of 26th and 12th on his two starts here suggest he’ll compete here one day. That may well be this week if he’s the kind of player who decides he’ll show the world he should have been in Europe’s Ryder Cup team – and I’ve a feeling that the Scot will rise to the occasion.
One player who secured his Ryder Cup spot long ago, and loves it here, is Henrik Stenson – and he looks sure to relish the challenge of winning the tournament for a second time in a bid to win yet another big-money pot. He was also second here last year, and looks overpriced compared to the big-four considering his form of 1/13/1/7/2.
The final spot in this week’s portfolio has to go to last year’s winner Rickie Fowler, as he bids to make the American Ryder Cup Team. Still not quite at his best as he folded on the back-nine last Sunday, he’s the type of player who will take plenty of positives from last week’s performance.
Charley Hoffman 1 Point Each-way @ 80/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Russell Knox 1 Point Each-Way @ 80/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Henrik Stenson 2 Points Each-way @ 18/1 (BetVictor) ¼ odds 5 places
Rickie Fowler 1 Point Each-Way @ 28/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places