The first week of the Playoffs was a raging success! Except for the part where a couple superstars sat out, because they could. Then you have the fact that Snedeker, Spieth, and Koepka all missed the cut! Turns out it wasn’t such a great start to the 2015 Playoffs after all.
This week will be much better as we head to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The course is a par 71, average in length. The main thing we need to know about the course is the fairway generosity. With wide landing spaces, golfers are able to grip it and rip it. This means plenty of wedges and short irons into greens. When you give PGA TOUR pros short irons, they tend to go low. Don’t be surprised to see a couple 8 or 9-under rounds thrown on the board this week.
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Players to Watch
Brandt Snedeker… Last week was one of the most surprising missed cuts I’ve seen in a long time. It was the perfect course for Sneds and he’s been in great form. Bad rounds happen though. I’m willing to forgive and forget and jump right back in the pool this week.
Henrik Stenson… Unlike Sneds, the Swede did not disappoint owners last week. He continues to be a monster in strong fields. Keep rolling him out in the “big games”.
Rory McIlroy… He’s taking a backseat to Jason Day this week, but he’s still the number one golfer in the world over the past two years, by the numbers. Lets not pretend the OWGR is a good system for ranking players. His ankle looked fine at the PGA Championship, so treat this superstar as usual moving forward.
Justin Thomas… Continues to improve as a professional golfer. Even since joining the TOUR, he’s flashed his upside, but last week’s top 20 on a course that doesn’t suit his game is a great sign of things to come. The breakthrough victory is coming sooner rather than later.
Bubba Watson… I was on the Bubba Fade Train last week and I said it was risky. It came back to bite me and Bubba apparently learned how to play Donald Ross courses. This week, I am steering clear again. Dumb? Perhaps. Logic: He doesn’t have a single top 10 in nine tries here at TPC Boston.
Will Wilcox… Wavegod Wilcox pulled out of the tournament, so make sure you go change all of your rosters. There is always next year. Hopefully he has that full DraftKings head-to-toe sponsorship by then.
20/20 Club… The obvious member of the 20/20 Course & Form Club is Jason Day. Don’t forget about Matt Kuchar or Jim Furyk though. They are very, very sneaky and both qualify this week as well.
Justin Rose… Much like Bubba, his course history is very sub-par, by his standards. He’s finished outside the top 50 in five of his last six starts here. Missing the cut in three of those. His form is so good right now, that he’s still a decent play. A repeat of last year’s T16 is certainly in the cards. Just not my favorite star-play this week.
Bill Haas… Looking right down #NarrativeStreet, we see that Haas needs to show up in a big way to make the Presidents Cup team that his dad is captaining. We already know he’s not going to accept a Captain’s pick since it would seem like favoritism, so the motivation factor is deep this week.
Brooks Koepka… He’s still waiting for his time to shine (on TV). He’s already arrived for quite some time in the Daily Fantasy Golf world. Let’s give him a pass for last week’s MC on a short par-70 track. This birdiefest should be right up his wheelhouse.
Keegan Bradley… Just got engaged so perhaps this is what gets his game back into the winner’s circle. With friends and family rooting him on this week, the local boy has a lot of narrative factors in his favor this week!
Jordan Spieth… He switched his irons ahead of last week’s Barclays and went onto miss the cut. Hmmmm. I’m not one to question the golden child, but it seems like odd timing. I’m guessing Spieth knows his game better than I do and probably felt amazing about the club switch. I would guess its business as usual this week as Spieth returns to contention.
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Top 25 for the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Jason Day
4. Henrik Stenson
5. Brooks Koepka
6. Dustin Johnson
7. Hideki Matsuyama
8. Jim Furyk
9. Justin Rose
10. Zach Johnson
11. Brandt Snedeker
12. Matt Kuchar
13. Tony Finau
14. Paul Casey
15. Bubba Watson
16. Justin Thomas
17. Bill Haas
18. Keegan Bradley
19. Robert Streb
20. Louis Oosthuizen
21. Jimmy Walker
22. Webb Simpson
23. Phil Mickelson
24. Ryan Palmer
25. Kevin Chappell