TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts
7,342 yards – Par 71 – Bentgrass Greens
Green Sizes: 5,500 sq. feet .. Smaller Green Sizes
Stimp: 12 to 12.6 feet .. Faster than Average Green Speeds
Strength of Field Rating: 650+ OWGR …Strong Field Strength
Fairways Hit (Field Average): ~66% … Easy Fairways to Hit
Greens in Regulation (Field Average): ~66% … Easier-than-Average Greens to Hit
2016: Rory McIlroy -15 over Paul Casey -13
2015: Rickie Fowler -15 over Henrik Stenson -14
2014: Chris Kirk -15 over Geoff Ogilvy, Billy Horschel, Russell Henley -13
2013: Henrik Stenson -22 over Steve Stricker -20
2012: Rory McIlroy -20 over Louis Oosthuizen -19
2011: Webb Simpson -15 over Chez Reavie in a playoff
2010: Charley Hoffman -22 over Geoff Ogilvy, Luke Donald, Jason Day -17
2016: Paul Casey -15
2015: Henrik Stenson -13
2014: Russell Henley -12
2013: Sergio Garcia -19
2012: Louis Oosthuizen -19
2011: Bubba Watson -11
2010: Jason Day -17
2016: Kevin Chappell -11
2015: Charley Hoffman -12
2014: Jason Day, Ryan Palmer -8
2013: Sergio Garcia -13
2012: Rory McIlroy -12
2011: Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel -10
2010: Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker -12
Important Interview Quotes
Q. This doesn’t seem like a course that would suit your game that well, and yet you seem to play really good golf on courses that don’t seem like they would suit your game. Is that a fair assessment?
ZACH JOHNSON: I don’t know about the second part. I strategically try to play the ones that do. Granted, this is the playoffs, right? But this one, you’d be surprised, in the sense that I’ve got a lot of loft in my hands on a lot of holes. I was making the comment the other day, I want to say it’s 11 holes where I feel like I’ve got 8-iron on down. -2015
Q. Is this love at first sight with this course or did it grow on you?
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: Which time? The course has changed about a dozen times. What Gil did with this golf course I think it transformed into a pretty good golf course. At first it wasn’t that great, but I think it’s turned into a course that guys like out here on Tour. -2015
Q. Do you like this course?
SEAN O’HAIR: I do. I think it’s a very playable golf course, which makes it fun. You don’t get on the tee shots and feel like you can’t miss it. You feel like you can give it a whale and you go find it and the rough is not too bad. Just kind of allows you to play a little bit freer. And I think that’s why guys are making so many birdies out there. -2015
Q. It played about as hard as we’ve seen it, and you did not score as if it was hard?
GARY WOODLAND: It definitely played tougher than it played the last couple of years. That northeast wind, it’s a direction that we haven’t seen in a long time out here. The par 5s are playing into the wind. The greens are very fast. And there were some tricky pins, as well. I’m happy with 3-under, I’m happy with the start I’m at. The wind is supposed to be the same direction the next couple of days so hopefully it’s more of the same. -2015, R1
JOHN BUSH: You’re at a golf course where you’ve had some success. You’re making your 8th start here at the Deutsche Bank Championship, you finished runner up in 2010, and then T-3 in 2011. Talk a little bit about how this course suits your game.
JASON DAY: Yeah, the course, I love obviously coming back up here. It’s a beautiful place. The people are fantastic. The crowds are great. The golf course, for some reason fits my eye. So when you put all that together you start to feel a lot more comfortable out here. And then once our comfortable out here and you have a good game plan, as long as you stick to it you can get up there pretty quick. And obviously back when I finished I think T-2 Charley Hoffman shot 9-under that day to beat me. It’s just a good set up for me. -2015
Q. Does the course have any kind of reputation as far as what you need to do well here to succeed?
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: I mean it’s noted by the winners and everything, you’ve got to be able to hit it pretty far out here. It’s a big golf course. The fairways are big. The cross bunkers, if you hit it longer, you can carry them. This is a big hitter’s golf course. Big advantage. Is that right or wrong? That’s not for me to make that decision. But it’s definitely the guy that hits it a little longer has a little advantage on this golf course. -2014
Q. Is it also the case where in the final round, as long as you’re somewhere near the leaderboard at the top, you can still win?
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: You can. You can shoot nothing out here, the greens are usually perfect. That’s one thing. And they’re not too undulating, so you have a lot of putts that just break a little bit. So that’s nice. You don’t have big, undulating greens. So like I said, you can make birdies out here. The par 5s, most of them are reachable. And then have you’ve got drivable par-4s. So you’ve got a lot of birdie opportunities on this golf course. Granted, there’s a lot of long holes on this golf course, but there’s a lot of birdie opportunities. -2014
Q. 4 top-10s at the Deutsche Bank Championship, what is it about this course that suits your game?
GEOFF OGILVY: I don’t know, it’s got a bit of space off the tee, I guess, which has traditionally been nice to me. It are suits a guy that can keep the ball in the air a long time. Not that I hit it long, but I hit it quite high, and that suits around here, I think. I’ve always liked the greens. Bentgrass greens is what you putt on in Melbourne when you grow up. I couldn’t put a specific finger on why I like it. I liked it — I played nicely, I think the first year, before — when it was the first year, and then Gil changed it a little bit and I’ve liked it more ever since. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just a place I’m comfortable at, I guess. -2014
Q. Why does this place fit your eye?
JASON DAY: You know, it’s kind of a course that sometimes — especially driving lines definitely fit your eye. And then for some reason just with previous performances when you play good in certain places that you have good memories coming back. You remember good shots that you hit on certain holes. I feel like it suits the bomber, this golf course. The further you’re out down the fairway the better off you are, with how firm and fast the greens are going to be the next few days it’s definitely a premium in hitting a lot of fairways, but long. Giving yourself the opportunities. -2014
Q. The guys in the morning said the course is getting firmer, how were the conditions this afternoon for you?
RYAN PALMER: The fairways were running, for sure. The winds were pretty calm. It picked up here and there, but overall aside from a few holes you could attack the course. I think they say this golf course is a long hitters course, and I think I took advantage of that because I took a lot of wedges today. I was able to hit my driver on line and long. So I hit a lot of 50 degree wedges, pitching wedges. I think that’s the key out here is if you can keep it in the fairway and hit it out there, you can have a lot more shorter irons than most guys are. And I was able to hit a lot more wedges, and bring them in softer and have a lot easier chances. -2014
Q. How about the golf course? It’s playing tough with the firmness. This is a golf course where everyone thinks they need to shoot 5-under every day, that’s not the case this week.
BILLY HORSCHEL: I love it. Sometimes I hate shootouts, because I don’t think it figures out who the best player is that week. But this week you’ve got to really bring your game, with the greens being so firm and the rough not being too bad, but you’ve got to judge it, and you can’t stop it on the green. I love the golf course playing like this. I know we’re supposed to get some rain the next couple of days, so hopefully not too much. But it’s a great golf course, especially when it’s playing like this. -2014
Q. Your last six rounds have been sub?70 here. Is there anything in particular that sets up well for you on this golf course?
PHIL MICKELSON: I do like the golf course a lot. I think it’s one of the best risk/reward courses that we play. And I feel like there’s plenty of room off the tee to get the ball in the fairway. The fairways are generous. If I’m able to hit them, which I hit a number of fairways, I’m able to be aggressive into the greens, which is the strength of my game, my iron play. So I think that’s why I like this golf course so much. -2013
Q. Is there something about the style of golf up here, maybe the style of the course that kind of fits your style?
ROBERTO CASTRO: You know, I love bentgrass greens, that’s what I play up at home. That’s what I grew up on. I feel comfortable last week and this week on that type of surface. It’s a great area of the country. My fiance and I love?? we fell in love with Boston last year, and we’re having another good week this year. -2013
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