Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs: The Deutsche Bank Championship

The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs begins this Friday, as the Deutsche Bank Championship gets underway.  The top-100 players in the FedEx Cup standing will take part in the only tournament on the PGA Tour with a Friday start day and Monday final round.  The traditional setup of the tournament falls on Labor Day Weekend in the United States each and every year.

The tournament returns to TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, a course well-known to many of the golfers on the PGA Tour.  Fescue-lined fairways and bunkers are cut into the serene setting in Massachusetts, which should be a great venue for late-summer golf.  Playing at just over 7200 yards and a par 71, the course should be playable for everyone left in the FedEx Cup.

The Deutsche Bank Championship is the site of Vijay Singh's win in 2004 where he claimed the number one ranking in the world over Tiger Woods.  Other past winners in the field include Adam Scott, Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, and Webb Simpson.  Singh is the only two-time winner of the championship.  This year marks the 10th year of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Last week's winner Nick Watney comes into the tournament with a strong lead in the FedEx Cup Standings over Brandt Snedeker and Tiger Woods.  Woods fell from the top spot to number 3 in the rankings.

Predictions for the week:

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker is coming off a second-place finish last week at the Barclays after a strong final round.  Snedeker is looking to continue his strong play to further enhance his Ryder Cup resume in the hopes of becoming a captain's pick.  Snedeker finished T3 here last season.

Top 5:
Luke Donald
Webb Simpson
Tiger Woods
Hunter Mahan

Strong Finishes:
Phil Mickelson
Lee Westwood
Adam Scott

Nick Watney will follow up his win with a top-20 finish but will not be able to finish any higher.

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