PGA Tour golf odds: Deutsche Bank Championship
The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs move to their second event of the four, with a stop at TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Note that it’s a rare Friday tournament start with the conclusion on Labor Day. The Top 100 in the FedEx Cup points advanced from last week’s Barclays.
Tiger Woods likely remains the PGA Tour Player of the Year favorite but he might have clinched it with win No. 6 of 2013 last week. Instead, Adam Scott was a strong candidate for POY and that was before his one-shot win Sunday at the Barclays. Scott fired a final-round 66, but triumphed at Liberty National Golf Club only when he received some help.
Leaders faltered on the back nine (Kevin Chappell), and three challengers missed putts on the final few holes that would have at least sent Scott to a playoff. Justin Rose three-putted No. 18 to fall out of a tie for the lead, Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt at the last, and Gary Woodland gave himself close birdie looks on the final two holes, yet missed them both. Rose, Woods, Graham DeLaet and Woodland all finished one shot back. Scott jumped to a career-high No. 2 in the world rankings is No. 2 in the points with Tiger No. 1. Phil Mickelson is No. 3. Those three will be paired in the first two rounds.
That’s if Tiger plays. He dealt with an ailing back last week and pulled out of a charity event on Wednesday but is expected to tee it up with no Tour event next week. In eight appearances at the TPC Boston, the 14-time major champion has finished outside of the top 11 only once. He won here in 2006 and has two seconds and a third on his résumé at the Arnold Palmer-designed course. He is the +650 WagerWeb favorite.
Scott is +1000 on WagerWeb. Fresh off his win in New Jersey, the new world No. 2 heads to a course where he has finished inside the top eight each of the last three years. The Aussie won the inaugural edition of this event in 2003 and has broken 70 in 10 of his last 12 competitive rounds at TPC Boston.
Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are +1200 on WagerWeb. Lefty opened the playoffs with a T6 at Liberty National where he placed T4 in greens hit and sixth in strokes gained-putting. He won at TPC Boston in 2007. Also T10 in 2011 and T4 in 2012.
McIlroy is the defending champion. McIlroy needed just five holes to erase a three-shot deficit to start the day, but hit just one fairway over his final five holes. That closing stretch included a 6-foot par save after finding a bunker and saving bogey at another after a pitch sailed from one side of the green to the other. Victory wasn’t assured until Louis Oosthuizen missed a birdie attempt at No.18 that would have forced a playoff.
Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, who both sat out The Barclays for personal reasons, return as every one of the top 100 players in the FedExCup standings are expected to tee it up.
With scoring at TPC Boston always going deep (the winner has reached 20-under or better in three of the last five years) birdie-making will be key to success this week.
Here are the lowest 15 stroke averages at TPC Boston the past five years:
67.67: Tiger Woods (12)
68.25: Angel Cabrera (12)
68.25: Brandt Snedeker (20)
68.33: Adam Scott (15)
68.45: Steve Stricker (20)
68.55: Jim Furyk (20)
68.60: John Senden (20)
68.67: Justin Leonard (12)
68.69: Luke Donald (16)
68.69: Jason Dufner (16)
68.75: Charley Hoffman (20)
68.83: Sergio Garcia (12)
68.85: Jason Day (20)
68.94: Dustin Johnson (16)
68.95: Phil Mickelson (19)
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