After an impressive win by Bryson Dechambeau (and myself, as you can see in the matchup below) we’re on to week two of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Playing host this week is TPC Boston, a course I know extremely well from hundreds of rounds played on Tiger Woods PGA Tour on my Playstation.
With that knowledge, and insights gleaned from perusing the internet this morning, I believe these characteristics will be the key to success at TPC Boston this Labour Day weekend.
Birdies and Eagles— The winning score over the last 15 years at TPC Boston has been on average, 17.5 strokes under-par. A lot of times the guys that can salvage their rounds and keep things together will be a smart play, but this week it’s about going low and keeping the foot on the gas. Two of the par-fives, holes two and 18, are easily reachable in two and provide plenty of fireworks. The fourth hole, a short driveable par-four, will yield its fair share of low scores as well.
Big Name Winners — In 15 years, a player in the top 10 in the world has won this event 10 times. Three times the #1 golfer in the rankings has emerged victorious; Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy accomplishing the feat. And since 2007, the winner here has gone on to win the whole Fed Ex playoffs four times.
Ballstriking — With so many scoring opportunities, placing your ball well off the tee and into the green is the real key this week. A hot putter will always come in handy, but is difficult to foresee. Where you can gain an edge this week will be Strokes Gained: Approach, and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-green.
With that being said, here are my picks for this week, followed by Evans, and a look at how we fared last week at THE NORTHERN TRUST
WEEK 2 — DELL TECHNOLOGIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Favourite — Dustin Johnson 9/1
Mid-Tier — Adam Scott 28/1
Dark Horse — Daniel Berger 110/1
Long shot — Brendan Steele 300/1
Favourite — Tiger Woods 20/1 (*Breaking my rule of not picking Tiger*)
Mid-Tier — Billy Horschel 50/1
Dark Horse — Beau Hossler 225/1
Long shot — Jhonattan Vegas 250/1 & Scott Piercy 275/1
Head-to-head tiebreaker — Justin Thomas (RJ) vs Patrick Reed (Evan)
WEEK 1 RESULTS — THE NORTHERN TRUST
RJ’s pick — Justin Thomas — T-8th
Evan’s pick — Brooks Koepka — T-8th
RJ — Webb Simpson and Adam Scott — T-28th & T-5th
Evan — Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker — T-28th & W/D
RJ — Ryan Moore — MC
Evan — Abraham Ancer — MC
RJ — Troy Merritt — MC
Evan — Nick Taylor — MC
RJ — Justin Thomas — T-8th
Evan — Patrick Reed — T-25th
Head-to-head — RJ Wins 2
— Tied 4
— Evan wins 0
Money earned — RJ — $910,350
— Evan — $394,350