A nice start to the playoff season last week with Matt Kuchar winning the Barclays in OT, thanks to a little help from Martin Laird. I am looking to win at least two of the four events because the field gets reduced each week. The second leg of the FedExCup playoffs, TPC Boston, is played in scenic Norton Massachusetts. This event is now a staple for Labor day weekend in Massachusetts, it starts on Friday and wraps around the weekend for a Monday finish. Friday’s start of the round will most likely be affected by Hurricane Earl, officials are expecting 2-4 inches of rain and gusts of wind from 20-50 mph, making it difficult to handicap the first day. Day two should see some low scores with the wetness carrying over from Friday.
The Deutsche Bank Championship is a fairly new event without much history, it started up back in 2003. A lot of big names have won it, Tiger (twice), Vijay (twice), Phil, Stricker and Adam Scott. By PGA event standards it’s a fairly easy course to score, the winner usually shoots between 16 – 20 under, don’t expect scores as low this year especially if it’s still windy going into the weekend.
The Course, plays at about 7,200 yards and features some pretty cool holes. First, #16 a par 3 plays at 160 yards and players can take dead aim at all day. It’s usually a great spot to camp out if you attend the Deutsche, I highly recommend it if you go this weekend. Next hole #4 is a baby 298 yard par 4, which is very driveable. The last couple events have had these in-between holes which always gets the players to play aggressively and try to make Eagle. #18, I sat by tee box when Vijay won one year, as much as he’s a douche it’s still sweet to watch players hit a blind tee shot all day.
Easy course, the top 100 golfers in the World, soggy conditions on Saturday make me want to lay a lot of chalk, so I am going with these guys…
Tiger +600, I said I wouldn’t bet on him until he wins, but a nice showing last week, a past win and a Hurricane named after his father Earl Woods? To weird to pass up. I can hear Jim Nance somehow work this into Tigers walk up 18 on Monday “It’s been a difficult climb back to the top for Tiger and with an ominous storm named after his late Father, it’s fateful gust’s may have helped Tiger reach the top once again”. Then NBC cuts to video footage of Tiger nailing 40 putts in the rain and wind. See you at the Foxy Lady on Monday night Tiger!
Steve Stricker +900, I haven’t given any attention to last years FedExCup champion, but he finished last week in 3rd place, won in Norton Ma last year, and has 8 top 10s in 13 career FedEx playoff events.
Paul Casey +1200, More chalk. I’d expect Redcoats to not like playing in New England… flashbacks to 1775? But, I love golfers with a Great Britain pedigree this week. New England golf is as close to what they get playing across the pond. Haven’t heard much buzz around Casey this year, but he has quietly pulled two 12th place finishes at The Barclays and The PGA Championship.
Padraig Harrington +2500, He’s been all over the map this year. Paddy is either finishing in the top 10 he has 5 or missing the cut 5 of those too. He’s only played in 17 US events, but he had a strong start last week at the Barclays and finished 4th last year at the Deutsche. Plus, he’s from Dublin and his game in tailored for rain and wind conditions. I really like this pick a lot.
Ian Poulter +6000, ok event last week, I just love his game and he’s cocky enough to win anywhere. These are monster odds for Poulter, he loves playing when Tiger does too, he’s admitted that it inspires him to play better. This jackass once said he was the second best player in the world to Tiger? Ok dude, win this weekend and I’ll agree
The Field +155, Seth you pussy the Field is a loser bet. Yep, also remember that Martin Laird should have won last week and Villegas won three times in the playoffs a few years back. I don’t trust the TPC course this weekend, watch Brad Faxon or even Corey Pavin pull it off.