The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs and, as usual, will feature the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings. The venue for the tournament is TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts which has in the past provided us with some entertaining golf and some low scores. The par 71, 7,241 yard course plays short and big hitters aren’t really at an advantage here, so a premium is going to be placed on accuracy off the tee and putting. Past winners include some of the big names on tour including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and an in form Adam Scott, so you’ll probably be better off avoiding those available at long odds. However, there does seem to be some value in the places on the bigger prices. So who will win this one? Let’s have a look.
To Win Outright
Tiger Woods 7/1
Adam Scott 10/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Justin Rose 18/1
Jim Furyk (30/1 a win, 66/10 a place)
Furyk comes into this one with a lot of experience and great form, having never missed a cut here and managing to record five top 15 finishes. Last week he played some really good golf, which made me think he could do something this week, especially considering he was putting superbly. If this translates into birdies this week he’s definitely going to be a contender come Sunday.
Phil Mickelson (14/1 a win, 3/1 a place)
Phil Mickelson is tough to ignore this week. When it gets to this stage of the season it’s always a good bet to back those who have the experience to help cope with the pressure and Phil has more experience than most. He putted almost as well as Furyk last week and that helped him to an impressive 6th place finish, but more importantly he loves the course and won here in 2007. More recently, he has managed to finish in the top ten twice in the last three years. He should go far here, each way looks the bet for me.
Rory McIlroy (14/1 a win, 3/1 a place)
I can’t shake the belief that Rory is going to win at least once in 2013, but having said that, his time is slowly running out and I’m beginning to fear that my confidence may be misplaced. I am going to give him one more chance though and back him at 14/1 because he loves this course and comes here as defending champion, a confidence boost that I’m pretty sure he desperately needs. Again, each way is the bet for me here.
TOP BET: Brandt Snedeker (40/1 a win, 88/10 a place)
Brandt Snedeker has hit a poor patch of form and missed the cut at Wyndham and The Barclays but with his record here, he simply cannot be ignored. Traditionally, the course has favoured strong putters, a fact which plays right into Snedeker’s capable hands and he has shown more than once that he knows his way around this place with a sixth, third and fifth in recent years. Sure, he’s had two bad tournaments in a row but don’t forget that just over a month ago he won in Canada. At 40/1 he seems to offer the most value this week. Get on now.