FedEx Cup Playoffs – Previewing the Dell Technologies Championship
The second event of the FedEx cup will be held this week, with qualified players heading to Norton, Massachusetts for the Dell Technologies Championship. The field will be reduced for this tournament, with the bottom players being knocked out after the closing of The Northern Trust, which was spectacularly won by Dustin Johnson in a nerve wracking playoff against Jordan Spieth.It’s time to take a look at what the course has to offer, what the previous stats have been, and who could win.
About the Course
The TPC Boston Golf Club is in Norton, Massachusetts, around 25 miles out from the center of Boston. This is a relatively new course that was built in 2003, with the latest redesign being finalized in 2007. Total length of the course is 7,216 yards, and the par for the course is 71. TPC Boston has been described by some players as rustic, and it has a characteristic New England feel to the overall layout. TPC Boston has been the venue for the second stop in the FedEx Cup Playoffs since the new layout was finished in 2007.
Previous Winners in the Dell Technologies Championship
Before Dell Technologies took over sponsorship, the tournament was known as the Deutsche Bank Championship. Since 2019, there have been nine different winners, with a single golfer winning two times.
- The 2007 winner was
who won with a margin of 2 strokes, for a final score of 268 and -16 to par.
- In 2008, Fijian Golfer
won the tournament for his second time (his first win came in a non-FedEx Cup playoff tournament). His final score was 262 with -22 to par. He beat the runner up by a margin of 5 strokes.
- The 2009 winner was
, winning with a score of 267, -17 to par, and beating both Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank by 1 stroke.
- 2010 saw yet another new winner, with
scoring 262 with -22 to par, and beating Jason Day, Luke Donald, and Geoff Ogilvy by 5 strokes.
- In 2011 the winner was
, scoring 269, -15 to par, and beating Chez Reavie in a playoff.
- 2012 was the first win here for
. The Irish golfer won by an impressive score of 264 and -20 to par. He beat Louis Oosthuizen by a single stroke.
- In 2013
won the tournament by 2 strokes over previous winner Steve Stricker, finishing with a score of 262 and -22 to par.
- The 2014 winner was
, who beat three players who finished runner up by 2 strokes. His score was 268 with -15 to par.
- 2015 was another first time winner at TPC Boston;
. He beat Henrik Stenson by 1 stroke and matched the 268 score with -15 to par from the previous year.
- The latest winner was
with his second win at this tournament. He beat Paul Casey by two strokes, with another final score of 269 and -15 to par.
Who Can Win the FedEx Cup This Year?
McIlroy is the only double winner at this tournament, and he has to be considered as one of the top 5 favorites for this weekend. He is currently ranked 43rd in the FedEx Cup, and is 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings. When speaking recently to media about the upcoming tournament, he hinted that the FedEx Cup official ranking will have nothing to do with the result at TPC Boston.He told reporters that “Golf is a funny game. I went into Boston last year 38th in the FedEx Cup, and that win and just that turnaround in fortunes, it gave me a chance to obviously do what I did at East Lake a few weeks later. TPC Boston has been a great place for me in the past, a place I feel very comfortable at and the kind of golf course I’ve played well on, and to get that win last year was awesome. So great memories. I play the golf course very well. I’m excited to get there this year and see a couple of changes that they’ve made on [holes] 12 and 13.”Last year almost mirrors this year, with a similar ranking in the FedEx Cup. Betting on McIlroy would not be a bad move, considering he is one of the most experienced and most successful golfers at this particular course.Another potential winner, and definitely one of the strong favorites going into this weekend, is Jordan Spieth. Missing out by the smallest margin in the previous tournament will give him the motivation and drive to come in this week and do something special. Of course, Dustin Johnson might have something to say about that…Johnson is another popular pick, and he’s coming off of the high of his last win. He has never won at TPC Boston, but he is clearly focused on winning this year’s FedEx Cup, so he should not be ruled out. Johnson is currently leading in tee to green strokes gained stats, and this could be used to his advantage.Hideki Matsuyama is another possibility. His performance has been overshadowed this year by wins that have gained more press attention, but it should not be forgotten that he finished at the top of the regular season standings with three victories. His shot making statistics are only second to Dustin Johnson, and he’s 10th in strokes gained off the tee and ranks ninth for strokes gained in the approach to the green. He has a strong long game and with decent odds he is worth at least a cautious bet for this upcoming tournament. Hideki last won at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on August 6.
Championship Begins This Week
The Dell Technologies Championship begins on September 1, with the final day wrapping up on Monday September 4. Out of 100 qualified to play in the tournament, 96 have been confirmed as attending. We’ll bring you more insights into the FedEx Cup Playoffs as they become available.