2017 Dell Technologies Championship Course Preview
Course: TPC Boston (Boston, MA)
Yardage: 7,241 - Par 71
Purse : 8.75M
Field: Top 100 players in FedEx Cup points to date
Recent Dell Technologies Championship Winners (was The Deutsche Bank Championship until end of 2016)
Other previous winners in the field
-Webb Simpson (2011) Charley Hoffman (2010), Phil Mickelson (2007), Adam Scott (2003)
[caption id="attachment_257701" align="alignright" width="575"] The 17th Hole at TPC Boston. Photo Credit: Geoff Shackelford[/caption]
What a finish! If the number one and two ranked golfers in the world going toe-to-toe for 19 holes on Sunday doesn’t entertain you, then this sport isn’t for you. Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth lapped the field this week and gave us a classic showdown on Sunday. The last time these two finished first and second in a tournament was the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. DJ wasn’t able to play alongside Spieth at any point that Sunday. Had he been able to two-putt from 12 feet, he would have squared off with Spieth in a playoff. This time it was Dustin Johnson prevailing with a must-make 18-foot putt to get into a playoff. He followed that up with a 341-yard blast off the tee and a 60-degree wedge to within four feet for birdie on the first extra hole. Golf simply cannot be played any better than that. This victory had to feel good for Johnson as he got a bit of revenge for that loss two years ago to Spieth. This time they played side-by-side for 19 holes on Sunday, with Johnson out-playing Spieth by four shots, going bogey-free. With this win, Johnson now has a small mental edge over Jordan, but the real main course of revenge will be served in a Major Championship. These two will undoubtedly face off again, and neither will back down.
So, after a thrilling first week of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Tour heads a little further north to Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship. This tournament had previously been called the Deutsche Bank Championship since 2003. Unlike almost every other tournament, this event will be played from Friday to Monday, so we’ll get a Labor Day finish. Therefore, you’ll have until Friday to make your daily Fantasy lineup. The field will consist of the Top 100 players in the FedEx Cup rankings. No major names have been knocked out of the race yet, but next week when the field gets trimmed to 70 players for the BMW Championship, there will be some notables missing. Outside of the Top 70 currently, you have Branden Grace (99) J.B Holmes (88), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (80), Emiliano Grillo (77), Adam Scott (73), and Bubba Watson (72). So those players will have to show up this week to keep their season alive. Some other notables on the cusp are Brandt Snedeker (68), Ryan Moore (61), James Hahn (60), and Phil Mickelson (58).
TPC Boston will play host for the 15th straight year since this tournament’s inception to the Tour in 2003. TPC Boston is a par 71 golf course that measures 7,241 yards, so it’s neither relatively long nor short for these guys. This course generally yields some of the lowest scores each year, so you’ll have to look for guys who have the ability to rack up birdies. For the past 10 years, the winner of this event has been at least 15-under par. That means we need birdies and lots of them. There are three very scorable par 5s on this course. To get into the double-digits under par, you’ll need players to be making more birdies than pars on the par 5s, so look at Par 5 birdie or better %. At par 71, that means that there are also 11 par 4s. so Par 4 birdie or better % is of equal value. TPC Boston has a good amount of hazards strewn about the course. Water comes into play on close to half of the holes, and bunkers surround most of the greens with a total of 58 on the course, so I’m looking at overall great Tee-to-green players. I mentioned earlier that this tournament has been played at TPC Boston since it began. Take a look at players course history here, and look further than just who won each year. Find players who constantly make the cut here or rack up the top 15 and 25 finishes. Just like at Augusta and other events that stay at one venue, you have guys who seem to elevate their game here. At the end of the week we’ll see thirty more players go home setting up the field for next week’s BMW Championship.
2017 Dell Technology Championship Key Stats
Par 5 birdie or better %
Par 4 birdie or better %
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