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2015 Deutsche Bank Preview: Picks & Predictions for the Top-100

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Deutsche Bank Preview for the TPC Boston.

08/31/2015

We’re down to just the remaining 100 golfers (minus Sergio Garcia who is taking the week off) for the FedEx Cup playoffs. All of the big dogs are headed to Boston.

After last week’s Jason Day runaway, the new FedEx Cup rankings saw a shake up from the usual look with Spieth NOT sitting in the one spot…Weird, right?

I always love watching the golf in Boston. The fall colors aren’t quite here, but the Northeast in September always gives off a feeling of football and cooler temperatures. And while the temperatures start to cool, the players don’t. Boston is a birdie-bonanza.

The 18th hole is a figment in my mind every time I think about the course. It’s a risk reward, creatively designed par-5 that gives the event some fireworks every year. I love that tee shot.

Last year, the TPC Boston played over a half stroke below par for the field, and last year’s play was scaled back from season’s past in Boston (Stenson shot 22-under in 2013). Expect a return to the past with the way the golf world is torching golf courses right now.

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Driving Series

Here are the current FedEx Cup rankings.

Last 5 Champs

2014: Chris Kirk (Read recap here)

2013: Henrik Stenson (Read recap here)

2012: Rory McIlroy 

2011: Webb Simpson

2010: Charley Hoffman

Full Field

Click here to check out the entire 2015 Deutsche Bank field– aka the top-100.

Last Week’s Picks

Paul Casey 39

Dustin Johnson 9

Tony Finau 16

Matt Kuchar 39

Finau’s start was promising (65-69) to take the lead, but his weekend play was a struggle as he tumbled down the leadboard into a 16th place finish. But to have a sleeper lead after 36 was something I was proud of. The other three played fine. I expected a bit better from Kuchar.

Let’s get into the Deutsche Bank preview for the event…

Player Picks

Two from the Fairway (Contenders)

Henrik Stenson

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Impossible not to like the man from Gothenberg, Sweden this week.

With Stenson’s play as of late (T6, T25, 2 last three events) and his play at this course (T26, 1 last two years), he’s a horse for the course. In fact, for the season he sits 4th in the FedEx Cup rankings, so despite how well Spieth and Day have played all year, if Stenson wins this week, he’ll vault himself into the 1-spot, predictably causing a small uproar for those who think Spieth or Day should be the prohibitive winners of the season long race.

With a final round 65 here last year, 5 out of Henrik’s last 8 rounds at TPC Boston have been sub-67, as he set the tournament record in 2013 with his win.

I’ll be starting Stenson this week and if I could start him twice, I would.

Jason Day

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Moving on…

Jordan Spieth jordan spieth Let’s spend the time reading about the guys that aren’t extremely obvious this week.

Robert Streb

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Sneakily inside the FedEx Cup rankings top-10, this Streb guy has set #StrebNation on fire. He might be the most boring guy on Tour right now that’s playing this good of golf.

Seriously, as I’ve learned more about Robert, I’ve learned he is a boring, Midwestern, hockey playing, simpleton and honestly, I like him more for it. Especially since he’s cashing millions and millions of dollars making birdies for a living.

Top-20 finishes in 8 of his last 10 starts coupled with a T9 here in Boston last year make Streb as a guy I’ve got slated for some more good golf this week.

Bummer for Streb last year was that not even his T9 was good enough to get him into the top-70 and onto the BMW Championship. He’s never been to either of the last two events of the year.

I think he’ll start to lose some of his steam by then, playing unfamiliar courses later in the year, but this week, I’ve got the “ten fingered grip” man for one last nice finish. #StrebNation

Justin Rose

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He started off last week at the Barclays in Lingmerth-ian fashion, firing a 7-over 77 and looking destined to miss the cut for the week.

Think again.

He rallied to rounds of 65-63 on Friday/Saturday and worked himself back into a nice T16 finish. And speaking of T16 finishes, he finished that way in 2013. Rose isn’t done throwing his name into the cap for viable FedEx Cup champions. And a good finish this week will go a long ways toward that.

One from the Rough (Sleeper)

John Senden

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Sitting in the 80th spot in the FedEx Cup, this Australian will be propelled by a final round 67 at the Barclays to the site where he finished T5 in 2014. So check this track record at TPC Boston:

  • In 2012, Senden’s play earned him a solo 12th
  • In 2011, he posted a very respectable T21.
  • In 2010, he fired four straight in the 60s to finish 8th
  • In 2009, a second round 64 put him in position for a T11

I mean, after looking at those finishes, you’d think Boston was his hometown and that he’d be the Keegan Bradley of the PGA Tour before Keegan Bradley. So maybe it’s something with the seafood? Whatever it is, Senden loves it here.

Senden is looking to make a trip to East Lake for the 5th time since 2009. I don’t think he’ll let this pit stop in Boston halt that effort.

Senden, start him this week– LOCK.

The Man with the Trophy

Rory McIlroy

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Spieth and Day. Day and Spieth. The whole thing has to make Rory absolutely sick to his stomach! He’s ready to reclaim the top spot (as he already did this week thanks to Jordan’s MC) and establish himself as the alpha-dog in the world of golf.

I know it sounds like I’m kidding (which I partially am), but I think this is the feeling Rory is having heading into the week.

His ankle should be fully healed after a rusty finish at the PGA and a week off last week. He’s going to TPC Boston focused with his eyes on dominance.

He was 5th last year at Boston and won the event in 2012. He’s ready to reclaim the top spot.

I’ve got Rory in Boston.

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Troy Klongerbo (673 Posts)

Troy Klongerbo is the Editor-in-chief for USGolfTV. A graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, he has 4 years of collegiate golf under his belt along with playing amateur events across the Midwest region. From Duluth, MN, he now makes his home in Sioux Falls, SD and catches every glimpse of golf he can get his eyes on.


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