2014 Deutsche Bank Champpionship + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #LaborDayWeekendBirdiePlethora

Somehow it’s already Labor Day weekend and that means one thing- it’s time for some pigskin baby!  Wait, I mean there’s still golf to be played- and actually, some damn entertaining golf at that (gracias a el FedEx Cup!). 

This week the PGA Tour heads to Norton, Massachusetts to TPC Boston, aka TPC BIRDIE PLETHORA, where last year Henrik Stenson shot 942-under, winning the first of two FedEx Cup Playoff events.  Ok, he shot 22-under, but it felt like both he and the rest of the field birdied the entire course as the scoring average on the par 71 layout was a ghastly good 69.207 for the week.

So, birdies galore this Friday through Labor Day Monday we shall certainly see (note the change in normal Thurs-Sun schedule).   As you’ve seen the past couple of weeks with my picks, note the Ryder Cup emphasis as this is the final week that U.S. players have to impress captain Tom Watson, as captain’s picks occur on the Tuesday after the tourney.

A mighty solid week for my picks last week at the Barclays as my Semi-Flier Hunter Mahan was lifting the trophy on Sunday afternoon (well, trying to anyway), and I nailed Bo Van Pelt (Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD Play) to play his tail off to work his way into the top 100 and into this week’s event (finished t-13th).  Even though Rory bounced back well after his weak opening round, labeling him as my Hosel-Rocket BUST of the week wasn’t too far off as a t-22nd finish clearly was well below expectations based on his previous ridiculous hot streak.

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Sneds MC, Schwartzel t-30th)

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley
– A t-53rd last week at the Barclays was certainly not what Keegs was looking for in attempt to play his way onto the U.S Ryder Cup squad, but I’m telling you right now that this is his week.  The dude still has his suitcase from Medinah (’12 Ryder Cup) unpacked and sitting in his bedroom as a continual motivating factor to make the team.  Throw in his solid finishes of t-16th and t-13th at TPC Boston the past two years, plus that this is essentially home turf here in Boston for Keegan and his top 5 finish this week will cement him as one of the three Team USA captain’s picks come next week.

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
– I’ll make this easy for you- he’s really freaking consistent.  Ok, Jimbo hasn’t won seemingly since like Jordan Spieth was in kindergarten, but 4th, 2nd, t-15th, t-5th and 8th his past five events, plus a perfecto 9/9 in cuts made at this event with three top 10s in the past means 3 or 4 under per day again this week and Furyk will be again be around in contention on Sunday…I mean Monday this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Hunter WIN)

Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker
– 4th week in a row I’m picking Sneds.  I was mighty surprised along with the rest of the golfing world seeing him miss the cut last week (by just one after he was penalized one stroke on the first green on Friday for dropping his ball on his mark); however, with the added motivation that this is the final week to impress captain Tom, he’ll undoubtedly dig deep and lock up his spot on the team this week with a high finish.  It also certainly won’t hurt his causes that from ’10 – ’12 he went t-5th, t-3rd and 6th here.  Watch for that putter to heat up to a wicked hot level this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last Week: Rory t-22nd)

Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
– No question about it, Kaymer’s game is as Jekyl and Hyde-ish as they come.  Aside from his exceptionally impressive PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open victories, Kaymer’s only other PGA Tour top ten was last November.  Let’s repeat that- he has only ONE non-winning top ten since November.  Who does he think he is, Tiger Woods?  Oh wait, Tiger has zero total in that span, I digress.  Kaymer has missed his last two cuts and finished a very pedestrian t-47th here last year in his only TPC Boston appearance.  Yep, BUST-house indeed.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Van Pelt t-13th)

Luke Donald
Luke Donald
– Going BOLD in all caps with this play this week, as Luke’s best finish since May is (gulp) a t-38th at the PLAYERS Championship- but, hear me out here.  First, there’s the Ryder Cup motivational factor.  As of right now, Luke is very likely on the outside looking in from a captain’s pick standpoint for the European team.  Second, there’s the course history here, which TPC Boston is the site where he finished t-3rd in ’11 and t-2nd in ’10.  Lastly, it’s been a dire year for the Englishman no doubt, but there’s no question that he’s still one of the top talents in all of Europe and can piece together good form at seemingly any time (see his solo 2nd finish at the RBC Heritage this year as a example).  I think Luke explodes from the depths this week to a top 5 finish and gives Euro Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley something extra to think about come next week.  Luke Donald is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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