2015 Deutsche Bank Championship Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitFridayyet

Somehow it’s Labor Day weekend already, meaning we’re just days away from some pigskin action baby!  Oh yeah, there’s still some damn awesome PGA Tour golf to be played as well, as with 3 events left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs it’s still anyone’s game to take home the cool $10 million first place prize that comes with it. 

This week, the second leg of the Playoffs takes us to Norton, Mass and TPC Boston, for the Friday-Labor Day Monday affair.  Recall this as the site of Billy Horschel’s chunk daddy 5-iron into the hazard that gave Chris Kirk the victory…and propelled Billy Ho into #ragemode and saw him rip off back-to-back victories the following two weeks en route to the FedEx Cup title.  Just who will that red hot golfer be this year?  Hint, it 100% won’t be pouty Billy Horschel this year.  And yeah, well, there is a particular Aussie who’s playing rather well at the moment…

A sloppy week for my picks at The Barclays, as only Matt Kuchar made the weekend.  I did nail Adam Scott missing the cut as my BUST of the week.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Koepka MC, Kuchar t-39th)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson– It’s easy to overlook Dustin these days, as with other top players stealing the headlines, he can be easy to overlook near the top of the board.  But, I’m telling you not to make that mistake with DJ this week.  Undoubtedly irked that he wasn’t able to break through and capture his first major title this season, he’s on a mission to capture at least one other trophy before season’s end…and right now, he’s my sleeper pick to rise up and win the FedEx Cup (yes, going into ultra-beast mode and stealing it away from Jason Day).  His t-9th last week at The Barclays was proof that he remains in very solid form, and the fact that he’s never missed a cut at TPC Boston and owns a pair of t-4th place finishes here show he’s been close here before.  DJ takes home the trophy this week.

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson
– Somehow, this is only the third appearance here at TPC Boston for the goofball Swede, but then again, it’s easy to forget that not long ago he was missing cuts left and right and hitting shots in his underwear.  Seriously, he hasn’t been a world beater forever and in fact other than that red hot FedEx Cup Playoff run two years ago, he hadn’t won since 2009 on the PGA Tour (and only has 4 career PGA Tour titles).  Nevertheless, I better stop painting the negative direction, as despite the fact that I’m selling my long term Henrik stock (like beyond this year and there forward I’m in all fade mode on Henrik, seriously), I do fancy Henrik’s chances this week.  A win here two years ago and a t-26th last year, coupled with his beat-everyone-in-the-field-besides-the-guy-who-was-in-ALL-MADDEN-mode last week (Jason Day of course) at The Barclays have me liking his chances to contend again this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Snedeker MC)

Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner
– Don’t let last week’s t-30th fool you, the Duf was playing some mighty fine golf before becoming a bit unglued on Sunday in shooting a final round 75 to fade well down the leaderboard.  It doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly back out of form, just that he had one bad day on the course.  It was his eighth straight cut made on the PGA Tour for the guy who still looks strange being so skinny.  That recently good form coupled with the fact that he’s never missed a cut at TPC Boston, including a t-2nd in ’09, a t-9th and a pair of t-18th place finishes here show he’s poised to be in the mix heading into Sunday once again this week.  Others might still be in the wait-and-see approach on Duf, I’m telling you that now is the time to pounce.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Scott MC)

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– There are three sure things in life: Death, taxes and Jimmy Walker sucking everywhere other than the West Coast.  Seriously, it’s just flat out bizarre how big of a disappointment he is later in the season away from the Pacific time zone.  Jimmy majorly pooped the bed last week at The Barclays even on his favorite putting surfaces (poa).  He’s in crappy form and sans a t-9th at TPC Boston last year, his past Deutsche Bank Championship record is just downright awful.  Stay on the Walker fade train and get ready to watch him turn into a different player again in just a few months.


Luke Donald
Luke Donald
– The former world #1 played just well enough to squeak his way into this week’s field, one week closer to getting to tee it up on his home turf in Chicago at Conway Farms for the BMW Championship in two weeks.  Last time the BMW was at Conway was in ’13, he finished t-4th, so no doubt he’s itching to qualify again this year.  His form of late has finally been heading in the right direction, with eight straight cuts made on Tour, including a t-24th last week at The Barclays.  He’s also never missed a cut in six appearances at TPC Boston, including a back-to-back run of t-2nd and t-3rd in ’10 + ’11.  Load up on some Luke Donald this week and thank me later.


Joel Harrington

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