2017 Dell Technologies Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitFridayyet

Fresh off Dustin Johnson’s playoff victory over Jordan Spieth at last week’s Northern Trust, the PGA Tour takes a short jaunt to TPC Boston, host of this week’s Dell Technologies Championship and the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.  The surviving field has been narrowed from the top 125 down to 100, with only the top 70 moving on to the BMW Championship in two weeks following the bye for the NFL opener.

Despite being 7,350 yards and a par 71 with hazards (lengthened slightly from 7,216 yards last year), deep bunkers and trees galore, TPC Boston is an annual birdie plethora that further proves the “These Guys Are Good” slogan the PGA Tour loves to play up.  In the tournament’s history, the highest winning score was 15-under, with 22-under taking home the trophy on two separate occasions.  Nothing like shooting 3-under 68 every day and getting lapped!

Special reminder note that this week’s tourney starts on Friday, with a Labor Day Monday conclusion, giving players an extra day of prep this week…and us gamers an excruciatingly LONG Thursday.

My picks last week at the Northern Trust were disappointing, as while Lockzilla Matt Kuchar logged a top 10, Semi-Flier Marc Leishman bogeyed his last hole Friday to miss the cut by a stroke and my Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Phil Mickelson struggled on the weekend to fade to a t-54th finish (hint, even though he’s not in my picks below, I still like him again this week #PresidentsCupMotivation).

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Kuchar t-10th)

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen
– The South African rolls into the week with some positive momentum, on the heels of a sneaky solid t-10th last week at the Northern Trust, preceded by his t-2nd at the PGA Championship.  Always a risk it seems due to injury, but given his solid current form and his track record of 2nd, t-12th and t-8th here at TPC Boston in 3 appearances, he’s a total LOCKZILLA this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Lesihman MC)

Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel
– Despite the fact that he once 4-putted from 3-feet here, I am lovin’ me some fellow South African this week.  His record here isn’t overly stellar, with t-21st being his best finish; however, he has never missed a cut here in 4 appearances and in a couple of those tourneys one bad round did him in.  That’s always the risk with Charl (the blowup hole or round), but he’s trending upward of late and I like him for a sneaky top 15 finish this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Hoffman t-17th)

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
– Time for the major hangover to kick in.  This one is too easy.  Young, recently won a major = distractions galore = poor course record here (t-56th, MC) = easy fade this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Mickelson t-54th)

Russell Henley
Russell Henley
– I have a gut feeling that someone well down the list makes a final week charge onto the Presidents Cup squad and Henley is my pick.  I’ve always had a feeling that this gutsy, firey, rock rollin’ Georgia boy would make a great U.S. team player and coming in well under the radar gives him the opportunity to go for broke this week.  His results are a mixed bag here with two missed cuts in 4 appearances, but he did finish t-2nd in 2014, showing his huge upside.  Watch for Henley to make a huge run up more than just one leaderboard this week.

#isitFridayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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