2018 Dell Technologies Championship Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitFridayyet

Fresh off Bryson DeChambeau’s 4 shot 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 a bye for the NFL opener.

Despite being 7,350 yards and a par 71 with hazards (lengthened slightly from 7,216 yards two years ago), 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 and 17-under winning last year.  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 gamers an excruciatingly LONG Thursday.

My picks last week at The Northern Trust were highlighted by Semi-Flier Tony Finau finishing runner-up.

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

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Spieth t-25th)

Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay
– Captain Furyk has it easy for his Ryder Cup captain’s picks, right?  I mean, Tiger, Phil, Bryson and Tony.  A done deal!  Not so fast, my friends.  Yep, Tiger, Phil and Bryson are absolute LOCKZILLAS; however, it’s never that easy as we still have an event to play this weekend and while I don’t at all expect Tony Finau to not play well, I simply don’t expect for him to win, but rather for someone further down the list to hoist the trophy, muddying those waters.  That special someone?  Why yes, none other than Patrick Cantlay.  Let’s start with the fact that he has only missed two cuts in the past two years on the PGA Tour.  Two!  He burst through into the winner’s circle last fall at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and has been rock solid ever since, most recently posting a t-8th last week at The Northern Trust, preceded by a t-27th at the PGA Championship, a t-6th at the WGC-Bridgestone and a t-12th at the British Open.  The dude has some serious cojones and will be a player to reckon with for years to come.  Oh yeah, and he finished t-13th here last year to give him a taste of the place.  LOCK and LOAD with some Patrick Cantlay this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Finau 2nd)

 Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen
– The always-a-WD-risk South African rolls into the week with some positive vibes on his side, having not missed a cut on the PGA Tour since the PLAYERS in May, a stretch where his worst finish in 6 events is t-28th (twice–last week at the Northern Trust and at the British Open).  His track record here is solid, with a t-30th last year, plus a 2nd, t-12th and t-8th here at TPC Boston in 4 appearances.  I suspect that he’ll be somewhat under the radar this week mainly due to his sudden WD at the PGA Championship right before his tee time just a few weeks ago, all the better for us.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Koepka t-8th)

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley– Boston boy, played well last week until Sunday = lock and load, right?  Not so fast.  While I don’t expect Keegan to miss the cut in a limited 100 player event, I also don’t expect for him to be anywhere near contention come Sunday Monday either, as I think he burned a lot in the tank last week with that stellar 62 on Saturday and with a Ryder Cup captain’s pick well out of reach, his incentive for playing well this week has fizzled (at 47th in the FedEx Cup Standings, he’s already a lock to move onto the BMW Championship in two weeks).  Oh yeah, and he’ll be an EXTREMELY popular pick this week = easy fade for me.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Streelman t-40th)

Russell Henley
Russell Henley
– I pegged Russell in this same BOLD spot last year and he didn’t quite come through as I had envisioned (t-40th), but I’m rolling the dice again this year with the firey 29-year-old.  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.  He’s only made one cut since a 10th place finish at the Greenbrier in July, so yeah, an extra dash of BOLD with him this week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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