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

Fresh off the carnage that was the Barclays and Adam Scott’s victory in the shadows of Lady Liberty, the PGA Tour takes a short jaunt to TPC Boston, host of this week’s Deutsche Bank 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. 

Despite being 7,216 yards with hazards, deep bunkers and trees galore, TPC Boston is an annual birdie plethora that further proves the “These Guys Are Good” slogan Finchem and company love to brag about.  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 68 every day and getting lapped!

This week’s tourney starts on Friday, with a Labor Day Monday conclusion, giving players an extra day of prep this week.  I’m sure Tiger’s aching back and his post-HGH full body breakdown don’t mind the extra day of rest, even though he does only seem to wince on bad swings.

Anyway, now onto some picks:

LOCKZILLAS: (Last week: Kuchar t-19th, Henrik t-43rd)

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
– Yep, post-HGH full body breakdown and all, Tiger is still a must pick this week.  Gritted out a t-2nd at last week’s Barclays where he had his first sub-70 Sunday round all year (weird stat, especially with 5 wins).  A win, a t-2nd a solo 3rd and two 11ths here over the years.  Simply too effing good to pass up on this week.

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
– Gotta keep riding the Kuch train here, despite that mess of a 78 that he posted on Sunday at Liberty National while being in the final group.  Not a great track record at TPC Boston with no top tens, but does have four top 25s here.  I still am sticking with Kuch as my 2013 FedEx Cup Champ pick, so hey Matty, it’s time to get it rollin’ this week.

SEMI-FLIERS: (Last week: Spieth t-19th, Keegan t-33rd)

Rory Mcilroy
Rory McIlroy
– First time I’ve picked Rory as anything other than a hosel-rocket bust all year, but the defending Deutsche Bank champ has rediscovered his game of late, finishing t-8th at the PGA Championship and t-19th last week at Liberty National.  Momentum and confidence gains go a long way for Rory’s game, and I expect to see him in contention to defend his title this week.

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley
– The Beantown homeboy flat-billed hero blizted Liberty National to a course record 63 on Friday, which stood for one whopping day (thanks Kevin Chappell) and despite fading on the weekend, is still hot of late, finishing t-2nd at Firestone and t-19th at the PGA Championship.

Also keep an eye on both Graham DeLaet and Matt Every this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST: (Last week: Graeme MC)

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell
– I’ve been red hot on these hosel-rocket bust picks of late, correctly predicting Graeme would miss the cut last week and I’m doubling down on that momentum.  Completely aloof, no past success at TPC Boston and ready for the season to end.  Stay away from Graeme this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK: (Last week: Garrigus MC)

Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini
– Rory is the biggest jerk on the PGA Tour, but sometimes you’ve got to put on the dark mask to ride to the top.  Rory is rolling hot at the moment with five consecutive top 20s, including a solid t-13th last week at Liberty National.  Needs to keep playing well to stay in the playoff chase, Rory Sabbatini is my Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

#isitFridayyet #BostonianBiridePlethora

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf 

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