Dell Technologies Championship Preview

Week two of the FedEx Cup is upon us.  The second event is just a quick trip on I-495 in Norton as the Dell Technologies Championship hits TPC Boston in Norton, MA.  A rather quirky thing about this tournament is that it isn’t the traditional Thursday-Sunday format.  Instated it’s Friday-Monday as this coming Monday is Labor Day.  The top 100 players advance on to the Dell Technologies Championship and Justin Thomas looks to defend his crown.

The Course

Redesigned in 2007 by Gil Hanse, TPC Boston is a par 72, 7,241 yard masterpiece.  Its shortest hole is the 161 yard par 3 16th hole while its longest is the par 5 7th measuring at 600 yards.  Even though it has its fair share of daunting holes, it offers quite a lot of holes than you can post good scores.  The average winning score here is around -17.

The 18th green remodeled in 2011 is one of the trickiest ones on tour to master.

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Parking will cost you $20 at the Xfinity Center and they’ll bus you over to the course.  Once you’re there, you’ll have quite the walk through the woods and you’ll end up in the middle of the 9th fairway.  And there is plenty of fun stuff for fans behind the 18th green.  And one final fun fact, TPC Boston is actually closer to Providence than it is to Boston.  And unfortunately under the new PGA schedule that’ll go into effect next year, Boston and New York will alternate hosting this tournament so get in while you can thins year.

Dell Technologies Championship Betting Odds

Dustin Johnson 17-2
Justin Thomas 10-1
Brooks Koepka 12-1
Rory McIlroy 16-1
Jason Day 16-1
Tiger Woods 18-1
Jordan Spieth 20-1
Jon Rahm 25-1
Justin Rose 25-1
Adam Scott 25-1
Tony Finau 28-1
Patrick Cantlay 33-1
Tommy Fleetwood 33-1
Bryson DeChambeau 33-1
Henrick Stenson 33-1
Patrick Reed 33-1
Hideki Matsuyama 33-1
Webb Simpson 40-1

Favorites

Obviously you have to give respect to the defending champion Justin Thomas.  Thomas took advantage of several Jordan Spieth errors during last years final round that gave him the win.  Justin Thomas has been kind of quiet as of late but he’s due for a surge.  Another golfer to look at is Brooks Koepka.  Winner of the  US Open and PGA Championship he’s been nothing short of spectacular.  He also has ties up to the New England area and he doesn’t mind playing in the northeast.  Finally, you have to pay attention to Jordan Spieth.  Yes he did struggle down the stretch last year on Monday but he plays TPC Boston well and he’s also due for a big win.

Sleeper Pick

Tony Finau.  He’s been consistently good all year and at 28-1 odds, can win you some money.  Another golf not to sit on is Tiger Woods.  He’s caught some fire as of late and he’s still trying to prove that he belongs on the Ryder Cup team.  He hasn’t played at TPC Boston in quite some time though but he has won here but that was before the FedEx Cup even existed.

T.V. Schedule

Friday: 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel

Saturday: 3-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel

Sunday: 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel and then 3-6 p.m. on NBC

Monday: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and then 1:30-6 p.m. NBC

 

Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)

 

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