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The Playoffs at The Deutsche Bank Championship

The playoffs continue tomorrow with The Deutsche Bank Championship at The TPC Boston. Tiger, Steve Stricker and Heath, yes Heath Slocum, the top three in FedEx Cup points are paired together so Heath will get to show off that winning putting stroke to Tiger up close and personal. Let’s hope it’s as exciting as The Barclays was and comes down to the last hole again. These guys should give us some thrills and have a chance at the second trophy in The Playoffs.
*** Tiger has won here in 2006 and knows, and likes these greens. Once again he’s the favorite; after all he has won 28% of his starts on the PGA Tour.
*** Steve Stricker plays well in the playoffs. He was one short putt away from a tie at The Barclays.
*** Paddy Harrington is playing his best golf of the year. Throw out two holes and he may have had two wins, including The PGA.
*** Is this a new or the old Ernie Els we are watching lately? He looks like the old, smooth Big Easy. He has three top tens in his last four starts and he is putting like the old days.
*** Sleeper pick goes to Robert Allenby. He has been playing well and putting better than ever.
*** Since Heath Slocum won from the 124th spot in FedEx Cup points, I have to make a pick from 70th to 100th in the points, just to keep Slocum’s underdog run going. Do you believe that Sergio (71st) and Vijay (78th) are ranked that low? It could be one of them but I’m going to take a real flyer here: James Nitties. He has made 14 cuts in 24 events with two top tens this year. He may not win, but I’m picking him to play well and move on to next week, not bad for a rookie and former Big Breaker.

*** Cheers for the LPGA and the announcement that The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic has signed up for 2010. That along with The Wegman’s recommitting for another year has the future looking brighter for the LPGA than it was a few months ago when the players’ mutiny ousted Commissioner Bivens. On the heels of The Solheim Cup success the LPGA is riding high, too bad this week’s Canadian Open gets horrible television coverage: taped coverage at 11:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30pm on Sunday on The Golf Channel. The top 75 players in the world are playing so it has a chance to be a great tournament.

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