by Jeff Skinner
It’s Labor Day week and for many it signifies the last big weekend of the summer. For others it’s all about the Back to School Shopping. But if you a golfer it’s all about The Deutsche Bank Championship or the DB as we at Links Life Golf call it.
The folks at the PGA Tour made a great move by moving the DB to a Friday start and a Labor Day Monday finish a few years back. And with the DB holding the second slot in the FedEx Cup playoffs it has grown not only in popularity but in significance.
The TPC Boston will be full of native New Englanders and hometown favorite Keegan Bradley will get plenty of support and” KEEEEEGUN” may be heard a bit more often than chants of Tiger. And maybe “Baba Booey” just might be replaced by “Tom Brady” or “Yankees Suck.”
But Keegan isn’t the favorite here…Tiger is, as he is every time he tees it up. Click here to see the odds for El Tigre and the rest of the boys.
The TPC Boston is an original Arnold Palmer design with a re-do from Olympic Course architect, Gil Hanse. While it may never rank in anyone’s top ten Brad Klein says it’s the best of the TPC network. Low scores abound at the DB with 19 under being the average winning score. Click here for Klein’s hole by hole look at the TPC Boston and here for the TPC Boston’s website.
With a furious finish at The Barclays, The Deutsche Bank has a tough act to follow. But it looks like these FedEx Cup Playoffs are doing what they were intended to do: get the best players on tour playing after the PGA.
Larry Dorman says that the “early drama and uncertainty will lead to an outstanding FedEx Cup Playoffs.” Dorman references the game that changed the face of the NFL, the 1969 Super Bowl win by the Jets. He says much like those underdog ’69 Jets, the players are bringing their best to beat the best. Dorman hit me in my soft spot with those Jets. As a twelve year old kid who worshipped Joe Namath and the rest of the green and white I appreciate the fact that someone can refer to the Jets as winners instead of the loser of an organization they have dissolved into. But I digress… Dorman has a great take on the playoffs. Click here for his piece on PGA Tour.com.
Tiger, Adam and Phil are paired together for the first two rounds and you can click here for all the tee times.
The Playoffs are off to a great start and the stage is set at the DB for another dramatic week of golf.