|Deutsche Bank Championship - August 25, 2008
DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
The Second of Four Playoff Events
Par: 36-35—71Yards: 7,207
FedExCup Points: 100,000Winner: 11,000
Purse: $7,000,000Winner: $1,260,000
2007 Champion: Phil Mickelson (268, -16)
Deutsche Bank Championship Notes
In 2003, the PGA TOUR teamed with Deutsche Bank and the Tiger Woods Foundation to create the only official Monday finish on the PGA TOUR. This event takes place over the Labor Day weekend and boasts a winner’s roster which includes Adam Scott (2003), Vijay Singh (2004), Olin Browne (2005), Tiger Woods (2006) and Phil Mickelson (2007).
Last year, two players (John Mallinger and Bo Van Pelt) from outside the top 70 in the FedExCup points stanings were able to use the Deutsche Bank Championship as their avenue to advance to the BMW Championship. Mallinger birdied three of his final four holes for a bogey-free 68 and a tie for 14th—helping him jump from No. 71 on the FedExCup points list to No. 61. Van Pelt tied for 30th at TPC Boston to jump from No. 72 to No. 70 on the list.
Phil Mickelson made his only career start at the Deutsche Bank Championship a good one in 2007. Mickelson topped Tiger Woods, Brett Wetterich and Arron Oberholser by two strokes a year ago.
Sergio Garcia, who lost in a playoff last week at The Barclays, made his lone Deutsche Bank Championship start in 2007. In his debut, Garcia tied for 17th.
While 120 players qualified for the second tournament in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup—the Deutsche Bank Championship—only 116 will be playing. Not in the field this week are Tiger Woods, Alex Cejka, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
Adam Scott set the 72-hole scoring record at this event with a 20-under 264, the first year of the event in 2003. Since then, three players—Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson—have won with 16-under 268s, while Olin Browne was victorious in 2005 with a 14-under 270.
Vijay Singh holds the 18-hole scoring record at TPC Boston. He shot a third-round 61 in 2006 but couldn't hold off Tiger Woods, who had a 63 on Monday to win. Singh's 61 came via nine birdies, one eagle, one bogey and seven pars.
In four previous Deutsche Bank Championships, Vijay Singh has recorded 73 birdies at TPC Boston. Singh did not play in the 2005 event.
Brett Quigley, a native of nearby Fort Devens, MA, is making his sixth consecutive start at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was 118th in the FedExCup standings entering The Barclays last week and shot up to 90th place with his tie for 38th in New Jersey. He has never made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
- Looking for a winner this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship? Look for someone who gained TOUR membership without going through Q-School. Of the five previous winners of the event, only one (Olin Browne) joined the TOUR through the Qualifying Tournament. The other four—Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson—all earned TOUR membership by playing their way onto the TOUR during the season.
- He might not be the hottest player on TOUR, but Glen Day has been on a nice streak. In fact, he has the longest current streak of consecutive rounds of par or better at 21 entering this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s also made nine cuts in a row.
- The field for this week’s event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup features 116 players from 16 different countries. No less than 17 of them have won major championships. In fact, that group has 27 majors between them.
- Five rookies have qualified for this week’s event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup —Kevin Streelman, Chez Reavie, Michael Letzig, Jason Day and Martin Laird. Day and Laird played their way into the top 120 last week at The Barclays. Laird finished T7 and Day T31 last week to climb into this week’s field.
- Vijay Singh’s overtime victory last week at The Barclays raised his sudden-death playoff record to 8-4. The eight playoff wins is the sixth most in TOUR history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (14 each), Sam Snead (12), Tiger Woods (11) and Tom Watson (9).
- Who made the biggest leaps after week one of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup? Kevin Streelman climbed 65 places while Martin Laird gained 61 spots, Kevin Sutherland 54, Paul Casey 52 and Mathew Goggin 50.
- Tom Kite switched to the long putter last September and the move has paid dividends. Kite was 23rd in Putting last year, but this season he has jumped all the way to T4. He led the field last week at the Boeing Classic needing only 26 putts per day en route to victory.
- More on Kite: He may be a native Texan, but he’s enjoyed more success on the West Coast. While he’s never won in his native state, Kite has won eight of his 10 Champions Tour titles out west. He also won his last three PGA TOUR titles in the west.
- Hale Irwin has not posted a Top-10 yet this season on the Champions Tour, but this might be his week. In four career starts at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Irwin has finished 1-2-T3 and T25.
- He’s still looking for his first win this year, but John Cook has been the model of consistency. He’s had 12 Top-10 finishes, tied for the most on the Champions Tour with Bernhard Langer.
- Three weeks ago, Scott Piercy was 123rd on the money list. He’s now 12th since going 1-T6-1 in his last three starts. He’s 42-under during that stretch and has posted 11 rounds in the 60s in his last 12 outings.
- If Scott Piercy isn’t the hottest player on the Nationwide Tour, Brendon de Jonge probably is. The Tour’s new leading money winner has finished T18 or better in his last seven starts and is 82-under over that span of time. In his last 28 rounds, he’s been in the 60s 22 times.
- The top three players on the Nationwide Tour money list are from outside the U.S. Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe heads “The 25” with Aussies Jarrod Lyle and Greg Chalmers holding down spots two and three.
With seven events left, the difference between 20th on the money list and 30th is just $16,455. How big a difference is that? A tie for solo eighth at next week’s Utah Championship is worth $17,050.