Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Mulligan: Deutsche Bank Championship

We are now heading into the 2nd week of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs and this week brings us the Deutsche Bank Championship which is played on TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. TPC Boston is a par 71, 7207 yard course with an interesting finishing hole. Number 18 is a 528 yard par 5 that is easily reachable in 2 shots for the long hitters. This means that even 2 shot leads can be made up in one hole if 18 is eagled. I have a feeling number 18 will provide a good deal of drama on Sunday evening as the leaders come down the stretch.

This week the field has been narrowed from 125 down to only 100 players. The field will be cut down to 70 players by the end of the week, so it is do or die for those players on the bubble.

Ernie Els should have a good week again at TPC Boston. Last year he finished T-3 here so we know he can manage this course. Also, The Big Easy has been playing very well recently, including a T-2 finish last week and four Top-10 finishes in his last six starts.

Steve Stricker has become a no-brainer pick at this point in the season. He is playing very consistent, very good golf and there is no reason to expect that to change this week. Stricker is coming off of a T-2 finish last week and he now has five Top-10 finishes in the Playoffs. Stricker also knows how to handle TPC Boston, having finished in the Top-15 here in his last three starts on the course.

Don't be surprised if you see Steve Marino hoisting a trophy sometime in the near future. It may be this event, it may be three weeks from now, but I think he is due for a win. Marino is coming off of a T-15 finish last week at The Barclays and his game looked up to snuff. Also, Marino finished T-10 at TPC Boston last year. Since he is playing well and he likes the course, this might just be his week.

Tiger Woods is a no-brainer as usual. He won this event in 2006 to go along with two 2nd place finishes.

Good luck this week and let's keep moving to the top of the fantasy golf rankings!

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