Expert Picks: Deutsche Bank Championship
The PGA TOUR Playoffs head to TPC Boston this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The field has been reduced to just the top 100 players within the FedEx Cup standings, and only the top 70 will move onto the BMW Championship next. This week Rory Mcilroy returns to competition having missed the Barclays to regain full fitness after his ankle injury. This week could see yet another change a top the Worlds golf rankings, with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth both within striking distance of Rory Mcilroy.
Of the 99 player’s total, 76 have won a PGA TOUR event, only 13 have won a Major, and combined they have 313 Tour wins.
Jordan Spieth had far from an ideal week at the Barclays, he missed the cut, meaning he lost his World No.1 spot in his first start as world No.1, and to make matters worse he fell to No.2 on the FedEx cup standings. In previous editions of the event Spieth has finished T-4th and T-29th respectively. Having missed the cut last week, it seems highly unlikely that he does that again, and the odds show this as he if paying just 8/1 for victory.
Jason Day is currently the hottest golfer on the planet having won 3 out of his last 4 starts. Since the Open in mid-July, Day is -73 under par, mainly thanks to his putter being very hot of late. After last week’s win he leads the FedEx Cup, having overtaken Jordan Spieth for top spot. Day can become World No.1 this week should he win and Spieth and Mcilroy fail to finish in the top-3. Unsurprisingly Jason Day enters this week as hot favourite at 13/2.
Rory Mcilroy returns to action having taken more time off to recover from his ankle injury and make a final push to win the FedEx Cup. In just 9 starts this year, Mcilroy has had 6 top-10’s including 2 wins. Rory is a former champion here, winning the event back in 2012 but could only manage T-5th last year. Currently ranked 15th in the FedEx Cup, Mcilroy needs some important points and is paying 15/2 for victory.
Kevin Kisner might not have the same reputation as the above 3 selections, but he is still making quite a name for himself. Kisner is currently ranked 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, mainly thanks to 6 top-10’s he has had this year, with 3 of them being 2nd place finishes. At last week’s Barclays, Kisner finished T-20th. This will be Kisner’s first start at the Deutsche Bank, having never made it this far in the playoffs before, and this is reflected in his 100/1 odds.