2014 Deutsche Bank Championship Preview
It seems unlikely that Henrik Stenson will win the 2014 FedExCup title, but that was also the opinion a year ago going into the Deutsche Bank Championship (DBC) in Boston.
Stenson won that event, of course, and the TOUR Championship two weeks later in Atlanta, to lock up the FedExCup. He’s one of a trio of winners in the last three years returning to the course beginning Friday for the second leg of the FedEx playoffs, along with Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson.
The DBC is played on the TPC Boston, which debuted in 2002 and was immediately named one of Golf Digest’s “Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the US”.
The par-71, 7,214 course was remodeled in 2007 by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon after its original design was done by Arnold Palmer.
Players are in for a rough ride almost from the get-go in the form of the par-5, 542-yard No. 2, which has a new, smaller green, two big bunkers and water on three sides of the putting area.
The par-3 No. 3 has a stone wall built into it to give it some New England flavor; and the 600-yard No. 7 has a giant bunker across the middle of the fairway.
Golf fans will want to get a good seat early because with the field down to 100, there aren’t many opening-round trios on Friday, starting with Stenson, along with Americans Scott Langley and Shawn Stefani first up at 8:20 a.m. on the first tee.
World No. 2 Adam Scott is the feature player at 8:56 a.m. on the back nine along with Americans Chris Kirk and Kevin Na, while Barclays’ runner-up Jason Day is paired with Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth at 9:08 a.m.
Former champion Simpson (2011) fires off at 9:20 a.m. on the front nine along with US Open champion Martin Kaymer and Japanese phenom Hideki Matsuyama.
The big three take the course on the back nine at 9:20 a.m. in the form of Hunter Mahan, McIlroy and Jimmy Walker.
Other start times of note include Phil Mickelson (12:52 p.m., front nine); Rickie Fowler (1:28 p.m., front nine); and Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk (1:40 p.m., front nine).