ADAM SCOTT had his first US PGA Tour win at the Deutsche Bank Championship back in 2003 and the TPC Boston is obviously a course that suits his eye.
The Australian has had a number of top 10 finishes on this layout as well as his win and after a disappointing start to the FedEx Cup Playoff series at The Barclays last week should be ready to bounce back.
Scott leads a field of seven Aussies taking on the world’s best in this, the second event in the four tournament playoff series.
Jason Day is another Aussie with fond memories of this golf course – he finished in a tie for second here in 2010 and a tied for third last year.
Things haven’t gone so swimingly this year and after a 6-over 77 last Saturday faced the prospect of not only missing the remainder of the final series but of having to jump through some hoops to retain his full tour status.
Fortunately he came out on Sunday and shot a final round 66 – the second lowest score of the day and a tie for his lowest round of the year. That got him into this playoff event and satisfied the tour requirement to play at least 15 events in the year.
“I think when my back is against the wall, I feel like I play the best,” Day said this week. “… For some reason, that’s just how I’ve always been.
“Right now I’m pretty high on the FedExCup (88th in points), but the good thing about the Playoffs is that if you play well, you can move a lot. That’s what’s so exciting about the Playoffs.”
With things now settled at home with his wife and new son and the year’s injury disruptions and other distractions behind him, Day’s focus is now well and truly back on golf.
“Sometimes you just lose focus,” the 24 year old said, “and your priorities are someplace else.”
The other Australians in the 99 golfer field (Sergio Garcia has withdrawn) are Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley.
The favourites are once again Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy –despite their less than spectacular results last week.
Others in the top ten of the betting are Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Scott, Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker and Brandt Snedeker.
Unlike most US PGA Tour events, the Deutsche Bank Championship is held Friday to Monday US time. That’s to fit in with their Labour Day holiday Monday.
Fox Sports coverage of this event in Australia therefore starts 4am – 8am Saturday.
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