By News Team
18th August 2020
It really feels like the golf season has ramped up a notch over the past couple of weeks with the first Major of the year, brilliantly won by Collin Morikawa, now being followed by the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The first of those playoffs, The Northern Trust, takes place at TPC Boston this week with the top 125 players on the PGA Tour hoping to make it into the top 70 for next week’s BMW Championship. Here is our look ahead to the tournament, where, as expected, a top-class field has been assembled.
DeChambeau feared but it could be Jason’s Day at last
Given TPC Boston measures 7,342 yards and is renowned for its wide fairways and low-scoring, you’d have to think the big-hitters will have an advantage this week. As such, it’s unsurprising that Bryson DeChambeau was victorious the last time a tournament was played here two years ago and with the American’s added bulk, he’s surely going to be confident of doubling up at 12/1. He put in another bold showing at the PGA Championship a couple of weeks ago and alongside Justin Thomas (12/1), a winner here in 2017, he is most feared at the head of the market.
While DeChambeau is one of the most in-form players on tour currently, another, JASON DAY, is more than twice his price at 25/1 and he can continue his fine run from the last couple of months here.
The Australian will take great credit from the way he has played recently as well as the fact he’s returning to a course he’s excelled at in the past. Although Day missed the cut here two years ago, he has seven top-20 finishes from 11 starts at TPC Boston, including a second in 2010. He’s enjoyed four top-seven finishes in his last four starts and seems to have finally recaptured the form that saw him top the world rankings in 2015.
His 17 professional wins show the 32-year-old knows how to get the job done and a first victory since 2018 is surely not far away.
Time could be right for Captain America
A quick delve through the previous results at TPC Boston shows that both Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and Strokes Gained: Putting are key factors. A player who ticks both those boxes is PATRICK REED and ‘Captain America’ looks another solid contender at 30/1.
He ranks 25th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and ninth in Strokes Gained: Putting and as well as scoring highly in both categories, he seems to be peaking at the business end of the season. He finished in a tie for 10th at the Memorial, before ties for 13th at the PGA Championship and ninth at last week’s Wyndham, where he closed with five birdies and an eagle.
Reed is another who has gone well at TPC Boston with three top-six finishes in his last four starts and he’s actually the defending champion at the event having won the title for the second time at Liberty National last year. Both those victories show he often steps it up when the elite gather as shown by his last two wins being WGCs and he’ll be hoping for more of the same in Boston this week.