Hole 1: Bryson DeChambeau won the first event of the playoffs with a four stroke victory at the Northern Trust Open at Ridgewood Country Club. That was his second victory of the season after wining at Memorial earlier this year. DeChambeau now sits at the top of the FedEx Cup standings essentially locking him into the final tournament at East Lake. Much of his success comes from ball striking as he is 10th in SG: tee to green, which encompasses driving and approach shots.
Hole 2: Tiger Woods had a disappointing week with all the hype surrounding him after his 2nd place at the PGA. He made the cut on the number and finished T40 at -4. His ball-striking was great most of the week, he just can not seem to get the putter going. He still has at least two more tournaments before the Ryder Cup and as long as he stays in the top 30 (he is 25 as of right now) he will be at East Lake for the finals. Realistically, to win the FedEx Cup, he needs to win one or finish well in the next two events to have a shot. Here is a hype video if you need any help getting excited for this weekend:
Hole 3: This weeks tournament will be played at TPC Boston, which is a par 72 being played at just over 7,200 yards this week. Last year’s winner was Justin Thomas and the two preceding years Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy won. Look for a winning score between 15 to 20 under this week as the course gives way to a lot of birdies. The tournament also is a Friday start so it finishes on Labor Day.
Hole 4: The field will be shrinking down from 100 players to 70 players after this week and then down to 30 players for East Lake. This week is extremely important for guys outside the top 30 to make a move to get into the final.
Hole 5 : Ryder Cup standings have been set since the PGA and it looks like three out of the four captains picks are pretty set in stone. Tiger, Bryson, and Phil Mickelson all seem like obvious picks leaving one spot realistically open for someone ending the year on the right note. Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau, and Matt Kuchar all look like realistic options and one of them might be able to make Jim Furyk’s decision easier with hot play over the last few weeks of the season.
Hole 6: Adam Scott looks to continue his hot play after finishing T5 at the Northern Trust and 3rd at the PGA. He has taken a far fall since his days as world number one, but his swing is still pretty as ever. If this guy can find any sort of luck with his putter you will almost certainly see him at the top of a leaderboard. He is ranked 150th on tour in SG: Putting, which explains his struggles despite his excellent ball-striking .
Hole 7: That being said I like Scott at 28-1 odds to win this week along with Finau at 28-1 and Rory at 14-1. All of them are pretty big hitters, which has been a trend lately with winners at this tournament. Finau has been so close this year to getting a win with three second place finishes including last week at the Northern Trust. Mcilroy won here two years ago, which can hopefully boost his confidence when it comes down to the flat stick
Hole 9: Hopefully we see a lot of these tweets throughout the weekend.