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As with all of our content and tools here at Tour Level, we aim to help you make better decisions in all of your fantasy golf and golf betting related items. The main purpose of this article is to kick the week off and shake of that case of the Mondays. The emphasis of the article is to simply familiarize yourself with the course and start to get an idea of specific stats that have been both indicators of past and future success at this weeks tournament . For a more in depth analysis on cash games check out @Scottimac11 and then for the inside track on the GPP takedown, be sure to check out top ranked @DFSgolfer23 “Against the Grain” series on Tuesday, and @Hump_Bumgardner “Chalk…or not” report due out on Wednesday.
The FedEx Cup Continues – Dell Technologies Championship
The top 100 players in FedEx Cup points head to the second leg of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. The 2nd of the four FedEx events is held at the TPC Boston for labor day weekend. The TPC Boston is a private golf club located in Norton, Massachusetts, approximately 25 miles south of Boston. It was originally designed by Arnold Palmer and built in 2003, the course was re-designed by Gil Hanse and PGA Tour player Brad Faxon. As a member of the Tournament Players Club network it is operated by the PGA Tour.
Some items of note are:
- Top 5 Players – DJ, Jordan, JT, Matsuyama and Rahm
- 9 PGA Rookies Remain
- 8 player are advancing as part of the top 100 for the 11th straight season
- 6 Past FedEx Champions Remain (Hass, Billy Ho, Rory, Sneds, Jordan and Henrik)
TPC Boston – 7238 yard Par 71
The course features vast open fairways with manageable rough and small greens. Fairway bunkers and lateral hazards will challenge tee shots, however bombers can avoid them. Greenside bunkers and water protect almost all of the small greens, but the greens are for the most part are not difficult. The specific hole yardages can be found on the below attached scorecard from Rory’s winning round last year.
There are three par 5s and two are reachable for almost everyone in the field and most bombers can also reach the third. Birdies are common place and both the winning score and cut line will be well below par, as seen in the below screenshot from last years final leaderboard.
The weather looks good for the week and the course will be very dry with very little rain in the last month.
See Almanac for Rain Totals:
Key Stats For The Course
Birdie or Better % (BoB%):
Many of the past winners at TPC Boston have ranked in the top 50 for the respective year in BoB% and this makes sense given that the winning score will likely be between 15 to 20 under par.
Par 5 Scoring (P5):
This week there are three par 5s which is nice since many of the recent courses only featured two. The three par 5s are the three easiest holes on the course and most years all three play under par. It is very likely that the winner of the tournament will be close to, if not more than, 10 under par on these holes throughout the tournament. Same goes for many within the top 10. The second hole is featured below:
Driving Distance (DD):
The longer the better this week given the reachable par 5s and the drivable par 4s.
Par 4 Scoring (P4):
Six of the par 4s are over 450 yards and they are the six hardest holes on the course. Players must protect their overall score by playing these six holes as close to par or better if they want to win.
The race to the FedEx cup heads to Bean-town and takes advantage of the holiday weekend, starting the event on Friday NOT on Thursday. This tournament still has a cut but only has a 100 players in the field. Therefore many fewer players are cut. A smaller field and in turn a smaller amount of players cut means, in theory, it will be easier to get 6/6 to the weekend, something to keep in mind. Many players begin to focus more on GPPs than cash games. Some begin to cut their bankroll (BR) % as they feel the edge over other players begins to lessen. Look for additional content later in the week and good look.