The permutations that aided Adam Scott's victory at The Barclays are unlikely to be repeated at the Deutsche Bank Championship. While it's rare enough for any golfer to post, hold and win outright from the ninth-to-last pairing in the final round in a field that boasts the best the PGA TOUR offers, TPC Boston sets up for a race to the finish line.
Two of Liberty National's final four holes -- Nos. 15 and 18, both par 4s -- ranked among the top five hardest for the week. All of the last four at this week's host track were inside the top-seven easiest in last year's edition of the DBC. Even when Webb Simpson carded a field-low 65 in the finale en route to his title at TPC Boston in 2011, he was in the fifth-to-last pairing and needed a playoff to finish the job.
TPC Boston is the speed track of the FedExCup Playoffs, so this comes as no surprise. The 7,216-yard, par 36-35=71 ranked as the fourth-easiest of all par 71s in 2012 at 70.647. Simpson's 15-under 269 is the highest winning aggregate during the Playoffs, but it's dipped as low as 22-under 262 twice.
Because the course doesn't blatantly test any one aspect of a golfer's skillset, pars will often feel like bogeys. This dynamic will reveal great putters, guys finding the touch with the putter at the right time and the supremely confident to fire at flag sticks. The field of 100 will get an extra day to contemplate course management as the tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday and end on Labor Day.
The weather is forecast to cooperate once a midweek system moves through. Sunny, dry conditions are expected and high temperatures will flirt with 80 degrees. The wind may freshen as the tournament progresses.
NOTE: For similar characteristics among recent winners of the Deutsche Bank Championship, please look for "Stats Suggest" in the Stats Report later in the week.
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