Sure, we'll take three more of those, please. Thank you.
Golf fans can be greedy, but they know enough not to hold their collective breath for another formidable faceoff like the one we witnessed on Sunday at Glen Oaks. Not only did it feature A-listers Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, but the playoff from which DJ emerged with the new trophy at THE NORTHERN TRUST was just the second such overtime in any tournament in the last six editions of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Then again, maybe we're embarking on a fresh trend because the last playoff happened to occur at last year's TOUR Championship. Rory McIlroy prevailed in a three-man playoff at East Lake that also clinched the FedExCup. Before he can defend both of those titles, he's back at TPC Boston to defend his two-stroke victory at the Dell Technologies Championship.
POWER RANKINGS: Dell Technologies Championship
RANK PLAYER COMMENT 1 Dustin Johnson 2 Rickie Fowler 3 Paul Casey 4 Rory McIlroy 5 Jason Day 6 Jordan Spieth 7 Patrick Reed 8 Louis Oosthuizen 9 Adam Scott 10 Justin Thomas 11 Matt Kuchar 12 Jon Rahm 13 Hideki Matsuyama 14 Webb Simpson 15 Kevin Chappell 16 Charley Hoffman 17 Brooks Koepka 18 Jhonattan Vegas 19 Patrick Cantlay 20 Justin Rose
Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner and Phil Mickelson will be included in notables in Tuesday's Fantasy Insider.
The learning curve at TPC Boston never ends. The par 71 in Norton, Massachusetts, undergoes some form of significant updating almost every year. For returnees in the field of 96 at the Dell Technologies Championship, holes 12 and 13 will require new notes.
The 12th features a new tee, a redone fairway with a trio of new bunkers and a brand new green that's much further away on approach than the previous target. With an aggregate increase of 49 yards, the hole can now measure 510 yards, making it the longest par 4 on the property.
No. 13 also is a par 4. It's been shaved four yards (to 447) but it also has a new green complex with five bunkers. TPC Boston now tips at 7,342 yards, its longest since the redesign prior to the advent of the Playoffs in 2007.
Despite modifications over time, TPC Boston typically averages within a stroke under par. Last year's field checked in at 70.243. The challenge isn't so much getting the ball in the hole, but how quickly. Each of the last three winners scored 15-under 269 and finished among the leaders in multiple putting metrics. Tuesday's Confidence Factor will dive into more of those details.
The second tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs is scheduled to begin in its customary position on Friday. The first two rounds are expected to be contested in spectacular weather conditions with sunshine and high temperatures in the mid-70s. Moderate winds may freshen come Sunday and for the scheduled Monday finish on Labor Day. A slight increase in the chance for rain will accompany it, as will a bump in daytime heating.
Henrik Stenson (22nd in FedExCup points; right knee), Brandt Snedeker (68th; sternum joint), J.B. Holmes (88th; undisclosed) and Scott Piercy (94th; shoulder) have elected not to compete. The top 70 in the FedExCup standings will advance to the BMW Championship on Sept. 14-17. The Dell Technologies Championship is the last tournament of the season with a 36-hole cut.
ROB BOLTON’S WRITING SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Columnist Rob Bolton will be filing his usual staples leading up to this week’s event. Look for the following columns this week.
MONDAY: Rookie Ranking, Reshuffle, Medical Extensions, Power Rankings
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, The Confidence Factor, Fantasy Insider
WEDNESDAY: One & Done
THURSDAY: Ownership Percentages in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf and One & Done presented by SERVPRO
* - Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO, which also publishes on Tuesdays.