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Deutsche Bank Championship

Tournament Preview

You know a town is serious about its golf course when the street address is 400 Arnold Palmer Blvd.

Such is the case for the TPC Boston, site of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the PGA's FedExCup playoffs, which kicks off Friday and wraps up on Labor Day.

With a purse of $8 million ($1.44 million) to the winner, it promises to be an exciting tournament, with plenty of eyes glued to the Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. Scott cut Woods' points lead for the overall PGA Championship to less than 200 last week with his victory at the Liberty National in New Jersey.

The pair will tee off together Friday at 8:40 a.m. along with British Open champion Phil Mickelson, who is third in the points' race. The trio will start on the back nine and work their way around.

Just 11 years old ,the TPC Boston is a par-72, 7,241-yard course originally designed by Palmer, and since redesigned by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon,
Now the top 100 players in the world have descended on it, with first tee times set for 7:40 a.m.

Other intriguing trios for Friday include PGA Champions winner Jason Dufner joined by Boo Weekley and Hunter Mahan at 8:40 a.m. on the first hole; PGA runner-up Jim Furyk and British Open runner-up Henrik Stenson, along with D.A. Points at 8:16 a.m.; defending tournament champion Rory McIlroy along with Roberto Castro and Nick Watney at 12:46 p.m. and US Open champion Justin Rose, along with top Americans Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker at 1:10 p.m.

08/31/13, Saturday

So focused were some experts on the one-two race between Tiger Woods and Adam Scott atop the leaderboard of the FedExCup Standings following the Barclays last week, they forgot about the third guy in the standings.

Phil Mickelson made sure they all remembered his name again with his performance Thursday at the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship as he shot an 8-under 63 to sit tied atop the leaderboard with England's Brian Davis.

Paired with Woods and Scott, Mickelson shot a staggering 28 on holes 10-18, giving the crowd on hand thoughts of witnessing a 59, or perhaps even lower. Only five players have fired a 59 in PGA history, and none since 2010.

Mickelson is currently third in the PGA FedEx Cup standings with 2,624 points, 1,385 behind Woods and 1,223 behind Scott.

Davis is quite the unlikely compadre for Mickelson at the top. Davis enters the field ranked 80th in points with 622, with no wins and three top 10 finishes in 2013.

Mickelson birdied seven of the first nine holes, including five straight. He bounced back from a bogey on No. 1 to eagle No. 2, but a bogey on No. 9 kept him from owning the outright lead.

Davis had neither bogey nor eagle on his round, instead recording eight birdies, including three straight to end his day.

Neither man can breathe easy after his impressive round, however. Sixty-seven players of the 100-man field shot at least 1-under, and 32 of those are within four strokes of the lead after a round.

Closest is American Kevin Stadler, alone in third after firing a 7-under 64. Stadler's bogey on No. 12 was the lone blemish on his card.

Three futher players - Americans Hunter Mahan and Roberto Castro, and Spain's Sergio Garcia, all shot 6-under 65s.

PGA Championships winner Jason Dufner is one of 16 players tied for seventh at 5-under. The group at 4-under includes American phenom Jordan Spieth, while Woods is one of 11 players who fired a 3-under to sit tied for 34th. Woods had one bogey and four birdies on the day.

Deutsche Bank defending champion Rory McIlroy fired a 1-under 70, as did Masters champion Justin Rose.

McIlroy had the kind of yo-yo round that has defined his 2013 season, cobbling together a round of seven pars, six birdies and five bogeys.

Rose's round unraveled on No. 14, a double-bogey 6 that, had he parred it, would have moved him up 22 places in the standings.

Scott had the third-worst round of the day, firing a 2-over to finish tied for 87th. He managed just one birdie on the day.

The event continues through Labor Day. At its conclusion, the standings will be recalculated with the Top 70 men moving on to the third leg of the playoffs.

09/01/13, Sunday

The last time Sergio Garcia was in the golf headlines, it was because of a perceived racial comment he directed towards Tiger Woods following the pair's on-the-course flap at the Players Championship.

On Saturday at the TPC Boston, Garcia was back in the news for the reason he greatly prefers - kicking butt on the golf course.

The Spaniard shot a 7-under 64 to drop to 13-under over two days, giving him a one-stroke lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Garcia countered a double bogey on No. 14 with an eagle on 18, and added seven birdies to his tally to lead by a stroke over American Roberto Castro and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Castro fired his second straight 65, although he did so in an erratic manner. He was 7-under through the front nine, then hit a bogey and a double on back-to-back holes before birdying 18 to pull it together.

Stenson, runner-up at the last two Majors this year, started the day with five birdies through the first seven holes and never hit a bogey.

Day One co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Brian Davis could not find the same stride on Saturday. Mickelson fired an even-par 71 to fall into a 10-player logjam tied for ninth place at 8-under.

Davis shot a 1-over 72 to fall to 20th.

Matt Kuchar and PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner both shot 5-unders to reach 10-under for the tournament.

The hottest hand on the day was Masters champion Justin Rose, who matched Davis and Mickelson's low round of 63 on Friday. Rose never went more than three holes without a birdie in rising from 56th to a tie for sixth at 9-under.

Overall PGA playoff leader Tiger Woods shot a 4-under 67 to move from 34th to a tie for 20th at 7-under after two days.

Adam Scott, the US Open champion who is second behind Woods in points, rebounded from his 2-over 73 on Friday to shoot a 5-under 66 to reach 3-under, moving from 87th to 53rd.

With such a deep field, the cut was set at 1-under, eliminating 24 players.

09/02/13, Monday

Huge totals under par are becoming the norm at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston this weekend, and Sergio Garcia continues to lead the charge.

Garcia fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday to move to 19-under through three rounds, giving the Spaniard a two-stroke lead entering Monday at the second stop of the PGA Playoffs.

With two 65s and a 64 through three days, Garcia has been nothing short of sensational.He had just one bogey on Sunday and surrounded it with three birdies.

The No. 2 position on the leaderboard was also unchanged Sunday as Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot a 5-under 66 to move to 17-under on the tournament.

However, the round of the day was also the round of the tournament so far, that a 9-under 63 by Canada's Graham Delaet, which allowed him to rise from 20th to a tie for third after three rounds.

After a bogey on his opening hole, Delaet birdied 10 of the next 17, including five of his final seven. He's tied for third with American Steve Stricker, who was nearly as good with an 8-under 63. An eagle on No. 18 helped Stricker rise to the occasion.

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner shot his third straight 66 on Sunday and is four strokes back. He's tied for fifth with Roberto Castro.

The three men atop the FedExCup points leaderboard for the season are nowhere in sight as the Boston tournament nears a close.

After his opening-round 63 had him tied for the lead, British Open champion Phil Mickelson shot his second straight even-par 71 to fall from ninth to a tie for 29th at 8-under.

Masters champion Adam Scott, the winner last week at Liberty National, who sits No. 2 in points, shot a 4-under 67 to climb from 53rd to 41st, but at 7-under, he's 12 shots off the lead.

More significantly, he's a stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, No. 1 in the points race, but only by 166. Woods shot a 1-over 72 on Sunday to drop back to 6-under for the weekend and a tie for 47th.

Woods came undone just after the turn with three straight bogeys.

After the conclusion of the tournament on Monday, the FedExCup points will be tallied and the standings recalculated. The players with the top 70 points totals will move on to the BMW Championships in Chicago next week.

Tournament Recap

All summer long, Sweden's Henrik Stenson looked like the hard luck guy in the big tournaments - finishing second at the British Open and third at the PGA Championship.

On Labor Day in America, however, the Swede outworked every single other golfer in the Deutsche Bank Championship field, firing a 5-under 66 to win the tournament with a 22-under 67-63-66-66 - 262, winning $1.44 million and vaulting to the top of the latest FedExCup Standings.

Stenson edged American Steve Stricker by two strokes. Canada's Graham Delaet finished third at 18-under, followed by a quartet of Americans and Days Two and Three leader Sergio Garcia tied for fourth at 17-under.

It was clear almost from the get-go in the final few pairings that the tournament winner was not going to be Garcia. The Spaniard entered the round leading by two strokes, but bogeyed two of his first four holes and finished the front nine 3-over en route to a disappointing 73.

That opened the door to any number of players in a field where 34 men shot 10-under or better over the weekend in Boston.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth, the former Texas Longhorn, seemed to grasp the situation better than almost anyone, rocketing his way to a 9-under 62, which featured birdies on holes 15-17 and an eagle on 18, to hit the clubhouse at 17-under.

Spieth's 1-over 72 on Day Three came back to haunt him. Despite having the best round of the day, he watched Delaet,Stricker and Stenson all edge past him on the leaderboard.

Stenson started off shaky with a bogey on No. 2, but knocked down three straight birdies shortly thereafter to take control. He managed just two birdies on the back nine, but it was enough to hold on.

Stricker made things look closer than they were with birdies on 17 and 18, with Delaet finishing in the same fashion.

Matt Kuchar and Kevin Stadler matched Spieth at 17 under for the tournament.

Other than Spieth's closing sprint, scores were almost universally higher on the final day than they had been, with 65 and 66s replaced by 69s and 71s.

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner was the only 2013 Major winner to finish in the Top 10. He ended up 15-under and tied for ninth, struggling to an even-par 71 after three straight 66s.

US Open champion Justin Rose finished tied for 16th at 13-under with a pair of 69s following his impressive 63 on Day Two. British Open champion Phil Mickelson recorded a third straight day of even-par 71 to finish tied for 41st at 8-under, while defending Deutsche Bank champion Rory McIlroy wound up tied for 47th at 7-under.

Masters champion Adam Scott, who won last week's Barclays in New Jersey, shot a 1-over 72 on Monday to finish tied for 53rd, while Tiger Woods, who had maintained the FedExCup lead for most of the season, had his worst round of the tournament, a 2-over 73 that saw him finish tied for 65th.


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