Originally an Arnold Palmer design, TPC Boston has been the host course since this event was first played in 2003. Once the Deutsche Bank Championship became a part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, it went under the knife and was changed quite a bit by Gil Hanse along with consultant Brad Faxon.
Over the last 13 years, the winners have shot anywhere between 14-under to 22-under, which goes to show that scoring is everything this week. TPC Boston rewards aggressive play by featuring reachable Par-5s and a couple of really short Par-4s as well. The 18th is a reachable Par-5, which through the years has always provided excitement – especially once on the green.
Last year, Rickie Fowler took down Henrik Stenson over the final nine holes, which looked more like a Ryder Cup Singles match than a FedEx Cup Playoff event. Although there are plenty of long-hitters in the list of winners here, length isn’t everything in Boston. The premium around here has always been on creating scoring opportunities.
3 Key Stats to Win the Deutsche Bank Championship
1. Greens in Regulation
One of the most important keys to winning around TPC Boston is hitting a bunch of greens in regulations. In each of the last five years, the leader in this statistic has always finished in the Top-10. Rickie Fowler ranked 6th last year in this statistic.
Top Players this Week: Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Na.
2. Proximity to Hole
Not only is crucial to hitting greens here, it really helps if the one can get it close and create those birdie opportunities. Rickie Fowler was on song with his irons last year, and ranked 4th in this category.
Top Players this Week: David Hearn, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.
3. Par-4 Scoring Average
The depth of this course lies in its Par-4’s. There are 11 of them around TPC Boston, and six of them are in 450-500 yards range. The Par-5’s around TPC Boston are scoring as well, but you can go one up on the field by scoring on these Par-4s.
Top Players this Week: Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Na and Dustin Johnson.