JASON DAY’S third win in four tournaments gave Ace his third winner in six weeks.
Ace and the Aussie are on fire and in his last five tournaments he has a combined score of 73 under par.
Nobody seems to be able to get near him and when they do he just steps up a gear as witnessed with his 62 in the final round on Sunday.
With Jordan Spieth missing the cut, the first since the Tournament Players, the win takes Day to the top of the FedEx rankings. Can he win again this week and be crowned world No.1? I’m not too sure.
The Deutsche Bank Champions takes place at the TPC Boston and has been part of the Labour Day celebrations since 2003, making it one of only two scheduled Monday finishes.
With Day playing superb golf, Spieth coming off his first missed cut since May and Rory McIlroy returning from injury this could be something special. The three top players in the world have between them 14 PGA Tour wins and five Majors.
I am tempted to stick with Day again but I wonder how long he can continue at such a high level before suffering a dip in form.
I liked the look of Henrik Stenson last week. He looked to be back to his old self and was hitting the ball well. In GIR he is first on Tour with 74.04%, 14th in driving accuracy at 69.23% and 22nd in strokes gained:putting.
I think he’s not far from his first win on the Tour this season and having won here in 2013 worth a wager.
Bubba Watson has had a really good four weeks with three top-three finishes in his last four. He’s 23rd in GIR (69.49%), first in strokes gained:putting and although his driving accuracy is only on 56.81% he seems to be able to overcome that obstacle and post a good score. With two firsts, four seconds and two thirds he’s had a great season and could add another win in the next three tournaments.
Not only did Spieth miss the cut last week but so did Brooks Koepka. He also hasn’t missed a cut since the Players in May. His driving accuracy in the Barclays was way down in the low 40% when it’s normally nearer 60. He’s 11th in GIR and strokes gained:putting so if he can get his accuracy back off the tee he will be in the mix.
It took me a long time to mull over my final pick but I’ve finally decided on old favourite DJ. He has let me down so many times this season it seems odd to pick him again but I just can’t leave him out.
He’s been T4 twice at TPC Boston (2009, 2012) so has performed well here before. He finished strongly in the last two rounds at the weekend and put in a strong run to the turn (4 under) in the final 18. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep it going but showed he could play a big part this week.
The Skolkovo Golf Club hosts the Russian Open this weekend, the third Moscow course in three years to hold the tournament. The Jack Nicklaus designed track only opened last year and has wide fairways and more than 100 bunkers. Six holes have water in play so accuracy could be important here.
There’s not a great field and I’m going for Craig Lee, who had a T8 finish in the D+D REAL Czech Masters last week after being disqualified at the Made in Denmark the week previous. His driving accuracy is over 60% and GIR over 65% so will put a small wager on him.
Henrik Stenson 2.5pts ew (14-1, Ladbrokes, William Hill)
Bubba Watson 2pts ew (22-1, BetVictor, Paddy Power)
Brooks Koepka 1pt ew (45-1, Unibet)
Dustin Johnson 2pts ew (16-1, Coral, Paddy Power)
Craig Lee 1pt ew (40-1, McBookie, Coral)