MY first thought after looking at the field was Jason Day was looking a strong favourite for the Deutsche Bank … in fact too strong at around 6-1. So I will have to forego him this week.
There are 100 qualifiers for the Deutsche Bank Championship and only Masters winner Danny Willett misses out. After 36 holes the top 70 and ties will survive and with the tournament finishing on Monday (Labour Day) those in the top 70 in the FedEx standings will have to race over to Indiana for the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick which starts on Thursday.
I think the important stats for the TPC Boston are going to be scrambling, GIR and Strokes Gained:Putting.
Placing those things together I’ve come up with three players I think will be fighting it out come Monday.
My first pick is the one and only Dustin Johnson who has had 12 top-10s this season (two wins including the US Open) and has only played 19 tournaments. He missed the cut at the PGA but bounced back with a T18 at The Barclays last week. His stats are: GIR 67.06 per cent, strokes gained:putting 0.085 and scrambling 54.01 and when you had then together he looks the perfect fit.
Another favourite of mine is Brooks Koepka who has had five top-13s in his last seven outings. Still looking for his first win of the season it wouldn’t surprise me to see him getting it in the next few weeks. With his Ryder Cup place secure the pressure is off and he’ll be pushing to rise up the FedEx points table from his 24th place.
His GIR stat is 67.11%, with SG:P at 0.483 and scrambling at 56.68 which also puts him high up my list for this weekend.
Daniel Berger has had an up-and-down season culminating in a win at the FedEx St Jude Classic in June. He also finished a T5 at the Travelers Championship at the beginning of August so he is not afraid to be on the leaderboard. With GIR of 67.03, SG:P 0.252 and scrambling of 57.11 he certainly has the game for TPC Boston.