Branden Grace takes his first crack at TPC Boston and makes final preparations for his Deutsche Bank Championship debut.
The South African dipped eight spots to 33rd in the FedExCup standings after last week's missed cut (by five) in his Playoffs debut at The Barclays. In his previous start, he was a notable MC at the Travelers as well (as a 14/1 outright). These on the heels of a T4 at the PGA Championship, his fourth top-5 finish in majors the past two years. The first-time member though not a rookie has six top 10s this season in 16 starts, highlighted by his break-through win at the RBC Heritage in his 51st career start. He ranks 15th on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green but 111th in SG: Putting and 124th in Birdie or Better Percentage.
Olympian David Hearn is at TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship and checks in at 92nd in the FedExCup standings.
The University of Wyoming alum is making his fifth straight appearance (in the FEC era), with a best of T26 on debut in 2012. He missed his only cut last year (by two) after rounds of 73-74. The 37-year-old has eight top 25s this season in 27 events but only one top 10, a T9 at The RSM Classic 23 starts ago. He arrives off a T53 (Barclays), MC (Wyndham), and a T30 (of 59 players) at the Rio Olympics. The Canadian leads the TOUR in Proximity to Hole (32'6") but is 109th in Birdie Average (3.46).
After not qualifying for last year's edition, Life Member and past champ Vijay Singh returns to the Deutsche Bank Championship and arrives at 95th in the FedExCup standings.
The 53-year-old is the leader in career earning at the DBC with $3,266,468, $189,742 ahead of 49-year-old and 2009 winner Steve Stricker. This is his eighth appearance (in the FEC era), with his win in 2008 his only top-10 finish (T11/2010). The Hall of Famer is 14-for-21 on the season with two top 25s doubling as top 10s. His season best is solo second at the Quicken Loans National (six starts ago), chasing with missed cuts at The Open and PGA Championship, and three cashes outside the top 50, including T53 at The Barclays.
Prior to the start of the event, Kevin Na has withdrawn from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, taking the week off to soak in the joys of becoming a father for the first time.
The 32-year-old welcomed his daughter Sophia Ria Na into the world on Monday. He remained committed to the DBC at that time, but his initial plan was to skip TPC Boston since it fell right on the due date. Na held true to his initial schedule and is no longer in the field this week. At 14th in the FedExCup standings he can afford the week off and gamers should look to possibly re-invest next week at Crooked Stick when "nappy factor" will be in its freshest form.
Past champ Steve Stricker returns to the Deutsche Bank Championship and arrives to the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 97th in the FEC standings.
The 49-year-old is second in career earnings at the DBC ($3,076,726) to 53-year-old and 2008 winner Vijay Singh ($3,266,468). This is his eighth appearance (in the FEC era), first since finishing runner-up in 2013. Stricker's win in 2009 is among four top 10s and six top-13 finishes or better. He's No. 1 on TOUR this season in SG: Around-the-Green, 2nd in Scrambling, and 4th in SG: Putting, compensating for 176th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 125th in SG: Approach-the-Green. The Wisconsinite is 10-for-14 on the season with three top 10s, most recently solo fourth at The Open. He chased that with T42-T52 and T53 at The Barclays.
Patrick Rodgers is outside the BMW bubble ahead of his appointment at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Indiana native ranks 76th in the FedExCup standings and would surely love to jump at least six spots in order to crack the field at Crooked Stick next week back in his home state. He missed the cut last week at The Barclays, his FedExCup Playoffs debut. Prior to that he'd rattled off three straight finishes inside the top 30 so he arrives with a bit of form on his side. Rodgers is boom-or-bust but gamers should give him a look in deeper fantasy formats this week.
Vaughn Taylor takes his sticks to TPC Boston for his fourth appearance at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Taylor is 2-for-3 at TPC Boston including a solo third in 2005, which came prior to the FedExCup Playoffs era. Since 2007, he's posted a T41 and missed cut here in Norton, Massachusetts. The 40-year-old arrives this week ranked 79th in the FedExCup race, needing to jump inside the top 70 if he wants to advance onto Crooked Stick for next week's BMW Championship. On the season, Taylor ranks 18th in strokes gained approach-the-green but outside the top 120 in all other strokes gained sub-categories.
After a close call at last week's Barclays, Rickie Fowler heads toward TPC Boston for a chance to defend his title at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Fowler led after 54 holes last week at Bethpage Black before falling back with a closing 3-over 74 to finish T7. He is now 0-for-4 when holding a 54-hole lead/co-lead but last year at TPC Boston he started the finale one shot off the lead and penciled a 3-under 68 to oust Henrik Stenson by one stroke. It was his first real taste of success at the venue, entering with zero top 20s before the victory. The 27-year-old is surely disappointed that last week's effort didn't earn him an automatic seat on the United States Ryder Cup squad, but this week poses a great opportunity to rebound and show captain Davis Love III that he rounding into form at the perfect time.