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Renner's Rundown

Dell Tech Championship Preview

by Macaulay Renner
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The PGA TOUR stays in the Northeast this week, heading up to lovely Norton, Massachusetts, near Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank Championship) as the FedExCup Playoffs continue.

The field of 96 is set to take on TPC Boston, which has hosted the second leg of the Playoffs since the inaugural 2007 FedExCup Playoffs.

Unlike most weeks on TOUR, the tournament doesn't kick off until Friday with play scheduled to wrap up on Labor Day (Monday).

Course
Par 71 (36-35)
7,342 yards (+45 yards versus 2016)

Two of the past four winners of this event have gone on to win the FedExCup Championship. (Rory McIlroy 2016 & Henrik Stenson 2013)

This parkland-style course is chiseled out of the scenic New England landscape on a country side between Boston and Rhode Island. TPC Boston was originally designed in 2002 by Arnold Palmer Design Team but then renovated in 2007 by acclaimed course designer Gil Hanse.

Recently, Hanse came through again, renovating two holes since last year, the 12th and 13th. On the 12th hole, fescue was added atop a newly constructed ridge with the addition of two new fairway bunkers accompanied by a split fairway. On the 13th hole, Hanse added some contour to the fairway landing zone while moving the tee back 25 yards and finally adding five 'New England' style bunkers.

 

Weather
The weather forecast for the Boston, Massachusetts area for this week forecasts the temperature to be on the cooler side with temps dipping as low as 56 degrees in the morning and a high of 79 and sunny later in the day. The weekend however, looks to be even cooler in the mornings with temperatures approaching the high 40's. The sun will be expected to shine and bring the thermometer back up to 80 degrees both days.

2016 Dell Tech Leaderboard Snapshot


First Round

James Hahn -6
Ryan Moore -6
Paul Casey -6
Fabian Gomez -5
Brian Stuard -5
Jhonattan Vegas -5


Second Round

Kevin Chappell -1
Paul Casey -10
Jimmy Walker -10
Brian Harman -9
Dustin Johnson -8
Smylie Kaufman -8


Third Round

Paul Casey -15
Brian Harman -12
Kevin Chappell -11
Smylie Kaufman -11
Jimmy Walker -11
Rory McIlroy -9

Winner: Rory McIlroy 269/-15

Last year Rory McIlroy stormed back to overcome a 6-shot deficit on Sunday to overtake Paul Casey. Casey shot a 2-over 73 to finish second and keep his number of wins on American soil at just ONE. 


Course-Specific Stats

The following are stats based on rounds played at TPC Boston since 2012. A minimum of 8 rounds needed to qualify. These stats are courtesy of Fantasy National.

Strokes Gained Total
Rory McIlroy
Louis Oosthuizen
Adam Scott
Chris Kirk
Keegan Bradley
Dustin Johnson
Jason Day
Matt Kuchar
Sergio Garcia
Russell Knox


Driving Distance

Bubba Watson
Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy
Jason Day
Adam Scott
Justin Rose
Charles Howell III
Jason Kokrak
Patrick Reed
Graham DeLaet

Greens in Regulation
Adam Scott
Russell Knox
Dustin Johnson
Jason Dufner
Hudson Swafford
Keegan Bradley
Sergio Garcia
Louis Oosthuizen
Rory McIlroy
Kevin Chappell


Fairways Gained

Sergio Garcia
Zach Johnson
Russell Knox
Kevin Kisner
Kevin Streelman
Ian Poulter
Danny Lee
David Lingmerth
Billy Horschel
Ryan Moore


Par 4 Efficiency

Gary Woodland
Russell Knox
Chris Kirk
Louis Oosthuizen
Jason Dufner
Jonas Blixt
Ian Poulter
Matt Kuchar
Hideki Matsuyama
William McGirt


Birdies Gained

Rory McIlroy
Louis Oosthuizen
Ian Poulter
Sergio Garcia
Jason Day
Matt Kuchar
Phil Mickelson
Gary Woodland
Kevin Chappell
Kevin Streelman

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Opening Acts


Keegan Bradley

After a T43 this week in New York, Bradley heads home  to take on TPC Boston where he owns course history of 25-16-16-10-MC. He is ranked first on the PGA TOUR in total driving and fifth in ball striking.


Kevin Chappell

Chappell played well this week and earned himself a T6 finish in the first leg of this 288-hole marathon that we call the FedExCup Playoffs. Chappell has made the cut his last four times here finishing: 8-12-T50-T22 after a MC in his 2011 debut. He has averaged 5.7 strokes gained over his past 5 events so he arrives with form on his side.


Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay has tightened up his game, especially his short-game play and put together a strong weekend of golf finishing in the top ten in his first FedExCup appearance. He doesn't have any course history to go on but expect him to respect this course and trust his game. I think we see him on the other side come the weekend.


Daniel Berger

Berger finished T33 this weekend and comes into TPC Boston with course form of 41st and 12th so he is still relatively new to the course. He is averaging 4.1 strokes gained over past five events, arriving with some under-the-radar good form.


Chez Reavie

Chalk another one up for the old guy on TOUR as Reavie found a way to maintain his game and finish T10. He has played the TPC Boston course three times, finishing MC-2-T63 so he knows how to get around this course and make birdies as well. Should be a popular play and will be a good value play depending on his price across the different DFS sites.


Kyle Stanley

Stanley is right there with Bradley when it comes to ball striking and total driving. Stanley ranks first in ball striking and second in total driving. Stanley looks sharp and should be in contention come the weekend. His course form reads MC-T42-10 but he arrives this year on the tailend of a career season. Stanley should be priced right this week across salary-cap formats.


Charl Schwartzel

The South African finished T29 this weekend and has played the TPC Boston course five times, never finishing higher than the 20th position. A course form of T70-T43-22-47-T21, Schwartzel will need to improve upon those results if he wants to move up the FedExCup standings, where he currently sits at 49th.


Patrick Reed

Reed is playing TPC Boston for the fifth time ever with top 5s in each of his past two visits. Add in his current form, and Reed should be right in the thick of things again this weekend. 


Jhonattan Vegas

Vegas was the sleeper last week as the long hitter pieced his entire game together to finish in the top 10. He will look to improve upon his only two performances at TPC Boston, a T33-T42 in 2016 and 2011, respectively.


Brendan Steele

Steele may surprise some people this week if he can put his whole game together. He has never missed the cut in five starts at TPC Boston: 72-T44-T50-T20-T10 but needs to use that course knowledge if he wants to snap out of a slump that features missed cuts in four of his last five starts.


Ian Poulter

Poulter let a lot of people down with his play this week as he struggled mightily finishing T62. He is playing his tenth event at TPC Boston with finishes reading; T33-23-9-47-MC-T45-MC-MC-MC so he's struggled at times but the T9 is promising. Ranked top 3 on the PGA TOUR in scrambling, he may very well scramble his at to the weekend in Boston.


Zach Johnson

Johnson missed the cut at THE NORTHERN TRUST and should be well-rested for the TPC Boston course where he has registered five top 25 finishes in 11 tries, missing the cut just once. He has averaged 6.3 strokes gained over the field in his past 5 events, riding a very hot hand before last week's MC.


Headliners


Matt Kuchar

Kuchar is a wily veteran of this course with six top 25s in 13 visits. He knows a thing or two about this parkland course. Kuchar is playing solid golf and averages 7.9 strokes gained over the field in his past five outings on TOUR.


Jordan Spieth

Spieth finally saw a bounce not go his way his weeekend, losing to Dustin Johnson who escaped the first round of the FedExCup Playofffs with a victory in sudden death. Spieth has a course form at TPC Boston reading: T21-MC-T29-T4 so he has at least one good finish here in Boston.


Paul Casey

Casey is fresh off a strong finish (T5) and has a second place finish at TPC Boston (last year). Its been some time since he has won on U.S soil so Casey needs to prove his critics wrong and TPC Boston could be the answer.


Justin Thomas

There is just something about good competition that brings out the best in Justin Thomas. He fought his way to a T6 in the first leg of the Playoffs last weekend. This week he doesn't have much course form to go on with a missed cut and T56 finish at this course.


Jon Rahm

Rahm made me eat my words and topped them off with a T3 finish! Thanks, Rahmbo. I am glad to see he controlled his emotions and he showed a lot of poise to overcome the course. I honestly thought it would get the best of him and he would self-implode, but he is showing maturity and he looks great. Hopefully he can keep it up this week.


Tony Finau

As the infamous line from Admiral Akbar in Return of the Jedi says, "Its a Trap!" That's how many Finau owners felt last week as he chiseled away a disappointing T54 finish. This week his only finish aside from a missed cut is a T24 finish his last time around so lets hope he can make it up to his fantasy backers this week.


Louis Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen is my man this weekend as I think he gets it done and comes away with a victory. A course form reading T8-T12-2 there is something he likes about this course. He is coming off a strong T10 finish this weekend and coupled with his course form, I think the equation is one that figures with a victory at TPC Boston.


Adam Scott

Scott returns earlier than he had expected and welcomed the birth of his new son with his wife Marie, aptly named Byron. If you look at his resume at TPC Boston, it makes sense why Scott would rush back to competition. The Aussie has a win and a runner-up finish to his name in addition to four other top 10s here (11 starts). 


Rickie Fowler

I was on he Fowler train this weekend and though he was gonna take it to another gear but he blew a clutch and finished T20 after faltering on Saturday. He is playing TPC Boston for the eighth time with a win on his resume (2015) and only one MC (2013). I expect him around on Monday.


Hideki Matsuyama

Matsuyama missed the cut last week and got some much needed rest. He should be ready to tackle a course he has played three times. He's improved on each trip to TPC Boston (T57-T25-T15). Matsuyama has lost strokes off-the-tee just once this season, which is a recipe for success on TOUR.


Dustin Johnson

It was a bombers course this past weekend and that rang true as Johnson prevailed in the playoff against Spieth to claim the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. Johnson has course form at TPC Boston reading 8-T44-T27-T4-T42-T57-T4 so I think he will be confident playing the course and should contend again this week.


Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irishman teetered on the verge of missing the cut this weekend but rallied back to a mediocre T34 finish. He let a lot of fantasy owners down but that is alway the price you pay when you roster a volatile player like McIlroy. This week he comes into a course he has played many times. His form reads: WIN-T29-T5-T47-WIN-T37 so he should feel comfortable in Boston as a two-time champ. He has averaged 6.9 strokes gained on the field over his past five events and also averaged 8.4 strokes gained over the field in his last five visits to TPC Boston.

My Top 15 Rankings
Louis Oosthuizen
Paul Casey
Kyle Stanley
Keegan Bradley
Dustin Johnson
Rickie Fowler
Chez Reavie
Daniel Berger
Kevin Chappell
Jordan Spieth
Russell Knox
Rory McIlroy
Sergio Garcia
Ian Poulter
Jon Rahm

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Macaulay Renner
Macaulay Scott Renner has been playing ice hockey and golf for over 40 years while growing up on the beaches of the NJ shore. An avid Grateful Dead fan, he has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and currently resides in Philadelphia. Macaulay can found on Twitter @msr427.