The first event of the FedExCup Playoffs has arrived at TPC Boston in the form of The Northern Trust. Can Patrick Reed successfully defend his title against the other 124 players who have qualified for the post-season?
DEFENDING CHAMPION: American Patrick Reed reached 16-under-par 268 at Liberty National in New Jersey last year, defeating Mexico’s Abraham Ancer by one shot.
COURSE: TPC Boston opened in 2003 and was originally designed by Arnold Palmer prior to its 2007 redesign, which was completed by the acclaimed Gil Hanse in consultation with eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon. The 6,640-metre par-71 course hosted the Dell Technologies Championship between 2003 and 2018.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Defending champ Patrick Reed arrives at TPC Boston in solid form, having recorded shares of ninth and 13th at the Wyndham Championship and US PGA Championship respectively.
The Texan, who celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this month, clearly enjoys the FedExCup Playoffs.
In addition to his victory last year, Reed won this event at Bethpage Black in 2016 when it was known as The Barclays. He has also bagged five additional top-10s and made 25 of 26 cuts since making his post-season debut in 2013.
Reed was T35th at TPC Boston for the now defunct Dell Technologies Championship in 2018. Prior to that, however, he posted three consecutive top-10s, finishing T6th in 2017, T5th in 2016 and T4th in 2015.
World No.8 Bryson DeChambeau is the most recent winner at TPC Boston, defeating Justin Rose by two shots at the final instalment of the Dell Technologies Championship in 2018.
RIGHT: Reed won his seventh (of eight) PGA Tour title at Liberty National last August. PHOTO: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images.
The bulked-up Californian came close to registering his first major victory at the US PGA Championship two weeks ago, sharing fourth place and finishing three shots behind champion Collin Morikawa.
DeChambeau, 26, bullied TPC Boston two years ago when he won with 16-under par. But he has since added 16.65 metres to his average driving distance, so it will be interesting to see how low he can go this week.
Former World No.1 Jason Day is the pick of the Aussies and arrives in tremendous form, having collected four straight top-10s, including his share of fourth at the US PGA Championship two weeks ago.
Day missed the cut when he last competed at TPC Boston in 2018, however he shared 12th in 2015 and seventh in 2014.
Queenslander Cameron Smith is also worth keeping an eye on. The 27-year-old, who celebrates his birthday today, finished third at TPC Boston in 2018.
72-HOLE RECORD: Queenslander Jason Day reached 19-under-par 261 when he defeated Henrik Stenson by six shots in 2015. Americans Johnny Miller (1974), Bob Gilder (1982) and Dustin Johnson (2011) also reached 19-under for their victories.
PAST AUSSIE WINNERS: Jason Day (2015), Adam Scott (2013), Wayne Grady (1989), David Graham (1976) and Bruce Crampton (1970).
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Cameron Davis, Jason Day, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith.
Round 1: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 5am – 9am)
Round 2: Saturday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 5am – 9am)
Round 3: Sunday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 4am – 8am)
Round 4: Monday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 2:30am – 8:30am)
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