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Bubba Watson (back) WDs from Thursday pro-am 09-03-2015
Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson sat out today's pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship due to a sore back.
Just as Jason Day (back) and Dustin Johnson (illness) withdrew from last week's pro-am for The Barclays, the lefty will take his turn concerning gamers about his ability to peg it at TPC Boston for Friday's first round. While Day (win) and DJ (T9) thrived at Plainfield, each issue must be approached individually, but investors can find relief in knowing that Watson is expected to play the DBC. He's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:30 a.m. ET. Of course, nothing replaces the peace of mind of being prepared in the case of an 11th-hour WD.
Leishman looks to keep season alive at DBC 09-03-2015
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman contests his seventh Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs 61st in the FEC standings.
Leishman is 14-for-22 on the season with four top 10s, most notably a T5 at the Memorial in mid-June, and a joint runner-up at The Open Championship in mid-July. At St. Andrews, Leishman fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to join a three-man playoff, eventually losing the four-hole aggregate to champion Zach Johnson. Since, he's posted a T33 at the no-cut 77-man WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and missed cuts at the PGA Championship and last week's The Barclays (by six strokes). The Aussie has cashed in each of his six previous appearances at the DB Championship, with a pair of top 25s (T16/2013, T15/2009 debut). His other four paydays read: T65-T42-T42-T61. In total, he's advanced to the third leg of the Playoffs in each of the previous six years, reaching the season-ending TOUR Championship once, in 2009.
Streelman looks for third top 10 of season 09-03-2015
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman descends upon Norton, Massachusetts, for his seventh playing of the Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the week 65th in the FedExCup standings.
Streelman has yet to post a top 25 at the DB Championship in six trips, but came closest last year with a T26, which included a 6-under 65 in the third round. His career scoring average at the par-71 TPC Boston is 70.09 in 22 rounds. Not sufficient where the average winning score is in the neighborhood of 19-under. The 36-year-old has qualified for the Playoffs in every season since the FEC was launched in 2007, advancing to the TOUR Championship twice (2013, 2010). Streelman ended 2014 No. 52 in the Official World Golf Ranking but enters the second leg of the Playoffs at 101st. He's made a respectable 19 cuts on 26 starts in 2014-15, but just two of his paydays went for top 10s, including a solo second at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open back in October. In the calendar year, his best is T9 at the Wells Fargo Championship in mid-May.
Hoffmann can advance with made cut at DBC 09-03-2015
Morgan Hoffmann
At 72nd in the FedExCup standings, Morgan Hoffmann turns his attention to the par-71 TPC Boston at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, with the top 70 advancing to the BMW Championship.
Hoffmann went for a T35 at his DB Championship debut in 2014 on rounds of 72-69-68-71. He chased it with a solo third at the BMW Championship and a T27 at the TOUR Championship, reaching the finale in just his second season on the PGA TOUR. The 26-year-old has cashed 16 times on 25 starts in his third go-around on the big-boy circuit, posting five top 25s this season, but just one in his last 13 events. His season bests are solo fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and T9 at the RBC Heritage in mid-April. Hoffmann ranks 84th on TOUR in birdie average (3.64) and 80th in the all-around.
Senden has enjoyed consistent success at DBC 09-03-2015
John Senden
John Senden looks to turn around his season at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the tournament ranked 81st in the FedExCup standings.
Senden has made the FEC Playoffs in each of the nine years since their inception in 2007. Four times he's advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship, including last year, 2012, 2011 and 2009. His career best in the final FEC standings was 13th in 2011. At the DBC, he's 7-for-7 (in the FEC era) with six top-25 finishes, highlighted by a T5 in last year's edition. His worst showing at TPC Boston was T33 in 2008. The 44-year-old is 15-for-23 on the season with just three top 10s. His season best, not counting a T5 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, was seventh at the 77-man no-cut CIMB Classic back in November.
McGirt doesn't have a top 10 in calendar year 09-03-2015
William McGirt
William McGirt preps for his fifth Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the tournament 88th in the FedExCup standings, with only the top 70 advancing.
This is the fifth consecutive season that McGirt has qualified for the postseason. Twice he's advanced as far as the third round. The first was in 2012, where he posted: T10/Barclays, T26/Deutsche Bank, and 68th at the BMW Championship to finish 50th in the FEC standings. The second was last season, finishing: T5/Barclays, T69/Deutsche Bank, and 65th at the BMW Championship to bow out at 61st in FEC points. At the DBC, he's 3-for-4 with the above-mentioned T26 his best showing. The 36-year-old has cashed 20 times in 28 starts in 2014-15, with six top 25s, but just one top 10, a solo seventh back in November at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He missed the cut last week at The Barclays by 11 shots on rounds of 78-75.
Hadley looks to regain form at Deutsche Bank 09-03-2015
Chesson Hadley
With the top 70 advancing after this week to the BMW Championship at Conway Farms on Sept. 17-20, Chesson Hadley enters his second career visit to the Deutsche Bank Championship at 97th in the FedExCup standings,
Hadley is the reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, claiming his maiden TOUR title at the Puerto Rico Open in his 13th career start. The win was the highlight of four top-10 finishes on a 29-start season, which nearly ended at the TOUR Championship, bowing out in the third leg of the Playoffs at 49th in the FEC standings (T70/The Barclays, T9/Deutsche Bank, T12/BMW Championship). In his sophomore season, the 28-year-old recorded his first top 10 in his eighth start (T10, AT&T Pebble Beach), and added a season-best T4 (on 29 starts) at the Valero Texas Open at the end of March. Hadley posted four straight top 25s between a T8 at the Zurich Classic and a T24 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to bump to 53rd in FEC points, but has faded to 97th over his last nine events by missing four cuts, including back-to-back at the Wyndham and last week's Barclays.
Dredge birdies final two holes; one off pace 09-03-2015
Bradley Dredge
Bradley Dredge carded a 5-under-par 33-33=66 on day one of the M2M Russian Open to finish the first round in a tie for third.
The Welshman is just one swing behind joint leaders Scott Jamieson and Danial Gaunt after his afternoon tour of Skolkovo Golf Club. Dredge picked up birdies at 1, 5 and 7 on the front nine and wiped out a bogey at 9 with another par breaker at 12. He rounded off with birdies at 17 and 18 to complete a fine opening round. "It got a bit tricky at times, we had some breeze and a bit of rain, so a couple of things to contend with but overall a good score," said Dredge, who hit 15 greens in regulation after splitting 10 (of 13) fairways.
Gaunt shares lead after first day in Russia 09-03-2015
With a walk-off birdie at 18, Daniel Gaunt posted a 6-under-par 32-33=65 to tie the clubhouse lead after round one of the M2M Russian Open. Gaunt's hopes of catching Scott Jamieson had suffered a blow when he swallowed a double bogey-6 at 15 -- his only blemish of the day -- but he responded with birdies at 16 and 18 to end the day alongside the Scotsman. Earlier, Gaunt had raced to 6-under with birdies at 2, 3, 5 and 11 before he eagled the par-5 12th. The New Zealander, who was runner-up at the Made In Denmark just a fortnight ago, split 8 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He was 4-for-5 in scrambling and took 24 putts.
Defending champion Horsey in the mix on day 1 09-03-2015
David Horsey
Last year's M2M Russian Open winner David Horsey started his title defense well with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the opening round. Horsey won the trophy at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club 12 months ago after starting out with a 65. He needed two more strokes at Skolkovo Golf Club this morning but is currently T4 on the live leaderboard and in position to make another trophy bid. The Englishman, who won the Made In Denmark a fortnight ago, circled birdies at 13, 17 and 18 on his opening nine and added three more at 3, 4 and 6. Bogeys at 2 and 8 meant he finished his morning lap two shots behind pacesetter Scott Jamieson. He split 11 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation.
Slattery off to fine start in Russia; 1 back 09-03-2015
Lee Slattery
Lee Slattery hung up a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round one of the M2M Russian Open and is just a shot off the lead. The Englishman couldn't made any inroads early on and followed five opening pars with a bogey-5 at the 15th. But he birdied half the remaining holes -- posting red numbers at 16, 18, 3, 4, 7 and 9 -- to work his way through the field and settle just a single stroke back from early leader Scott Jamieson. Slattery was strong from tee to green, splitting 11 (of 13) fairways and hitting 14 greens in the right number while his only bogey came after failing to get up and down from sand.
Jamieson bogey free in R1; sets Russia target 09-03-2015
Scott Jamieson
Scott Jamieson hung up a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round at the M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club, good enough for the early clubhouse lead. Taking advantage of his early tee time, the Scot circled birdies at 10 and 13 on his opening nine and reeled off four on the spin after making the turn. Only one of his gains came on the four par 5s so he'll feel there's more in the tank over the next three days. Jamieson paved the way for his bogey-free lap by splitting 12 (of 13) fairways while he hit 13 greens in regulation. He had 5-for-5 scrambling stats and was also a perfect 4-for-4 from sand. The 31-year-old was solo third when this event was staged at Tseleevo last year so the switch to a new venue has made no difference. In fact, he was also sixth in a Challenge Tour event in his only other start in Russia so he clearly relishes his trips to this part of the globe.
When Sabbatini makes the weekend, he's money 09-03-2015
Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini descends upon Norton, Massachusetts, for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the second leg of the Playoffs 60th in the FedExCup standings.
Sabbatini enjoyed the first time he played TPC Boston finishing T6 in 2007. He hasn't come close to repeating that success since, missing four of six cuts and cashing T53/2013 and T68/2011. In 20 career rounds at the par-71 layout, his scoring average is 70.70. Last year was the first time he didn't qualify for the tournament after being eliminated from the postseason the week prior at The Barclays. The 39-year-old is a pedestrian 13-for-23 on the season, but 11 of his cashes have gone for top 25s, including a T24 last week at The Barclays where he closed in 67-69.
O'Hair looks to regain earlier season form 09-03-2015
Sean O'Hair
After a two-year hiatus, Sean O'Hair returns to TPC Boston for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the tournament 66th in the FedExCup standings.
O'Hair is 4-of-6 at the DB Championship (in the Playoffs era) with two top 10s (T8/2009, T9/2007). He finished T64 in his last appearance in 2012 on rounds of 70-74-69-75 and was eliminated at 81st in the FEC standings. O'Hair reached the second leg of the postseason for six consecutive years between 2007-2012, but didn't qualify for the Playoffs in each of the last two years. The 33-year-old was rolling earlier this season with six top-30 finishes in seven events, two for top 10s, including a playoff loss at the Valspar Championship in mid-March. In his last eight events however, he's missed the weekend in five of them, and cracked the top 40 just once. O'Hair finished T45 at last week's Barclays on rounds of 68-68-70-74.