The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs opened last week at Bethpage State Park's Black Course, and American Patrick Reed took home his first title of the season to also vault to No. 1 in the points. Reed finished at 9-under 275 to edge out Sean O'Hair and Emiliano Grillo by a shot. Reed had been seventh in the standings, the highest of any player without a victory. Reed now has a 380-point lead over second-place Jason Day, who tied for fourth.
Rickie Fowler, who's not having a great season, had a one-shot lead entering the final round but struggled with a bogey-double bogey-birdie-bogey finish to shoot 74 and finish T7 at 6 under. It's the second time this year and fourth in his career that Fowler blew a 54-hole lead.
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My winning pick last week was red-hot Henrik Stenson, but he shot an opening 74 and then withdrew, claiming some pain in his surgically-repaired knee. He faced an uphill battle to make the cut after that first round. I did hit on Day at -120 for a Top 10. Also liked Hideki Matsuyama for one, but he missed the cut. I also got Louis Oosthuizen at +185 as the top South African.
Only the Top 100 in the points advanced to this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, which is a Friday-Monday event with the Labor Day weekend. These guys made the cut last week and had a shot to play themselves into the Top 100 but couldn't: Shawn Stefani, Graham DeLaet, Kyle Stanley, Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Peter Malnati, Robert Streb, Shane Lowry, Blayne Barber, Lucas Glover and Keegan Bradley. And these guys didn't make the weekend and were bounced: Anirban Lahiri, Brett Stegmaier (also withdrew), Robert Garrigus, Seung-yul Noh, David Toms, Luke List, Michael Kim, Cameron Tringale, Francesco Molinari, Mark Hubbard, Boo Weekley, Troy Merritt, Ben Crane and Andrew Loupe.
Chad Campbell is the lucky "bubble boy" as he's 100th in the points after missing the cut at the Barclays. The Top 70 in the points after the Deutsche Bank move on to next week's BMW Championship. Currently at 70th is Chez Reavie, with Marc Leishman at 71. Some big names who have plenty of work to do this week are Webb Simpson (74th), Jim Furyk (84), Vijay Singh (95) and Steve Stricker (97).
The defending champion at TPC Boston is Fowler. He was three shots out of the lead on his back nine Monday but rallied to surpass Stenson and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by one. Stenson just missed a birdie putt on his 72nd hole. No player has won this tournament twice in the playoff era. This could be the final staging of this event for two reasons: Deutsche Bank's contract as title sponsor ends this year, and there have been rumors the playoffs might be shortened to three tournaments, although this event is currently on the 2016-17 schedule as usual on Labor Day weekend. That still could change.
Golf Odds: Deutsche Bank Championship Favorites
World No. 1 Day is the +650 favorite at Bovada. He was second here in 2010, third the next year and has finished worse than 13th just once this decade at TPC Boston. Day was the only player in the field to post a red number in all four rounds last week.
Dustin Johnson is +900. He was 18th last week and 44th here last year. Johnson has a best finish of fourth here, doing so twice.
Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy (both +1200) and Stenson (+1600) round out the favorites. Stenson does plan to play as of this writing but that could potentially change. He doesn't need the points to advance. He won the event in 2013 on the way to the FedEx Cup. Spieth was 10th last week and missed the cut here 2015 but still won the FedEx Cup. McIlroy was 31st last week and 29th here a year ago. He won in 2012. Fowler, incidentally, is +2000 to repeat.
Golf Odds: Deutsche Bank Championship Picks
For a Top 10, I'll go with Day (-190), countryman and 2003 winner Adam Scott (+175) as well as Matt Kuchar (+350), who has two Top 10s in Boston the past three years. Head-to-head, go Day (-135) over Johnson (+105), Phil Mickelson (-125) over Matsuyama (-105), Justin Rose (-110) over Reed (-120), McIlroy (-125) over Spieth (-105), Kuchar (-105) over Furyk (-125), and Scott (even) over Stenson (-130).
Take Justin Rose at +500 as top European. I'll stick with Oosthuizen (+135) as the top South African again and actually take Scott (+275) over Day (-200) as the top Aussie. And Scott is my winner off his T4 last week and with a good track record in Boston.
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