The FedExCup Playoffs roll into the Boston suburbs this week for the Labor Day weekend classic — the Dell Technologies Championship.
Last year, Rory McIlroy hoisted the trophy en route to cashing the $10 million check in Atlanta three weeks later. This year, the best players in the world have already flexed their muscles and head into TPC Boston with a chance to put themselves in position to control their own destiny in Atlanta.
After the first cut last week at the Northern Trust, just 100 players remain in the race to the FedExCup.
With some big name players needing a good week just to keep their season alive — and other’s playing some of their best golf of the season — the Dell Technologies championship is bound to be one of the year’s best.
Here’s a look at those who will make their move — and those who’ll be packing their bags for home:
Dustin Johnson — The FedExCup Playoffs tend to produce multiple winners during the same post season, and with DJ coming out on top at the Northern Trust last week, he’s got a great chance to solidfy his place atop the points with win No. 2. Johnson has already won in consecutive starts this year and with the way he’s played this year, he’s a sure a bet this week as anyone has ever been.
Jordan Spieth — If DJ isn’t going to win the Dell Technologies Championship, it’s probably going to be Jordan Spieth. I know this sounds ridiculous, but there’s no player I’d rather have in my lineup the week after a disheartening runner-up than Spieth. He’s arguably the most resilient player on Tour and is heading to a track he’s had decent success at in the past.
Rory McIlroy — Honestly, the only reason Rory is getting my love this week is because hes teeing it up at TPC Boston. A two-time winner and defending champion of this tournament, McIlroy is the all-time money winner at this venue. While his game has left something to be desired, it’s hard to argue with his track record in Norton and his undeniable talent. McIlroy can turn things around at any time, and coming to a place where he’s been better than anyone else just may be the confidence booster that Rors needs.
Louis Oosthuizen — The story of the FedExCup playoffs so far (you know, besides the DJ-Spieth battle at Glen Oaks) has been Louis Oosthuizen. The 2010 Open Champion battled injury much of the season has rounded into form and could be on track to steal the FedExCup from the likes of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Don’t laugh, it could happen.
Bubba Watson — After his clutch top-10 finish last week at the Northern Trust, Bubba Watson has found himself on more fantasy rosters than he’s been on since the Masters. Watson comes in 72nd in FedExCup points, two spots below the cut off for the BMW Championship. Most of my gut says to pass on Watson, but when you compare him to those in pursuit, he has a better chance at a good week than anyone else. Bubba is a good fantasy choice if the price is right.
Adam Scott — Playing less than a week after the birth of his son, I don’t see big things from Adam Scott in Boston. While many may point to the birth being an inspiration, there’s no real reason to expect that to be the case. Scott has, by all accounts, had a down campaign in 2017. With bigger and better things at home — and plenty of money in the bank to pay for college already — don’t be shocked if Scott plays poorly this week.
Morgan Hoffman — While Morgan Hoffman does have a decent track record not only in the FedExCup playoffs, but especially in Boston, this week does not project to be his. Hoffman sits just above the bubble in FedExCup points and needs a great week to put himself into the field in two weeks at the BMW Championship. The smart money is on him falling short.
Phil Mickelson — I hate to keep picking on Lefty, but people keep adding him to their fantasy rosters and, at this point, I don’t know why. Picking based on name recognition is a hard habit to break, I get it — but at this point, it’s just costing you money. Bench Phil in Boston. Barring a miracle, he won’t be heading to Atlanta at month’s end. There’s no sense in trying to make it happen.