The Barclays produced a surprise winner in Adam Scott this past weekend when he came from behind and shot a final round 66 to capture the tournament victory by a shot.
Aside from the final groups collapsing to allow Scott to backdoor his way to victory, I was surprised at how Tiger Woods fell to his knees after pulling a shot on 13 into the drink. It makes me wonder whether or not Woods is really hurting, or if he just wants people to know about it. Woods has long been one of the toughest mental players in the game, so I’m wondering what his angle is when he does that. What is he doing between events? Woods is only playing 18 events this year, and there is still three weeks left of the playoffs. Will playing four consecutive weeks take a toll on him? I don’t think it will, but his track record of injuries definitely makes me wonder.
Scott only trails Woods by 162 points going into the second week. The Deutsche Bank Championship will begin on Friday this week instead of the usual Thursday start and end on Labor Day Monday. The Deutsche Bank will be played at TPC Boston once again this year, which is commonly known as the fast track in the FedEx Cup playoffs, with the lowest scores recorded at 22-under par (twice).
The progressive cut throughout the playoffs has narrowed the field to 100 players this week. Stuart Appleby was one of the biggest beneficiaries at The Barclays by starting last week ranked 123rd, and ending the week just inside the cut line at 96th. James Driscoll was not quite so fortunate as he began The Barclays ranked 93rd, but ended in 103rd position, just outside the field this week.
The weather is supposed to be favorable this week in Boston, so we should be in for a shootout. Look for a player with the hot putter this week to come out on top. The course is not too demanding, so, as almost always, it will come down to the short game.