Four Pacific Northwest golfers will tee it up this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. The tournament, which is entering its 13th year, will begin Friday morning from Norton, MA. The field was trimmed from the top-125 to the top-100 on the FedEx Cup Points List. Players will need to find themselves inside the top-70 on the list this week to advance to the third stage at next weeks BMW Championship near Denver, CO. The field of 94 players will feature two from the Portland area and two from the Tacoma area. Here’s a look at the players and how they arrived in Norton (current FedEx Cup ranking in parentheses).
Ryan Moore (26): The Spanaway, WA product comes in as the highest ranked of the group after an impressive season which saw him win last October’s CIMB Golf Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The win set him up for a stellar year in which he has earned 7 top-10 and 13 top-25 finishes in 22 events. A win this week could vault him to the top of the race for the FedEx Cup, but even if he is cut, he is in position to start the third leg of the playoffs next week. Moore finished a lowly 75th in last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, but did muster up a T-10 finish in the 2012 event. Friday Tee Time: 10:40am PST
Ben Crane (78): Portland native Ben Crane has had an undeniably up and down year in 2014. The University of Oregon alumni holds claim to a win at June’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. He also has missed 7 cuts and withdrew twice outside of his triumph in Memphis, racking up just one other top-25 performance all year. Another win will vault him near the top-5, but he will likely need at least a top-50 paycheck this week to move into the top 70 and keep his hopes of a FedEx Cup title alive. He was cut in his last outing at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012. Friday Tee Time: 6:32am PST
Robert Garrigus (88): Banks Oregon’s Robert Garrigus is a threat to win any tournament he enters. He proved as much when he fired an emotional final round 64 at the Zürich Classic of New Orleans. The result solidified his place in the playoffs, but it was his T-4 finish at the Valspar Championship and 5 other top-25 performances that provided the groundwork for his New Orleans greatness. Garrigus will likely need a top-25 showing this week to advance on his own merit. He was cut at last years Deutsche Bank Championship and his best finish at the event was a T-42 in 2012. Friday Tee Time: 6:32am PST
Michael Putnam (99): Tacoma Washington’s elder Putnam has struggled this year to find the same form that won him Web.com TOUR player of the year honors in 2013. Putnam did manage to find his way into the top 100 this week, narrowly avoiding the bubble after some help at last week’s The Barclays. He also lays claim to 4 top-25 and 1 top-10 showings this season, which allowed him to sneak in to the second round after missing the cut last week. Putnam will need a top-15 finish this week to sneak into the top 70 and find a place in the 3rd round. This will be Putnam’s first appearance in the Deutsche Bank Championship, having narrowly missed in his past full PGA TOUR seasons. Friday Tee Time: 6:44am PST
Preliminary coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship can be seen Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-2:30pm PST, Sunday from 10am-Noon PST and Monday from 8:30am-11:30am PST on Golf Channel. Primary final round coverage can be seen Sunday from Noon-3pm PST and Monday from 10:30am-3pm PST on NBC.