The opening event of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs was teeming with excitement from start to finish. There is always a huge build-up to the start of the playoff season and The Barclays definitely did not disappoint. This week, the top 100 ranked golfers make their way to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Some are riding high after playing their way into the event while others are breathing a sigh of relief after making it in by the skin of their teeth.
Monday finishes on the PGA Tour are not uncommon. More often than not, however, an event finishes on Monday due to extensive weather delays over the four preceding days of play. Not this week. The Deutsche Bank takes advantage of the Labor Day holiday by starting and Friday and completing the final round on Monday. That gives a bit of added rest heading into the event but does condense the time between the second and third legs of the playoff. What impact that will have has yet to be determined.
Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, both of whom skipped The Barclays for personal reasons, are back in action this week in Boston. They join the rest of the top 100 this week, all of whom are slated to play. Tiger Woods may be an exception to that, however, as he is still fighting through some back problems. As of right now he hasn’t bowed out, but we’ll have to wait until later in the week before we know for sure if he is going to tee it up.
Rory McIlroy, currently ranked 36th, is looking to defend his title. He picked up his first FedEx Cup Playoff win at this event last year just three weeks after winning the second major of his career. This could be an excellent opportunity for him to get some momentum going as he moves towards the last two playoff events.
The Labor Day holiday is going to be very sweet for the 70 players that qualify for the BMW Championship, while the 30 golfers that are eliminated will have plenty of time to man the grill in the offseason.