While everyone had their eyes glued to Phil Mickelson and his quest for a 59 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Brian Davis was quietly putting together a notable round of his own. Davis and Mickelson are tied for the first round lead after each carded an opening round of eight under par 63. Davis might not have made the run at breaking 60 like Mickelson, but he did manage to turn in a bogey-free scorecard. Davis managed four birdies on each side at TPC Boston. Like Mickelson, he birdied the 10th – also his first hole of the day. He also birdied the final three holes of his first nine which really got the momentum going.
There is obviously a lot riding on these FedEx Cup Playoff events for all involved, but some have more on the line than others. Mickelson and Davis are the perfect example of that situation. Mickelson could move from third to first in the FedEx Cup standings if he manages to hold on and take the wire-to-wire victory. It will mean a lot more cash in his pocket and just reinforce his position as a contender for the title.
Davis, on the other hand, is fighting for his playoff life. He came into this event ranked 80th in the standings – only the top 70 advance to the next leg of the playoffs. If the event ended today, Davis would jump all the way to the fourth spot. He’s all too well aware of the ramifications of failing to perform over the final three rounds this week “For us guys there’s a lot of volatility,” he said. “You can make some big jumps. I know what I have to do not only to advance to next week but obviously if you can have high finishes you’re going to make huge gains.”
It’s not likely that either man will hold the lead for the entire event, but that’s not to say that one of the first round co-leaders won’t end up in the winner’s circle on Monday.