PGA Tour
PGA - Deutsche Bank Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th
SITE: Tournament Players Club of Boston, Norton, Massachusetts
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (2002), Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner,
         Brad Faxon (2007)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,202
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 365 yds10 - Par 4 425 yds
2 - Par 5 554 yds11 - Par 3 231 yds
3 - Par 3 184 yds12 - Par 4 461 yds
4 - Par 4 298 yds13 - Par 4 451 yds
5 - Par 4 466 yds14 - Par 4 495 yds
6 - Par 4 465 yds15 - Par 4 421 yds
7 - Par 5 600 yds16 - Par 3 161 yds
8 - Par 3 213 yds17 - Par 4 412 yds
9 - Par 4 472 yds18 - Par 5 528 yds
36 3,617 yds35 3,585 yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Friday/Saturday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Monday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Vijay Singh
Runner-Up:  Mike Weir
Tournament Record:  262 (Vijay Singh, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Mike Weir, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Tim Clark, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (Vijay Singh, 2006; Mike Weir, 2008)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd Place - $810,000; 3rd Place - $510,000
2008 Finish
Vijay Singh262Tim Herron271
Mike Weir267Chad Campbell272
Ernie Els270Justin Leonard272
Camilo Villegas270Jim Furyk272
Sergio Garcia271Three players at273
Past Deutsche Bank Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Vijay Singh (262) -- Mike Weir
2007Phil Mickelson (268) -- Brett Wetterich, Tiger Woods, Arron Oberholser
2006Tiger Woods (268) -- Vijay Singh
2005Olin Browne (270) -- Jason Bohn
2004Vijay Singh (268) -- Adam Scott, Tiger Woods
2003Adam Scott (264) -- Rocco Mediate

Top Contenders in the Field
Vijay Singh4thWon---2ndT-60Won
Mike Weir------------T-302nd
Camilo Villegas---12th---T-66T-9T-3
Ernie Els---------------T-3
Sergio Garcia------------T-17T-5
Justin Leonard------T-15mcT-55T-7
Jim FurykT-13T-35------T-55T-7
Chad Campbell------------T-60T-7
Steve StrickermcmcmcT-7T-9T-13
Ryuji Imada------mcT-18T-17T-13
Heath SlocumT-60mcmcT-44T-23T-15
Boo Weekley------------T-41T-27
Anthony Kim------------mcT-27
Jonathan ByrdT-13T-29T-60T-36T-23T-33
Stewart CinkT-29---------mcT-33
Robert AllenbyT-19---T-15T-48thT-44
Lucas Glover---mcT-40T-12T-14T-50
Brian Gay---mc---T-66T-70T-50
D.J. Trahanmc---mcmcmcT-67
Geoff OgilvyT-5mc------T-672nd
Phil Mickelson------------WonT-73
Kenny Perry---------T-30T-47T-80
Rory Sabbatini------------T-6mc
Sean O'Hair------T-15T-57T-9mc
Retief Goosen------------mcmc
Padraig Harrington------------mcmc
Paul Casey---------------mc
Tiger WoodsT-7T-2T-40WonT-2---
Zach Johnson---T-13mc---T-30---
David Toms---T-13------wd---
Y.E. Yang------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Ernie Els
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Allen) - Missed the cut
The PGA Tour heads to Massachusetts this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship. This is the second week of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. Last week, Heath Slocum captured The Barclays and jumped from 124th on the FedExCup points list to third, behind Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Taking advantage of the Labor Day holiday, the Deutsche Bank Championship starts on Friday, with a Monday national holiday finish.

The top-100 players on the FedExCup points list qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship and all are expected to play. The top-70 players on the points list qualify for next week's BMW Championship.

Last year, Vijay Singh fired an eight-under 63 in the final round to run away with his second straight win in the Playoffs. Singh, who won the first FedEx Cup playoff event the week before at The Barclays, took a commanding lead in the race for the $10 million payout that he would not relinquish. The Fijian, who also won this event in 2004, ended the tournament at 22-under-par 262, which bettered Adam Scott's 2003 tournament scoring record at the TPC of Boston by two strokes. The victory for Singh was his 34th on the PGA Tour. He also cleared the $60 million career earnings mark, joining Tiger Woods as the only two to break that barrier.

Singh had a solid front nine on the last day, but really took over the tournament around the turn. He chipped in for eagle on the par-five second. After a six-foot birdie putt on the sixth, Singh made it two in a row as he drained a seven-footer for birdie at seven to grab a share of the lead at 18-under. Singh parred three straight around the turn and managed to grab the lead during that span as third-round leader Mike Weir stumbled to a double-bogey on the ninth. At the par-three 11th, Singh started to pull away. He rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt there to move two clear of Weir. Singh poured in a 37-foot birdie effort on the 13th and followed with a 60-footer for birdie on 14. Singh's approach at the 15th spun off the front edge of the green. He putted to seven feet and two-putted from there for bogey. Armed with a four-stroke lead, Singh slammed the door down the stretch. He ran home a 35-footer for birdie on 17 and two-putted from the fringe for birdie at the last to set the new tournament scoring record by two shots. Weir birdied 16 and 18, but in between dropped a shot on the 17th to end five back.

In 2007, Phil Mickelson got up and down for birdie on the 18th hole in the final round and won. Mickelson's closing birdie gave him a five-under 66 on the last day. He completed the championship at 16-under-par 268 at the TPC of Boston to beat Tiger Woods, Arron Oberholser and Brett Wetterich by two shots. Mickelson won for the first time playing alongside Woods.

In 2006, Woods overcame a three-shot deficit to Singh to win his fifth straight start, shooting an eight-under 63 in the final round to beat his playing partner by two strokes. He ended at 16-under-par 268 for his third win in three weeks. Singh, who set the course record with a 61 in the third round, closed with a three-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270. Woods would go on to win seven straight PGA Tour events. Woods' 63 matched the lowest final round of his career.

In 2005, Olin Browne distanced himself from four other third-round leaders with a four-under 67 in the final round to win. Browne finished the tournament at 14-under-par 270 to earn his third career victory and first in six years. He ended with a one-stroke win over Jason Bohn for his first tour title since the 1999 Colonial.

When this event was played in 2003, it marked the first time since 1998 that the PGA Tour returned to the Boston area. The longtime running event at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts was dropped after 32 years.

The PGA Tour moves to Illinois next week for the third week of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. A field of 70 players will compete at the BMW Championship, where Camilo Villegas captured his first PGA Tour title last year.

09/01 15:19:48 ET

As of September 1, 2009, at 03:20 PM ET