NORTON, Mass. – With six events remaining before the Dell Technologies Championship August 31 through Labor Day September 3, the top-100 FedExCup players-field is shaping up, and the names will have a familiar ring to it, because they are the greatest golfers on the planet.
After fifteen consecutive years of the PGA Tour visiting TPC Boston over Labor Day weekend, thirteen as the Deutsche Bank Championship, this year’s tournament will be bittersweet, because it’s temporarily over after this year.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, a born-and-bred Bay Stater, and the powers-that-be at Tour headquarters have pulled the plug on the popular event, which annually attracts one of the largest weeklong live outdoor sports audiences in New England.
The tournament has annually been a favorite of players and fans, but the last few years’ corporate sponsors have been vanishing. TPC Boston has been the battlefield for many memorable, epic and exciting Labor Day shootouts, especially last year when Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Paul Casey and Jon Rahm went really, really low. Only 10 years ago Tiger, Phil and Vijay used to draw huge, boisterous crowds.
Starting in 2019 the FedExCup, golf’s holy grail offering one player a $10 million paycheck, is being reduced to three events so as not to overlap the start of the professional football season. At the moment there are no dates set for the proposed return of the event to TPC Boston in August 2020.
Tiger, Phil, DJ, JT
Last weekend at the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, Francesco Molinari provided Italy its first major championship title by finishing at 8-under 276 – two shots clear of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
Courtesy of his second victory in a month on the PGA TOUR, Molinari will once again be playing in the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston from August 31 to September 3. The 35-year-old Italian made his first appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship last year, finishing T-61 with rounds of 75-70-71-71—287 (+3) in the season’s second event of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Tiger Woods, the 2006 Dell Technologies Championship winner, made a run early in the day, storming into the lead after 10 holes, in his search for his 15th major championship title. The 79-time PGA TOUR winner made double bogey on the 11th hole and bogey on the 12th hole to drop down the leaderboard.
Woods’ T-6 finish was enough to move him into the top-50 in the Official World Golf Rankings, ensuring his participation in next week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he has won eight times previously. Woods has already secured his qualification in Boston as well for the first time in five years.
The British Open earned the highest TV ratings since 2000 at St. Andrews, when Woods won to complete his career Grand Slam.
Webb Simpson, the 2011 Dell Technologies Championship winner, finished T-12 at The Open Championship. Simpson won THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year by four shots currently sits at No. 11 in the FedExCup standings and has committed to his 10th trip to TPC Boston.
Each of the season’s first two major champions – Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka – have already committed to this year’s Dell Technologies Championship as well as World No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
So save the dates and this is the last week to purchase tickets for the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship at a discounted price. Through July 29, weekly ground tickets are on sale for $185 and Good-Any-One-Day grounds tickets remain on sale for $60.
One of this year’s sponsor’s is Massage Envy. The company will be at the Dell Technologies Championship Thursday August 30 -Monday September 3, with an exhibit located in the Fan Zone, where fans can receive either a complimentary demonstration of our Total Body Stretch service or a facial skin analysis. Local Massage Envy franchisees are offering a 30 minute free Total Body Stretch card to anyone who downloads the Massage Envy mobile app and books an appointment while visiting the exhibit. There are forty Massage Envy locations in the six New England states participating in the event. Massage Envy is the Official Body Care Sponsor of the Player Performance Centers, the PGA TOUR’s mobile training and wellness trailers.
Here’s a list of the current top-20 players in the FedExCup race. All are expected to compete in the last Dell Technologies Championship until 2020.
Position Player Points
1 Dustin Johnson 2,013
2 Justin Thomas 1,986
3 Justin Rose 1,946
4 Bubba Watson 1,854
5 Jason Day 1,654
6 Bryson DeChambeau 1,585
7 Francesco Molinari 1,569
8 Patrick Reed 1,521
9 Phil Mickelson 1,507
10 Tony Finau 1,409
11 Webb Simpson 1,380
12 Patton Kizzire 1,361
13 Brooks Koepka 1,297
14 Paul Casey 1,294
15 Patrick Cantlay 1,260
16 Jon Rahm 1,244
17 Rickie Fowler 1,189
18 Chesson Hadley 1,113
19 Kevin Na 1,112
20 Andrew Landry 1,101
For more information about the Dell Technologies Championship visit www.DellTechnologiesChampionship.com.