For golf bettors Labor Day can mean only one thing – the Deutsche Bank Championship. The TPC of Boston hosts the event, which not only has a nice purse for the Sportsbook but also counts towards the FedExCup playoffs.
The course, which calls Norton, Massachusetts home, spans 7,241 yards and carries a par of 72. It features 92 bunkers and nine of its 18 holes are patrolled by water hazards. TPC of Boston has four par-5 holes including the challenging final hole, which is littered with long rough and sand. Taking aim at his second Deutsche Bank Championship title is Tiger Woods, who Sportsbook have priced as an overwhelming +500 favorite. Woods is coming off a solid showing at The Barclays last week, Sportsbook the tournament with a score of 65 but falling behind for a T-12 finish.
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It was Woods' best showing since his T-4 at the U.S. Open back in June. He won this event in 2006, firing a 16-under par. With his divorce and checkered past behind him for the most part, the world's No. 1 could find his stride in Norton this long weekend. Chasing Tiger on the golf betting boards is the defending Deutsche Bank champ, Steve Stricker (+1,000 at Sportsbook). He's following up a strong performance at The Barclays, shooting a 68 and a 66 in the final two days to take a T-3 finish. Stricker has been a FedEx stud at the end of the summer. Since the playoff began in 2007, he's the only golfer not to miss a round, totaling 52 in his career. He was great at Norton last September, tallying two birdies in the final two holes to slink away from the field for a one-shot victory with a 17-under par.
Phil Mickelson also gets the nod from Sportsbook this week, coming into the tournament at +1,500. Lefty is once again primed to take over the No. 1 spot in the world from Woods. The 2007 Deutsche Bank Sportsbook has various equations which could put him on top, but he'll be aiming at the simplest – win the tournament. Mickelson has been working on his tee shots, trying to get the ball up into the air and keep it in play. He's coming off a tough outing at The Barclays, in which he failed to make the cut for just the second time this season. Also listed +1,500 at Sportsbook for the Deutsche Bank Championship is Irishman Rory McIlroy. He also struggled at The Barclays, finishing T-56 after such a strong run in his three previous PGA events. Before his blowup last weekend, McIlroy finished T-3 at the PGA Championship, T-9 at the Bridgestone, and T-3 at the Open Championship in mid-July. He has, however, shown the ability to rebound from poor performances. After missing cuts this season, McIlroy has followed those disappointments with Top-10 showings including a win at the Quail Hollow Championship in May.