After an exciting finish in the Barclays, in which we saw Nick Watney earn a 12-shot victory, it's right on to the next event: the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Last weekend, although he began the final round two shots back from Sergio Garcia's lead, Watney turned things around on the final day at Bethpage and now finds himself on top the FedEx Cup standings.
But Watney can't get too comfortable with Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy lingering behind him. Rory and Tiger are both threats to win this weekend at TPC Boston, as is Snedeker, who finished second in the Barclays, tied for third at the British Open and won at Torrey Pines back in January.
Of course, we could see someone come out of nowhere to win at TPC Boston—kind of like Watney did last week.
Here are some tips about when—and whom—to watch when the action kicks off on Day 1 on Friday.
Deutsche Bank Championship
When: Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3
Where: TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
Friday's action will be televised from 3-6 p.m. ET on the GOLF Channel, but here's a look at the full TV schedule for the weekend (via PGATour.com):
|1 (Friday)||3-6 p.m. ET, GOLF|
|2 (Saturday)||3-6 p.m. ET, GOLF|
|3 (Sunday)||1-3 p.m. ET on GOLF, 3-6 p.m. ET on NBC|
|4 (Monday)||11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on GOLF, 2-6 p.m. ET on NBC|
If you can't get to your TV, you can see Friday's coverage on PGATour.com from 1-6 p.m. You can also listen on SiriusXM Radio from 12-6 p.m. ET.
If none of that sounds appealing to you, you can also follow along with the action from your computer with PGATour.com's Shot Tracker.
Some of Friday's notable groupings, so you can plan your viewing schedule (via GolfChannel.com):
|Time||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|8:40 a.m.||Nick Watney||Brandt Snedeker||Tiger Woods|
|1:10 p.m.||Rory McIlroy||Zach Johnson||Jason Dufner|
|12:58 p.m.||Matt Kuchar||Hunter Mahan||Keegan Bradley|
Golfers to Watch
The pundits aren't exaggerating when they talk about the rough season that Watney has had up until now. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship, and he couldn't manage a better finish than a tie for 21st at the three other majors.
But clearly, something clicked for him at Bethpage last weekend, where he played his best round on Day 1. He shot a 65 and overcame a 71 in the third round to shoot a 69 on Sunday and win by three strokes. That ability to maintain his composure, despite encountering some struggles, will be the key to holding onto his position in the FedEx Cup standings.
If there's anyone who is due for a win, it's Snedeker, who tied for second at Bethpage after shooting opening- and closing-round 70s last weekend. He was at his best in the middle rounds, and he'll need to sustain that level of play for the entire weekend at TCP Boston if he wants to sneak in for the win in this one.
Though he has just one PGA Tour win in 2012, Snedeker has five top-10 finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 19 events. His solid performance at the British Open proved that he's someone who can compete; now, he just needs that elusive second win.
It's been almost two months since Tiger's last win, and now—as he stands in third place in the FedEx Cup standings—would be a perfect time to snag his next.
The last few weeks don't show many positives for Tiger: Ever since missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic in early July, he's been going downhill.
He tied for third at the British Open, tied for eighth at the Bridgestone Invitational, then skidded to an 11th-place finish at the PGA Championship. It only got worse at Bethpage, where he tied for 38th.
For so long, Tiger seemed to be improving, to the point where it seemed like a major win was imminent. Now, he's regressing—but all it will take is a win at TPC Boston to reverse that trajectory.