FedExCup and the Deutsche Bank Championship
- Projected Points needed to advance to the BMW Championship: 1,561
- The top 30 players following the BMW Championship qualify for the Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship. Prior to the TOUR Championship, a points reset will take place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title. The top five players control their own destiny and would claim the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
- Vijay Singh (2008) and Henrik Stenson (2013) are the only players to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and FedExCup title in the same year (2008). Singh is also the only player to win the Deutsche Bank Championship twice (2004, 2008).
- Jordan Spieth is the only FedExCup champion to miss the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship the same year as his FedExCup win.
Kevin Chappell 67-64—131 (-11)
Paul Casey 66-66—132 (-10)
Jimmy Walker 68-64—132 (-10)
36-Hole Cut: 72 players at 1-under 141 from a field of 97 professionals. A secondary cut will not be applied.
Kevin Chappell, No. 13 in the FedExCup
Making his fifth start in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Kevin Chappell made six birdies, one eagle and one bogey for a 7-under 64, matching his low score at the tournament (64/2013/R3). The 64 marks his lowest score on TOUR this season, replacing a 65 from round two of The RSM Classic.
Chappell at the Deutsche Bank Championship: T12/2015, T50/2014, T22/2013 and MC/2011.
This marks Chappell’s fourth 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR.
36-hole leads Result
2011 Valero Texas Open T2
2015 The RSM Classic T2
2016 RBC Heritage T9
Chappell owns a career-high six top-10s on the PGA TOUR this season.
Chappell is still in search of his first PGA TOUR win in his 165th start. With a win this week, he would join Adam Scott as players to make the Deutsche Bank Championship their first win on TOUR – Scott won the inaugural tournament in 2003 as a sponsor invite.
Camilo Villegas remains the only player to notch his maiden PGA TOUR title at a FedExCup Playoffs event (Villegas’ first PGA TOUR victory was the 2008 BMW Championship).
Chappell has five runner-ups on TOUR, three of which came this season (The RSM Classic and two tournaments where he finished second to Jason Day: Arnold Palmer Invitational and THE PLAYERS Championship).
At No. 13 in the FedExCup standings, Chappell entered his sixth FedExCup Playoffs in the best position of his career. Last year, Chappell made the second largest move up the FedExCup standings of any player in 2015, starting the Playoffs at No. 91 and ending his season at No. 52 (+39). He has never made it to the TOUR Championship.
With a win this week, Chappell would become the 17th first-time winner of the season. The record for most first-time winners in a season since 1970 is 18 (2002).
Second-Round Lead Notes
The largest 36-hole lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship came in 2015 when Charley Hoffman led by three.
Adam Scott (2003), Vijay Singh (2004), Olin Browne (2005) and Rory McIlroy (2012) are the only second-round leaders/co-leaders at the Deutsche Bank Championship to carry that lead on to victory.
Paul Casey, No. 59 in the FedExCup
Advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship for just the fourth time, England’s Paul Casey followed his opening 66 (which included three bogeys) with a bogey-free 66 in the second round and will head into the weekend one shot back.
Casey was forced to withdraw from last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship after his second round with a back injury. In his other two starts, he missed the cut in 2008 and finished T25 in 2010.
On the strength of four top-10 finishes, Casey comes into the week at No. 59 in the FedExCup standings. He has advanced to the BMW Championship three times; 2015/T23, 2010/2nd and 2009/DNS.
In his only two appearances in the TOUR Championship, Casey finished in the top five (T4/2010, T5/2015).
Casey remains in search of his second career win on the PGA TOUR in his 194th start this week. He is the winner of the 2009 Shell Houston Open.
Jimmy Walker, No. 25 in the FedExCup
Jimmy Walker is coming off missed cuts in the two starts following his PGA Championship win (Wyndham Championship and The Barclays). His rounds of 68-64 mark the first time since the PGA Championship he has posted back-to-back rounds in the 60s.
Three players have won the Deutsche Bank Championship in the same season as winning a major(s):
2012 Rory McIlroy won PGA Championship
2006 Tiger Woods won The Open Championship and PGA Championship
2004 Vijay Singh won PGA Championship
In addition to his lone top-10 at the Deutsche Bank Championship (T9/2014), Walker has missed the cut on four occasions out of seven previous starts (including 2006, pre-FedExCup).
Walker’s T9 at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship is his only top-10 in a FedExCup Playoffs event.
Currently No. 25 in the FedExCup standings, Walker is looking to advance to the TOUR Championship for the third consecutive, and overall, time.
Brian Harman, No. 67 in the FedExCup
Making his fifth start in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Brian Harman made seven birdies and one bogey for a second-round 65, his lowest score in 16 rounds at TPC Boston. His previous best-score was a 67 in last year’s final round, good for a T12 finish, his best result in four previous starts.
Harman is currently No. 67 in the FedExCup as he looks to advance to the BMW Championship for the fourth time. Harman has yet to make it to the TOUR Championship. His best FedExCup Playoffs appearance was in 2014 when he ended the season at the BMW Championship, ranked No. 36.
Harman missed the cut in his final three starts of the PGA TOUR Season, including the John Deere Classic, site of his lone PGA TOUR win (2014). Harman finished T22 at The Barclays.
On the three occasions (out of four) Harman advanced to the weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he has failed to post a sub-par score. His third-round scoring average (72.67) marks the highest of any round at TPC Boston, one stroke higher than his next highest scoring average per round (R1/71.50).
Smylie Kaufman, No. 34 in the FedExCup
A week after fellow PGA TOUR rookie Emiliano Grillo finished second at The Barclays to move to No. 6 in the FedExCup Standings, Smylie Kaufman posted rounds of 68-66 to move up the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship, three shots off the lead heading into the weekend.
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In his first FedExCup Playoffs appearance, Kaufman missed the cut at last week’s Barclays. Kaufman is coming off four consecutive missed cuts, dating to The Open Championship. This marks the first time since his T10 at the Quicken Loans National he has posted back-to-back sub-par scores, and the first time since the CareerBuilder Challenge in January he has recorded consecutive rounds in the 60s.
Through two rounds, Kaufman has hit 13 of 28 fairways and 22 of 36 greens, yet he ranks first in the field for Strokes Gained: Putting (6.496). He needed just 23 putts to complete his second round.
In his rookie season, Kaufman has four top-10s, including his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In addition to his win – Safeway Open (T10), World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (T8) and Quicken Loans National (T10).
Daniel Berger was the only rookie to advance to the TOUR Championship last season, finishing 11th in the FedExCup standings to earn the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honor. No rookies advanced to Atlanta in 2013-14. Last year, nine rookies qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs. Rookies who advanced this year include:
Rookies to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007:
Additional player notes
With rounds of 75-72—147 (+5), Phil Mickelson missed the cut – just his second missed cut in 35 FedExCup Playoffs starts (MC—2010 Barclays).
Patrick Rodgers, who is playing in his first FedExCup Playoffs, posted a 4-under 67 in the second round and is currently T30 with a projected 68th spot in the FedExCup. The Indiana native, who grew up 25 miles from Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of the 2016 BMW Championship, started the week No. 76 in the standings and will need to move into the top 70 to advance to his hometown event.
For the second consecutive day, Jordan Spieth recorded a 3-under 68 and will head into the weekend T13. Spieth finished T10 at last week’s Barclays. In contrast, he missed the cut in the first two Playoffs events in 2015, before going on to finish T13 at the BMW Championship and first at the TOUR Championship, en route to claiming the FedExCup.
2014-15 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger put together rounds of 67-68 and is four shots off the lead. Berger, who came into the week at No. 30 in the FedExCup standings, was the only rookie in 2015 to advance to the TOUR Championship thanks to a T12 at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship and runner-up at the BMW Championship. Berger went on to finish T12 in Atlanta for an 11th-place finish in the final FedExCup Standings.
Massachusetts native Jon Curran began the second round T93 after a 4-over 75. Curran made six straight birdies (Nos. 17-4) to post a 5-under 66 and move inside the cut line.
After a 1-under 70 in the first round, Jason Day (T62) erased a quadruple bogey-8 (No. 5) with four birdies for an even-par 71 to make the cut on the number.
Sean O’Hair (t46), who finished T2 at The Barclays to make the second biggest move in FedExCup history and advance to the next Playoffs event, followed an even-par 71 with a bogey-free 68.
Defending champion Rickie Fowler (T54) countered two bogeys and a double bogey with four birdies for an even-par 71.
Players on FedExCup Bubbles
30 Daniel Berger T7
70 Chez Reavie MC
100 Chad Campbell T30
Players ranked between No. 71-100 this week need a good finish to move into the top 70 in the standings to move on to the BMW Championship. Here’s a list of players who are currently projected to move inside the top 70:
|Player||Current FEC||DBC R2 Pos||Projected FEC|
|Billy Hurley III||77||T13||58|
|Harold Varner III||87||T13||63|
Here’s the list of players who entered the week inside the top 70 but are now projected to fall outside the number to advance to the BMW Championship:
|Player||Current FEC||DBC R2 Pos||Projected FEC|
Five players entered The Barclays ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings and played their way into this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. Here’s how they did during round one at TPC Boston:
|Player||Current FEC||DBC R2 Pos||Projected FEC|
|Tyrone Van Aswegen||
R1: Jim Furyk (67), James Hahn (65), Billy Hurley III (67), Ryan Moore (65), Justin Rose (68), Jhonattan Vegas (66).
R2: Paul Casey (66), Jason Dufner (68), Branden Grace (68), Spencer Levin (67), Sean O’Hair (68), Justin Rose (67), Charl Schwartzel (66).
Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Boston:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 33.165 34.505 69.670 —
R2: 35.392 34.588 69.979 69.825
The par-4 13th hole played the toughest Saturday, yielding a 4.278 average. The easiest was the par-5 seventh at 4.691.