2017 Dell Technologies Championship R1 Notes

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FedExCup and the Dell Technologies Championship

  • Projected Points needed to advance to the BMW Championship: 757
  • The top 30 players following the BMW Championship qualify for the TOUR Championship the following week. 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), Henrik Stenson (2013) and Rory McIlroy (2016) are the only players to win the Dell Technologies Championship and FedExCup title in the same year. Singh (2004, 2008) and McIlroy (2012, 2016) are also the only players to win the Dell Technologies Championship twice.

 

First-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson             66 (-5)

Kyle Stanley                 67 (-4)

Marc Leishman             67 (-4)

Sergio Garcia               67 (-4)

Jon Rahm                     67 (-4)

 

Dustin Johnson (No. 1 in the FedExCup)

Dustin Johnson birdied the 10th hole at TPC Boston to get his opening round underway and converted a putt of less than five feet for eagle at No. 18 to make the turn 4-under. His inward nine of 1-under contributed to a 5-under 66.

 

In his eighth appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship, Johnson’s 66 marked his lowest opening round at TPC Boston. Johnson’s best result in the Dell Technologies Championship is T4 (twice, 2009, 2012). He finished T8 at TPC Boston last year.

 

With a playoff victory over Jordan Spieth at THE NORTHERN TRUST last week in the first FedExCup Playoffs event, it marked Johnson’s 16th career win on the PGA TOUR, his fourth win this season and his fourth victory in a FedExCup Playoffs event.

 

Johnson is seeking to join Vijay Singh (2008) as the only players to win THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship in the same season.

 

Johnson is tied for the most FedExCup Playoffs victories (4 with Rory McIlroy), top-5 finishes (9 with Jason Day and Tiger Woods) and top-10 finishes (16 with Jim Furyk).

 

Johnson looks to return to East Lake Golf Club as the No. 1 seed in the FedExCup for the second consecutive season. He is seeking to advance to the TOUR Championship for the eighth time in his career.

 

A 16-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Johnson extended his streak of winning at least once a year to 10 straight, the current PGA TOUR record, following the first of four wins this season at the Genesis Open. Johnson won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in his next start. His third win of the season in three consecutive starts, at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, made him the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events, completing the ‘WGC Slam’.

 

Johnson took the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings after the win in Austin, Texas, and held it for 17 straight events before relinquishing it to Jordan Spieth at The Open. After injuring his back in a fall on the eve of the Masters, Johnson withdrew from the first major of the season. He returned to the TOUR with a T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship and posted just one additional top-10 result (T8/RBC Canadian Open) before the FedExCup Playoffs began.

 

Johnson owns the longest drive of the season, a 439-yard tee-shot at No. 16 during round one of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His longest drive in round one at TPC Boston was 345 yards at the par-4 6th hole.

 

Here’s a look at Johnson’s year-by-year results in the FedExCup: 2008 (134), 2009 (14), 2010 (5), 2011 (4), 2012 (8), 2013 (13), 2014 (30), 2015 (7), 2016 (2), 2017 (currently 1st).

 

FedExCup Playoffs starts – 31 (including this week)

FedExCup Playoffs wins – 4 (2017 & 2011 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2016 & 2010 BMW Championship)

FedExCup Playoffs top-5s – 9

FedExCup Playoffs top-10s – 16

 

First-Round Lead Notes

For the 13th time on the PGA TOUR Johnson has held the first-round lead/co-lead, converting just one into a victory the previous 12 times – at the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

 

The largest 18-hole lead at the Dell Technologies Championship belongs to Mike Weir, who held a three-stroke lead after firing 61 in 2008. The 10-under score is also the lowest opening-round in tournament history.

 

Tiger Woods (2006) and Steve Stricker (2009) are the only first-round leaders/co-leaders at the Deutsche Bank Championship to carry that lead on to victory.

 

Seven of 43 first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win on the PGA TOUR this season, most recently Jordan Spieth at The Open Championship.

 

Kyle Stanley (No. 19 in the FedExCup)

Kyle Stanley hit 15 of 18 greens and got up-and-down on the three holes where he missed the green to post a 4-under 67, the lone bogey-free round of the day. It marks his lowest round in 11 trips around TPC Boston.

 

Stanley has made three previous starts at the Dell Technologies Championship (2011/T10, 2012/T42, 2013/MC).

 

Stanley earned his second PGA TOUR title when he defeated Charles Howell III in a playoff at the Quicken Loans National in July. He also won the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, a span of 135 starts between victories.

 

Stanley entered the week No. 19 in the FedExCup and is projected No. 7 after the first round. This is his fifth season advancing to the FedExCup Playoffs but he has yet to advance to the TOUR Championship. He finished 34th in 2011 and 31st in 2012.

 

The 29-year-old Washington state native and Clemson product was an accomplished amateur player. He was a member of the 2007 Walker Cup team which consisted of current PGA TOUR players Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk, Colt Knost, Jamie Lovemark and Webb Simpson.

 

Marc Leishman (No. 20 in the FedExCup)

Marc Leishman’s 4-under 67 is his second-best opening round on TOUR this season (66/Quicken Loans National) and follows three consecutive over-par opening rounds (73/WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 75/PGA Championship, 71/THE NORTHERN TRUST).

 

Leishman missed the cut at last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST to drop six spots in the FedExCup standings (No. 14 to No. 20) entering the Dell Technologies Championship. It marked the third missed cut for Leishman in 22 starts this season, and first since THE PLAYERS. His projected standing in the FedExCup is No. 8 after the first round at TPC Boston.

 

Leishman’s best finish in eight previous appearances at the Dell Technologies Championship is T15 in his tournament debut in 2009.

 

Leishman’s victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is one of five top-10s this season (5th/CIMB Classic, 1st/Arnold Palmer Invitational, T9/WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, T5/Quicken Loans National, T6/The Open Championship).

 

Leishman currently sits No. 6 in the International Team standings for the 2017 Presidents Cup to be held at Liberty National in New Jersey later this year as he seeks to make his third appearance in the competition where he a 3-4-1 overall record. In his most recent appearance in 2015 in Korea, Leishman posted a 1-up win over Jordan Spieth in the final-day singles matches. In 2013, he defeated Matt Kuchar 1-up in singles.

 

Leishman owns five international victories on three different Tours, including three in his native Australia, one in Korea (2006 Jisan Resort Open) and one on the European Tour (2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge).

 

Sergio Garcia (No. 30 in the FedExCup)

Sergio Garcia mixed six birdies with two bogeys for a 4-under 67, his 15th round in the 60s in 25 trips around TPC Boston. Before the week began, Garcia’s scoring average in 24 rounds at TPC Boston was 68.71.

 

Garcia has recorded two top-10s (T4/2013, T5/2008) and finished outside the top-30 just once (T31/2011) in six appearances at the Dell Technologies Championship.

 

Garcia entered the week at No. 30 in the FedExCup standings and is projected No. 10. He has advanced to the season finale at East Lake five times. Garcia’s best result in the FedExCup is third in 2008.

 

Garcia is seeking his first top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR since his playoff win over Justin Rose at the Masters Tournament, his first major championship victory.

 

Jon Rahm (No. 5 in the FedExCup)

In just his 33rd PGA TOUR start (28th as a professional) Jon Rahm continues to make an impression, posting birdies on four of his last five holes to fire a 4-under 67 and sit T2 in his first appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship.

 

Rahm made his first appearance in a FedExCup Playoffs event at last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST with rounds of 68-68-67-68 to finish T3 with Jhonattan Vegas at 9-under and move past Rickie Fowler into the No. 5 position in the FedExCup. He is projected at No. 3 in the FedExCup. Any player in the top five heading into the TOUR Championship is guaranteed to win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.

 

Rahm earned his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in spectacular fashion, holing a 60-foot eagle putt on the final hole at Torrey Pines to win by three strokes over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. It was one of eight top-10 finishes this season, including a T3 in his first FedExCup Playoffs event at last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST. Rahm lost the Championship Match of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play to Dustin Johnson and finished runner-up to Kevin Kisner at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. An additional top-3 finish came at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, with a T3.

 

Additional Player Notes

Defending Dell Technologies Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy birdied the par-5 final hole for a 1-over 72. The two-time champion is making his seventh start at TPC Boston (T37/2010, 1st/2012, T47/2013, T5/2014, T29/2015, 1st/2016).

 

With six, Adam Scott owns the most top-10 finishes at the Dell Technologies Championship and seeks to extend that record after an even-par 71. Scott, who did not compete in last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST, had not planned to play this week but after the recent birth of his son came earlier than expected Scott flew from Australia and began this week No. 73 in the FedExCup. After round one he is projected at No. 66. Scott, whose 2003 Dell Technologies Championship title was the first of 13 PGA TOUR wins, is one of 10 players to have competed in the FedExCup Playoffs in each of the 11 seasons the competition has existed.

 

Bubba Watson, who began the week. No. 72 in the FedExCup, fired a 4-over 75 and is projected at No. 85. Watson is in danger of failing to advance to the BMW Championship for the first time in his career. Only two other players have advanced to the BMW Championship in each of the previous 10 seasons – Phil Mickelson (T12/projected No. 46) and Charley Hoffman (T42/projected No. 12).

 

Jordan Spieth, defeated in a playoff by Dustin Johnson at last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST, sits T42 after a 1-over 72. In 2015, the only time Spieth missed the cut in four previous starts at the Dell Technologies Championship, he went on to win the FedExCup.

 

Brendan Steele began the week at No. 16 on the Presidents Cup U.S. Team standings. Here’s a look at how the contenders for the last few spots in the Presidents Cup U.S. Team performed;

Player                          Before DTC      DTC R1 (Projected Presidents Cup)

Patrick Reed                             9          T30 (9)

Charley Hoffman                       10        T42 (10)

Kevin Chappell                          11        T42 (11)

Brian Harman                           12        T6 (12)

Jason Dufner                            13        T6 (13)

Gary Woodland                         14        T42 (15)

Brandt Snedeker                       15        DNP (injured)

Brendan Steele                        16        T12 (14)

 

Rod Pampling began the week at No. 71 in the FedExCup standings and sits No. 75 after a 1-over 72. Pampling is seeking to advance to the BMW Championship for the first time since 2007, the inaugural year of the FedExCup.

 

Luke List recorded eight birdies in a 3-under 68. Entering this week, List sits No. 3 in total birdies made this season with 355, behind Charley Hoffman (381) and Tony Finau (365).

 

Kevin Tway (T30) aced the 195-yard 11th hole using a 5-iron, marking his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR, and second of his career. In 2013, Tway aced No. 12 at El Bosque CC in the final round of the Mexico Championship on the Web.com Tour. Tway’s father, Bob, an eight-time PGA TOUR winner, made seven aces during his PGA TOUR career and owns three on PGA TOUR Champions.

 

Rookies in the FedExCup Playoffs

Twelve rookies finished the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season ranked within the top 125 in FedExCup points and earned their first start at last week’s THE NORTHERN TRUST. Of that group, nine advanced to the Dell Technologies Championship:

 

Here’s a look at PGA TOUR rookies who advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs this season:

Player                          FEC pos. entering Playoffs      DTC after R1 (Projected FEC Position)

Wesley Bryan                           27                                T86 (38)

Xander Schauffele                     33                                T12 (26)

Mackenzie Hughes                    34                                T22 (34)

Ollie Schniederjans                   39                                T75 (50)                          

Grayson Murray                        69                                T6 (44)

*Patrick Cantlay                        78                                T12 (40)                          

C.T. Pan                                   86                                T12 (62)                          

Cody Gribble                            89                                T42 (95)                          

J.J. Spaun                                91                                T42 (91)                          

Ryan Blaum                              105                               eliminated at TNT

Richy Werenski                         108                               eliminated at TNT

Dominic Bozzelli                        115                               DNS in FEC Playoffs/eliminated

*Rookie in 2013-14, but played in less than 10 events due to injury.

 

Before 2016, all seven rookies who qualified for the TOUR Championship went on to win Rookie of the Year honors: Daniel Berger (2015), Jordan Spieth (2013), John Huh (2012), Keegan Bradley (2011), Marc Leishman (2009), Andres Romero (2008) and Brandt Snedeker (2007). In 2016, two rookies advanced to East Lake, with Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo winning the Rookie of the Year award over South Korea’s Si Woo Kim after both finished T10 at the TOUR Championship.

 

Rookies to qualify for the TOUR Championship since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007:

 

Year Player FEC Finish
2016 Emiliano Grillo 11th
2016 Si Woo Kim 17th
2015 Daniel Berger 11th
2013 Jordan Spieth 7th
2012 John Huh 29th
2011 Keegan Bradley 20th
2009 Marc Leishman 20th
2008 Andres Romero 28th
2007 Brandt Snedeker 20th

 

FedExCup Implications

Players on FedExCup Bubbles

Rank    Player                          DTC R1                        FedExCup projection

30        Sergio Garcia               67/T2                           No. 10

70        Grayson Murray            68/T6                           No. 44

100       Michael Kim                  75/T75                          No. 100

 

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 DTC R1 Projected FEC
Emiliano Grillo 77 T22 63
C.T. Pan 85 T12 62
Chris Stroud 78 T30 68
Jonas Blixt 84 T6 49
Adam Scott 73 T309 66

 

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 DTC R1 Projected FEC
Kelly Kraft 64 WD 74
Bud Cauley 67 T42 73
Anirban Lahiri 66 T42 71
Danny Lee 62 T75 72
Brandt Snedeker 68 DNP 80

 

Three players entered THE NORTHERN TRUST ranked No. 101 – 125 in the FedExCup standings and played their way into this week’s Dell Technologies Championship. Here’s how they did during round one at TPC Boston:

 

Player Current FEC DTC R1 Projected FEC
Bubba Watson

72

75

85

David Lingmerth

87

75

94

Harold Varner III

91

77

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Notes
Bogey-free rounds;

R1: Kyle Stanley (67)

 

Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Boston:

            Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative

R1:       36.189              35.726              71.916              —

 

The par-4 12th hole played the toughest Friday, yielding a 4.453 average with just three birdies. The easiest was the par-5 18th at 4.568.

 

Ryan Moore began the week at No. 61 in the FedExCup standings and withdrew after an opening-round 82 (+11). Moore was projected No. 69 in the FedExCup standings at the end of round one.

 

Kelly Kraft withdrew on hole No. 15 during the first round with a foot injury (right foot). Kraft recorded a septuple bogey 12 at the par-5 second hole, the highest individual-hole score in an official PGA TOUR stroke play event this season. It is also the highest score on an individual hole in FedExCup Playoffs history. The previous high was 11 by Nick Watney at the 2011 Dell Technologies Championship (on the same hole) and Greg Chalmers at Liberty National GC during THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2009.

 

Highest Hole Scores

PGA TOUR This Season (Official Stroke Play Events)

Player Name Event Name

Rd

Hole

Par

Score

Kraft, Kelly Dell Technologies Championship

1

2

5

12

Sabbatini, Rory FedEx St. Jude Classic

2

3

5

11

English, Harris Travelers Championship

2

13

5

11

 

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