Dell Technologies Championship: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 29, 2017, 2:20 pm

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth staged an exciting duel at The Northern Trust, the first of four tournaments in the FedExCup Playoffs. Now it's on to Boston and the Dell Technologies Championship, which features a Friday start and Monday finish on Labor Day. Here's the key info for the second playoff event.

Golf course: TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., was opened in 2002 and designed by Arnold Palmer. The course was redesigned in 2007 by Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and Brad Faxon. The course will play as a par 71 at 7,342 yards.

Purse: $8.75 million; winner get $1,575,000 (2,000 FedExCup points)

TV schedule (All times Eastern): Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel; Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. on Golf Channel; Sunday, 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. on NBC; Monday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. on NBC

Live streaming: Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. at; Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. at; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. at; Monday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at

Notable tee times: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas at 9:15 a.m. Friday, 1:40 p.m. Saturday; Si Woo Kim, Ollie Schniederjans, Rory McIlroy at 1:04 p.m. Friday, 8:39 a.m. Saturday; Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel at 1:28 p.m. Friday, 9:03 a.m. Saturday; Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler at 1:40 p.m. Friday, 9:15 a.m. Saturday (Click here for more tee times)

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy closed in 66-65 for a two-shot victory over Paul Casey, sparking his run to the overall FedExCup title.

Notables in the field: The field has been cut to the top 100 in FedExCup points, with the top 70 after this event advancing to the third tournament. A pair of notables currently outside the top 70 are Bubba Watson (72) and Adam Scott (73). Click here for the full points list.

Key stats:

• McIlroy is 56 under in this event over the last five years, 10 shots better than anyone else

• Adam Scott has a 68.7 scoring average at TPC Boston (best in this week's field; min. 25 rounds)

• Only two of the last six FedExCup champions were inside the top 10 entering the second playoff event

• Three players, previously not qualified, played their way into this event: Harold Varner III, Bubba Watson, David Lingmerth

• Only four players have ever advanced to the Tour Championship when starting the playoffs outside the top 100

• Four different players have won at least three times this season on Tour: Thomas, Johnson, Spieth, Matsuyama

• Last time that happened was 2003, when five players won at least three times, led by Tiger Woods (5)

(Stats and information provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook sank a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at RSM Classic.

Cook has gone 36 holes without making a bogey on the Plantation Course or the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

Cook was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back.

Bubba (64) fires his lowest round of 2017

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:12 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Bubba Watson’s plan when he left the Dell Technologies Championship in September was to take a few months off and come back fresh in 2018

Those plans changed after a few weeks.

“What we figured out was the mental side, preparing for kindergarten - not for me, for my son - preparing for [wife] Angie's knee surgery. It's been a tough go,” Watson said.

“Being home and being with the family and everything, I realized how much I missed the game of golf, and that's why I wanted to come and play in these tournaments.”

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The plan has paid off this week at the RSM Classic, where Watson is tied for 12th place after a second-round 64 on the Seaside course moved him to 7 under par.

Watson, who tied for 51st two weeks ago in Las Vegas, got off to a quick start on Day 2, playing the opening nine in 29. Despite a miscue at the 14th hole, when his tee shot wedged into a tree, he was solid coming in for his best individual round this year.

The left-hander was particularly sharp with his ball-striking after what has been a difficult year.

“I want to play golf now and right now I'm swinging at it pretty nicely,” he said.

S.H. Park (65) builds three-shot lead at LPGA finale

By Doug FergusonNovember 17, 2017, 9:58 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park made five straight birdies and seized control late in the round with an eagle for a 7-under 65 and a three-shot lead in the CME Group Tour Championship.

The lead might have been larger except for Park's three-putt bogey on the 18th hole at Tiburon Golf Club.

Not only was she three ahead of Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith, none of the other players vying for all the awards was within five shots. Lexi Thompson shot a 67 and wound up losing ground. She was six shots behind.

Park was at 12-under 132. A victory would allow the 24-year-old South Korean to sweep all the big awards and become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year.

Korda sisters poised to make a run at CME

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 9:47 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Jessica Korda wasn’t feeling well making her way around the CME Group Tour Championship battling congestion Friday, but the leaderboard walking to the ninth tee gave her a nice lift.

That’s where she saw younger sister Nelly’s name tucked right next to hers.

They were within a shot of each other amid hard charges up the leaderboard, with Nelly playing just in front of her.

“I was like, 'Dang!’ It was good to see,” said Jessica, 24. “It’s fun to see her playing this well. I know what she puts into it. I’m kind of jealous of the rookie year she’s having, because mine sucked.”

Nelly, 19, is looking to put a special ending on her first year on tour. She posted a 6-under-par 66, good for a tie for fourth, six shots behind Sung Hyun Park (65). Nelly has given herself a weekend shot at her first victory.

Just a year ago, Nelly was here as a spectator, watching her sister.

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“I found it funny,” Nelly said. “I was walking to the range on Tuesday, thinking just last year, people were asking me, 'When are you going to be out here?’ It seems surreal to be out here, playing alongside my sister and the best players in the world.

“Being in contention is really, really special.”

Jessica shot 68 and sits a shot behind her sister.

Nelly said seeing the leaderboard gave her a lift, too.

“Maybe it amps me up just a little bit,” Nelly said. “It’s a friendly competition. Even though we want each other to succeed, we also want to beat each other. I think she would say that, too.”

Jessica is seeking her fifth LPGA title. She’s coming off a tie for third at the Blue Bay LPGA last week.

Jessica is 35th on the LPGA money list this year, with $515,521 in earnings. Nelly is 51st, with $388,983 in earnings.

“I definitely look for Jess on the board,” Nelly said. “We’ve very supportive of each other.”