Friday Start for PGA Tour in Boston


An outstanding field is assembled this week for the second annual Deutsche Bank Championship. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, the top two players in the world, along with Jim Furyk and defending champion Adam Scott headline an outstanding list of competitors. Taking advantage of the Labor Day holiday, the tournament starts on Friday with a Monday, national holiday finish.
Besides Woods, Singh and Scott, there are nine other 2004 winners in the field. Former British Open champion David Duval is also on hand. Duval has missed the cut in all three events entered this year and has not made a cut since June of 2003 at the Booz Allen Classic.
Last year, Scott blitzed the field to a four-shot win, his first on the PGA Tour. Trailing by six shots after round one, Scott fired a course-record 62 to take command and then finished with rounds of 67-66 to defeat Rocco Mediate by four.
Scott, along with Tim Herron, Geoff Ogilvy and Steve Flesch were the only players in the field to post all four rounds in the 60s. With his win, Scott became the first player to win on the PGA Tour as a sponsors exemption since David Gossett won the 2001 John Deere Classic.
During the event, Scott played the front nine in 15-under par and the back nine at five-under. His scoring average on the par5s was 3.92, as he played the 12 holes in 13-under. For the week, the Tournament Players Club of Boston played to an average of 71.438.
When this event was played last year, it marked the first time since 1998 that the PGA Tour returned to the Boston area. The longtime running event at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts was dropped after 32 years.
The tournaments charitable proceeds will benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and several New England-based organizations.
This event begins the 11-event section of the Fall Finish. Players earn points for top-10 finishes in each of those 11 events, ranging from 100 points for the winner and down to 10 points for a 10th-place finish. For the second consecutive year, Vijay Singh captured the Fall Finish and the $500,000 prize that goes along with it in 2003.
Sponsor exemptions were handed out to Casey Wittenberg, Camilo Villegas, James Driscoll and Phillip Price.
The PGA Tour moves north of the border next week for the Bell Canadian Open, where Bob Tway will defend his title at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario.
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