The FedExCup Playoffs tee off this week just outside of Boston at The Northern Trust. While this event has rotated courses in the New York and New Jersey area, we have strong history for the host course this week since TPC Boston hosted a yearly event through 2018 when the number of playoff events was reduced from four to three. If you’re looking for course history, the event was the Dell Technologies Championship for its final two seasons and the Deutsche Bank Championship prior to that. The course is a par-71 located in Norton, Mass., that was originally designed by Arnold Palmer and overhauled in 2007 by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon. It has historically emphasized Par-5 scoring and accuracy on long approach shots and typically yields low scores with the winner at -15 or better in every event since 2005.
The field for this week’s event will be truly elite and include all of the top 125 in the FedExCup standings. This will be the final tournament of the season with a normal cut line, and the top 70 advance to next week’s BMW Championship at Olympia Fields C.C. outside Chicago. The top of the salary structure is stacked with superstars Justin Thomas ($11,300), Bryson DeChambeau ($11,100), Rory McIlroy ($10,800), Dustin Johnson ($10,400) and the newest major champion Collin Morikawa ($10,200) leading the way. If you’re banking on one of them to win this week and paying up for them, you’ll need to build the rest of your roster carefully and balance them out with some bargain options. There are some quality players with salaries under $7,500 in this field and here are the four that I like the most heading into another great week of fantasy golf on the PGA TOUR.
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Phil Mickelson, $7,300
Mickelson is a wild card at this point in his career, but he can still post a strong finish in an elite field as he showed with his runner-up finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He made the cut at the PGA Championship but finished T71. Since the restart, he has played the weekend in five of his six events with that T2 in Memphis and a T24 at the Travelers Championship.
At TPC Boston, Lefty won back in 2007 and has made the cut in 11 of his 12 career trips to the venue, including top-15 finishes in each of the two most recent stops in Norton, Mass., by the PGA TOUR. Mickelson led the field with a final round 63 in the most recent event here in 2018 to surge to a T12 behind Bryson DeChambeau ($11,100). Mickelson enters the week at No. 67 on the FedExCup standings, so he’ll need a strong week to avoid elimination from the playoffs.
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Adam Hadwin, $7,200
Hadwin has been remarkably steady all season long, making 14-of-15 cuts and posting a trio of top-10 finishes. Hadwin didn’t play last week but finished a solid T58 at the PGA Championship. He hasn’t missed a cut in his seven events since the restart, highlighted by a T4 at the Rocket Mortgage.
In his three trips to TPC Boston, Hadwin has yet to miss a cut and finished in the top 25 in each of the past two events at this venue. He typically gains strokes around the greens and is a steady all-around performer, as evidenced by his No. 44 FedExCup ranking coming into this event. The Moose Jaw native is a solid value play if you’re looking to round out a lineup with an affordable cut-maker.
Alex Noren, $7,100
Noren has found a nice groove lately with top-10 finishes at the 3M Open and Barracuda Championship leading up to a T22 at the PGA Championship, where he fired three strong round under par with only a 73 in Round 3 keeping him from being even higher on the leaderboard.
The 38-year-old Swede has made five of seven cuts since the restart and made the cut in the most recent event at TPC Boston in 2018 as well. He rested last week but will return to action looking to move up since he’s currently sitting at No. 78 in the FedExCup rankings.
Richy Werenski, $6,500
The Massachusetts native has been sharp over the past month aside from missing the cut at the PGA Championship. He finished T3 at the 3M Open in Minnesota and followed that up with a win at the Barracuda Championship, the alternate-field event held the same week as the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Werenski will be making his first competitive appearance at TPC Boston after climbing to No. 41 in the FedExCup standings. He’s a little off-the-radar but could end up being a contender if he can continue the strong form he showed before the PGA Championship.
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