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The 36-hole leaderboard for the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston is in. Charley Hoffman, the 2010 Deutsche Bank winner, shot a 63 (-8) to vault into a three shot lead over Brendon De Jonge. Here are my thoughts on the leader and some other notables:
Leader: Charley Hoffman (-12) – he’s had success at this tournament before (a win in 2010), so it’s not too much of a surprise to see him in the lead. TPC Boston must be one of those courses that he tends to play well on for whatever reason, although he did miss the cut last year. As for his performance this year, it’s been quite inconsistent. Top 10s, a bunch of missed cuts, two T2s and a win last November. When you think about it, he’s been pretty spotty his whole career, which is the case for many pros on Tour. I really have no idea what he’s going to do on the weekend.
Brendon De Jonge (-9) – a guy that has popped up on leaderboards occasionally in the past, but hasn’t yet been able to notch a win on Tour. His past finishes at the Deutsche Bank up until this point have been T45, MC, T60, T9, T74, so clearly course consistency isn’t a factor here. Likewise, his performance this season has been poor — plenty of missed cuts and not one finish inside the top 50 in his last 8 starts. De Jonge has said this week that he has felt his game has been solid but he just hasn’t been able to score, and that things have finally clicked. Such is the nature of golf. A slight adjustment in your alignment or your backswing or your ball position and you can find a little bit of magic again.
Matt Jones (-8) – an Australian golfer who made some noise at the PGA Championship a couple of weeks ago. Evidently he’s in some great form right now. Regarding his past success at TPC Boston, there’s nothing to show (MC, 78th). He’s had two T3 finishes this year (St. Jude and Arnold Palmer), and he won once last year in Houston, so he’s proven that he has what it takes to contend. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a comeback from his disappointing weekend at the PGA right here.
Jason Day (-6) – it’s really extraordinary how well he’s been playing lately. He’s had 3 wins in his last four starts prior to this event. He’s also had pretty nice finishes here (T2, T3, T7 in the past five years). It looked like he was going to charge into the lead again and never look back yesterday when he birdied the first 3 holes right out of the gate, but he’s stumbled just a bit. He didn’t play particularly well today, but he still managed to scrape together a 68 and stay in contention. Hey, you can’t dominate every tournament. Still, I’d watch out for him over these final two days because he could very well win again.
Jordan Spieth (MC) – I think it’s safe to say that Jordan is in a little bit of a slump right now. Today he mentioned that he was having problems staying positive. He’s no pushover though, and as I said in my Barclays write-up, I’m confident that he’ll figure it out relatively quickly. Whether or not it happens within the next few weeks is tough to predict.
Any thoughts about this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship? Feel free to discuss in the comments below!