Perez : Deutsche Bank Championship Preview

Pat Perez got in a practice round at TPC Boston on Tuesday afternoon, is playing a pro-am on Wednesday, will get one final look at the course on Thursday and will be good to go on Friday when this year’s Deutsche Bank Championship gets underway.

Perez got the early/late drew or this week’s event; going off of No. 1 at 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday and No. 10 at 1:04 p.m. ET on Saturday, where he’l be paired with Gary Woodland and Zac Blair both days. 

The Top 100 in the FedExCup rankings punched their ticket to Boston this week, with Perez coming in at 46th—climbing eight spots after last week’s T20 finish at The Barclays.

Perez has had his moments at TPC Boston over the years. Since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, Perez has made five cuts, missed one and withdrawn twice; as recently as last year on the heels of an opening-round 77 and his game struggling.

Prior to that, T70 (2013), T26 (2012), T61 (2011) CUT (2010), T27 (2009), T21 (2008) and W/D (2007).

In the year’s before the FedExCup, Perez’s run at the Deutsche Bank was two missed cuts early in his career (2003, 2004) follow by skipping the event he next two seasons, before it became a Playoffs event.

Perez has only advanced to the BWM Championship twice since the inception of the FedExCup Playoffs—2009 and 2012—while never reaching the TOUR Championship in eight tries. A good run in Boston and Chicago can cement a trip to Atlanta.  

Perez’s swing coach Drew Steckela guest on “Callaway Talks” earlier this week—noted the longer course this week; where he’s working with Perez on his mid-irons and mid-range putting. 

TPC Boston is a par 71, measuring 7,242 yards and was remodeled in 2007—five years after the Arnold Palmer Design creation. Fairways and greens were regraded, while Brad Faxon and Gil Hanse introduced “chocolate-drop” mounds and grass bunkers, for more of a New England vibe.

The Deutsche Bank Championship has been part of the Labor Day calendar dating back to 2003, incorporating the holiday for one of two Monday finishes of the season.

The Golf Channel will host this week’s Friday / Saturday coverage from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET and Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m ET, shifting over to NBC from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET. 

Labor Day coverage runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel, with the tournament wrapping up from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC.