Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Why Tiger won't win this week
By John Hawkins
Those bored with the tour's recent predictability may be pleased to know Tiger Woods has never won the Deutsche Bank Championship. Of course, the tournament is just in its fourth year, although its swift promotion into the 2007 FedEx Cup playoff series has nothing to do with the quality of the venue. Despite numerous modifications, the TPC of Boston is not a favorite among players.
Perhaps no course amplifies the importance of the modern power game, which makes Olin Browne's victory last year all the more amazing. Adam Scott and Vijay Singh also have won the Deutsche Bank, where guys who fly it 300 yards can carry bunkers and other hazards, doubling or tripling their length advantage on shorter hitters.
Woods and the rest of the U.S. Ryder Cup team jetted to Ireland at the start of the week for a tuneup -- I'm staying away from picking anyone on that jet. Actually, the guy I like most is Carl Pettersson, who probably needs a big week to have any chance of making the European squad. Pettersson finished 11th at the '03 Deutsche Bank and T-4 last year.
The stocky Swede isn't all that long off the tee and ranks 167th in GIR, but his prior success on this course means more to me than stats. He has something to play for, which is more than you can say about a lot of the big names at this point in the year.
John Hawkins is a senior writer for Golf World magazine