2014 FedEx Cup

Deutsche Bank Championship 2014: Tee Times, Dates, TV Schedule and Prize Money

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his tee shot on the fifth hole during second round play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Adam Hunger/Associated Press
Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Two years ago, Rory McIlroy parlayed a PGA Championship into back-to-back wins at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships en route to his first FedEx Cup title. McIlroy's journey starts Friday if he hopes to make history repeat itself.

The top-ranked Northern Irishman enters this week's event at the TPC Boston as the 4-1 favorite to take home his second Deutsche Bank crown. He remains a 2-1 favorite for the 2014 FedEx Cup.

A quick illustration of how much better he's considered than the field: No one else has single-digit odds this week or for the FedEx Cup, per Vegas Insider. The separation between Rory and his contemporaries is nearly Tiger-esque.

Although McIlroy's streak of three straight wins ended at last week's Barclays event, he was able to keep himself nestled at the top with a tie for 22nd. Hunter Mahan's surprising win vaulted him all the way from 62nd to the head of the big kid's table, with the rest of the standings mostly filling out as expected. Cameron Tringale also made the leap from outside the top 60 to inside the top 10.

The great thing about the FedEx Cup is that it awards consistency as much as excellence. One win can vault an also-ran into elite status. One missed cut can send a superstar packing before the Tour Championship next month.

With that in mind, let's quickly preview what to expect this week in Massachusetts.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship Information

When: Friday, Aug. 29, to Monday, Sept. 1

Where: TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts

FedEx Cup Points: 2,500

Purse: $8 million ($1.44 million winning share)

TV Schedule
CoverageTime (ET)Network
Round 1 (Friday) 2:30-6:30 p.m.Golf Channel
Round 2 (Saturday)3-6:30 p.m.Golf Channel
Round 3 (Sunday)1-3 p.m.Golf Channel
3-6 p.m.NBC
Round 4 (Monday)11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Golf Channel
1:30-6 p.m.NBC
PGATour.com
Round 1 Tee Times (Tee 1)
Time (ET)GolferGolferGolfer
8:20 a.m.Scott LangleyHenrik StensonShawn Stefani
8:32 a.m.Russell HenleyBen MartinBrian Stuard
8:44 a.m.Seung-Yul NohJ.B. HolmesCamilo Villegas
8:56 a.m.Kevin StadlerWilliam McGirtMarc Leishman
9:08 a.m.John SendenKeegan BradleyGary Woodland
9:20 a.m.Webb SimpsonMartin KaymerHideki Matsuyama
9:32 a.m.Robert GarrigusJason KokrakScott Stallings
9:44 a.m.Ian PoulterAndres RomeroCarl Pettersson
12:40 p.m.Brandt SnedekerMorgan HoffmannBo Van Pelt
12:52 p.m.Ryo IshikawaPhil MickelsonJustin Hicks
1:04 p.m.Steven BowditchAngel CabreraRussell Knox
1:16 p.m.Brendon ToddStuart ApplebyBill Haas
1:28 p.m.Cameron TringaleRickie FowlerZach Johnson
1:40 p.m.Matt KucharBubba WatsonJim Furyk
1:52 p.m.Gonzalo Fdez-CastanoBilly HorschelJeff Overton
2:04 p.m.Robert StrebBilly Hurley III
PGATour.com
Round 1 Tee Times (Hole No. 10)
TimeGolferGolferGolfer
8:20 a.m.David HearnBrendan SteeleStewart Cink
8:32 a.m.Charl SchwartzelMatt JonesGeorge McNeill
8:44 a.m.Erik ComptonFreddie JacobsonDaniel Summerhays
8:56 a.m.Kevin NaAdam ScottChris Kirk
9:08 a.m.Jason DayPatrick ReedJordan Spieth
9:20 a.m.Hunter MahanRory McIlroyJimmy Walker
9:32 a.m.Ben CraneBrendon de JongeLuke Donald
9:44 a.m.Michael PutnamGeoff Ogilvy
12:40 p.m.Jason BohnK.J. ChoiScott Brown
12:52 p.m.Will MacKenzieJerry KellyKevin Chappell
1:04 p.m.Chris StroudKevin StreelmanRyan Palmer
1:16 p.m.Graham DeLaetTim ClarkErnie Els
1:28 p.m.Charles Howell IIIMatt EveryCharley Hoffman
1:40 p.m.Harris EnglishRyan MooreBrian Harman
1:52 p.m.Chesson HadleyJohn HuhPat Perez
2:04 p.m.Andrew Svoboda2:04 pAndrew Svoboda
PGATour.com

 

Deutsche Bank Championship Preview

Mel Evans/Associated Press

Much like we've done with Woods the last decade-and-a-half, any tournament featuring McIlroy begins with the world's top talent. McIlroy's return to the top of the sport has come at the perfect time. Woods' career hit its nadir in 2014, Phil Mickelson has descended into near anonymity (save for the PGA Championship), and Adam Scott could never quite take the reins as the world's best player.

After his own downturn in 2013, McIlroy has ascended to his rightful throne.

With his win at the PGA, he became the first player since Woods in 2006 to win three straight events. Two of those tournaments were majors, allowing him to join an aspirational list of greats who have taken four or more of golf's biggest tournaments before age 26.

Dave Martin/Associated Press

"Golf's a funny place at the minute. You are getting so many different winners and there are not as many guys dominating the sport like in the past like Tiger, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson," McIlroy told reporters earlier this month. "I’d like to establish myself as that sort of player. Someone’s got to step up, so I’m trying to be that person."

The last four years have seen a rather eclectic group, featuring PGA Tour veterans and seeming also-rans taking their moments in the spotlight. For every Jim Furyk, there is a Bill Haas. Neither Henrik Stenson nor Brandt Snedeker was able to use his FedEx Cup title and turn it into a star-making vehicle. Like so many things in golf, a four-week gauntlet can bring out the best and the worst in a player.

Mel Evans/Associated Press

Mahan, in a weird way, would be a perfect successor to Snedeker and Stenson. He entered last week's Barclays with only a handful of wins on his PGA Tour resume, none coming in major championships. He is, for all intents and purposes, a consistent pro. Someone who can be cut or finish in eighth place in any given week without many batting an eye. 

"Obviously, this means a lot and this is kind of the biggest win in the sense of what comes with it, having a chance to win the FedEx Cup," Mahan told reporters, citing last week as the biggest win of his career. "A lot has changed from Saturday to Sunday. That's for sure."

Mahan enters a field that's missing some pretty prominent faces. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell decided to skip out on the FedEx Cup's second event. Each should have more than enough points to qualify for next week's BMW Championship, which takes only 70 of the best remaining players in the field.

Mel Evans/Associated Press

The TPC Boston was also very nearly without Mickelson, whose 78th-place finish at The Barclays continued a season full of frustrations. Lefty has not won in 19 events on tour this year and has only one top-10 finish. After being a second-day cut at Ridgewood, Mickelson told Golf Channel's Jason Sobel he was "barely keeping [his] sanity."

The five-time major champion ultimately decided to make the trip to Massachusetts, but it'll be interesting to monitor his mindset.

Scott is going through his own bouts of frustration, inasmuch as the world's most consistent player can be frustrated. His back-to-back 15th-place finishes at the PGA and The Barclays broke a streak of five straight events finishing in the top 10. If he's going to get in position for his first FedEx Cup crown, now would be as good a time as ever.

 

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