The Deutsche Bank Championship will again be played at the TPC Boston beginning Aug. 31 and concluding Monday Sept 6.
Last year’s winner, Steve Stricker, is scheduled to be among a select field in addition to the other top 100 players on the Fed Ex Cup Points Standings. Stricker edged Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank by a single shot to win last year’s tourney.
The Deutsche Bank Championship began in 2003 when the PGA Tour teamed with Deutsche Bank, the Tiger Woods Foundation and IMG to create the only official Monday finish on the Tour.
Backed by the support and commitment of top local, regional and national companies, the inaugural Championship raised over $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities and set a record for the largest charitable contribution for a first year event in the history of the PGA Tour.
Since its founding, the Deutsche Bank Championship has drawn the top players in the world and has continued raising well over a million dollars a year for the Tiger Woods Foundation and other charitable groups.
The tournament became part of the FedEx Cup playoffs two years ago. Players earn points at each event they compete in during the season and playoffs, with the top 125 on the FedEx Cup list after the Wyndham Championship earning the right to play in the initial playoff event, The Barclays, which will be played in Paramus, N.J.
The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second playoff event, with some 100 players teeing it up following a reduction in the field based on points after the Barclays. Of that number, 30 players will be sent home when the points list is reset after the Deutsche Bank tourney to create a 70-player field for the BMW Championship, the final playoff event before the Tour Championship, at which only the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup points list will compete.
This year’s Deutsche Bank Championship will feature spectator enhancements that include more bleacher seating throughout the golf course and expanded VIP and Premium Access options that will give fans more opportunities to catch the action up close and in unprecedented ways.
“We are striving to make the 2010 Championship our best yet,” said Eric Baldwin, Championship Director for the Deutsche Bank Championship. “We have added some great new spectator enhancements and ticket incentives that we’re sure will be well-received, and we’ll continue to offer all of the kids’ activities and other fan-experience elements that have been so popular each year of the Championship.”
For fans purchasing grounds tickets, there will be more bleacher seating and an exciting new spectator venue at the 17th tee, called the Overlook. The Overlook is open to all spectators and features a unique atmosphere to socialize with friends and watch golfers tee off on the 17th hole or finish up on the 18th. It features bleachers facing the 17th tee and an expansive open-air patio overlooking the 18th fairway and green.
For those seeking a Premium Access experience, the MasterCard Club along the 17th fairway is new and improved this year, featuring a new video board to help fans follow the action all over the golf course. The double-deck pavilion offers a unique experience that features the Gosling’s Rum Dark’n Stormy Tavern, a retail food court, courtyard seating outside and stadium-style seating upstairs. Spectators can enjoy a Boston Red Sox experience with a Green Monster replica and a World Series trophy on display, have the opportunity to take part in PGA TOUR player meet and greets, and take pictures with the FedEx Cup trophy.
Also new this year is the Delta Global Pavilion, a VIP hospitality pavilion located adjacent to the par-three 16th hole. Tickets to the Delta Global Pavilion include complimentary premium food and beverage service, stadium seating, an air-conditioned interior and 5,000 complimentary Delta SkyMiles that can be used toward a future flight or redeemed for $50 in merchandise at the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace online.
The Deutsche Bank Championship week features professional practice rounds Tuesday and Wednesday and the Championship Pro-Am on Thursday before the four-round, 72-hole event takes place Friday through Monday (Labor Day).Deutsche Bank Championship Fast Facts
Dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 6
Where: TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
Purse: $7.5 million
Winner’s Share: $1.35 million
Defending Champion: Steve Stricker
Tickets: For information on availability and prices, call 877-TIX-4DBC or visit www.dbchampionship.com.
The Rub of the Green: The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second of four stops on the high profile PGA Tour playoffs, with the ultimate prize being the FedEx Cup and its $10 million first place prize; Steve Stricker was brilliant in winning last year’s event with a 17-under, 267 total, one shot ahead of Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank; this is the eighth year for the tournament, which is played at the par-72, 7,241-yard TPC Boston golf course; the layout was originally crafted by Arnold Palmer and remodeled by Gil Hanse and PGA Tour player Brad Faxon in 2007; the course won “Best New Private Remodel in the United States” from Golf Digest in 2007; V.J. Singh has won the event twice and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson once each; Deutsche Bank is the leading global provider of financial solutions and has over 80,000 employees in 72 countries; the event has raised millions for various charities, including the Tiger Woods Foundation.