It was media day at the TPC Boston today for the upcoming Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Last year the question on everyone’s mind was if Deutsche Bank would continue to be a sponsor of this event. That was put to rest late last year with the bank firming up the sponsorship through 2012. With that out of the way, there were plenty of announcements regarding new partnerships and fan experience enhancements for the future.
It was announced that new to the area golf superstore, Golf Town, would be the latest Founders Club partner. Golf Town will be offering special ticket packages for sale throughout their five stores in Massachusetts, as well as have interactive, on-site activities throughout championship week.
Other announcements included the use of mobile devices for all spectators. The DB Championship is following suit of most other PGA Tour events this season by allowing the use of these. There of course will be strict usage guidelines to adhere to, but this is still a smart move by the tournament to get on board with allowing use of these.
Friday, September 2nd (1st competitive round), has been designated College Colors Day across the U.S. In recognition of this day, the Championship is encouraging all fans visiting the tournament to wear their college colors. In years past many players have worn their own college colors, but this is the first year that spectators are being encouraged to do the same. This also marks the kickoff to the start of the college football season, all the more reason to don your school colors and share in the spirit.
Defending champion, Charley Hoffman joined the press conference via telephone, as he was a last minute scratch due to a sudden illness this past week. Hoffman is suffering from a severe stomach virus and was hopeful to be able to fly to Akron later in the day to be able to participate in the WGC event there. Currently sitting in 45th place in the FedEx Cup standings, Hoffman is excited to defend his title at the TPC Boston. Asked to assess his current year, Hoffman responded, “It’s been alright. A pretty average year so far. My putting isn’t where I’d like it to be or where it used to be.” Hoffman fired a final round 62 last year to win by a remarkable five strokes.
As we near the Playoffs in just a few short weeks, a new question is all of a sudden on everyone’s mind – Will Tiger Woods even make the Playoffs? Currently Tiger sits at 135th and now only has three tournaments to improve that ranking and get inside the top 125 to make the playoffs on August 25th at The Barclays.
Golf is always more exciting when Tiger is in the field, but we’ve seen a lot of bright young stars show us what they’re made of this year, and it will be fun to watch how they hold up when the Playoffs get underway later this month.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?