NORTON, Mass. (August 29, 2010) – During a year in which 31 PGA TOUR players have won Tour events and no player has won more than two, the chase for the FedExCup has never been more balanced and wide open. The intensity and drama continues this week for the PGA TOUR Playoffs’ remaining 100 golfers at TPC Boston as the deepest pool of FedExCup contenders – including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Adam Scott – tees off in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Limited tickets and details on the various daily and week-long ticket options are still available at the Championship’s remodeled website,www.dbchampionship.com, or by telephone at 877-TIX-4DBC.
New England’s favorite Labor Day sporting tradition, the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship features a $7.5 million purse and a $1.35 million winner’s check. It enters its fourth year as a PGA TOUR Playoffs event and is the second of four stops in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
The Deutsche Bank Championship features 24 of the top 30 players in the Official World Golf Ranking entering the PGA TOUR Playoffs, led by the world’s top two and winningest active players on the PGA TOUR, Woods and Mickelson. Woods owns 71 titles (14 majors) while Mickelson holds 38 wins (four majors), including his third Masters triumph earlier this year.
In winning last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship by one shot after making birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes, Stricker immensely raised his profile on the PGA TOUR and around the world. The victory vaulted him to No. 1 in the FedExCup playoff standings and No. 2 in the world rankings for the first time.
The Deutsche Bank Championship also features FedExCup regular season points champion Ernie Els; current FedExCup points leader and The Barclays champion Matt Kuchar;15-time winner and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk; 2008 British Open and PGA Championship winner and ’08 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Padraig Harrington; 34-time PGA TOUR winner, 2008 FedExCup champion and two-time Deutsche Bank Championship winner Vijay Singh; Anthony Kim; highly-touted 2010 FedExCup and Deutsche Bank Championship rookies Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler; Camilo Villegas, and 2010 PGA TOUR double winners Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, who share that distinction with Stricker, Els and Furyk. Stricker’s eight top-10 PGA TOUR Playoff finishes are the most all-time, followed by Villegas (seven).
Stricker won the inaugural FedExCup playoff event in 2007 and finished second in the FedExCup playoff chase that year. He has gone on to win two PGA TOUR events and record five other top-10 finishes in 2010. Stricker has played in every Deutsche Bank Championship and has finished in the top 13 at TPC Boston each of the past four years.
“Last year was very special,” Stricker said. “To defend the Deutsche Bank, it will be a lot of fun. It’s a great tournament. I love coming there. The field is outstanding. The condition of the course has always been top notch, and the area, and the people, the way they treat you, is second to none. So to come there and try to pull it off again, I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get everything going there. You know, (Deutsche Bank Americas CEO) Seth (Waugh) and Deutsche Bank put on a great tournament.
“I feel like my game is pretty much where it’s been last year. I continue to work on the same things that I have in the previous years, and I’m riding a lot of confidence. I feel good about my game. I’m excited to get going in the playoffs again this year.”
Massachusetts native Tim Petrovic (Northampton) and Connecticut product J.J. Henry give New England golf fans plenty of local rooting interest. Henry and Petrovic have started every Deutsche Bank Championship since its 2003 inception.
The Deutsche Bank Championship’s first two rounds will be aired live on Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. (ET) on Friday and Saturday. NBC will broadcast the final two rounds live from 3-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday and 2-6 p.m. (ET) on Labor Day Monday.
The Tiger Woods Foundation is the main charitable beneficiary of the Deutsche Bank Championship. In addition to the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Championship supports deserving New England charities and has generated nearly $17 million in charitable contributions in its first seven years.
Anyone who purchases tickets online or over the phone with a MasterCard will be automatically entered to win a package trip for two to Ireland, courtesy of Tourism Ireland. The package includes a round-trip flight from either Boston or New York, six nights of first-class hotel accommodations with a daily Irish breakfast, a seven-day rental car with unlimited mileage and a 100 Ireland Guide and Ireland discount voucher booklet. Complete rules for both contests are available online at www.dbchampionship.com. No purchase necessary.
This year, the 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.”
Another new, exciting spectator venue lies at the 17th tee, called the Overlook. The Overlook is open to all spectators and features a unique atmosphere to socialize with friends, grab a glass of Beringer wine or a cocktail 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-decker 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 FedExCup trophy.
Also new this year is the Delta Global Pavilion, a VIP hospitality pavilion located adjacent to the exciting par-3 16th hole at TPC Boston. Tickets to the Delta Global Pavilion include complimentary premium food and beverage service, stadium seating, air conditioning 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. Very few tickets remain for Friday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s competition rounds in this exclusive, 200-capacity pavilion. Saturday’s second round has already sold out.
Deutsche Bank Championship week features a Red Sox Friends & Legends Pro-Am on Tuesday, professional practice round on Wednesday and the Championship Pro-Am on Thursday before the four-round, 72-hole PGA TOUR Playoff event takes place Friday-Monday (Labor Day).
Tuesday kicks off the Deutsche Bank Championship’s Military Appreciation Program – all active-duty U.S. military personnel, U.S. military retirees and other veterans receive complimentary grounds admission (with their military ID or proof of military service) for each day of the Deutsche Bank Championship. In addition, military members are invited to visit the Military Patriot Outpost, another new, air-conditioned venue that is located along the 17th fairway. The Military Patriot Outpost will supply free snacks, allowing military members to sit back, relax and enjoy watching exciting PGA TOUR Playoff golf.
Golf fans can also follow the latest news surrounding the Deutsche Bank Championship online by joining the Championship’s Facebook fan page atwww.facebook.com/DeutscheBankChampionship, the Championship’s official Twitter page at www.twitter.com/DBChampionship, and the Championship’s official LinkedIn page at http://www.linkedin.com/in/deutschebankchampionship.
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