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The Dell Technologies Championship kicks off this Labor Day weekend in Massachusetts at the difficult TPC Boston course. The event is the second of the four FedEx Cup Playoffs, after last week’s Northern Trust whittled the field down to 100. The top 75 FedEx points leaders following this weekend’s action will head into next week’s penultimate BMW Championship as the postseason heats up. The Dell Technologies Championship, founded in 2003, has been instrumental in setting up golfers for FedEx Cup success. In three of the past five seasons, the winner of this event has gone on to win the FedEx Cup. The most recent golfer to do this was last year’s winner Justin Thomas.
Defending Champion Justin Thomas
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Justin Thomas only turned professional in 2013 and at 25 is one of the younger faces of the PGA Tour. However, a strong 2017 saw Thomas win his first major at the PGA Championship and a further three PGA Tour events. Thomas entered the postseason second in the standings, but had fallen back to third as he teed off at the Dell Technologies Championship. Thomas was incredibly consistent throughout the tournament and shot only 2 bogeys over the four rounds. He entered into the final 7 holes tied with Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman, however Spieth and Leishman both carded multiple bogeys as Thomas held his nerve to claim the championship, his fifth win of the season. Thomas would end the postseason with a runners-up finish at the Tour Championship to give him enough points to claim the FedEx Cup. Thomas has followed up his postseason glory with a strong 2018 season, winning 3 events including the WGC-Bridgestone invitational and enters the weekend’s event in third place, coincidentally the same position he was in last year.
Dell Technologies Championship Preview
Thomas remains a top contender to be the tournament’s first repeat champion. However, a strong field should provide him plenty of competition. Rickie Fowler completes his injury comeback to compete while Rory McIlroy also enters the tournament fresh after he skipped last week’s Northern Trust. Henrik Stenson will also look to recover from the elbow injury that forced him to pull out of last week’s event. Bryson DeChambeau tries to build on his win at the Northern Trust to stay at the top of the points ranking while number two Dustin Johnson looks a strong contender as well. Tiger Woods remains in contention at 25 in the points standings as his career revitalization continues on schedule. With only the best golfers playing in Boston, picking a favorite is a nearly impossible task.