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Deutsche Bank Championsip 2015: Four 3-ball plays for day one in Boston

Bubba Watson looks a big price to outscore Spieth and Day during round one in Boston
Bubba Watson looks a big price to outscore Spieth and Day during round one in Boston

The FedEx Cup play-offs continue with the second leg at TPC Boston, where 99 players will be reduced to 70 in their quest to win the overall series. Dan Geraghty provides his best bets from the opening round three-balls...

Recommended Bets

Back Phil Mickelson @ [2.4] (14:42)

Back Rory McIlroy @ [2.1] (15:06)

Back Bubba Watson @ [3.9] (15:30)

Back Chris Kirk @ [3.5] (19:04)

The well known saying horses for courses is perhaps as apt for golf as it is for horse racing. Last week Phil Mickelson struggled to 50th place at Plainfield CC, a course he has traditionally struggled on; however, this week the Tour turns up at TPC Boston, a venue Mickelson claims is one of his favourite on the rota, a course he won on in 2007. We can expect a much better performance from Lefty as he attempts to improve his FedEx cup position of 52 and put himself in frame for a Presidents Cup role. David Hearn and Cameron Triangle oppose. Both have played far more than Phil Mickelson's 17 tournaments to reach this FedEx Cup position - Hearn 28 starts, Triangle 26.


Despite missing last week's Barclays, Rory McIlory sits in a comfortable 15th place in the FedEx Cup standings. The world number one is now fighting fit and raring to go, and if he needs extra motivation approaching this year's playoffs, last week the outstanding Jason Day provided it. Now it is not just Jordan Spieth McIlroy need worry about in the battle for the coveted world number one position; Day is in the form of his life and within touching distance of the top spot. Despite the absence of Tiger Woods, the playoffs have a real excitement about them this year. A thrilling battle is in store. Back McIlroy to serve an early reminder that he's still the man to beat. Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner are his playing partners in round one, neither can match the world number one's form here.


Bubba Watson - Steve Rawlings' only pre-event pick - outscoring playing partners Jason Day and Jordan Spieth on day one represents a huge challenge but at the prices I can't resist backing him once more. The mercurial lefty's form at the Deutsche Bank has traditionally left a bit to be desired but he has remarkably finished in the top five in almost half of his starts this season; while he remains in such majestic form he must be backed as the outsider in a three-ball, no matter who the opposition is.


Thanks to a broken bone in his hand (that occurred while playing with his young children at home), Chris Kirk doesn't have much recent form to his name, however, there's much to recommend him this week, at a nice price. Kirk made his return from injury at last week's Barclays and missed the cut following a rusty, first round 76; however there was much to be encouraged by in his second round 68 and Kirk approaches this week (as defending champion) with confidence. Despite his forced absence the American sits in a healthy 39th place in the FedEx Cup standings and further motivation is provided by the impending Presidents Cup; Kirk currently occupies the final automatic spot (10th) and is eager to avoid further agony following his 2014 Ryder Cup disappointment.


Recommended Bets

Back Phil Mickelson @ [2.4] (14:42)
Back Rory McIlroy @ [2.1] (15:06)
Back Bubba Watson @ [3.9] (15:30)
Back Chris Kirk @ [3.5] (19:04)


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2015 Two/Three-Ball P&L:


+31.12pts

*Based on one point per selection

Dan Geraghty,