It may have a new name, but the Dell Technologies Championship is set to welcome the top players on the PGA Tour back to the Boston area for a 15th consecutive year on Labor Day weekend.
Late last year, the second FedExCup Playoffs event, formerly known as the Deutsche Bank Championship, was given a new name: the Dell Technologies Championship. Long-time tournament supporter, sponsor and Founders Club partner, EMC (now Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies) thus became the new title sponsor of the popular event.
The second of four FedExCup Playoffs events, which invites the top 100 players in the FedExCup standings and will likely include top players such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, will be held Sept. 1-4 at TPC Boston, with a traditional Monday Labor Day finish.
Since Adam Scott won the inaugural event at TPC Boston in 2003, the championship has generated over $27 million for local and national charities. The list of champions includes Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and defending champion McIlroy.
“We are excited to continue to showcase the best players the PGA Tour has to offer here at TPC Boston,” said Executive Director Rich Brady. “The championship has become a staple in the Boston community over the past 14 years, and we look forward to continuing that tradition in 2017.”
The now Dell Technologies Championship was originally introduced in 2003 as the PGA Tour returned to the Boston market for the first time since the last New England Classic was held in 1998. With the introduction of the FedExCup in 2007, the tournament was elevated to its current position as the second FedExCup Playoffs event.
Last year, McIlroy shot a final-round 65 to overcome a six-stroke deficit to win his second Dell Technologies Championship (2012). The Northern Irishman went on to win the Tour Championship three weeks later in a four-hole sudden-death playoff, and subsequently the FedExCup.
Alterations were made this year to two holes on the TPC Boston course, the 12th and 13th. An effort led by Hanse.
New tees were constructed on the 12th hole, moving them away from both the 11th green as well as the adjacent practice facility. Native grasses (fescue), two fairway bunkers and a dramatic ridge were constructed to improve the aesthetics of the hole while also creating a split-level fairway; ultimately creating a dramatic view of the green on the player’s approach. The green itself was relocated approximately 25 yards, moving it away from a wetland hazard that the previous green was perched over.
On No. 13, the left side of the fairway landing zone was re-contoured, providing more generous tee shot options for players. The green was also relocated approximately 25 yards farther back from its previous location and now runs south to north from the fairway. Five “New England Style” greenside bunkers were added and the green was reshaped to provide better access to receive shots from golfers of all skill levels.
Weekly grounds tickets, Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, are currently available for purchase for $175 and weekly passes to the HarborOne Champions Club, an upgraded ticket option that grants access to a climate-controlled space on the 17th tee, are available for $300. In addition, a limited number of Weekly Greenside at 17 packages are available at the regular price of $650.
Dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 4
Where: TPC Boston, Norton, Ma.
Purse: $8.5 million
Winner’s Share: $1.575 million
FedEx Cup Points: 2,000
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy
Tickets: For information on availability and prices, visit www.DellTechnologiesChampionship.com
The Rub of the Green: Dell Technologies takes over for former title sponsor Deutsche Bank this year; this is the second of four stops on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs, with the ultimate prize being the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus; the Top 100 ranked players on the FedExCup Points List will tee it up at the event; McIlroy, the defending FedExCup winner, overcame a six-stroke deficit to win last year’s tournament by two shots over Paul Casey; this is the 15th year of the tournament, which is played at the par-71, 7,216-yard TPC Boston; the layout was originally crafted by Arnold Palmer and remodeled by Gil Hanse and PGA Tour player Brad Faxon in 2007. Hanse reworked the 12th and 13th holes for this year’s tournament; the course won “Best New Private Remodel in the United States” from Golf Digest in 2007; McIlroy and Vijay Singh have won the event twice, and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson once each; the event has has generated over $27 million for local & national charities since 2003.
Up Close and Personal with PGA Tour’s Elite
The top players on the PGA Tour will be at the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., confines over the Labor Day weekend competing in the second round of the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs, the newly coined Dell Technologies Championship. With a number of ticket packages that bring you front and center, you’ll get to know the players on a first name basis.
Rory McIlroy, the reigning FedExCup champion and two-time Dell Technologies Championship winner will defend his title at TPC Boston. With his win last year outside Boston, he became the third player to win the Dell Technologies Championship and the FedExCup in the same season (Vijay Singh, 2008 / Henrik Stenson, 2013). He finished 15-under at last year’s event, two shots better than Paul Casey. McIlroy, a 27-year-old from Northern Ireland, is a 26-time winner around the world. He won the 2011 U.S. Open by eight shots, then added victories at the 2012 PGA Championship, the 2014 British Open and, a month later, at the 2014 PGA Championship. After winning at TPC Boston last year, McIlroy won the TOUR Championship in Atlanta to secure the FedExCup crown as the season champion.
Dustin Johnson is enjoying one of his finest seasons on Tour. The 33-year-old had bagged three wins through the first half of the year to bring his impressive career total to 15. One of the Tour’s best all-around players from tee to green, Johnson has one major win, the 2016 U.S. Open, to his credit. Ranked as the world’s No. 1 player as of July of this year, Johnson won the money title in 2016 and was again atop the cash list as mid-summer rolled around.
Arguably the most charismatic and fun player to watch on Tour, Jordan Spieth has posted a remarkable 10 wins on the PGA Tour despite being only 24. Indeed, he tied the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods and became the second youngest golfer (behind Woods) to win the Masters. He then won the 2015 U.S. Open, the youngest U.S. Open champion since the great Bobby Jones in 1923. He won the Travelers Championship in June when he holed out from a bunker on the 18th hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger. He also won the 2017 Open Championship in dramatic fashion.
Jason Day, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour spent the majority of 2016 as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. The 29-year-old from Australia has earned nine of his 10 Tour titles since the start of the 2014 season and won five tournaments in 2015, including two FedExCup Playoff events and the PGA Championship, his first major victory. He added three more wins in 2016.
Justin Thomas already owns three victories on Tour this season. The 23-year-old successfully defended his title at the 2016 CIMB Classic in Malaysia–his victory there in 2015 marked his first career Tour win, and then pulled off the Hawaiian Slam in January, winning the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in consecutive weeks. He opened with a 59 at the Sony Open, where he eventually broke the PGA Tour’s 72-hole scoring record.