Local Knowledge: 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship
Series: Local Knowledge
This week the PGA Tour heads north for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. As PGA Head Professional David Corrado explains, players will be greeted by a toughened up course and arguably the most enthusiastic sports fans in the world. PGA.com: Thanks for joining us, David. Tell us a little about the atmosphere at TPC Boston right now on the heels of another Deutsche Bank Championship. Corrado: The level of excitement has been growing for weeks as the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship draws near. Boston prides itself on great sports with the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins and the Deutsche Bank Championship adds another great sporting event to the calendar each year. When the gates open on Tuesday there is sure to be a buzz in the air. PGA.com: It feels like there's always a tournament within a tournament at the Deutsche Bank Championship, whether it's Ryder Cup wildcard pick implications, Tiger Woods trying to maintain his No. 1 world ranking, or players jockeying for position in the FedExCup standings. Yet again, all three of those scenarios will play out this year. What's it like to know that, for many players, the Deutsche Bank Championship is one of the most important events in their respective season? Corrado: It's exciting to host such an important event each year. Anytime you have the top 100 players in the world competing on your golf course, there is sure to be a lot at stake. Every week the PGA Tour players put on a great show and this year's tournament will undoubtedly live up to the hype. PGA.com: The Deutsche Bank Championship has been played just seven times prior to this week and boasts a list of champions that rivals any top-tier event in golf. What does that say about the course and the tournament? Corrado: I think it is a real testament to the event and the course. The entire field knows they will have to play well to compete for the championship when arriving at TPC Boston. The course forces the players to hit quality shots from tee to green and will penalize any player for a mistake. We pride ourselves on improving the golf course each year and 2010 is no different. Since last year's event, changes have been made to the second and third holes making each more challenging. With the difficulty of No. 2 and No. 3 being far greater, players will put more pressure on themselves to make birdie on No. 1 and No. 4 to get their round going. PGA.com: Another intriguing element of the Deutsche Bank Championship is the fact that it provides the only scheduled Monday-finish on the PGA Tour. What has that meant to the tournament? I've been to all seven previously and I can certainly attest to the fact that it's one of the most family-centric, family-friendly events on Tour. Corrado: Having a Monday finish during Labor Day weekend allows this event to become a place where families can spend the weekend together and witness the best players in the world compete on a world class golf course. It's very important to us to make the event a place for families to spend their holiday weekend. With Kid Village located next to the clubhouse and the Kids Exhibition on Wednesday afternoon, the Deutsche Bank Championship provides an excellent opportunity to introduce children to the game of golf, which is great. PGA.com: Final question for you, David. We've had a magnificent summer in the Northeast with the exception of some rain last week. With that, how is the course playing? Will it be hard and fast? Corrado: The golf course took on a lot of water over four straight days of rain. Golf Course Superintendent, Tom Brodeur, and his staff have done an amazing job ensuring the golf course is in excellent condition for the tournament. The course drains very well and is firming up each day. We will have to see what the weather brings throughout the week but I am sure the players will have a good test of golf ready for them this weekend.