TPC Boston Provides McIlroy with an Ideal Platform to Hit Top Gear
The FedEx Cup continues with the Dell Technologies Championship, and it hands Rory McIlroy a leading chance to get a second win of the year.
The former world number one has endured a frustrating couple of years, and his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March proved to be something of a false dawn – as he followed up that success with a string of frustrating efforts, notably a near miss in the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
This column is a big fan of McIlroy, and in what is set to be a hugely important month for the player and European golf, things could slot into place for him to return to the winner’s circle.
With the Ryder Cup looming, Europe captain Thomas Bjorn would love to see his talisman hit top form, so the incentive is there for McIlroy to engage top gear.
And the venue hands him the ideal shot at doing just that. Aside from Quail Hollow, which incidentally is a similar layout to this week’s course, TPC Boston is arguably the best suited to his game of any PGA Tour track.
McIlroy has two wins to his name, in 2012 and 2016, and the latter of which was seriously impressive as he reeled in Paul Casey with final rounds of 66 and 65 for a two-stroke win.
Putting has often been McIlroy’s Achilles heel, but he is comfortable on the bentgrass greens of TPC Boston, and with rain forecast for the area to soften the course he will be able to go flag hunting – and he is at his best when able to fire freely at the pins.
McIlroy will arrive in Boston fresh, having been absent since a 50th-place finish at the PGA Championship. The 29-year-old has never been one to require a recent outing to fine-tune his game, so arriving at the event well rested will not be any sort of handicap.
There is plenty in favour of supporting McIlroy, and an added bonus is the depth of the field he will face at TPC Boston. Being a FedEx Cup event, and the huge pot on the horizon, star names are towards the head of the betting – meaning McIlroy is a backable price at 17.0 with 188BET.
When he’s on his game, McIlroy is a match for any player in world golf so facing the likes of world number one Dustin Johnson (10.0), Justin Thomas (11.0), Brooks Koepka (13.0) and Jason Day (15.0) will hold no terrors for McIlroy.
It’s purely a case of whether he can bring his A-Game to Massachusetts, and we’re prepared to take a punt on that being the case.