NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods, the 2006 Dell Technologies Championship winner, and defending champion Justin Thomas both announced their commitments to the Dell Technologies Championship August 30 – September 3, the second of four FedExCup Playoffs events. Woods will be making his first start at TPC Boston since 2013, with a victory, two runner-ups, and two additional top-10s in nine career starts in Boston. Meanwhile, Thomas, the reigning FedExCup champion, will head back to Boston and the Playoffs looking to become the first player in PGA TOUR history to defend his FedExCup title.
Woods also committed to the FedExCup Playoffs’ first event, THE NORTHERN TRUST, ensuring that he’ll make his return to the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since 2013 when he finished second in the FedExCup standings to Henrik Stenson despite five victories on the season.
In 12 starts this season, the 79-time PGA TOUR winner has recorded four top-10s, with a season-best runner-up at the Valspar Championship in March. Woods, a two-time FedExCup champion (2007, 2009), is currently No. 47 in the FedExCup standings following a T6 at The Open Championship and T4 at the Quicken Loans National in his last two starts. His T6 at The Open Championship helped him play his way inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking to earn a spot in the field at this week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he’s won eight times.
Thomas, who outdueled Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman down the stretch for a three-shot victory in Boston, has committed to defend his title after posting his fifth victory of the season a year ago en route to winning the FedExCup with a runner-up finish at the TOUR Championshipthree weeks later. Thomas joined Rory McIlroy as the second consecutive winner of the Dell Technologies Championship to go on and win the season-long FedExCup points race after winning in Boston.
“I’m really excited to get back,” said Thomas. “It’s a place that I liked when I first went there even though I didn’t play well the first few years, but I liked the golf course and Jimmy had had some success there with Strick. So that was another comforting factor for me. It’s a fun week. I love the city of Boston, great fans, good sports fans, and should be a good week.”
Thomas, an avid Boston Red Sox fan, had missed the cut in 2016 and recorded a T56 in 2015 in his first two starts at TPC Boston but recorded rounds of 71-67-63-66—267 (-17) to run away from the field on the weekend. The statement shot from his victory a year ago was his drive into the par-4 fourth hole, which he hit to 32 feet and then rolled in the putt for eagle after Jordan Spieth had briefly charged into the lead with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start on his first four holes to rile up the Boston crowd.
“I don’t think I would have been able to win the FedExCup without the win in Boston,” Thomas said.
The 25-year-old with eight PGA TOUR victories to his credit is currently second in the FedExCup standings behind Dustin Johnson. In 17 starts this season, Thomas has posted wins at both THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES and The Honda Classic and has four additional top-10s.
Current FedExCup points leader and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who won last week’s RBC Canadian Open, is already committed to this year’s Dell Technologies Championship as well as Masters Tournament winner Patrick Reed, U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, and THE PLAYERS Championship winner Webb Simpson.
Tickets remain on sale for this year’s Dell Technologies Championship with tickets starting at $35 and Good-Any-One-Day Grounds tickets going for $70. Weekly grounds tickets are on sale for $205.
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About the Dell Technologies Championship
The Dell Technologies Championship has been the premier professional sports event on Labor Day weekend in the Greater Boston area for 15 years. Since Adam Scott won the inaugural event at TPC Boston in 2003, the championship has generated over $28 million for local & national charities. The list of heralded champions also includes Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas. The Dell Technologies Championship occupies a prominent position on the PGA TOUR schedule as the second of four events in the TOUR’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, and annually welcomes the top 100 players on the FedExCup Points List to Boston. This year’s championship will take place August 30 – September 3.
(Featured Image – Tiger Wood: photo courtesy of The PGA Tour | Justin Thomas: photo by Kristen Brault)