The Barclays will decide Boston field
The battle for Boston begins on Thursday, with The Barclays reducing the FedEx Cup playoff field to the 100 players who will be eligible to compete in the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at TPC Boston in Norton.
The Barclays will be played for the first time at Bethpage Black on Long Island, which was the site of the 2002 and 2009 US Opens. The top 125 players on the PGA Tour’s seasonlong points list qualified for The Barclays, but only 123 will play.
Jason Dufner, No. 2 in the standings, has elected to skip the opener, since his spot in the Deutsche Bank — and the BMW Championship and very likely the Tour Championship — is already secure. Spencer Levin won’t be at Bethpage Black after the sudden death of his brother, Blake. In a statement released by the PGA Tour, Levin’s agent, Kevin Canning, said, “Spencer will be returning to the PGA Tour as soon as time and family will allow.” Levin is 45th in the points standings, his spot at TPC Boston also guaranteed.
James Driscoll needs a good week on Long Island to play at home. Driscoll, who lives in Boston and grew up playing at Charles River Country Club, is 115th on the points list. He’ll need to move up at least 15 places if he wants to play in the Deutsche Bank for the first time since 2006, when the playoff format didn’t exist.
Other big names outside the top 100 looking for a big move this week: Boo Weekley (No. 123), Jerry Kelly (122), Trevor Immelman (114), Jason Day (113), and US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love (105).
John Daly is 140th on the points list and thus isn’t eligible for The Barclays, so he’ll try the Web.com Tour, playing in this week’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tickets for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship are still available at the tournament’s website (www.dbchampionship.com), with multiple packages, such as daily, weekly, rope-side, and premium seating, being offered. Another option is the good-any-day ticket, which can be used as a voucher for whatever day you’d like to attend. Those tickets are only available at any of the area Golf Town stores.
Ed Kirby lost his lead early in the final round, but was steady down the stretch, making three birdies over his final 11 holes to win the New England PGA Championship Wednesday at Salem Country Club. Kirby, a former touring professional who is now the head professional at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, R.I., closed with a 70 and completed three rounds at 9-under-par 205. He earned $14,000 for the victory. Jeff Seavey, who caught Kirby with two early birdies, finished a shot back after a final-round 68 . . . Paul Lei of Middleton shot a second-round 71 and was alone in seventh at 3-over 143 at the American Junior Golf Association’s Junior All-Star at Townsend Ridgein Townsend. Matthew Naumec of Wilbraham also had 71 and is in eighth, a shot behind Lei. Zach Tracy (71-68) of Houston leads by one shot heading into Thursday’s final round. In the girls’ division, Helen Dailey (76-82) of Wellesley is in eighth, 14 shots behind leader Jayshree Sarathy of Palo Alto, Calif.
Duncan Gratton and his son, John, rolled to a three-shot victory in the senior division of the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Father & Son Championship, shooting a 4-under 67 at Crestwood Country Club. The Dedham Golf & Polo Club team earned its first MGA title, beating five teams tied for second at 70: Mark Souliotis and Michael Souliotis (Haverhill Country Club), Bruce Carter (Blackstone) and Bruce Carter Jr. (Green Hill), James Drohen (Crystal Lake) and Bill Drohen (Brookmeadow), David Pierce and David Pierce Jr. (Country Club of Halifax), and Jim Ruschioni and Jay Ruschioni (Wachusett). In the junior division, also held at Crestwood, Richard Citrano (Bear Hill) and Rich Citrano (Andover) won the junior division, shooting an even-par 71 to edge three teams by one stroke. Tom Lennon and Matt Lennon (Wampatuck), James Ryan and Sean Ryan (Worthington), and T.J. Ryan and Trevor Ryan (Worcester) tied for second . . . Pam Kuong of Charles River Country Club was one of nine qualifiers for the US Senior Women’s Amateur Sept. 8-13 at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club. Kuong shot 75 at Wellesley Country Club and was the medalist. Christine Gagner of North Oxford and Robyn St. Clair of Newton each had 79 and also advanced . . . Colin Brennan shot a two-day total of 7-under 137, including a course-record 65 at Far Corner Golf Course in the final round, to win the North Shore Amateur by four shots over Josh Salah (66-75) . . . Dick Connolly, who has been the chair for all 30 of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation golf tournaments, will be honored with a research grant being named in his honor at this year’s event, Sept. 11 at The International in Bolton.