NORTON, Mass. — As the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship gets under way on a sunny, breezy and cool Saturday at TPC Boston, here are some things to ponder. Give us your thoughts in the Comments section below.
1. We used to wonder: what will Phil do? But given his inconsistency on the weekends, the question seems to suit Tiger Woods, as well, these days. Before anyone says anything, we know this is just the second round of the tournament with an unusual Labor Day finish and Woods’ troubles of late have usually surfaced in the final two. It’s worth noting, though, how Woods follows up one of his most flawless rounds of the year.
2. How will the rookie respond? Seung-yul Noh was spot-on in shooting a bogey-free 62 that was one shot off the course record held by Vijay Singh and Mike Weir. Then Noh charmed with media with anecdotes like the one about frequently being mistaken for Kevin Na. He’s had a solid rookie year but this is uncharted territory. What will the second round bring?
3. Can Rory McIlroy, who entered the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked fourth in the FedExCup, make a move? He’s got his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, in the gallery for support after her first-round loss at the U.S. Open. But he only hit four fairways in the first round.
4. Ten players were projected to move into the top 70 in the FedExCup standings — the floor for entry into next week’s BMW Championship — after the first round. Granted, there are three rounds remaining to accrue points but if you don’t make the cut today and rank below 70th you are out of luck. Who do you think will respond to the pressure?