Deutsche Bank Champ. fan's guide

What you need to know about the PGA Tour event in our backyard

Updated: September 2, 2010, 4:33 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

The Deutsche Bank Championship is an annual event on the PGA Tour and, since 2007, the second of four tournaments that comprise the FedExCup's playoff series. The stroke-play tournament, which was first held in 2003, takes place at the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., and is contested on a par-71, 7,214-yard layout (tour the course).

The top 100 players (based on points from the FedExCup's standings after the Barclays) qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship, which has raised $17 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and New England charities. A win at the tournament is worth 2,500 points -- five times more than a regular-season tournament win -- and the top 70 players in points after the Deutsche Bank Championship move on to the third event in the FedExCup playoffs, the BMW Championship.

Held on Labor Day weekend, the Deutsche Bank Championship is unique in that it is scheduled to finish on a Monday, unlike regular PGA tournaments. The winner will receive $1.35 million of a total purse of $7.5 million. The defending champion is Steve Stricker, who birdied the last two holes at TPC Boston to win 2009's Deutsche Bank Championship.

SCHEDULE

  • Friday, Sept. 3: First round of competition
    Start time: 7 am (Gate hours 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
    TV: Golf Channel -- 3-6 p.m. ET (also available on ESPN3)
  • Saturday, Sept. 4: Second round
    Start time: 7 am (Gate hours 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
    TV: Golf Channel -- 3-6 p.m. ET (also available on ESPN3)
  • Sunday, September 5: Third round
    Start time: 8:30 a.m. (Gate hours 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
    TV: NBC -- 3-6 p.m. ET (also available on ESPN3)
  • Monday, Sept. 6: Final round
    Start time: 8 a.m. (Gate hours 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
    TV: NBC -- 3-6 p.m. ET (also available on ESPN3)

WEATHER

Hurricane Earl will approach the coast of Massachusetts late Friday, bringing with it rain and high winds. While the exact timing is still unclear, it appears the bad weather will arrive in Norton on Friday afternoon and continue into the evening, dumping 1-2 inches of rain before tapering off Saturday morning. Most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday look clear. Click here for the latest forecast.

TEE TIMES

Click for Friday's first-round tee times (Tiger Woods tees off from the 10th hole at 11:42 a.m.)

TICKETS

Tickets for the Deutsche Bank Championship are still available. To purchase them, call 877-TIX-4DBC.

DIRECTIONS

The TPC Boston is located at 400Arnold Palmer Boulevard in Norton, Mass. Click here for directions.

SPECTATOR DOS AND DON'TS

Courtesy of tournament organizers:

  • Bring bug spray/sunscreen.
  • Leave cell phones, PDAs and pagers in your car. Security will be wanding each guest for electronics prior to allowing them onto the shuttle buses. Any person with one of these prohibited items will be required to return them to their vehicle prior to boarding the bus.
  • Display your ticket/credential at all times while on property.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and familiarize yourself with the First Aid Stations located around the course.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. You will be outdoors most, if not all of the time that you are on property.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Cameras are strictly prohibited during the competition rounds and patrons will be required to return any prohibited items to their vehicles prior to boarding the shuttles.
  • Your Deutsche Bank Championship credential/ticket must be displayed at all times.
  • No refunds, exchanges or replacements for lost or stolen tickets. Once admitted to the grounds, there is no re-entry.
  • Children 15 and under receive complimentary grounds admission when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
  • During the official competition rounds (Friday - Monday), players will not sign autographs during their round until it is completed. An autograph area will be designated. Players have the option to use this area.

PARKING

  • All spectator parking will be located at the Comcast Center. There will be no parking near or on-site for general spectators.
  • A parking fee of $10 per vehicle will be collected upon entrance to the Comcast Center grounds.

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