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Championship Pro-Am Wraps Up Pre-Tournament Festivities

52 players get final look at TPC Boston course prior to start of DBC on Friday.

The final pre-tournament event of this year’s Deutsche Bank Championship takes place on Thursday with the Championship Pro-Am at in Norton.

A total of 52 PGA Tour players will compete in the event. Webb Simpson begins the round at 6:50 a.m. at the first hole, while Phil Mickelson does the same at the 10th hole.

Matt Kuchar will begin the afternoon session, teeing off at the first hole at noon, while Hunter Mahan tees off at the 10th hole at the same time.

The ninth Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop of the FedExCup Playoffs, will then be held from Friday through Monday. It is the only PGA Tour event of the year that concludes on a Monday.

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Norton Soccer To Work Booth

As it turns out, both the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs will be working a concession stand this weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Lancer boys and girls will work the stand at the third tee on both Friday and Saturday. If there are too many of the players at the third-tee concession, some of the youngsters will move to the concession stand at the seventh tee.

This is a fundraiser for both programs, so please come support the local student-athletes and buy your concessions at their stands.

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Singh Lurking

With all the talk about the youngsters this week, one golfer to keep an eye on is Vijay Singh. Even though he has not won a tournament in 2011, he is currently eighth in the FedExCup playoff standings with 1,778 points.

Singh has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at TPC Boston, winning the tournament in 2004 and 2008. He was also second in 2006, fourth in 2003 and tied for 11th a year ago.

The 2008 FedExCup champion is also playing very well of late, finishing in a tie for fourth at the Wyndham Championship and finishing in a tie for third place during the hurricane-shortened Barclays last week in New Jersey.

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McGirt Makes Late Run

William McGirt used the final regular-season event of the year, the Wyndham Championship, to get into the FedExCup Playoffs. He entered the Barclays last week in 124th place, but moved up to 96th after tying for 24th place a week ago, earning himself a spot in this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in the process.

“I seem to play my best when my back is against the wall,” said McGirt on Wednesday afternoon. “Knock on wood, my back is against the wall again this week.”

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One Missing

Only one of the top 100 players in the FedExCup playoff standings will not compete in this week’s event as J.B Holmes withdrew from the tournament earlier this week.

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Garcia Trains With Revolution

PGA Tour star Sergio Garcia was a guest player at the New England Revolution’s practice at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. Garcia is in the area for this weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

A Spaniard and avid soccer fan, Garcia suited up and ran through an entire training session with the Revolution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Lower Practice Field at Gillette Stadium.

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Kids Clinic

As part of Community Wellness Day, The First Tee of Massachusetts Nine Core Values Skills Challenge competition for kids was held on Wednesday in the Deutsche Bank Hospitality Pavilion, which is located next to the clubhouse parking lot.

The skills challenge, which lasted two hours on Wednesday afternoon, consisted of stations that included questions about the Nine Core Values and the Nine Healthy Habits as well as tests of SNAG (Starting Now at Golf) golf skills, including putting, chipping, driving and more. SNAG is a modified version of golf that is often used to introduce children and beginners to the game.

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Weather concerns

After last week’s horrendous weather, it is no surprise that rain could affect play this weekend. And we won’t even talk about Hurricane Katia.

According to the National Weather Service, this is the upcoming forecast for Norton as of 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night:

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 8 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 8 a.m., otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind between 3 and 7 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Labor Day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

 

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