TPC Boston clubhouse

The flowers are in full bloom on the walkway leading to the TPC Boston clubhouse. (Staff photo by Tom Maguire)

In 2003, the PGA TOUR teamed with Deutsche Bank, the Tiger Woods Foundation and IMG to create the only official Monday finish on the PGA TOUR. This spectacular event that takes place at the Tournament Players Club of Boston over the Labor Day weekend brought PGA TOUR golf back to New England in dramatic style.

Backed by the support and commitment of eleven (11) top local, regional and national brands, the inaugural championship raised over $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities, setting the record for the largest charitable contribution for a first year event in the history of the PGA TOUR.

In 2004, the second annual Deutsche Bank Championship was not only another tremendous success. It also provided an incredible storybook finish as Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh dueled it out in the final round for the prestigious title of #1 player in the World. By virtue of his final round score of 69, Vijay finally dethroned Tiger, to end his five-year reign atop the World Golf Rankings and added just a little more to this now storied rivalry.

2004 also proved to be another great year for charity. Beyond the record-setting golf action, the Deutsche Bank Championship has now raised more than $2.9 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities. This commitment to philanthropy and community partnerships embodies the spirit behind the Deutsche Bank Championship and will be the driving force as we continue to make this event the best on the PGA TOUR.

In 2005, another Deutsche Bank Championship record was set by raising $1.6 million for charity bringing the three year total to $4.5 million. In addition to setting new records, the Deutsche Bank Championship created a new Kids Zone program that yielded very positive results. The Kids Zone program included our 10,000 square foot Funway USA & Cafe Kids Village and Kids Zones viewing areas for children with 'front row' viewing of golf. The Funway USA & Cafe Kids Village hosted a wealth of interactive activities for children and their parents including a putting green, arts-and-crafts area, PGA TOUR player autograph area, Boston Red Sox World Series trophy display and EA Sports Tiger Woods 2005 game area. The success of both these programs set a benchmark for the PGA tour and recorded another industry leading innovation created by the Deutsche Bank Championship and our partners.

In 2006, the Deutsche Bank Championship set another record by raising $2.6 million for charity which brought our total to over $7 million for four years. We also were honored to have Tiger Woods win his fifth straight PGA TOUR event in another dramatic shootout with Vijay Singh. This incredible competition allowed us to receive a championship record in network television ratings with a 3.8 rating on the final round. All in all, the 2006 Championship was another tremendous success. Aside from the golf action and charity contributions, the championship launched three significant programs that were all well received. The championship launched its first ever kick-off concert with Sheryl Crow and John Mayer. We also started both the Birdies for Charity program as well as our first ever DBC Junior Challenge Cup which was played over the weekend at Boston Golf Club.

After four amazing years of continued success, the Deutsche Bank Championship ushered in a new era of golf in 2007 as part of the first ever PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. As the second of four events within the new PGA TOUR Playoff system, the Deutsche Bank Championship delivered on all levels and proved to be arguably the best event in 2007 on the PGA TOUR. The top 120 professionals on the PGA TOUR converged on New England, with many competitors' stepping on the TPC Boston stage for the first time including Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen, Chris DiMarco, Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Another amazing chapter was added to the Deutsche Bank Championship story as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired in three out of the four competition rounds, including their final round pairing where they battled head to head for the Championship title. Phil emerged the victor by two strokes over Tiger. Mickelson joined the elite group of Deutsche Bank Championship winners that includes Tiger Woods, Olin Browne, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott. Phil Mickelson's win was his third of the season.

In 2007, along with the new Playoff format, the Championship also had a change in television partners as well as the 'new' golf course. New television partners The Golf Channel and NBC carried extended coverage of all four rounds of competition. The highly touted pairings and tight competition between Mickelson and Woods caught the attention of national and international audiences. On both Sunday and Monday the Deutsche Bank Championship led all sports related television ratings with the highest national ratings of 2.6 and 3.4.

In 2007, contributions to charity continued to be the measuring stick of success for the DBC as the 2007 Championship helped generate a Championship record $3.2 million for charity and as a result, we have now raised more than $10 million over 5 years.

In 2008, The Deutsche Bank Championship was held Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2008 at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. A field of 120 PGA TOUR players competed for a purse totaling $7 million and a $1.26-million winner's check in the second event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. This was the Deutsche Bank Championship's second year of inclusion in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and it brought forth yet another big-name, world-class champion. This time it was World No. 3 Vijay Singh who hoisted the unique, light blue, Wedgewood trophy, as he became the Championship's first two-time winner by matching the final-round record with an 8-under-par 63 on Labor Day Monday and beat second-place Mike Weir by five shots. Singh's record winning score of 64-66-69-63 — 262 was punctuated by a remarkable back nine in which he made three birdie putts of 35 feet or longer. In addition to spectacular tournament competition, the Deutsche Bank Championship established another Championship charity record in 2008 by generating $3.5 million for the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC), the Stop & Shop Family Foundation and many New England charities. In its six-year history, the Championship has generated nearly $14 million for charity.

In 2009 the top 100 players in the FedExCup points standings descended on TPC Boston, fans were treated to a Championship filled with drama, and it wasn’t until the final hole on Labor Day Monday that Steve Stricker secured victory and joined an impressive list of Deutsche Bank Championship winners that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh (twice), Adam Scott and Olin Browne. Stricker carded birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to shoot a final-round 67 and edge Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank by two strokes with a winning score of 17-under-par 267. Stricker not only took home the $1.35 million winner’s check from the Championship’s record $7.5 million purse, but also earned 2,500 FedExCup points and surged past Tiger Woods into the points lead heading into the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events. Stricker’s third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 20 events in 2009 vaulted him to a career-best No. 2 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking. Stricker’s late surge helped him break away from a crowded leaderboard, as 12 players started the final round within three strokes of the lead and 20 players were within five strokes. The dramatic climax to the tournament, along with the notable consequence that Stricker had leapt over the indomitable Woods in the FedExCup standings with his win, created a sentiment among many that suggested the 2009 Championship had become the highlight tournament of the three-year-old FedExCup Playoff system. The Championship continued to place an emphasis on supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities, and increased its total contributions over seven years to nearly $17 million.

2010 - Just when New England golf fans thought the Deutsche Bank Championship couldn’t possibly provide more excitement than it had already, the eighth installment of the region’s favorite Labor Day sports tradition thrilled once again.

In the fourth year of the Championship’s status as a PGA TOUR Playoffs event, it was Charley Hoffman who provided the spark, as the Southern California native noted for his long blond hair sprouting out from under his flat-billed cap and a personality just as bright set multiple Championship records en route to becoming the Deutsche Bank Championship’s seventh different winner and earning his second PGA TOUR victory.

Hoffman entered Labor Day four shots behind leader Jason Day and needing to leapfrog Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald to have any hope of catching the young Australian. He didn’t waste any time doing so. Hoffman carded four birdies in his first five holes (finishing the front nine in 3-under par) and then really got his game together on the back nine. He tied a Championship record for the back nine by shooting 6-under par 29, which also helped him set the record for lowest final-round score (62) and tie the record marks for lowest final score (262) and largest margin of victory (five strokes).

Day, Donald and Geoff Ogilvy tied for second at 17-under-par 267, but Hoffman took the drama out of the afternoon. By the time he birdied the 18th hole, there was little doubt that the $1.35 million winner’s check would be his and that he would gain the 2,500 FedExCup points necessary to vault him to No. 2 in the standings heading to the third of four PGA TOUR Playoffs events.

In 2011, Webb Simpson added his name to the DBC winner's list, by shooting a final-round 65 to force a playoff with Chez Reavie, which he won with a birdie on the second playoff hole for his second PGA Tour title.

Rory McIlroy began the final round of the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship trailing Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes, but finished with a 67 to nip Oosthuizen by one stroke to win. It marked one of McIlroy's four PGA Tour titles for the season.

Henrik Stenson reigned supreme at the 2013 DBC, tying the tournament scoring record at 262, 22-under par, to win by two strokes over Steve Stricker. It was Stenson's third PGA Tour victory, but his first since 2009. Stenson went on to the Tour Championship three weeks later and claimed the FedEx Cup.

In 2014, Chris Kirk emerged from a tightly packed field on the final day with a 66 in the final round of the DBC to win by two strokes. Kirk finished at 15-under 269, edging third-round leader Russell Henley, who was among a trio or runner-ups including Geoff Ogilvy and Billy Horschel. It was Kirk's third career PGA Tour win.

Trailing by three shots early on the back nine in the final round of the 2015 DBC, Rickie Fowler sank a 40-foot putt on the 14th hole to pull within one and then seized control when Henrik Stenson carded a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole. Fowler closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-shot victory that assured him of a spot in the top five at the Tour Championship. While Fowler added to his wins as The Players Championship and Scottish Open earlier in the year, Stenson settled for his fourth runner-up finish of the year.

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