Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day

Greg Ball of BZA Public Relations and Deutsche Bank Championship Director Eric Baldwin
I attended the Deutsche Bank Championship Media Day at TPC Boston in Norton yesterday. The weather gods obviously heard my chant for there was a break in the rain and glorious golfin' weather was had all 'round! The format for the outing was Net Ball and we had the opportunity to preview the changes in the course which was tons of fun. I saw lots of friends too! T.J. Auclair from PGATOUR.com and Alan Segal of WBZ fame, now doin some work on ESPN 890 in Boston and Greg Simeone of Harmon Golf. I even met some new friends! Pat Eastman - a freelance photog and insane scorekeeper (boy does she know her "rules!") was instrumental in leading our team to our third place finish, plus she also won the women's longest drive contest and I have a new Twitter friend - Mike Petraglia from WEEI! He was "tweeting" during the press conference but he claims that he didn't "tweet" while playing his round! His handle on Twitter is "Trags" just in case you wanna follow Boston Sports! The Deutsche Bank Championship is on Twitter as well @ "DBChampionship" so you can follow all the tournament action in real time! During the press conference via telephone with Defending Champ Vijay Singh he was asked about the state of his game and he said "I've taken two weeks off, I've really practiced hard, and physically I'm in good shape. My knee is pretty much 100 percent and there's no excuses there. So I'm just looking forward to going out there for the Bridgestone this week and then the PGA, and then I'm ready for the playoffs. I think I'm going to have a strong finish here coming up these next few events. " Vijay was in a jovial mood and was saying what a great boost Tom Watson's run at the British Open was for all of the guys on tour that thought they may be over the hill! Defending champion Vijay Singh is the only two-time winner in the event's 6 year history (2004 and 2008). The field is comprised of the top 100 players on the FedExCup points list. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the only scheduled Monday finish (Labor Day) on the PGA Tour and is the second of four events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. This is also the "greenest" Deutsche Bank Championship yet and is the first PGA Tour event to be certified "carbon neutral." Championship Director Eric Baldwin, BZA Public Relations liaison Greg Ball and TPC Boston General Manager Brad Williams couldn't be any nicer, they created a perfect day for the media! I can't wait for Labor Day Weekend! For more information about the tournament go to www.dbchampionship.com

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