Contracts were signed Wednesday, just in time for this year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, and finally making the deal official. Deutsche Bank, the only title sponsor in tournament history, will remain in that role through at least 2016, after the bank reached an agreement on a four-year extension with the PGA Tour.
All signs pointed to the new deal, with Deutsche Bank Americas CEO Seth Waugh saying a month ago that a handshake agreement was in place. The announcement comes during tournament week, with play scheduled to start at TPC Boston on Friday. EMC will also remain the local presenting sponsor during the contract extension.
“We are delighted to announce the continuation of our title sponsorship through 2016,” Waugh said. “We are extremely proud of the success and positive impact the Deutsche Bank Championship has had over these first 10 years.”
The tournament has always been held over Labor Day weekend, and since 2007 has been the second of four events in the tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
“With today’s announcement, the Deutsche Bank Championship will continue its positive influence throughout the region and maintain its important role in the FedEx Cup playoffs,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. “We sincerely thank and congratulate Deutsche Bank for this new four-year commitment.”
Not Day’s year
It’s been a rather forgettable year for Jason Day, at least on the course. He and his wife, Ellie, welcomed their first child, son Dash, in July, which caused him to miss the British Open. He’s also dealt with injuries and not played well, with an eighth-place tie his best finish in only 14 tournaments.
Day needed a final-round 66 at Bethpage Black last Sunday to even qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s up to 88th in the points race, confident that a course he’s done well on — Day tied for third last year, and tied for second in 2010 — will mean a strong week. Strong enough so he can jump into the top 70 and advance to the BMW Championship.
“Knowing that I had the opportunity to win this tournament twice over the last two years is obviously big, and hopefully I can get it done this year,” Day said. “I think when my back is against the wall, I feel like I play the best. There’s a lot of pressure on myself, but I kind of like the feeling of having to try and catch up.”
Carrying on tradition
Worcester native Scott Stallings lives in Tennessee, but makes no secret of his loyalty to the Boston sports teams. He caught a foul ball off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury last year at one of the Red Sox-Yankees games during Deutsche Bank Championship week, and kept it in his golf bag for the tournament, in which he tied for 52d.
With the Red Sox struggling this year, Stallings is looking to switch things up a little, on two fronts.
“I had a Red Sox pin on my bag all year, and after the All-Star break, when things weren’t going very well, I took it off and actually made a request for a Patriots one,” said Stallings, who won this year’s True South Classic for his second tour victory. “And this year I was given a Jim Rice-signed baseball, so that’ll be in my bag all week. Hopefully, that’ll bring me a little bit more luck than the Jacoby one did last year.”
Pro-am times begin at 6:50 Thursday morning, with Tiger Woods off No. 1 in the first group . . . You might have to look closer to find Johnson Wagner this week. He recently shaved off his Magnum, P.I.-like mustache.