Deutsche Bank Championship final round notebook

Nate Crossman

The beauty of Deutsche Bank Americas CEO Seth Waugh, the unofficial host of the Deutsche Bank Championship tournament, is he's as much of a golf fan as he is a hedge-fund millionaire.

And as a golf fan, Waugh doesn't want to see the field for the Deutsche Bank shrink any smaller.

"It's a great product, and I think we can't do that with a small field," Waugh said. "Part of me says it would be nice to have 144, but the other half says you want to have it matter. So are the numbers right? I think they're pretty close to right. I'm fine with 120. I don't know if I'd want to be a lot less than that, for just the total experience for what we're trying to do."

Last weekend's The Barclays is the only FedEx Cup playoff series tournament with a full field. The Deutsche Back had 120, next week's BMW Championship will have the best 70, and The TOUR Championship in two weeks will have the top 30 from the BMW.

Aside from the full field, Waugh also misses having sponsor's exemptions. Two of the past winners - Adam Scott and Olin Browne – won the tournament after receiving sponsor's exemptions.

Overall, however, Waugh thought the Deutsche Bank's first dance with the FedEx Cup was a success.

"I would say it's above my expectations from five years ago, but it's what my hopes were for this year," Waugh said. "As Tiger said on Thursday when somebody asked him what are you working on in your game? He said, 'everything.'"

FedEx fun

Mickelson may choose not to play in this weekend's BMW Championship, but several of his colleagues played their way right out of the 70-player field.

Nobody suffered more of a meltdown than Steve Flesch. Flesch entered the final round in 70th, but bogeyed six of his last eight holes to finish in 71st.

On the other end of the spectrum, rookie John Mallinger, who began the day in 71st, birdied three of his final four holes to finish 61st.

Bo Van Pelt started the day in 71st, but fired a 4-under-par 68 to finish in 70th.

Boston rules

Although you get the impression that PGA Tour players are like band members who tell every city that they're the best, players none the less raved about the TPC Boston stop not only for the quality of play but also its atmosphere. Tiger Woods, already a fan, said that TPC Boston fans provided an edge that has been missing for much of the season.

"All year it's been kind of dead," Woods said. (Washington) D.C. was kind of rowdy and here it was rowdy. It was nice to see some atmosphere."

Said Mickelson: "There were some fun, funny comments. It was an electrifying crowd. There were so many people that came out to support this event."

Chip shots

Because of a few withdrawals, there were an odd number of players in the field after the cut. As a result, Mark Calcavecchia played by himself yesterday in the first "pairing." He accomplished the feat in a blistering two  hours, seven minutes. ... Mickelson won for the first time in Massachusetts but not the first time in New England; he has two Greater Hartford Opens to his credit.