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    • Jason Day is coming off a T2 at The Barclays and appears to be healthy as the FedExCup Playoffs continue. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images) Jason Day is coming off a T2 at The Barclays and appears to be healthy as the FedExCup Playoffs continue. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

    There is a general correlation between the level of difficulty of a golf course and the field it attracts. The deviation from this is what makes the Deutsche Bank Championship especially entertaining.

    TPC Boston is a pushover year after year. Whether that's because the top 100 in the FedExCup standings qualify and therefore the field is inherently strong, the fact remains that a high percentage of the best golfers in the world get to floor it as soon as they stick their first tee in the turf on the par 36-35=71 racetrack. Last year's scoring average of 69.207 was a tournament record (and second-lowest among par 71s in 2013). Defending champion Henrik Stenson matched the all-time aggregate low of 22-under 262. He led the field in greens in regulation (61), went 9-for-11 in scrambling (T6) and holed 25 birdies. Of course, he went on to win the FedExCup.


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    The 7,216-yard layout in Norton, Massachusetts, was the most difficult par 71 on the schedule at +1.611 strokes to par in 2006. Thanks to numerous changes and scoring- and spectator-friendly enhancements by Hanse Golf Course Design, TPC Boston has averaged under par in every edition since.

    The Deutsche Bank Championship is a scheduled Friday start and Labor Day finish. The early weather forecast looks good for the first two rounds. A threat for rain and thunderstorms enters the picture by Sunday. Winds may freshen as it rolls in. Comfortable temperatures are expected with a cooling come Monday.

    POWER RANKINGS: DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed

    Flashed taut form at Ridgewood en route to T9; ranked T12 in GIR, fourth in proximity, second in scrambling. Won another shootout (Humana).

    Flashed taut form at Ridgewood en route to T9; ranked T12 in GIR, fourth in proximity, second in scrambling. Won another shootout (Humana).

    2 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy

    After three straight wins, a T22 at Ridgewood feels like an open frame. Went bogey-free 65 in second round. Winner at TPC Boston in 2012.

    After three straight wins, a T22 at Ridgewood feels like an open frame. Went bogey-free 65 in second round. Winner at TPC Boston in 2012.

    3 Jason Day Jason Day

    Stumbled early at Ridgewood, but recovered to share second place; ranked first in par breakers. He's 6-for-6 at TPC Boston; two top threes.

    Stumbled early at Ridgewood, but recovered to share second place; ranked first in par breakers. He's 6-for-6 at TPC Boston; two top threes.

    4 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar

    Eliminated residual doubt about his sore back with a T5 at The Barclays, his 11th top 10 of the season. T4 at TPC Boston last year.

    Eliminated residual doubt about his sore back with a T5 at The Barclays, his 11th top 10 of the season. T4 at TPC Boston last year.

    5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk

    A machine. Top 10s in four of last five starts and nine on the season; T8 at Barclays. Perfect in nine tries at TPC Boston; three top 10s.

    A machine. Top 10s in four of last five starts and nine on the season; T8 at Barclays. Perfect in nine tries at TPC Boston; three top 10s.

    6 Hunter Mahan Hunter Mahan

    Emergent form and timely putting converged for his Barclays' title. Led or co-led the field in GIR at Firestone, Valhalla and Ridgewood.

    Emergent form and timely putting converged for his Barclays' title. Led or co-led the field in GIR at Firestone, Valhalla and Ridgewood.

    7 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler

    A T9 at Ridgewood was his fifth consecutive top 10. His adjusted scoring is down 1.276 strokes since the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

    A T9 at Ridgewood was his fifth consecutive top 10. His adjusted scoring is down 1.276 strokes since the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

    8 Adam Scott Adam Scott

    Winner of the inaugural DBC in 2003, he's 9-for-9 with four more top 10s. No worse than a pair of T15s in his last seven starts this season.

    Winner of the inaugural DBC in 2003, he's 9-for-9 with four more top 10s. No worse than a pair of T15s in his last seven starts this season.

    9 Gary Woodland Gary Woodland

    Two top 20s in last three starts, including a T13 at Ridgewood where he was bogey-free in the second and third rounds. Closed with 68.

    Two top 20s in last three starts, including a T13 at Ridgewood where he was bogey-free in the second and third rounds. Closed with 68.

    10 Kevin Na Kevin Na

    T9 at Ridgewood. Second behind Hunter Mahan in most world-ranking points earned in 2014 among prospective Ryder Cup captain's picks.

    T9 at Ridgewood. Second behind Hunter Mahan in most world-ranking points earned in 2014 among prospective Ryder Cup captain's picks.

    11 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson

    The defending champ isn't in the same kind of groove as last year, but he's only a couple of weeks removed from a season-best T3 at the PGA.

    The defending champ isn't in the same kind of groove as last year, but he's only a couple of weeks removed from a season-best T3 at the PGA.

    12 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker

    Missed cut at The Barclays leaves one start to impress Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Top sixes here in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

    Missed cut at The Barclays leaves one start to impress Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Top sixes here in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

    13 Bill Haas Bill Haas

    No top 20s in last four editions of the DBC, but he's coming off a co-runner-up at Sedgefield and a T15 at Ridgewood. No weaknesses.

    No top 20s in last four editions of the DBC, but he's coming off a co-runner-up at Sedgefield and a T15 at Ridgewood. No weaknesses.

    14 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley

    As home game as it gets for the native New Englander. Top 20s in last two appearances here. Three T4s since the U.S. Open.

    As home game as it gets for the native New Englander. Top 20s in last two appearances here. Three T4s since the U.S. Open.

    15 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth

    Back-doored a T22 at Ridgewood with a Sunday 67 to stunt a mini-slump. Capped a T4 in his debut here last year with a career-low 62.

    Back-doored a T22 at Ridgewood with a Sunday 67 to stunt a mini-slump. Capped a T4 in his debut here last year with a career-low 62.

    16 John Senden John Senden

    Ended his drought sans a top 25 at six starts with a T22 at Ridgewood. Top 25s in his last four visits to TPC Boston; solo 12th last year.

    Ended his drought sans a top 25 at six starts with a T22 at Ridgewood. Top 25s in his last four visits to TPC Boston; solo 12th last year.

    17 Cameron Tringale Cameron Tringale

    Fresh off a career-best T2 at The Barclays here he co-led at the midpoint. Two top fives in last four starts; three since April.

    Fresh off a career-best T2 at The Barclays here he co-led at the midpoint. Two top fives in last four starts; three since April.

    18 Ernie Els Ernie Els

    His T5 at The Barclays was first official top 10 in a stroke-play non-major in 28 months. Also tied for seventh at Valhalla three weeks ago.

    His T5 at The Barclays was first official top 10 in a stroke-play non-major in 28 months. Also tied for seventh at Valhalla three weeks ago.

    19 William McGirt William McGirt

    Poised to play spoiler after a T5 at The Barclays, but it was his second straight top 10 and fourth top 25 in as many starts.

    Poised to play spoiler after a T5 at The Barclays, but it was his second straight top 10 and fourth top 25 in as many starts.

    20 Kevin Stadler Kevin Stadler

    Horse for a course with a T10 (2012) and a T4 (2013) at TPC Boston. Survived his last six cuts, but logged only one top 35 (T19, Firestone).

    Horse for a course with a T10 (2012) and a T4 (2013) at TPC Boston. Survived his last six cuts, but logged only one top 35 (T19, Firestone).

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