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The Deutsche Bank Championship is the second of four events of the FedExCup Playoffs – with the entire season building toward this four-tournament stretch. There is more on the line than the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy – players in the top half of the 100-player field will be looking to move up, jockeying for the coveted top-five position heading to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola; those near the bottom need enough points to survive to the next event at the BMW Championship (70 players).

Notes:-

• The top 125 in the final PGA TOUR Season FedExCup standings following the Wyndham Championship
qualified for The Barclays.
• The top 100 players on the FedExCup points list following The Barclays qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship, with 25 players having been eliminated following the first week of the Playoffs.
• The top 70 on the points list following the Deutsche Bank Championship qualify for the BMW Championship, contested at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado.
• Each Playoffs event offers 2,500 FedExCup points to the winner.
• A points reset will take place following the BMW Championship giving all 30 players in the field at the TOUR Championship a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup. The top five players control their own destiny and can win the FedExCup with a victory at the TOUR Championship.

Current FedExCup Rankings (top 10)

1. Hunter Mahan
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Jimmy Walker
4. Matt Kuchar
5. Bubba Watson
6. Jim Furyk
7. Jason Day
8. Patrick Reed
9. Jordan Spieth
10. Cameron Tringale

Players on various FedExCup bubbles

30. Gary Woodland
70. Scott Brown
100. Geoff Ogilvy The top five in the FedExCup

The top five in the FedExCup Playoffs is where players want to be after the next two events are played and the 100-man field at the Deutsche Bank Championship is eventually trimmed to 30 for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. The top five entering East Lake will control their own destiny and can win the FedExCup with a victory, just as Henrik Stenson did in 2013.

No. 1 – Hunter Mahan

2014 – Solid play down the stretch – including a T15 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and T7 at the PGA Championship – capped off by his win last week at The Barclays. Owns six top-10 finishes this season, second only to the nine he recorded in 2011.

FedExCup – Current FedExCup points leader is the only player who has never missed a start in the FedExCup Playoffs (29 overall following The Barclays). Prior to winning last week, his previous-best finish in a FedExCup Playoffs event was solo-second at the 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at his FedExCup history: 2007 (15th), 2008 (18th), 2009 (27th), 2010 (18th), 2011 (7th), 2012 (19th), 2013 (20th).

The Barclays – Won The Barclays in his 10th start at the event, with a T17 in 2007 his previous-best finish. Prior to winning, The Barclays was the only one of the four Playoffs events that he had not posted a top-10 finish.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship – Will be making his 12th start at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with a T8 in 2011 his lone top-10 finish. Most recently, posted rounds of 65-70-66-69 to finish T13 in 2013.

No. 2 – Rory McIlroy

2014 – Rory McIlroy entered the FedExCup Playoffs in the top spot (since dropped to No. 2) thanks to an amazing stretch of golf, including his four rounds in the 60s at Valhalla GC that carried him to a one-stroke victory at the 96th PGA Championship. His fourth major championship capped off a streak of three consecutive victories (The Open Championship, Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship), making him the first player to perform the feat since Tiger Woods won five consecutive starts at the conclusion of the 2007 season and beginning of the 2008 season.

FedExCup –McIlroy was just No. 35 in the FedExCup standings after the U.S. Open, and has since rocketed up the list with those three consecutive wins: to No. 11 after The Open Championship; to No. 3 after the Bridgestone Invitational; and to No. 1 after the PGA Championship. His best previous position heading into the FedExCup Playoffs was No. 3 in 2012, the same year he went on to win two Playoffs event (Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship), eventually finishing No. 2 in the FedExCup to Brandt Snedeker. He is making his fourth appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs, finishing 36th in 2010, second in 2012 and 50th in 2013.

The Barclays – Finished T22 with rounds of 74-65-70-70, falling from No. 1 to No.2 in the FedExCup standings.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship – Will be making his fourth start at TPC Boston, finishing T37 in 2010 (including an opening round 64), winning in 2012 (with rounds of 65-65-67-67) and T47 in 2013.

No. 3 – Jimmy Walker

In 2014 – By February 10, Jimmy Walker had already enjoyed a career-year on the PGA TOUR with his third win of the season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Walker won the first event of the season at the Frys.com Open and never looked back. With nine top-10 finishes to go along with his three wins, Walker led the FedExCup standings for 36 of the first 37 weeks of the season, including a record 30 straight weeks, starting with his victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. In addition to his victories, Walker performed well in some of the season’s biggest events with a T6 at THE PLAYERS, a T7 at the PGA Championship, a T8 at the Masters Tournament and a T9 at the U.S. Open.

FedExCup – Walker is trying to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time in his career.

Here’s a look at his FedExCup finishes: 2008 (192), 2009 (148), 2010 (84), 2011 (50), 2012 (62), 2013 (36).

The Barclays – Missed the cut with rounds of 71-74.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship – Will be making his sixth career-start at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with made cuts in 2011 (T37) and 2012 (T51). Failed to make the cut in 2006, 2010 and 2013.

No. 4 – Matt Kuchar

In 2014 – Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA TOUR since 2009, with six of his seven career wins and a TOUR-best 53 top-10 finishes. In 2014, he has amassed 11 top-10 finishes, tying his career-best haul of 11 in 2010. Highlighting his year was his seventh TOUR win at the RBC Heritage and a playoff loss at the Shell Houston Open. FedExCup – In the first three seasons of the FedExCup, Kuchar finished 92nd (2007), 115th (2008) and 40th(2009). He has since found his stride in the competition, however, finishing a career-best second in 2010, sixth in 2011, 18th in 2012 and sixth in 2013.

The Barclays – Closed with rounds of 68-67 (including a chip-in for birdie on the 72nd hole) to finish T5.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship – Kuchar will be making his 11th start at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with his only two missed cuts coming in 2003 and 2008. His best finish (and first top 10 at the event) came a year ago (T4), with prior-best finishes coming in back-to-back seasons, finishing T15 in 2009 and T11 in 2010.

No. 5 – Bubba Watson

In 2014 – Watson is one of five players with multiple victories this year, joined by Rory McIlroy (3), Jimmy Walker (3), Patrick Reed (2) and Martin Kaymer (2). Season highlighted by his second victory at the Masters Tournament and a win at the Northern Trust Open – two of his seven top-10 finishes (tying his career best).

FedExCup – Entered the Playoffs No. 3 in the FedExCup standings, his best position entering the FedExCup Playoffs in his career. Here’s a look at his FedExCup finishes: 2007 (37th), 2008 (30th), 2009 (53rd), 2010 (22nd), 2011 (26th), 2012 (13th), 2013 (37th).

The Barclays – Finished T30.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship – A T12 finish in his inaugural start at the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship remains his best finish in eight prior starts at the event. Other made cuts came in 2011 (T16), 2009 (T32), 2010 (T37), 2008 (T44) and 2013 (T67).

No. 6 – Jim Furyk

In 2014 – With nine top-10 finishes that included three runner-ups, Jim Furyk sits just outside the top 5 in the FedExCup entering the Deutsche Bank Championship. The only player in the top six yet to win in 2014, Furyk knocked on the door all season long. The 2010 FedExCup champion finished second at the Wells Fargo Championship, THE PLAYERS and the RBC Canadian Open, along with top-10 finishes at both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. He enters TPC Boston with 11 top-15 finishes in his last 13 starts.

FedExCup – Furyk is tied for the most career top-10 finishes in FedExCup Playoffs events

Source: PGA TOUR

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