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Jason Day was the runaway champion of the season’s first playoff event. Day’s six shot victory at the Barclays puts him squarely in the picture for PGA Tour Player of the Year. While Spieth’s two majors still give him the edge, another victory by Day surely would make things more interesting. This week, we head to TPC Boston and the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 100 on the FedEx Cup points list are invited to the season’s second playoff event. After the conclusion, the top 60 will make their way to the BMW Championship in two weeks. Last year, Chris Kirk ousted Billy Horschel, Russell Henley, and Geoff Ogilvy by two shots.
Jason Day (5): I think it is almost impossible to not pick Day this week. Day now has victories in three of his past four events, including last week at the Barclays. In seven career trips to TPC Boston, Day has three top-10s. Last year, Day shared 7th with Martin Kaymer.
Rory Mcilroy (3): McIlroy returned from a nasty ankle injury to finish solo 17th at the PGA Championship. Although he skipped last week’s Barclays, McIlroy regained the world’s number one ranking after Jordan Spieth missed the cut. I do worry a bit about rust, but I think Rory will have something to prove after Day and Spieth have stolen the headlines the last few weeks. The 2012 Deutsche Bank Champion also tied for 5th last year.
Daniel Summerhays (2): Summerhays has made the cut in four of his last five events, including three top-11 finishes. Last week at the Barclays, Summerhays fired a final round 66 to finish in a tie for 6th. Summerhays has not missed a cut in any of his three trips to TPC Boston. Summerhays currently sits 40th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Kevin Chappell (3): Chappell is a guy that we at Buzz Fantasy Leagues have been targeting for a few years. While he still has yet to break out, he has put together a nice run lately. Chappell has made the weekend in ten of his past 11 starts, including six top-25 finishes. Chappell currently sites 68th in the FedEx Cup standings so he will need a strong finish to make the BMW Championship.
Jason Bohn (1): Quietly, Jason Bohn has been playing some tremendous golf. Bohn has top-15 finishes in four of his past five events. Last week at the Barclays, Bohn shared 9th. Bohn has never missed the cut in six career trips to TPC Boston. Before it was a FedEx Cup playoff event, Bohn finished runner-up in 2005.
Justin Thomas (6): Thomas had a minor misstep at the Wyndham Championship, but still has top-20 finishes in four of his past five events. Last week, Thomas fired his final three rounds under par to finish in a share of 17th. The potential 2015 Rookie of the Year will be making his first career trip to TPC Boston.
Other Golfers Considered:
Dustin Johnson (Tier A): DJ started out slow, but final rounds of 67 and 65 vaulted him into a 9th place finish at the Barclays. Prior to last week, Johnson tied for 7th at the PGA Championship. DJ has two 4th place finishes in five career trips to TPC Boston.
Brooks Koepka (Tier B): Koepka missed the cut at last week’s Barclays, but I would still take him if you have him available. Before his missed cut, Koepka had eight straight top-25s, including three straight top-6 finishes.
Robert Streb (Tier C): It was tough to leave Streb off my team this week. Although he faded over the weekend, Streb still tied for 39th at the Barclays. Prior to that, Streb had five straight top-20 finishes.