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Monday, August 26, 2013

Deutsche Bank Championship - Power Rankings

Before we delve into the power rankings for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, I would be remiss not to remind you that the tournament actually runs from Friday through Monday this week. For my overseas friends, Monday coincides with Labor Day in the U.S.

As expected, the power rankings are loaded with start power this week and likely will be from here on out. Current form, course history and a knack for hitting the long ball all factored into the equation.

Here we go:

  1. Tiger Woods - Coming off a T2 at The Barclays and as a past winner at TPC Boston, his penchant for coming through on tracks where he's won before all add up well. The early reports are that he intends to play through some back discomfort, but stay tuned until the final bell if you plan on using him in a critical game format.
  2. Phil Mickelson - Lefty made a late run at Liberty National and is another past winner at TPC Boston. He tied for third last year, to boot. I'd have to go digging, but I can't recall having Phil this high in a power ranking all year. Could be the kiss of death. 
  3. Adam Scott - Last week's surprise winner can't fall much further than this in any credible ranking. He's 8/8 at TPC Boston with a win, a runner-up and five total top 10s. I'm interested to see how he starts because he really didn't have to exert much mental strain in his win at Liberty National last week. He's my early two-and-done lean.
  4. Jason Day - He's 5/5 at TPC Boston and twice finished inside the top three. It's been a great year for the Aussie, only lacking a win. He opened with a 66 last week and faded over the weekend. 
  5. Rory McIlroy - The leader in the clubhouse for my one-and-done, the defending champ keeps teasing us with good rounds but is putting up too many double bogeys. I've said before that I like him when he gets on an active roll of playing tournaments, so this fits that bill. 
  6. Jim Furyk - Captain top 10 rolled off another one at The Barclays last week, extending his streak to four, and heads to TPC Boston where he owns three top 10s in eight tries, never missing the cut.
  7. Matt Kuchar - He's one of the few players on TOUR that doesn't concern me coming off a Sunday collapse like he had at The Barclays. He's 7/9 with four top 25s and zero top 10s at TPC Boston, but he could play like a guy with something to prove.
  8. Bubba Watson - A good blend of power, form (T13 last week), and sports a fair record. He's 5/7 with two top 25s at TPC Boston. 
  9. Jason Dufner - The PGA champ is 5/5 with a T2 in 2009 at TPC Boston and showed few signs of rust at The Barclays last week, finishing T37 but never posting an over-par round. As always, it comes down to his putter.
  10. Justin Rose - He had a shot to join Scott in a playoff last week, but suffered a three-putt bogey on the 72nd hole to fall one shy. He's a modest 6/9 with two top 10s at TPC Boston, missing the cut last year. A good option, but not the best.
  11. Luke Donald - A nod to his course history, Donald is 5/6 with a runner-up and a third here. Form has been spotty by his standards this season, but good enough not to discount him.
  12. Brandt Snedeker - This is admittedly a course history pick, Sneds has finished inside the top six each of the last three years here and has never missed a cut in six tries. The problem is, he's missed his last two cuts and hasn't cracked a top 25 since his win in Canada five starts back.
Next 5: Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Charley Hoffman

We'll check back in tomorrow with the fantasy update. Until then, best of luck to all!

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