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Fact Pack: Deutsche Bank Championship

Jason Day

This week TPC Boston plays host to the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, as Webb Simpson defends the title he won a year ago in a playoff over Chez Reavie. Often the lowest-scoring leg of the playoffs, this week should be no exception, placing an emphasis on those who can create the most birdie opportunities - and convert those chances when presented with them. 98 players will tee off this week in Boston, but only 70 will advance to next week's BMW Championship at Crooked Stick. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Jason Day will need to recreate the success he's had on the par-5s at TPC Boston each of the past two years if he wants to extend his season beyond this week. Currently 88th in the points race, the Aussie played the par-5s in -11 last year en route to a T-3 finish. The year prior, Day was T-2 in the event and played the longest holes on the course in -9 for the week. While he was seventh on Tour in par-5 birdies or better in 2011, though, Day has slipped to 100th on Tour in the same category this year.

Tim Clark is quietly becoming one of the hottest players around, proving over the past month that he has put his latest injury issues far behind him. His T-10 finish at Bethpage was his fourth consecutive top-15 finish, including a runner-up showing in Greensboro two weeks ago. Clark is currently fourth on Tour in driving accuracy and the South African had the putter working last week as well, leading the field in putts per GIR.

• Following a convincing win at The Barclays, Nick Watney now finds himself leading the playoff points race. The victory - just his second top-10 finish in his last 11 starts - was a product of solid ball-striking and a mastery of difficult greens. Watney was T-2 for the week in GIR percentage, highlighted by hitting 17/18 greens in regulation on Sunday, and he made more putts outside of 15 feet than anyone in the field. He's struggled in Boston, though, with five missed cuts in eight starts and a career-best finish of T-33 in 2010.

Luke Donald will look to his world-class short game to help notch a third consecutive top-3 finish at TPC Boston. Donald currently leads the Tour in total putting, ranks second in strokes gained putting and eighth in scrambling. In 2011, the Englishman averaged only 26.5 putts per round while finishing just two shots out of a playoff; the year prior, he finished T-2 while recording all four rounds in the 60s.

• Having missed the cut in five of his last six events, Brian Davis enters this week with little momentum as the new "bubble boy" in the standings. At 70th in the points race, Davis currently holds what would be the final spot for next week's BMW Championship - an event for which he has qualified each of the last three seasons. He has failed to break 70 in his last six competitive rounds, though, including an 87 on a wind-swept Friday at the PGA Championship.

• With a T-5 showing at The Barclays, Louis Oosthuizen recorded his second top-5 finish in three starts and now has one of the more well-rounded stat lines of the year. The 2010 British Open winner led the field last week in greens in regulation and currently ranks in the top 20 on Tour in scoring average (15th), GIR percentage (20th), total driving (15th) and the all-around ranking (18th). Oosthuizen will be making his first career start at TPC Boston this week.

• Playoff beards and some accurate tee shots helped a pair of Canadians make it into this week's field in Boston. Despite being ranked 84th on Tour in driving accuracy, David Hearn was second in fairways hit at Bethpage last week en route to only his second top-10 finish of 2012. Fellow countryman Graham DeLaet also moved up the points list with his T-5 finish at The Barclays, having finished T-7 for the week in driving accuracy and fourth in putts per GIR. Each growing a hockey-inspired beard for the playoffs, Hearn and DeLaet were among six players to make the field this week after starting The Barclays outside the top 100 on the points list.

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