Day, Spieth, Watson grouped at Deutsche Bank


For the second straight week, the top three in the FedEx Cup standings will spend some quality time together. Here are four featured groups to keep an eye on as the PGA Tour heads to Massachusetts for the Deutsche Bank Championship, which gets started on Friday (all times ET):

Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner: 9:06 a.m. Friday, 1:16 p.m. Saturday

After skipping The Barclays, McIlroy will make his postseason debut in Norton in what will be only his second competitive start since he suffered an ankle injury on July 4. The Ulsterman won here in 2012, and he finished T-5 a year ago. Matsuyama has been solid all season but finished T-57 in his TPC Boston debut last year, while Kisner is making his first appearance at this event after a trio of playoff losses earlier this year.

Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose, Robert Streb: 9:18 a.m. Friday, 1:28 p.m. Saturday

Walker has been somewhat quiet since winning twice earlier this season, but he enters the week at No. 7 in points despite no top-20 finishes since the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in May. Rose and Streb have had plenty of high finishes between them in recent months, as the Englishman now has a streak of five straight top-20s and Streb has eight such results across his last 10 starts.

Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson: 9:30 a.m. Friday, 1:40 p.m. Saturday

This trio tops the FedEx Cup list for the second straight week, although Day now holds the top spot after his win at The Barclays. Following two rounds together at Plainfield, the three will again tee it up together for the first 36 holes at TPC Boston. Day will be in search of four wins in his last five starts, while Spieth looks to regain the No. 1 ranking and Watson hopes to improve upon his third-place showing last week in New Jersey.

Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson: 1:40 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Stenson returns to a venue where he cruised to victory two years ago en route to winning the FedEx Cup, and he does so after a near-miss last week in New Jersey. He'll be joined by Johnson and Johnson, as Zach added a T-4 finish at Plainfield to his torrid summer stretch that includes four top-10 finishes over his last six starts and Dustin backed up a T-7 finish at Whistling Straits with a T-9 result last week.