Reed grouped with Day, DJ at Deutsche Bank


The FedEx Cup Playoffs roll along this week with the Deutsche Bank Championship, which gets underway Friday. Here are some early-round groups to watch, as 99 players take on TPC Boston but only the top 70 will advance to next week's BMW Championship (all times ET):

9:03 a.m. Friday, 1:28 p.m. Saturday: Russell Knox, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Thomas

Knox will be making his first start since being snubbed for inclusion on the European Ryder Cup team. He'll play the first two rounds at TPC Boston alongside someone who will participate next month at Hazeltine, as Snedeker clinched his spot on the American squad last week, while Thomas will look to add to his playoff run that began with a T-10 finish at Bethpage Black.

9:15 a.m. Friday, 1:40 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson

Reed now tops the FedEx Cup standings after his one-shot win at The Barclays, and he'll be joined at Deutsche Bank by the two players closest to him in the standings. Day lost his top spot despite a T-4 finish on Long Island, while Johnson's 12 top-10 finishes are the most on Tour and include a pair of notable victories.

9:15 a.m. Friday, 1:40 p.m. Saturday: Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner

Stenson won this event in 2013, and he'll look to rebound after a knee injury led him to withdraw from last week's event after the opening round. Watson is among a large group of American notables now vying for one of Davis Love III's four captain's picks to make the Ryder Cup team, while Dufner's solid season was highlighted by a win in California in January.

1:16 p.m. Friday, 8:51 a.m. Saturday: Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt

Fowler returns this week as defending champ, hoping to erase the pain of a rough finish at Bethpage that cost him an automatic spot on the Ryder Cup team. He'll be joined by Matsuyama, who beat Fowler in a playoff in Phoenix earlier this year. The group will be rounded out by McGirt, who won the Memorial and contended at the PGA Championship.

1:40 p.m. Friday, 9:15 a.m. Saturday: Jordan Spieth Adam Scott, Emiliano Grillo

Spieth remained at No. 5 in the FedEx Cup race following his T-10 finish last week, and he now heads to a course where he shot a final-round 62 three years ago en route to netting a Presidents Cup selection. Scott struck the ball beautifully at Bethpage and finished T-4 despite spotty putting, while Grillo's runner-up result ensured the Argentine rookie will make it to East Lake.