The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Massachusetts this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship. A field of 99 players will tackle TPC Boston, with the top 70 in the standings advancing to next week's event.
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Rickie Fowler won this event last year by one shot over Henrik Stenson. Here are 10 players to watch in Norton:
1. Jason Day: He topped this list a week ago, and after a T-4 finish at Bethpage there's no reason to knock him down a peg. Day has finished T-7 or better three times at this event since 2010, and his overall postseason run now includes 11 straight finishes of T-14 or better outside of an injury-related withdrawal from the 2014 BMW Championship.
2. Jordan Spieth: Spieth had a pretty quiet week in New York, but he could very well make some noise this week. While he missed the cut in Boston last year, he finished T-4 in 2013 in his debut on the heels of a final-round 62. Spieth often talks about rounding his game into form for this stretch, and he should take a big step toward defending his FedEx Cup title this week.
3. Patrick Reed: Reed's victory at The Barclays was his sixth finish of T-13 or better in his last seven starts, and he now heads to a course where he finished T-4 last year. With a Ryder Cup berth now assured, Reed can focus on claiming his first FedEx Cup title and he's certainly not short on confidence at the moment.
4. Dustin Johnson: Johnson has contended at seemingly every event this year, so his 12 top-10 finishes made last week's T-18 finish at Bethpage seem pedestrian. But he certainly has the game to overpower TPC Boston, where he was T-4 in both 2009 and 2012, and a third win this season would likely edge him ahead of Day in the Player of the Year race.
5. Henrik Stenson: Stenson's Barclays withdrawal is certainly concerning, but he won his very next start after withdrawing under similar circumstances from the U.S. Open. Should his troublesome right knee be healthy, the Swede will likely factor on a course where he won in 2013 and came up just short last year.
6. Adam Scott: Scott blew the field away last week in ball-striking, but a balky putter is the only reason his T-4 finish wasn't better. Scott earned his first PGA Tour victory at this event all the way back in 2003 and he has been a regular contender ever since, including three straight finishes of T-8 or better from 2010-12.
7. Rory McIlroy: Speaking of balky putters, McIlroy will have another chance to get his new Scotty Cameron up to speed at TPC Boston. While he didn't get much going at Bethpage, McIlroy won this event in 2012 in convincing fashion and also finished T-5 here two years ago.
8. Rickie Fowler: The defending champ broke out of a mini-slump last week at The Barclays, and another similar performance could clinch his spot on next month's Ryder Cup team. Fowler hadn't cracked the top 20 at this event bemoriefore last year's triumph, but he has now strung together two solid weeks of ball-striking and should have plenty of positive vibes around the Gil Hanse design.
9. Sergio Garcia: Garcia doesn't play this event with any regularity, but when he shows up he tends to play well. His lone Deutsche Bank appearance since 2011 resulted in a T-4 finish three years ago, and he also finished T-5 here back in 2008. The Spaniard hasn't played since a T-8 finish at the Olympics and has top-10 finishes in five of his last six worldwide starts.
10. Jim Furyk: Unlike the other players on this list, Furyk needs a strong showing simply to earn a spot next week at Crooked Stick. Furyk enters the week at No. 84 in points, but his TPC Boston record includes four top-10 finishes since 2008, highlighted by last year's showing when he finished T-4.