With the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second round of the PGA Tour’s playoffs, teeing off in Norton this week, the Boston Globe makes its choices as the players most likely to win:
2011: 18 starts, 1 win, 6 top 10s, 4 missed cuts
FedEx Cup: 1st
Money list: 3d
DBC: 2 starts, 2 made cuts, T4 in 2009
Case: Won for the first time this season last week at the Barclays, and the points leader has 10 million reasons to continue his hot streak.
2011: 16 starts, 2 wins, 5 top 10s, 0 missed cuts
FedEx Cup: 7th
Money list: 7th
DBC: 8 starts, win in 2009, 3 missed cuts
Case: The only time Mr. September surprises these days is if he plays poorly. Last week’s T-24 was his worst stroke-play finish since February.
2011: 21 starts, 5 top 10s, 7 missed cuts
FedEx Cup: 8th
Money list: 26th
DBC: 7 starts, 2 wins (2004, ’08), 0 missed cuts
Case: Surprisingly, his last PGA Tour win came 69 starts ago, at the ’08 DBC. He’s starting to play better, with a T-4 and T-3 the last two weeks.
2011: 15 starts, 1 win, 10 top 10s, 2 missed cuts
FedEx Cup: 5th
Money list: 1st
DBC: 4 starts, 1 missed cut, T-2 last year
Case: That’s no misprint: In the 13 times Donald has made the cut, he’s been in the top 10 a whopping 10 times. Leads PGA, European money lists.
And the winner...:
2011: 21 starts, 1 win, 6 top 10s, 4 missed cuts
FedEx Cup: 10th
Money list: 14th
DBC: First start
Case: Pro golf’s longest hitter could turn TPC Boston into a pitch-and-putt. He’s been inside the top 13 in three of his last four tournaments.