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Deutsche Bank Championship

Predictions: Deutsche Bank Championship

Gary Woodland, the PGA Tour’s longest hitter, could be in the mix this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship
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Gary Woodland, the PGA Tour’s longest hitter, could be in the mix this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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:

Contenders:

Dustin Johnson

2011: 18 starts, 1 win, 6 top 10s, 4 missed cuts

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FedEx Cup: 1st

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Money list: 3d

DBC: 2 starts, 2 made cuts, T4 in 2009

Rounds/average: 8/69.0

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.

Steve Stricker

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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

Rounds/average: 26/69.3

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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.

Vijay Singh

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

Rounds/average: 28/68.25

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.

Luke Donald

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

Rounds/average: 14/70.14

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...:

Gary Woodland

2011: 21 starts, 1 win, 6 top 10s, 4 missed cuts

FedEx Cup: 10th

Money list: 14th

DBC: First start

Rounds/average: N/A

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.