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PREDICTIONS

Who will win the Deutsche Bank Championship?

PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner will be in the field at TPC Norton this week.

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PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner will be in the field at TPC Norton this week.

Who will win the Deutsche Bank Championship? Michael Whitmer takes a look at some of the candidates:

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Luke Donald

Age: 35 World ranking: 11

DBC starts/cuts made: 6/5

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Best finish: T2 (2010)

Might win because: Despite not having a typical season (no wins, three missed cuts, just 55th on the points list), Donald always seems to play well at TPC Boston. In addition to his runner-up in 2010, he tied for third in 2011, and was T26 last year. Donald has broken par here in 12 of his past 13 rounds (scoring average: 68.1), and always gets off to a fast start. His first-round DBC scores the past four years: 67, 66, 65, 69.

Jason Dufner

Age: 36 World ranking: 8

DBC starts/cuts made: 5/5

Best finish: T2 (2009)

Might win because: This seems to be the Year of the Duf. From the viral video to his win at the PGA Championship, Dufner has kept himself in the news. His season hasn’t been as good as his 2012 breakout, when he won twice and had eight top-10s, but he’s played better of late, with a T4 at Firestone the week before his PGA win. Has never missed a cut here, and has been T18 or better in three of his past four appearances.

Jonas Blixt

Age: 29 World ranking: 38

DBC starts/cuts made: 1/1

Best finish: T20 (2012)

Might win because: Looking for a wild-card pick? You could do worse than Blixt, who won for the first time on the PGA Tour last month at the Greenbrier. He also finished fourth at the PGA, and was near the lead last week at the Barclays before shooting a final-round 81. So the game has been there, and he was solid in his DBC debut last year, opening with 67 and closing with 68. He’s also missed nine cuts this year.

Adam Scott

Age: 33 World ranking: 2

DBC starts/cuts made: 8/8

Best finish: Win (2003)

Might win because: He’s always a threat at the DBC, with one of the best records here of anyone in the field. In addition to his win in the inaugural tournament, Scott was T2 in 2004, and has top-10s each of the last three years (T5 in 2010, T8 in 2011, T7 last year). Comes in with confidence, having won the Barclays last week. In fact, Scott hasn’t finished worse than 14th since June. Masters winner might go back-to-back.

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Jason Day

Age: 25 World ranking: 18

DBC starts/cuts made: 5/5

Best finish: T2 (2010)

Will win because: Hard to believe, because it seems as though he’s in contention at almost every big event, but Day has just one PGA Tour victory, the 2010 Byron Nelson. Since then he’s had six top-10 finishes in majors, including a T2 at this year’s US Open and a third at the Masters. Has a great DBC record, too: Made all five cuts, was T3 in 2011, T2 the year before. The best player with only one win finally gets another.

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