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Five to watch in the Dell Technologies Championship

NORTON, MA - AUGUST 31: A general view of the 16th hole during practice for the Dell Technologies Championship on August 31, 2017 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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The 16th green at TPC Boston.

The Dell Technologies Championship, the second event in the PGA Tour playoffs, begins Friday at TPC Boston in Norton. Here are five players to look for on the leaderboard:

Dustin Johnson

Age: 33. World ranking: 1

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TPC Boston starts/cuts made: 7/7

Best finish: T4 in 2009, 2012

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Might win because: Won three times early this year, then opened playoff season with another win last week at The Northern Trust.

Dustin Johnson.

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Dustin Johnson.

Jordan Spieth

Age: 24. World ranking: 2

TPC Boston starts/cuts made: 4/3

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Best finish: T4 in 2013

Might win because: Best in the game with the putter, most important stick in the bag.

Jordan Spieth.

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Jordan Spieth.

Justin Thomas

Age: 24. World ranking: 6

TPC Boston starts/cuts made: 2/1

Best finish: T56 in 2015

Might win because: Tremendous season, and a win here would buff his case for Player of the Year honors.

Justin Thomas.

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Justin Thomas.

Hideki Matsuyama

Age: 25. World ranking: 3

TPC Boston starts/cuts made: 3/3

Best finish: T15 in 2016

Might win because: Wants to prove his missed cut at last week at The Northern Trust was an anomaly.

Hideki Matsuyama.

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Hideki Matsuyama.

Rory McIlroy

Age: 28. World ranking: 4

TPC Boston starts/cuts made: 6/6

Best finish: won in 2012, 2016

Might win because: Two titles here in years past, looking to avoid his first winless season since 2009.

Rory McIlroy.

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Rory McIlroy.

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

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