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Deutsche Bank Championship Power Rankings: Second Leg of FedEx Cup Playoffs Will Be a Shootout

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Deutsche Bank Championship Power Rankings: Who Gets the Nod This Week?

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This week marks the second leg of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs. The top 100 players in the world will come together at TPC Boston to compete in the Deutsche Bank Championship – knowing that only 70 will advance to next week’s BMW Championship. The general consensus is that the winner is going to have to go low, as this track is expected to surrender plenty of low scores. That means that the players will have to remain aggressive for the entirety of the event.

I wouldn’t bet on a repeat of last week – where somewhere comes from well off the pace in the final round to pull out the victory. There are simply going to be too many scoring chances for that to happen again. In order to pull away from the pack, players are going to have to display the confidence to fire at the pins and get something going early with the short stick.

This week is going to be a shootout, and only the golfers that have the stamina to remain in the fight for the long haul are going to have a chance to contend for the title. Rory McIlroy is in the field and will attempt to defend his title – but I just don’t have enough faith in him right now to have him in the top five of the power rankings. It wouldn’t come as a shock if he was to crack the top 10, but I just feel there are plenty of safer bets out there this week.

With that being said, here are the power rankings for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Feel free to comment with your opinions.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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#5 Keegan Bradley

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It’s hard to bet against the hometown boy this week as the native New Englander is sure to have plenty of support from the masses. He tied for 13th place at this track last year and is coming off of a solid tie for 33rd at The Barclays during which he held the course record for less than 24 hours.

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#4 Phil Mickelson

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All but counted out after three rounds last week, Lefty fired a 65 in the final round – good for the low round of the day – to climb back into contention. He ended up in a tie for sixth and built a great deal of momentum heading into this week. He has finished inside of the top 10 here in each of the last two years and also has a victory in 2007 to his credit. Leading the Tour in birdie average should prove useful, as well – as long as he doesn’t put up too many big numbers.

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#3 Tiger Woods

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He would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the bad back. He says he’s good enough to give it a go this week but he also said the same thing last week – before doubling over in pain in the middle of the fourth round. Woods has an impressive history at this track with a win in 2006 and finishing tied for 11th or better in his last four starts. He is going to be a forced to be reckoned with if he is healthy.

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#2 Jim Furyk

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Furyk is the owner of four straight top 10 finishes, including a tie for sixth at The Barclays. He’s also never missed the cut here and has five top 15s at this event. He’s always been excellent with the putter, as was evidenced by the fact that he led the field in strokes gained – putting last week.

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#1 Adam Scott

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He’s riding the momentum of a huge, albeit surprising, win last week that moved him to number two in the world as well as in the FedEx Cup standings. If everything goes as planned for the Aussie, he will make it four straight top eight finishes here when this event concludes on Monday. Scott has carded sub-70 rounds in 10 of his last 12 attempts at TPC Boston. There’s nothing to indicate that will change this week.