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2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs: 10 Bold Predictions For the Deutsche Bank Championship

10 Bold Predictions For the Deutsche Bank Championship

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Hunter Mahan stole the show in the first tournament of the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs. When it comes to the playoffs, golf does not take a break. The players might, as top golfers seem to be withdrawing left and right, but the tournaments keep coming. The next tournament up will be the Deutsche Bank Championship this weekend. Before the tournament gets underway this Friday, let’s take a look at 10 bold predictions.

10. Bubba Watson Will Find His Game

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10. Bubba Watson Will Find His Game

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Bubba Watson didn’t win at the Barclays, but at least he finally shot in the negatives. Expect Watson to take a bigger step forward, resulting in him finding his game.

9. Hunter Mahan Will Have an Encore

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9. Hunter Mahan Will Have an Encore

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Hunter Mahan took a big jump in the FedEx Cup standings. He is now the leader heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Yes, he is even ahead of Rory McIlroy in the standings. It’s going to be tough for him to win his second tournament in a row, but he will, at the very least, finish in the top 20.

8. Rickie Fowler Will Continue His Surge

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8. Rickie Fowler Will Continue His Surge

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Rickie Fowler is as consistent as they come; at least this year. Fowler had yet another top 10 finish last weekend, and he will continue his surge this weekend. In his past five PGA Tour events, his worst finish was ninth place.

7. Rory McIlroy Will Play His Way Back Into First Place

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7. Rory McIlroy Will Play His Way Back Into First Place

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Rory McIlroy came back down to earth last tournament by finishing in 22nd place. Although I am not predicting him to win this weekend — doesn’t mean he won’t — I am predicting the No. 1 golfer in the world to play his way back into first place in the FedEx Cup standings.

6. Phil Mickelson Will Not Regret Playing

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6. Phil Mickelson Will Not Regret Playing

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It remains to be seen if Phil Mickelson will play this weekend. If he does play, he will not regret it. Mickelson has definitely not had one of his best years, but golf is a weird sport. Translation: A great round can come at any time. Call it a gut feeling, but Mickelson will find success at the Deutsche Bank Championship, if he plays.

5. Adam Scott Will Finish in the Top 5

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5. Adam Scott Will Finish in the Top 5

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Adam Scott may not be the No. 1 golfer in the world anymore, but that does not mean he has had a bad season. A 75 in the third round killed Scott’s chances of winning last weekend, but he had three solid rounds other than that one. A top five finish could be in store for the No. 2 golfer in the world.

4. Ernie Els Will Get Off To Fast Start

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4. Ernie Els Will Get Off To Fast Start

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Ernie Els fired off a 66 in the final round at the Barclays. As a result, expect him to get off to a fast start on Friday.

3. Matt Kuchar Will Finish Outside of the Top 10

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3. Matt Kuchar Will Finish Outside of the Top 10

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Matt Kuchar has actually been pretty solid in his last three outings. During that span, his worst finish was 12th at Bridgestone. Although he finished in fifth place this past weekend, he will finish outside of the top 10 in the upcoming weekend.

2. Stuart Appleby Will Be Near the Top of the Leaderboard in First Round

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2. Stuart Appleby Will Be Near the Top of the Leaderboard in First Round

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Stuart Appleby took a huge leap in the FedEx Cup standings and saved his best for the last round at the Barclays. Expect his 65 to carry over to the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

1. Jim Furyk Will Take the Tourney

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1. Jim Furyk Will Take the Tourney

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Jim Furyk has finished in the top 10 nine times this year. Not to mention, he has finished in the top 10 in his last two tournaments. However, Furyk has yet to win a tourney this year. That will change at the Deutsche Bank.