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The Sports Xchange's 2013 PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on 2012-2013 performance.

1. Tiger Woods, United States -- Even though he showed no signs of the back spasms that bothered him a week earlier when he tied for second in the Barclays, Woods did not have anything close to his best stuff as he tied for 65th in the Deutsche Bank Championship. As a consequence, he lost his lead in the FedEx Cup standing to tournament winner Henrik Stenson. However, dropped only one spot to second and can win the Cup for the third time if he gets his game back together for the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. ... Tiger probably can use the week off in the middle of the PGA Tour playoffs to rest and rehab his ailing lower back, which has flared up in the last month. He pulled out of the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge early last week so that he would be ready to play at TPC Boston, even if not at 100 percent. It is the second ailment that has hampered Woods this season, as he also sustained a left elbow strain that caused him to miss the AT&T National, of which he is the tournament host. Despite the injuries, he has put together a year most pros would take, despite the lack of a major victory, as he has five victories among his eight finishes in the top 10 in 14 events on the PGA Tour. ... Woods started with 68-67 last week at TPC Boston, where he claimed the title in 2006, but he played the last two rounds in 72-73. He carded only one bogey in each of his first two rounds but had a total of eight over the last 36 holes, including three in a row through No. 12 in round three and three in four holes through No. 15 on Monday.

2. Adam Scott, Australia -- With a chance to take over the lead in the FedEx Cup standings as Tiger Woods struggled, Scott could manage only a tie for 53rd in the Deutsche Bank Championship a week after winning the opener of the PGA Tour playoffs, the Barclays. He slipped one spot to third in the standings but remains among the favorites to lift the FedEx Cup in two weeks at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. ... The Aussie, who moved up to a career-high second in the World Golf Rankings with his victory in the Barclays, is one guy who probably would like to keep right on playing rather than take this one-week break in the middle of the four-event postseason. He finished in the top five in three of his four events preceding the Deutsche Bank and has played a lighter schedule that most, only 14 tournaments on the PGA Tour this year, so he seems to have plenty left in the tank. Scott will need it, because upcoming he has the Presidents Cup and his triumphant return to Australia as the Masters champion when he plays in the big events Down Under late in the year. ... Perhaps suffering from a bit of a letdown after winning a week earlier, Scott opened with a 2-over-par 73 last week at TPC Boston, but he moved up the leaderboard by playing the middle rounds in 66-67. It seemed he was primed for another big day in the final round when he carded a birdie on his first hole, No. 10, but he made three bogeys in a span of six holes through No. 1 and closed with a 72. Scott recorded only one bogey in each of the middle rounds, but had a total of seven in the other two.

3. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Lefty followed up his final-round 65 in the Barclays, where he tied for sixth, with a brilliant 8-under-par 63 in round one of the Deutsche Bank Championship. However, he could not break par the rest of the way at TPC Boston, where he won in 2007, and he skidded to a tie for 41st. He also dropped three positions to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings, but remains very much in the hunt halfway through the PGA Tour playoffs. ... Before the PGA Tour introduced its playoff system in 2007, Mickelson would virtually disappear after the PGA Championship to be with his family as the kids started school, so he probably welcomes the one-week break in the middle of the postseason run. He probably can use it, too, since he has played in 20 tournaments this season, including victories in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Barclays Scottish Open and the Open Championship. And Phil also has to deal with the effects of psoriatic arthritis. He will be a vital cog on the U.S. Presidents Cup team next month after finishing third in the point standings. ... Lefty carded eight birdies and an eagle on the second hole, where he hit his approach to within two feet from 212 yards, in his round one 63 at TPC Boston, but he faded away by closing with three consecutive 71s. Hoping for a strong finish, he instead carded bogeys on his first three holes and four of the first six in the final round. After turning things around with four birdies, he hit his tee shot against a wall and took a double-bogey 5 for the second time in three days at No. 16.

4. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Even though he never really challenged champion Henrik Stenson, Kuchar posted four rounds in the 60s in the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished in a tie for fourth, his eighth top-10 finish of the season on the PGA Tour. He remained fourth in the FedEx Cup standings and will have a chance to win the whole thing in two weeks at the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, which would be a popular victory since he is a graduate of Georgia Tech. ... With 21 tournaments under his belt this season, Kooch will take full advantage of the break this week in the PGA Tour playoffs to recharge his batteries heading to the final push at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. And he won't be done then, because he still has the Presidents Cup in October at Muirfield Village, after finishing fourth in the point standings, and his title defense at the World Cup of Golf in November at Royal Melbourne, plus probably at least one or two other tournaments before the end of the year. ... Kuchar, who has not finished out of the top 30 in his last nine tournaments, recorded three rounds of 5-under-par 66 last week at TPC Boston. The exception was a 69 in round three, when he needed three shots to reach the third green and missed a six-foot putt en route to a double-bogey 5. However, he saved the round when he holed a 22-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole. Kuchar had only two birdies that day but piled up 19 over the other three rounds. He had only four bogeys over the 72 holes, two in the first round.

5. Justin Rose, England -- Despite posting a bogey-free 63 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Rose wasn't really in the conversation at the finish and wound up in a tie for 16th. However, that allowed him to hold his position at fifth in the FedEx Cup standings, and he controls his own destiny heading into the last two events of the PGA Tour playoffs, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. ... Rosy has played in 18 tournaments on both major tours, including a trip to the Middle East early in the season and two to the United Kingdom, so the break in the middle of the playoffs probably comes at a good time for him. He also ranks third in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, so the U.S. Open champion remains in the running to win the season-long chases on both circuits. In addition to his first major victory at Merion, he has finished second three times, in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Barclays. ... After opening with a 70 at TPC Boston, the Englishman sprinkled eight birdies across his scorecard in the second round before playing the last two days in 69-69. He struggled out of the gate in the third round with five bogeys in the first seven holes but managed to break 70 that day by also recording seven birdies. Rose could have broken 70 in all four rounds, but he carded a double-bogey 6 on the 14th hole of the first round, hitting his second shot into an unplayable lie and taking a penalty stroke before needing four to reach the green and missing a 21-foot putt.

6. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- The defending FedEx Cup champion started with three rounds in the 60s in the Deutsche Bank Championship and had a chance for a high finish, but he closed with a 1-over-par 72 that left him in a tie for 47th. Still, he only fell three spots to ninth in the FedEx Cup standings and kept alive his chance of successfully defending his title in the PGA Tour playoffs heading toward the BMW Championship and his title defense in the Tour Championship in two weeks. ... Snedeker has pieced together a strong season, with victories in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the RBC Canadian Open among his eight top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He's been able to do that despite a strained intercostal muscle that cost him six weeks earlier this season, and a lower back problem has led to some sub-par results recently. So, with 21 tournaments behind him this season, he's another player who probably was looking forward to this one-week break halfway through the PGA Tour playoffs. He finished second in the points standings to make the United States team for the Presidents Cup next month at Muirfield Village. ... Snedeker posted scores of 68-68-69 the first three days last week at TPC Boston, recording a total of 14 birdies. It appeared he was in for another low round when he made birdies on three of his first seven holes in the final round on Monday, but he did not make another one the rest of the way while putting up three bogeys on the back nine. He had only one bogey in his opening 68 but carded nine over the last 54 holes.

7. Jason Dufner, United States -- With a chance to add a victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship to his title in the PGA Championship last month, Dufner could manage only an even-par 71 in the final round and slipped four spots to a tie for ninth at TPC Boston. Still, it was his fourth top-10 finish since the U.S. Open, and he improved his position in the FedEx Cup standings, climbing six positions to No. 13 heading into the last two events of the PGA Tour playoffs. ... Coming off a breakthrough season at the age of 35, Duf took advantage of some new opportunities by playing twice on Middle East Swing of the European early in the season, and he needed some time after that to get back on track. However, he turned it around as the regular season wound down with three top-five finishes, including his first major victory in the PGA at Oak Hill. After playing in 22 tournaments so far this season, he hopes to come back fresh from the one-week break in the PGA Tour playoffs and make a run at the FedEx Cup in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. He finished fifth in the standings for the United States team for the Presidents Cup and will be at Muirfield Village next month. ... Dufner opened with three consecutive rounds of 66 last week at TPC Boston, and he was in position to claim his fourth PGA Tour victory after being winless on the circuit until last year. He stayed close early in the final round with two birdies in the first eight holes, but he could manage only one more while falling back by posting three bogeys in the last 10 holes.

8. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- A 7-under-par 64 in the third round at Deutsche Bank Championship was a reminder of his play in the event last year, but McIlroy finished in a tie for 47th in his title defense at TPC Boston. He could not break 70 in any of his other three rounds and dropped five places to 41st in the FedEx Cup standings. He will need a high finish next week in his next title defense in the BMW Championship in order to make the 30-man field for the Tour Championship. ... Rory's game seemed to be rounding back into form the last few weeks, so he probably would have preferred to keep playing rather than take a week off in the middle to the PGA Tour playoffs before defending his title in the BMW and trying to make it to the finale at East Lake in Atlanta, where he tied for 10th last year. He has played a relatively low number of 19 events this season, and there were those who suggested that he should have teed it up more often because of the swing and equipment changes he made. McIlroy also has plenty of work to do if he wants to defend his Race to Dubai title, as he ranks 49th in the point standings. ... McIlroy's biggest problem at TPC Boston was double trouble, as he recorded four double bogeys over the last three rounds, leading the field in that dubious category among the 76 players who made the cut. In fact, the only blemish on his 64 was a double-bogey 6 on the 14th hole, where he drove wildly and needed four shots to reach the green before missing a five-foot putt. McIlroy added two doubles in the final round and closed with a double bogey in round two, costing himself a sub-70 score each time.

9. Dustin Johnson, United States -- Needing a high finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship to climb into the top 10 in the United States standings for the Presidents Cup to earn an automatic spot on the team, Johnson managed only a tie for 27th despite four rounds in the 60s. He finished 12th in the standings and hopes that Fred Couples will make him one of two captain's picks on Wednesday. ... It's been a strange season for Johnson, who missed tournaments early in the season because of injury and illness after winning the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions for his seventh victory in six seasons on the PGA Tour. Even though he has been inconsistent since, he has five finishes in the top 10 on the PGA Tour and probably would tell you it's been a great year, since he courted and became engaged to Paulina Greztzy. DJ has played in 21 tournaments thus far and is in position to make a strong finish in the BMW Championship, which he won in 2010, and the Tour Championship. ... Johnson, who slipped one spot to 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings, simply could not go low enough at TPC Boston, recording scores of 68-69-68-69. He was at his best in the middle rounds, carding only one bogey in those 36 holes, on the 18th hole in the second round, when he drove into the rough, hit a greenside bunker on his third shot and missed a 12-foot putt for par. Johnson closed strong, finishing the final round with three consecutive birdies for a total of five on the back nine, but it was too late to put him on the Presidents Cup team.

10. Luke Donald, England -- Donald hopes that playing the last two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 68-67 will give him some momentum heading into the BMW Championship after a week off in the middle of the PGA Tour playoffs. He tied for 41st and remained No. 54 in the FedEx Cup standings midway through the playoffs. Donald will need a high finish next week to rise into the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. ... Two years after winning the money titles on both major tours and finishing third in the FedEx Cup standings en route to holding the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings for a total of 56 weeks, Donald has struggled, especially lately with three missed cuts. He aims to regroup during the break this week from the PGA Tour playoffs and put up a strong performance before the home fans at Conway Farms near Chicago to qualify for the Tour Championship. He won the European Tour's Race to Duabi two years ago, but he has his work cut out for him there, too, as he sits 46th in the point standings. ... Donald shot the par of 71 or better every day at TPC Boston, opening with 71-70, but it wasn't nearly enough as seemingly everyone else was going low in the second event of the playoffs. He carded a total of six bogeys over those first two rounds but had only one more in the last two, at the 13th hole in the final round on Monday. Luke hit in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens, but he beat only five players in the field among those who made the cut in strokes gained putting at minus-0.596.

11. Bill Haas, United States -- Looking for a strong finish to move into the top five in the FedEx Cup standings, Haas instead shot 71-71--142 and missed the cut by one stroke in round two of the PGA Tour playoffs in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He missed the cut for the sixth time in 23 tournaments on the circuit this year and fell nine places to 17th in the FedEx Cup standings. In his last eight starts, he has finished out of the top 25 only when he missed the cut, last week and in the Open Championship. During that span, he earned a victory in the AT&T National. ... After playing 23 tournaments this year, Haas needs to take full advantage of the break from the playoffs this week and come back strong in the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, which he won in 2011 to wrap up the FedEx Cup title. It's already been a solid bounce-back season after he failed to get back to the finale at East Lake a year ago, as his victory in the AT&T National to give him victories in four consecutive years on the PGA Tour. He also finished eighth in the U.S. standings for the Presidents Cup and will play next month at Muirfield Village. ... Haas came to the par-5 18th hole last Saturday at TPC Boston needing a birdie to make the cut. He hit his approach shot into a greenside bunker but gave himself a chance by blasting out to within eight feet of the hole. However, he ran his birdie putt past the hole and was gone. He had only one bad hole in his opening 71, driving into the rough on the 16th hole, taking four shots to reach the green and missing a seven-foot putt to card a costly double-bogey 6.

12. Steve Stricker, United States -- One week after skipping the Barclays, Stricker accomplished his primary goal by making the United States team for the Presidents Cup when he posted four rounds in the 60s to finish second in the Deutsche Bank Championship, two shots behind Henrik Stenson. He also climbed 20 positions to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings and will have a chance to bring home the hardware and the $10 million bonus with high finishes at the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. ... Strick was going to skip the PGA Tour playoffs completely, but then he changed his mind because he wanted to make the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup on his own merit, rather than have to hope that Fred Couples makes him one of two Captain's picks on Wednesday. He did that by finishing seventh in the standings and will be on the team next month at Muirfield Village. He said he wasn't going to play in the playoffs at because he had a hunting trip scheduled for this month, but the elk will have to wait. ... Following a solid start of 66-68 last week at TPC Boston, Stricker moved into contention by shooting a bogey-free, 8-under-par 63 in the third round, punctuated by an eagle on the 18th hole. He hit his approach shot from 237 yards to within seven feet of the hole and sank the putt. Stricker tried to pressure Stenson down the stretch, carding birdies on the last two holes after putting up seven consecutive pars, but the Swede was able to hold on. Strick was strong in all facets of the game, hitting in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the fairways and greens, in addition to averaging 28 putts per round.

13. Webb Simpson, United States -- The worst thing about Simpson's tie for 53rd in the Deutsche Bank Championship was that Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson vaulted over him to claim the last two of the 10 automatic spots for the United States team for the Presidents Cup. By finishing 11th, he must rely on being one of Fred Couples' two captain's picks on Wednesday for the team that will face the Internationals next month at Muirfield Village. . ... Webb also slipped two spots to 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, but he still is in good shape halfway through the PGA Tour playoffs. Another guy who has played often this season on the PGA Tour, a total of 23 times, Simpson hopes the break will recharge his batteries so he can finish strong in the BMW Championship and guarantee his spot in the 30-man field for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. ... Simpson dug himself an early hole at TPC Boston by opening with a 2-over-par 73. He had to bounce back with a 68 to make the cut right on the number at 141. He was on the outside looking in until he hit his approach from 148 yards to within two feet of the hole for a birdie at No. 9, his last hole in round two. Simpson played his best golf of the tournament when he posted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 67 in the third round, but he could manage only a closing 70 on Monday. It appeared his was going to make the Presidents Cup team when he was at 3-under through 11 holes while finishing on the front nine, but he carded three bogeys down the stretch and four overall in the final round after making only that many in 54 holes.

14. Henrik Stenson, Sweden -- Stenson has been on a quite a hot streak, finishing second in the Open Championship at Muirfield, tying for second in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and finishing solo third in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. He finally broke through for his first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Players Championship, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes over Steve Stricker. The Swede rose 12 spots in the FedEx Cup standings, taking the lead from Tiger Woods halfway through the PGA Tour playoffs. ... Stenson probably would like to keep on playing the way he is going, but he will take a one-week break along with the other 69 players left in the playoff race before teeing it up next week in the BMW Championship. He has guaranteed himself a chance to win the FedEx Cup a week later in the Tour Championship. ... Stenson completed a climb back from No. 230 in the World Golf Rankings two years ago, reaching No. 6 with his 13th victory as a pro, three on the PGA Tour. He carded only three bogeys in 72 holes at TPC Boston, where he posted rounds of 67-63-66-66 to tie the tournament scoring record of 22-under-par 262 set by Mark Hensby in 2005. He trailed 54-hole leader Sergio Garcia by two strokes but took command by bouncing back from a bogey on the second hole with three consecutive birdies through No. 6 and four in a span of five holes. When it appeared Stenson was in trouble with Stricker charging, Henrik holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 17th hole to end any suspense. It was a brilliant all-around performance, as he hit 44 of 56 fairways and 61 of 72 greens in regulation while averaging 28.5 putts per round.

15. Lee Westwood, England -- Hoping to at least hold his position in the FedEx Cup standings and give himself a chance to reach the Tour Championship, Westwood recorded three rounds in the 60s to tie for 27th in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He climbed one spot to 30th in the standings and must play well in the BMW Championship to stay there and punch his ticket to the finale at East Lake in Atlanta. ... Westwood has played 20 times this year in his first season since moving his family from Worksop, England, to West Palm Beach, Fla., and it already has taken a toll, as the 40-year-old dropped some events he was planning to play because he felt fatigued. He's hoping to be re-energized by the one-week break in the PGA Tour playoffs so he can post a high finish in the BMW and make it to the Tour Championship for the second time. One way or the other, he has plenty of golf left. Lee captured the European Tour's inaugural Race to Dubai in 2009 after winning its forerunner, the Order of Merit, in 2000, and he is good shape to make another run at the title this fall at 11th in the point standings. ... Westwood failed to break the par of 71 last week at TPC Boston only when he shot 1-over-par 72 in the second round, costing himself a top-20 finish, but he reached the top 30 anyway. He carded a 66 in round one, with his only blemish a bogey 5 on the 17th hole. After his struggles in round two, he played the last two days in 69-67.

16. Keegan Bradley, United States -- Bradley, a New England native, left 150 tickets for family and friends at the Deutsche Bank Championship and admitted there was some pressure playing before friends and family at TPC Boston. He might have felt it a bit in the final round on Monday, when he closed with a 1-under-par 70 and slipped out of the top 10 to a tie for 16th. However, he remained 11th in the FedEx Cup standings heading into a week off before the last two events of the PGA Tour playoffs. ... The one-week break in the middle of the playoffs is giving Bradley some extra time to spend in New England after the Deutsche Bank, and he probably could used the time off after playing 23 times this season on the PGA Tour. He hopes to come back firing on all cylinders for the final two events, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, before playing next month in the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village after finishing sixth in the point standings for the United States team. ... Bradley opened with rounds of 69-65-67 at TPC Boston was in position to make a run at the title if he could go low in the final round on a week when players were shooting in the low 60s. However, after playing 38 holes without giving up a shot to par, he hit his approach shot into the water on the second hole before three-putting from 13 feet to card a triple-bogey 7. That was the only blemish on his scorecard, but after recording 14 birdies in the first three rounds, he could manage only three on Monday. Two hot streaks led to his 65, as he carded three consecutive birdies through No. 16 after starting on the back nine, and then had three more in a span of four holes through No. 5.

17. Hunter Mahan, United States -- Mahan never really challenged the leaders in the Deutsche Bank Championship after opening with a 6-under-par 65, but he played well enough to finish in a tie for 14th and accomplished two things. First, he held his No. 9 position in the Presidents Cup standings and made the United States team. In addition, he climbed three spots to 18th in the FedEx Cup standings heading to the final two events of the PGA Tour playoffs, the BMW Championship next week, followed by the Tour Championship. ... Mahan, the only golfer to have played in all 26 events since the PGA Tour playoffs began in 2007, hopes to return in his best form after the one-week break in the postseason schedule. He tied for fourth in the U.S. Open and tied for ninth in the Open Championship, but he has not posted a top-10 finish since he left the RBC Canadian Open while holding the lead before the third round to be with his wife, Kandi, for the birth of their first child, Zoe. ... Mahan had a brilliant bogey-free opening round last week at TPC Boston, where he carded three scores in the 60s and recorded only four bogeys over 72 holes. After posting a 70 in the second round, when he made only two birdies and a bogey, he played the last two rounds in 66-69 but simply did not go low enough to stay with the leaders. He had a big finish in the third round, when he played the last six holes in 4 under. He recorded an eagle on the par-5 final hole, where he hit his approach from 232 yards to within five feet and holed the putt.

18. Ernie Els, South Africa -- Els needed a solid finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship to climb into the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings so he could move on in the PGA Tour playoffs to the BMW Championship. He got it by posting four scores in the 60s at TPC Boston to tie for 20th and climb 21 spots to exactly 70th in the standings, making it by less than one point. ... Els, following in the footsteps of fellow South African Gary Player, the most traveled golfer of all time, has teed it up a staggering 27 times around the world this year, and he has plenty of golf left on his schedule even after the PGA Tour playoffs. He will play for the International team in the Presidents Cup next month, and he ranks seventh in the European Tour's Race to Dubai. Ernie's best golf this year came outside the United States, a victory at the BMW International Open in Germany, second in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and a tie for sixth at the BMW PGA Championship in England. He would like to add the Race to Dubai title to the Order of Merit tiles he captured in 2003 and 2004. ... Els played his best at TPC Boston with a 5-under-par 66 in the first round, and he followed with 69-68-69 to barely make it through to round three of the playoffs. He tried to give himself some breathing room with two birdies on the first four holes in the final round on Monday, but he took it right down to the wire by finishing with 14 consecutive pars. Els fell out of the top 70 at one stage but was back in for good when K.J. Choi made a bogey on the final hole and slid five spots to No. 73.

19. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- G-Mac needed a low finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship to move up in the FedEx Cup standings and give himself a good chance to make it all the way to the Tour Championship for the first time. However, he played his best at TPC Boston only when he fired a bogey-free, 5-under-par 66 in the second round, and he finished in a tie for 47th. That dropped him three spots to 47th in the standings, and he will need a very high finish in the BMW Championship next week to climb into the top 30 and make it to the finale at Atlanta. ... The one-week break in the midst of the PGA Tour playoffs will give G-Mac a chance to work on some of the preparations for his wedding to Kristin Stape in a few weeks. He has played 18 times on both major tours this season, and after the wedding and honeymoon, he will have plenty of golf left, as he ranks second in the European Tour's Race to Dubai point standings and he also will defend his title in the World Challenge in December. It's been another strong season, despite several surprising missed cuts, as he has three victories for the second straight year. ... McDowell recorded only two bogeys over his last 54 holes at TPC Boston, but he simply could not card enough birdies in the second and fourth rounds, a total of five. He could have been bogey-free again in the final round, but he needed four shots to reach the green on the par-5 18th hole, where he missed a five-foot putt for par to close with a 70 and leave on a sour note.

20. Zach Johnson, United States -- After skipping the Barclays, the playoff opener, to be the best man at his brother's wedding, Johnson rallied in the last two rounds to finish in a tie for 27th in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He slipped two places to 27th in the FedEx Cup standings, but he holed a 27-foot putt on the final round that allowed him to hold the 10th and final automatic spot in the United States standings for the Presidents Cup next month at Muirfield Village. Otherwise, he would have had to rely on Fred Couples making him one of two captain's picks on Wednesday. ... Zack said he had no regrets about missing the Barclays, even though he has slipped from 18th in the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the regular season. He will need a solid result at the BMW Championship next week to remain in the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship a week after at East Lake in Atlanta. ... Johnson carded three bogeys in his last four holes while finishing round two on the front nine at TPC Boston, making the cut right on the number at 69-72--141. He dug himself an early hole that day with a triple-bogey 7 at the 12th hole, hitting his approach shot into an unplayable lie and taking five to reach the green before missing a 15-foot putt. However, he bounced back by playing a stretch of six holes through No. 5 in 5 under, including a 15-foot eagle putt on the second hole. Then Johnson played the last two rounds in 67-66, recording a total of 11 birdies and only two bogeys, on the 16th hole in round three and the 14th hole in the final round.

Others receiving consideration: Bubba Watson, United States; Ian Poulter, England; Jordan Spieth, United States; Patrick Reed, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jason Day, Australia; Charles Howell III, United States; Kevin Streelman, United States; D.A. Points, United States; Billy Horschel, United States; John Merrick, United States; Russell Henley, United States; Boo Weekley, United States; Harris English, United States; Jonas Blixt, Sweden; Graham DeLaet, Canada; Jim Furyk, United States; Gary Woodland, United States; Sergio Garcia, Spain.

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