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Tour Report: 18 in second leg of Playoffs for 1st time

NORTON, Mass. – Nearly one-fifth of the field of 100 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a total of 18 to be exact, is playing in the second event of the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time.

Of that group, half are rookies with John Huh the highest-placed at No. 24. The others are No. 26 Bud Cauley, No. 41 Brian Harman, No. 54 Seung-Yul Noh, No. 63 Harris English, No. 80 Roberto Castro, No. 84 Ted Potter Jr., No. 92 Sang-Moon Bae and No. 97 Jonas Blixt.

Louis Oosthuizen, who nearly won his second major at the Masters earlier this year, didn’t make the Playoffs last season, his first as a PGA TOUR member. He comes in well-positioned to make a run at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola now, though, ranked No. 21.

Ditto for Lee Westwood, who said last week he felt he had missed out on something special when he found himself watching the Playoffs on TV. So he re-joined the PGA TOUR this year, tied for fifth at The Barclays and moved from 51st to 27th in the FedExCup.

Other veterans advancing to the second round of the Playoffs for the first time include the bearded Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, who rank Nos. 44 and 67, respectively; No. 75 Matt Every, No. 82 Michael Thompson, No. 96 Dickie Pride, No. 99 Daniel Summerhays and No. 100 Martin Flores.

How many will finish among the top 70 in the FedExCup standings and head to the BMW Championship for the first time? We’ll know on Labor Day.

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