The PGA Tour travels to Norton, Mass., this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship -- the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs at TPC Boston.
While the ultimate goal for any player in the field is to win this week, there will also be a lot of jockeying for position in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 70 players in the standings advance to the BMW Championship after this week.
All eyes will be on Jason Day. His win in the Barclays on Sunday equaled his third victory in his last four starts. He's red hot. Jordan Spieth is also back in action after a missed cut at Barclays and Rory McIlroy returns for the first time since the PGA Championship.
Here are the five players to keep an eye on.
5. Brooks Koepka
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the Waste Management Phoenix Open
Reason to watch: Up until last week's missed cut at the Barclays, Koepka has been one of the hottest players on Tour with five top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a T10 at the Open Championship and a T5 at the PGA Championship. Koepka is one of the brightest young stars playing on the PGA Tour today. Koepka begins this week at No. 16 in the FedExCup standings. He's also on the outside looking in when it comes to the Presidents Cup -- No. 19 in those standings. Koepka needs a big week.
4. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Winner of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and the Wells Fargo Championship
Reason to watch: McIlroy promised at the PGA Championship that he would not have returned from his ankle injury if he weren't ready to play. And, likely rusty, his 17th-place showing was more than respectable. Since then, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Jordan Spieth and then regained it when Spieth missed the cut at Barclays. I have to believe that competitive side of McIlroy is getting a little annoyed with all the attention Day and Spieth have -- deservedly -- been receiving lately. Look for McIlroy to make a statement at TPC Boston, where he won in 2012.
3. Jimmy Walker
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won Sony Open in Hawaii and the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: After a blistering start to the PGA Tour season, Walker has cooled off in recent months. His best finish in six starts since a T2 at the AT&T Byron Nelson is a T21 at the Quicken Loans National. Even with the not-so-spectacular play of late, Walker enters this week No. 7 in the FedExCup standings. I expect him to turn a corner this week at TPC Boston where he tied for ninth a year ago.
2. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Barclays
Reason to watch: Stenson -- winner of the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs -- is coming into this week off the strength of a second-place showing at the Barclays, which ties for his best performance this season. In 13 starts on the PGA Tour, he has yet to miss a cut and is currently No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. Stenson has a history of playing well at TPC Boston, having won in 2013. Furthermore, his four PGA Tour wins came in a World Golf Championship, the Players and two playoffs events. He steps his game up for the biggest tournaments of the season and this is one of them.
1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the Farmers Insurance Open, the RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship and the Barclays
Reason to watch: Who would be crazy enough to bet about this guy right now? Day is on fire. The only thing he lacked prior to this season was the ability to close out a tournament. That's no longer an issue. Since winning his first major, it doesn't seem Day has any interest in putting it on cruise control. He's got the pedal to the metal. Oh, and at TPC Boston? He already has a runner-up finish and a tie for third.
Here's how my five to watch fared at last week's Barclays:
5. Jason Day -- Won
4. Jordan Spieth -- Missed cut
3. Justin Rose -- T16
2. Matt Kuchar -- T39
1. Dustin Johnson -- T9
Bizarre injuries happen -- Jesper Parnevik breaking a rib on a Segway; any number of professional athletes breaking ribs from sneezing; a severely sliced finger from cutting open a bagel (PGA Tour player Skip Kendall did that years ago); the list goes on.
But, a knee injury that forced PGA Tour player Will Wilcox to make the disappointing decision to withdraw from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship has got to be a first.
Wilcox injured himself while, get this, entering his rental car.
Injuries are no laughing matter, so we certainly wish Wilcox the best for a swift recovery. But talk about bad luck.
The injury effectively ends Wilcox's 2014-15 season. He was No. 89 on the FedExCup points list headed into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.
Here's how Wilcox explained the injury on his personal website:
Injury and Deutsche Bank Withdrawl
On Monday morning of this week, I slammed my right knee into the dash of my rental car, which was set up much differently than my car, while getting in to drive to a fundraiser golf event outside of Atlanta.
After attempting to treat it myself with rest and ice, the pain and swelling continued. Over the past few days, I have sought out multiple medical opinions, including working with the training staff of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and also Dr. Scott Maughon, who is one of Atlanta's very best Sports Medicine and Orthopedic doctors, who were all nice enough to see me on such short notice. After appointments, X-Ray and a MRI we have found deep bruising to my patellar tendon, which explains the current pain and difficultly in applying weight to my right knee and leg.
After exploring the opinions and resources available to me, I am forced to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship this week and as a result the remainder of the 2015 Fed Ex Cup playoffs. This was not an easy decision to make, but one I do with my best interests and future health in mind.
2015 has been a dream come true year. To start the year with conditional status and fight my way inside the Top 75 on the PGA Tour is something I am very proud of. I have had a lot of fun with all the fans at the events and on social media and can not thank everyone enough for the all the positive vibes and support they have shown me.
The 2015/2016 season will be here very soon. I am looking forward to getting 100% healthy, rested and prepared for full status on the PGA Tour for next season and beyond.
The Bryan Bros. are fired up about college football season.
The trick-shot duo recently took a trip to Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, to shoot one of their best videos to date.
Don't believe me? Check it out:
The Bryan Bros. returned to Williams-Brice Stadium in their Garnet and Black in promotion of College Colors Day, which celebrates the start of the college football season, and is this Friday.
Solheim Cup (@SolheimCup2015) action gets underway Sept. 18 in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.
And if you're wondering how excited fans and players are look no further than social media.
From a musical ode to the Solheim Cup trophy to past winners reliving the glory, these are some of our favorite posts so far:
— Ellie Bednarz (@BednarzEllie) September 2, 2015
3. And the Ladies European Tour offered this shout out to the U.S. team (@Solheim_Cup).
4. This dog.
— PING GOLF (@PingTour) August 26, 2015
5. And this most excellent flashback from team USA's Paula Creamer (@ThePCreamer)
A photo posted by Paula Creamer Heath (@paulacreamer1) on
We'll be adding more as the countdown to the Solheim Cup continues.