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Deutsche Bank Championship 2012 Preview: Top Five FedExCup Points Leaders Square Off In Boston

The PGA tour marches to the northeast this weekend, as second leg of the FedExCup playoffs kicks off with The Desutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Friday.

Aug. 26, 2012; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Nick Watney waves to the crowd after putting the 9th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Bethpage State Park.  Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 26, 2012; Farmingdale, NY, USA; Nick Watney waves to the crowd after putting the 9th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Bethpage State Park. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The PGA tour marches to New England this weekend, as second leg of the FedExCup playoffs kicks off with The Desutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Friday.

The tournament will showcase the top-five FedEx points leaders. Nick Watney, winner at The Barclays last week is atop the points list with 3,226, a 600 point lead over Brandt Snedeker. Tiger Woods, who says he's healthy after battling back pain last week, and PGA Championship-winner Rory McIlroy are in the third and fourth spots respectively, separated by just 118 points. Zach Johnson rounds out the top-five.

The state of Texas will be well-represented in this year's field, with Bob Estes, Greg Chalmers, J.J. Henry, Jimmy Walker, John Rollins, K.J. Choi and Martin Flores set to tee it up when tournament play starts on Friday morning.

Due to Labor Day, the tournament will run from Friday-to-Monday, rather than the usual Thursday-to-Sunday format.

For more on The Deutsche Bank Championship and all the latest gold news, check out SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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