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Deutsche Bank Championship: Golf Grips New England Over Labor Day Weekend

Dustin Johnson, the FedeExCup Playoff Points leader, and many of the world's top golfers hit the links at TPC Boston in Norwood for the annual Deutsche Bank Championship.

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 2, 2011 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 02: Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 2, 2011 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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(Sports Network) - It's the second leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup and the field has been whittled down to the top 100 on the points list.

After The Barclays last week was shortened due to Hurricane Irene, players should be well rested. Since the New Jersey-based Barclays was reduced to 54 holes, golfers had Sunday off and with Labor Day on Monday, the tour always takes advantage of the national holiday and goes Friday-Monday for this event.

The TPC Boston prepared for Irene and took several TV towers, signs and temporary structures down until the storm passed.

Dustin Johnson is your FedExCup Playoff Points leader thanks to his abbreviated, but still impressive victory at Plainfield Country Club. Matt Kuchar, the runner-up at The Barclays is second, followed by Nick Watney, Webb Simpson and world No. 1 Luke Donald.

The top 100 are in the field this week, although it's only 99. J.B. Holmes is out of action after brain surgery and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who skipped the first playoff event, is back in action.

Last year, it was an unlikely winner in the second playoff event.

Charley Hoffman fired a nine-under 62 on Monday and won by five shots. He missed the course record at the TPC Boston, but did post a tournament record 22-under 262.

It was his second PGA Tour victory and first since 2007.

Hoffman is back to defend his title and is 33rd on the points list.

It's bubble time for several players as the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.

Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy, Davis Love III, Stewart Cink and Ernie Els will all need a good Labor Day weekend if they are to advance.

Golf Channel has the first two rounds, then early coverage on Sunday and Monday. NBC will carry the end of the broadcast for Sunday and Monday.

Next week is a break in the playoffs, but in two weeks, it's the BMW Championship for the top 70 on the points list. Johnson won that title last year.