This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
The second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs is this week's Friday-Monday Deutsche Bank Championship from TPC Boston, featuring 97 of the top 100 in the FedEx Cup rankings – Danny Willett, Alex Cejka and Kevin Na are not participating. Here's our stats thread.
Patrick Reed, Together Again
Patrick Reed played fairly boring golf Sunday at The Barclays, but on the Black Course and Bethpage State Park, that's exactly what you have to do. Consider this: he ranked sixth in strokes gained-approach to the green, bettering his season rank of 69th. Additionally he was eighth in strokes gained-around the green, and improved on his 58th rank in strokes gained-putting to finish 27th for the week in that category. Now he's qualified for the Ryder Cup, is ninth in the world – on the precipice of being that top-5 he famously said he would be several years ago – and can freewheel it en route to $10 million. I recommend him this week.
How the Other Stars Did
We had a lot of questions about various big name players coming off layoffs. Here's how they did at The Barclays:
Jordan Spieth - He needed to improve his iron consistency and overall round-to-round consistency. The irons showed – he was eighth in strokes gained-approach to the green, but was 54th in that measure around the green, and 34th in putting. He was also hurt by a 31st ranking in strokes gained-off the tee, and hit a couple poor shots at the wrong