Weeks: DeLaet's performance at Barclays a huge boost

Bob Weeks
8/27/2013 11:10:22 AM
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Graham DeLaet may not have won the Barclays on Sunday, but his performance did help him in a few significant ways. First, the Weyburn, Saskatchewan product climbed inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's now at 48, the highest of his career. If he were to hold that spot at the end of this season, he'd earn a slew of benefits, such as entry to the World Golf Championship events as well as The Masters.

The bigger boost for DeLaet, however, is that he moved to 10th on the Presidents Cup ranking. The team will be announced next week, following the Deutsche Bank Championship. There's a very good chance that DeLaet will hold 10th spot, in which case he'd earn a place on the team.

He could potentially be passed by a player such as Tim Clark, who is in the field at the Deutsche Bank, or Tongchai Jaidee, who is playing the European Tour's stop in Wales, which he won last year.

But even 11th might be good enough. At the moment, Louis Oosthuizen is ranked fifth but he's been on the shelf since the start of August and isn't expected to return to action until the end of September. Whether he'd be ready to play in the Presidents Cup after a two-month layoff is something captain Nick Price will no doubt bring up with the popular South African. If he sits out, that would bring the 11th-place finisher onto the team.

And even if all of that came to fruition, you'd have to think that DeLaet, with six top-10s this year, would be a captain's pick for Price.

DeLaet said making the Presidents Cup team was one of his top goals for 2013 and it appears it's one he's going to achieve. He'd be just the second Canadian on that squad after Mike Weir, who played on five teams.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that DeLaet is sitting seventh in the FedEx Cup standings. It would appear that barring a total collapse in the next two events, he'll be in the field for the Tour Championship. That means a good payday and also loads of exemptions for next season, including all four majors.

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