FedExCup spotlight: Graham DeLaetCROMWELL, CT- JUNE 23: Graham DeLaet of Canada tees off on the 9th hole during the final round of the 2013 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 23, 2012 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)July 24, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
One of the budding stars of the 2013 season, Canada’s own Graham DeLaet travels to this week’s RBC Canadian Open with a chance to launch his name into the upper ranks of the FedExCup chase.
Currently 25th in the in the FedExCup standings, DeLaet is just one of two competitors inside the FedExCup top 30 who has never won a PGA TOUR event.
After never finishing inside the top 50 in the FedExCup standings, DeLaet is having a career year this season and is in position to make a run at his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He’s finished inside the top 25 in half of his 20 starts this season including a run of five in a row from mid-May through the month of June. He’s cooled a little in his last two starts but still hasn’t missed a cut since April.
DeLaet could be feeling some increased pressure this week at Glen Abbey, however, as he attempts to become just the second Canadian since 1914 to win his country’s Open and the first since 1954. He tied for 46th in 2009 -- the time the event was held at Glen Abbey for the best finish in his four starts. But this season, he’s been on a different level and leads the TOUR in greens in regulation and has five top-10 finishes.
Looking ahead, there’s not much time remaining in the PGA TOUR season for DeLaet to change his position. He’s not currently locked into the field at next week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational or the following week’s PGA Championship, but those could both be subject to change. He finished tied for 22nd in last year’s Wyndham Championship and we could again see him at Sedgefield CC.
What we do know, however, is that DeLaet will be competing in the Playoffs and he will have his best-ever starting position for them. He’s never previously started inside the FedExCup top 100 at The Barclays but was still able to stay for three events a year ago. This year, with more confidence, better form and a stronger season, the sky could be the limit for DeLaet.
This week’s event could be the first step in a very big stretch for him.
DeLaet's FedExCup finishes 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 --- --- --- 124th 262nd 53rd FedExCup highlights • DeLaet has competed in four Playoff evetnts with a tie for fifth at the 2012 Barclays as his best career Playoff finish. • He finished a career-best 53rd in the FedExCup standings a season ago. • DeLaet never ranked inside the top 40 before this year but enters the week at No. 25 in the standings. • His 10 top-25 and five top-10 finishes this season nearly double his previous career totals of 13 and six respectively. DeLaet's RBC Canadian Open results, FedExCup points Year FedExCup before RBC result Points earned FedExCup after 2010 108th MC 0 114th 2012 108th T56 13.0 109th