DUBLIN, Ohio -- The International duo of Jason Day and Graham DeLaet rallied late to beat the American duo of Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker on the last hole in their Four-ball match at The Presidents Cup.
The Internationals won the opening hole, but the Americans answered by winning the next three holes and mantained the advantage for most of the match, going 3 up after Snedeker's birdie at the sixth. But Day and DeLaet hung tough and were only 1 down after 13 holes. DeLaet then made three consecutive birdies, winning two holes and putting the Internationals 1 up. The Americans answered by winning the 17th hole on Snedeker's birdie. At the pivotal 18th, both Americans played poor approach shots, and Day won the hole and the match by rolling in a birdie putt.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Graham DeLaet. Although Day had the winning putt, it was the Canadian -- playing in his first Presidents Cup -- who carried his team. He made six birdies, including the three consecutive birdies to turn the momentum on the back nine.
BY THE NUMBERS
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DUBLIN, Ohio -- A preview of the Thursday Four-Ball match between the American duo of Hunter Mahan-Brandt Snedeker vs. the International duo of Jason Day-Graham DeLaet. Tee time for this match is 11:45 a.m ET.
ALL-TIME PRESIDENTS CUP RECORDS
8-5-1 (2-3-0 Four-Ball)
1-3-1 (1-1-0 Four-Ball)
United States: Snedeker calls Mahan a "safety net" because he expects his partner to hit fairways and greens -- Mahan ranks 25th in both categories on TOUR. Snedeker, on the other hand, can be a birdie matchine and ranks fourth in strokes-gained putting. The two have known each other since their junior golf days and while this is a first-time partnership, it will be a comfortable one."Hunter and I have our hands full," Snedeker said. "I feel really comfortable about our chances." -- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
International: With seven Presidents Cup rookies on the roster, Nick Price wanted to spread his experience around, starting with Muirfield Village member Day in a pairing he felt was important given fast starts by the U.S. in the past."Those two guys are very keen to get going," Price said. "For all of us, it was an obvious choice who we were going to put out first." - Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Helen Ross: International. Day and DeLaet appear to have jelled.
Brian Wacker: International. It's Day's home course.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The start of the Presidents Cup is still a day away, but Jason Day and Graham DeLaet already have a win this week at Murifield Village.
The two had the low score, an 8-under 64, in the International Team's practice round foursomes on Tuesday, and Captain Nick Price awarded them with a special trophy at the team dinner later that evening.
Though Price told players to keep score during the first practice session of the week, they weren't aware what they were playing for.
Given the International Team's abysmal record in foursomes -- 58-105-26 -- Price wanted to add a little something extra to the otherwise casual day.
The plaque features part of Price's putter that he famously snapped after losing to Kenny Perry in the 2003 Presidents Cup at Fancourt, where Price missed an 8-foot putt on the final hole.
Price hopes to continue the trophy tradition at future Presidents Cups.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- When Graham DeLaet thinks about the Presidents Cup, the first thing that comes to mind is Mike Weir beating Tiger Woods 1-up at Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2007.
It was one of the few bright spots for an International Team that got crushed by 5 points that year, but the Sunday singles victory by Weir left an indelible mark on DeLaet.
"It was an unbelievable moment for golf in our country," said DeLaet, who was playing on PGA TOUR Canada at the time. "He's represented Canada so well for so long, and he's a great role model."
Now it's DeLaet's turn.
The 31-year-old is making his Presidents Cup debut this week but arrives at Muirfield having played well enough to earn a spot on the team.
In 26 starts on the PGA TOUR this season, DeLaet had seven top 10s, including a runner-up at The Barclays and a third-place finish the following week at TPC Boston. He also finished third at the Travelers Championship and ended the year eighth in the FedExCup standings.
"He's really come out of his shell this year and I think he's starting to believe in himself and his ability," Price said. "He's probably rounded off a few of the rough edges that he had in the first couple of years as a professional. He's learned how to play the game, and he plays it so beautifully."
So much so that there aren't many holes when taking a closer look at DeLaet's game.
He ranked first in total driving -- a combination of distance and accuracy -- and was third in greens in regulation. He was also 16th in birdie average.
If there is a weakness, it's probably his putting. DeLaet ranked 76th this season in strokes gained-putting and was 120th in putts from 10-15 feet.
But whatever he lacks in his short game, he might make up for it in crowd support.
"We really needed a Canadian on the team," Price said. "We are going to have a lot of support from the Canadians and I think we are going to have a lot of pep down here from Canada in the next four or five days."
That was evident even in DeLaet's practice round Tuesday.
"It's cool to have a lot of support," DeLaet said. "Hopefully they can be nice and loud and try to offset a little bit of the American noise."
DUBLIN, Ohio -- While preparing for The Presidents Cup, team members from the American and International teams stopped by the PGA TOUR Google+ Hangouts booth to answer fan questions and talk about their experiences thus far.
Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner represented the American team, with Dufner dropping a hint about one of his likely partners this week. Click below to watch and find out who.
Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Graham DeLaet shared some knowledge on the course conditions, the International team spirit and little known facts about their lives off the course.
International team rookies Richard Sterne and Brendon de Jonge share their memories of watching past Presidents Cup and thoughts on playing at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The International team gathered for team photos just after 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday before players warmed up and headed out in practice pods at Muirfield Village.
The pairings offered a sneak peek at some possible pairings for Thursday's four-ball matches.
First out were Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. That the two would play together is hardly a surprise -- they're close friends and represented South Africa in the 2011 World Cup, where they finished 12th out of 28 teams.
Next off in a practice session were Jason Day and Graham DeLaet. Day of course is a member at Muirfield Village, while DeLaet is playing here for just the third time.
Fellow South Africans and Presidents Cup rookies Richard Sterne and Branden Grace were the third group off for the International team.
The remaining pods included Ernie Els with Brendon de Jonge, Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama and Angel Cabrera with Marc Leishman.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Next week’s BMW Championship will be many players’ first trip to Conway Farms, the suburban Chicago layout that will host the third event of the FedExCup Playoffs. Conway Farms has hosted a handful of national amateur events, but this will be its first PGA TOUR event.
Preparing for a new course adds a new challenge for the BMW’s elite field. The top 70 players in the FedExCup qualified for the event. The FedExCup's top 30 after the BMW will qualify for the following week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
“What works in their favor, one, is there's 70 players left in the field, so they will get out there and practice rounds won't be too tedious,” Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said Wednesday in a teleconference. “I'm looking forward as an analyst just to see this golf course. I've toured it via the Internet and looked at it. It looks marvelous, great setting. I think it's really exciting, risk-reward, a lot of cool shots coming down the stretch, and I'm sure the players have thought about it, as well.”
Conway Farms will be a home game for Luke Donald. His short-game coach, Pat Goss, tweeted Wednesday, “Day 2 of my Conway Farms short game escapades - today with the best in the world at it @LukeDonald. #funtowatch.” Goss worked with Gary Woodland the previous day.
Woodland is 14th in the FedExCup standings and seems likely to safely advance to the TOUR Championship. He was 116th in the FedExCup after the RBC Canadian Open in July, but has vaulted more than 100 points in the standings after winning the Reno-Tahoe Open and finishing T-2 at The Barclays, the first FedExCup Playoffs event. Goss and Woodland worked exclusively on the short game from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Goss tweeted.
Donald has work to do at his home course if he is to make the TOUR Championship for the fifth consecutive year. He is 54th in the FedExCup. Donald recently started working with instructor Chuck Cook, who’s instructed PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner for several years.
“I just think that Luke maybe is just having a little bit of ‑‑ just sort of a downtime,” Miller said on the teleconference. “It happens to everybody. It happened to Nicklaus, of course to Woods a couple of times and it's happened to all the great players, Mickelson, you name it. They have had times where maybe they didn't know if they wanted to unpack the suitcase and pack it that many times a year; a little bit of that, you never know.
"He'll probably come back. He has got a lot of talent. But his iron game is off, and that was always the hallmark and as a collegian and coming on TOUR, that's what he was known for was great iron play. I think his wedges are all right, but the rest of the irons are not so good.”
While Donald, a former World No. 1, seeks to regain past form, several players have had breakout performances in the FedExCup Playoffs, namely Henrik Stenson and Graham DeLaet. Stenson leads the FedExCup after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, his first TOUR title since the 2009 PLAYERS Championship. He’s risen to sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking after falling outside the top 200 during a slump a couple years ago. Stenson will qualify for the TOUR Championship for the first time; this is his first time advancing to the BMW Championship since 2007.
“Obviously Stenson is really on a roll, and it's not just a one‑ or two‑week roll,” Miller said. “He's doing everything really well. He has the power and he has great irons. Short game has really improved, the work he's put in, and the putter is working really well.”
You know, it's fast, but he's so powerful. The guy is really put together, big guy, tall and strong, and really makes great contact and crushes the ball, really compress the ball and makes a loud noise when he hits it.
“He could possibly get to the next level next year. He might end up being a guy that will win a major or maybe a couple majors the next two years. He says he wants to put even more work into his game. Saw his interview this morning, and you know, he understands that to take it to the next level, he has to even work even harder. So I like him.”
DeLaet also is on pace for his first TOUR Championship appearance. He's fifth in the FedExCup standings after a T-2 finish at The Barclays and third-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top five in the FedExCup standings after the BMW can clinch the FedExCup with a win at the TOUR Championship, regardless of how the players ahead of him fare in the final Playoffs event.
“I'm just absolutely flabbergasted watching that guy hit golf balls,” Chamblee said. “He's never had a golf lesson. His father showed him how to hold a golf club and then he just went about it himself. He leads the TOUR in total driving and he leads the TOUR in ball‑striking. I think it's a fabulous contrast, in my opinion, to the over‑coaching that's going on on the PGA TOUR.”
Stenson leads the FedExCup, followed by Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and DeLaet. There’s still a lot of work left to be done to win the FedExCup, though. Historic East Lake Golf Club awaits.
"You start to look at guys who on the eve of THE TOUR Championship, first of all who, have won a major championship, because that golf course, Donald Ross, re‑designed obviously by a number of people, but you have to look at quality ball‑strikers; the golf course, it's hard to hit a lot of those greens."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Graham DeLaet is a "routine" kind of guy.
He normally gets to the course about two hours before his scheduled tee time. That way the Canadian has time for a workout and a bite of breakfast or lunch, depending on the time of day, before he heads to the range and practice green.
DeLaet doesn't usually find himself taking his wife to the airport like he did on Sunday before the Deutsche Bank Championship. In a driving rainstorm, no less.
Turns out Ruby DeLaet had plenty of time to make her flight to Italy. But the way her husband played at TPC Boston on Saturday, she might regret her decision to leave.
DeLaet tied his career low with a 62 that was one stroke off the course record to move into share of third at 16 under, three strokes off the pace being set by Sergio Garcia. He opened with a bogey but that was the day's only blemish and he managed 10 birdies in his next 17 holes.
"It was an incredible day," DeLaet said. " It's one of those days that it doesn't come along as often as you'd like."
DeLaet admittedly was a little worried as he drove back from Boston's Logan Airport, which is normally about a 45-minute trip from TPC Boston. He knew the third round was being restarted at noon, but there were times when it was raining so hard DeLaet had to slow down to 30 mph on the highway.
Turns out, he arrived hwith plenty of time.
"I'm kind of a routine guy, so I definitely would prefer to be here on my regular time and go through everything how I always do," DeLaet said. "But at the same time, like I said, I wasn't in panic mode. Once I got to the golf course I knew I had enough time."
DeLaet is sporting his playoff beard for the second straight year -- "I'm Canadian, that's what we do in the playoffs, you don't shave until you're done," he said. And the way DeLaet is playing, he'll have three more weeks sans razor as he makes his first appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
DeLaet assured himself of a spot at East Lake when he closed with a 65 last week and moved into a tie for second at The Barclays. That propeled him from 34th to seventh in the FedExCup standings and was a big confidence booster.
"Last week definitely helped," DeLaet said. "Sunday, I mean that was a tough golf course. The wind was up there and I was able to put together a nice round.
And just coming in here this week I was really feeling good about the way I was hitting it and the way I was putting it.
"And when you can make a few putts early, especially you can just get a little bit more confidence going. It was just a fun day. I just hope that I can have half that kind of day tomorrow.
NORTON, Mass. -- Graham DeLaet is the leader in the clubhouse after polishing off a 62 in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
DeLaet's round is the lowest this week and one stroke off the course record -- leaving him in a tie at the top of the leaderboard 16 under. Jason Dufner, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson are also at that number, through 12, 11 and 11 holes, respectively.
The Canadian started his round Sunday with a bogey, then made 10 birdies in his next 17 holes. DeLaet came to TPC Boston ranked seventh in the FedExCup and would take over the No. 1 spot with what would be his first PGA TOUR victory should he go on to win on Sunday.
Roberto Castro is alone at 15 under with six holes remaining while Kevin Stadler just finished off a 64 that left him one stroke further back. Steve Stricker, bidding to jump into the top 10 in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings, is 5 under for the day and 13 under for the tournament through 14 holes.
Tiger Woods just finished off a 72 that left him tied for 43rd at 6 under.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Graham DeLaet’s final-round 65 at The Barclays could be one of the most important rounds of the Canadian’s career. His runner-up last week at Liberty National was the best finish of his PGA TOUR career and made it more likely he'd qualify for two important events later this year.
DeLaet moved from 34th to seventh in the FedExCup after The Barclays, making his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola appearance almost a certainty. He was in 26th place entering the final round at Liberty National, but made seven birdies and one bogey to finish one shot behind Adam Scott.
DeLaet also moved to 10th in the International Team standings for the Presidents Cup. The United States and International teams will be determined after this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins Friday at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
The top 10 in each team’s respective standings after the Deutsche Bank automatically earn roster spots. The two captains, Fred Couples and Nick Price, will each select two additional players Sept. 4.
Even if DeLaet were to fall out of the top 10, he would be a strong candidate for one of International captain Nick Price's two picks. DeLaet has six top-10s on the PGA TOUR in 2013. He's looking to be the first Canadian since Mike Weir in 2009 to play the Presidents Cup, which will be held Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
DeLaet was the only player to crack the top 10 of the International Team standings last week. He bumped three-time Presidents Cup participant Tim Clark, who fell to 11th in the standings. Scott remains No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne, Angel Cabrera and DeLaet.
Clark is followed by Thongchai Jaidee, Marc Leishman, George Coetzee and Brendon de Jonge in the standings.
No one entered the top 10 in the United States’ standings last week. Webb Simpson moved from 10th to ninth, while Zach Johnson, who sat out The Barclays to attend his brother’s wedding, fell one spot to 10th. Tiger Woods leads the standings, followed by Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Simpson and Johnson. Steve Stricker is 11th in the standings, followed by Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel.