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.