They say that timing is everything, and when it comes to the PGA Tour, that mantra holds true once again. As long as you qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, you can play your way ever closer to the $10 million prize. Canadian Graham DeLaet has done just that over the last two events. After two outstanding performances to start the playoffs, DeLaet is in prime position to make a run at the FedEx Cup title.
While you may not be very familiar with the player from Saskatchewan, he has made quite a name for himself in 2013. Heading into the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, DeLaet was the owner of 10 top-25 finishes this season, including a solo third place result at the Travelers Championship. His play was good enough to get him to 34th position in the FedEx Cup standings to start the playoffs at The Barclays. A tie for second there moved him to seventh in the rankings.
DeLaet didn’t take any time off – nor did he let off of the throttle at the Deutsche Bank Championship. In an event where Henrik Stenson finally picked up a victory, the Canuck was only four shots off of the pace when play concluded. He finished alone in third place and moved into fifth place in the rankings prior to the penultimate playoff event. He fired four sub-70 rounds at TPC Boston en route to cracking the top five.
With Henson’s victory, DeLaet takes over the role as the hottest player without a win. He is ranked first on Tour in total driving, third in greens in regulation and 20th in scoring average. He can stand to improve a bit on the greens where he only ranks 67th in strokes gained – putting; but even those numbers aren’t abhorrent. What makes his performance in the playoffs even more intriguing is the fact that he missed two consecutive cuts prior to The Barclays. Despite the fact that he limped into the playoffs, he has rounded into form at just the right time.
Everything is in line for DeLaet to contend for a title – either this week or next – and he may just end up getting his name on the big check when all is said and done.