DeLaet and Hearn doing Canada proud

Graham DeLaet is moving on to the next round of the FedEx Cup. (GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFP...

Graham DeLaet is moving on to the next round of the FedEx Cup. (GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFP file photo)

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 AM ET

Just when it seemed the bubble they were sitting on was about to burst for Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn, it instead floated upwards.

A tie for fifth in the first playoff event at The Barclays will do that for you as illustrated by DeLaet, who shot a final-round 65 to catapult from 106th to 44th in FedEx Cup points.

Hearn wasn’t far behind in a tie for 10th at The Barclays to rocket from 108th to 67th in post-season points. Those numbers add up to the fact that both will play this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship after elimination seemed the more likely fate.

“It’s amazing how fast things can change with one good round in the playoffs,” said DeLaet, who had a couple of top-25s in three events leading into the Barclays.

“I know that I’m playing well right now. I’m confident in my game and I feel like I’ve been playing better than my results as of late and it was nice to finally put things together,” said DeLaet.

“I felt like it could have been a lot better. I felt like I really should have, could have been right in the hunt, but at the same time, I’m not disappointed at all,” he added.

Hearn echoed those thoughts about his game.

“Starting the FedEx Cup playoffs this year, I wanted to get further than I did last year. It was fun to make the Barclays last year, but I’d like to see if I can get pretty deep into this thing,” he said.

“I know my game has been good most of the year and I haven’t quite shown how well I’ve been playing,” he added.

“I drove the ball great. I think I only missed a handful of fairways the whole week, so it felt really good for me to get out and have a nice week like this the first week of the playoffs,” said Hearn, whose finish at the Barclays was helped by a third-round 67.

“I made the cut on the number and it’s one of those things where I bogeyed my last (hole) and it’s never an advantage to give up a shot to the field, but being one of the first groups out on the golf course (Saturday), I got perfect greens and they were a little more receptive,” he said.

“I played very well, but still, it was nice to get out with perfect conditions and have a chance to shoot a number,” added Hearn, whose fourth round, a 71, saw him paired with Tiger Woods.

“It took me a few holes to kind of get my rhythm and once I did, I played pretty solid and the crowds, whether they were joking or not, they kind of got behind me there towards the end of the day,” he added.

“Tiger was having a tough day (a 76), which is too bad, but I still learned a lot playing with a guy like Tiger,” said Hearn.

The other bonus is that both moved up the money list, with DeLaet jumping from 108th to 82nd and Hearn going from 107th to 96th. Both, however, say the playoffs are their immediate priority.

“I feel like I’m a good enough player that if I’m just playing good golf, that should take care of itself and looking at the money list all the time, that just kind of adds to the pressure. It’s kind of unwarranted or unneeded,” said DeLaet, who went over the $1-million mark for the first time.

Hearn agrees.

“The money list is certainly something everybody looks at the end of the year, but right now, I think guys are focused on the FedEx Cup,” he said.

ON ANY GIVEN DAY

Another reason not to believe in golf course rankings: The way Bethpage Black, a notoriously difficult course, allowed players to go low in early going at The Barclays. In the past few years, we’ve seen highly regarded courses such as Hamilton, St. George’s, Congressional and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, among others, affected by weather conditions, so you wonder what effect such a variable factor has on rankers when they visit. They may view a golf course more favourably if they play well, or think that it’s too soft. Whatever way they look at it, they likely look at it differently than a course they play in tougher conditions. They can’t duplicate conditions for every course they visit, but you know they will deny it’s a factor in their assessments ... Jason Bohn’s FedEx Cup playoffs ended before they really got going as Bohn, the last player to make it in after finishing 125th in points, withdrew with a back injury before the second round of the Barclays. Bohn wasn’t looking as if he’d go far anyway after shooting a seven over 78 in the opening round ... The last man to win the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, wasn’t at the Barclays on the weekend as 2009 champ Lucas Glover didn’t make the FedEx Cup playoffs. Now, he’s scheduled for surgery on his right knee in early September and will likely miss the rest of the year. Glover missed a couple of months early in the season after hurting the knee in Hawaii. Since returning, Glover has missed 10 of 16 cuts.


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