Sorry, but due to scheduling constraints we must interrupt regular Boise State Football programming for what may be Boise State’s biggest – and most surprising – sports accomplishment since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl: Graham DeLaet, a Boise State graduate now playing on the PGA Tour, is currently ranked No. 5 in the FedEx Cup standings.
During the regular season, Graham made 17 of 22 cuts and gathered 5 Top 10 finishes. That achievement alone is so amazing, it must be repeated: FIVE Top 10 finishes. His play during the 2013 season was strong enough to easily qualify him for the first round of the prestigious FedEx Cup tournament: The Barclays, where only the Top 125 players are invited.
However, just getting into the FedEx Cup playoff has not been enough for Graham. During the past 2 weeks, Graham has not let off the gas. In fact, he’s only pushed the pedal down harder.
At The Barclays (the first of 4 FedEx Cup playoff tournaments), Graham finished in 2nd place (tied with Tiger Woods), beating the likes of Phil Michelson, Rory McElroy, Bubba Watson, and just about every other premier golfer you can think of. He followed that up this past week during the 2nd round of the playoffs at the Deutche Bank Championship with a 3rd place finish! Included in those behind him were Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, and – once again – just about every other premier golfer you can think of. Are you kidding me!?!
Based on these results, Graham easily moves into the 3rd round of the playoffs: the BMW Championship, where just the Top 70 players are invited.
Because of Graham’s current FedEx points standing (5th), he is all but assured of making the final tournament as well: The TOUR Championship, where only 30 players are invited.
When you consider Boise State’s greatest – and most unthinkable sports achievements – Graham’s 2013 season is already right up there with the best of ‘em. Don’t blink because we may never have a golfer in this position again. Golf is about skill, but possibly more than any other sport, it’s also about luck.
Keep your fingers crossed, and set your TV viewing schedule for the FedEx Cup playoffs’ next tournament: The BMW Championship (Sep 12-15 Golf Channel & NBC). Go Graham!