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Take a look at the leaderboard and you see Matt Kuchar (sixth in the Ryder Cup standings), Patrick Reed (eighth), Brendon Todd (12th), Bill Haas (28th) and the winner Hunter Mahan (25th).
Kuchar, playing loose and with a world-conquering smile on his face, chipped in on 18, eliciting the Kuuuuuuuch cheer from the gallery.
Watching the way these Americans played down the stretch must have given Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson reason for optimism. For the first time in a long time, these players have put a dagger in any Tiger Woods talk. Almost like, Tiger who?
Take Todd, who finished T46 at two under. He said on ESPN.com, "I really think [Watson's] going to pick guys who have good form and who have proved it all season long. I'm sure he's going for some experience, too, if he can get it, but I feel like if you can just be the guy who is playing the best, you're probably going to get a pick."
Haas, who finished T15 at The Barclays, wants to play his way into Watson’s good graces as well. Haas said on ESPN.com:
It's less pressure on a guy like myself who is way down the list, because I have to play well," said Haas, who won the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2011. "I think if I were 12th on the list and I had a good year and playing poorly right now, it's more pressure because you should make the team because you're close to it.
If you played poorly, then you feel like it's these tournaments that's losing it for you.
There were a lot of American flags on The Barclays leaderboard, and several of the European players were far, far lower. The bid for the Ryder Cup is always the tournament within a tournament and The Barclays was no different.