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Baker-Finch hit in face by Beem's stray shot

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Rich Beem's second shot on No. 18 deflected into CBS analyst Ian Baker-Finch's face after hitting a rail behind the green, dropping him to the ground. Baker-Finch was back on his feet a little later and appeared to be OK.

"I took one for the U.S. Presidents Cup team," Beem joked, noting that Baker-Finch will assist International captain Gary Player at the Presidents Cup.

"I think he'll be all right. Luckily, I didn't catch him on the fly. But still, to get hit by a golf ball coming that hard can't feel any good."

The ball just missed the tournament trophy before striking the rail below the grandstand.

BEEM 113TH IN FEDEX STANDINGS: Rich Beem tied for seventh Sunday in The Barclays to jump from 134th to 113th in the FedEx Cup standings, making him eligible for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

"I got to go next week and play just as well to get to Chicago," said Beem, who closed with a 72 to finish at 11 under - five strokes behind winner Steve Stricker. "You know if you don't play well you're going to get eliminated."

The top 144 in the points race were eligible for The Barclays, and the top 120 advance to the Deutsche Bank. The field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill., and to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Doug LaBelle II was the only other player to move into the top 120, birdieing the final hole to avoid elimination. He tied for 41st to move up one spot to 120th.

Brett Quigley was sweating it, too, especially when he saw a scoreboard behind the 17th green that incorrectly projected him to finish 121st. He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt, then birdied 18 for a 67 to make it with room to spare at 115th.

"More drama than I needed," Quigley said. "I never felt that nervous trying to win a tournament."

Steve Allan and Mathew Goggin dropped out of the top 120 after missing the cut. Allan began the week 119th, while Goggin was 120th.

The playoff winner will get a $10 million deferred prize.

DEUTSCHE BANK GROUPS SET: With groupings for the first two rounds of FedEx Cup events set by the standings, Westchester winner Steve Stricker will tee it up with No. 2 K.J. Choi and No. 3 Rory Sabbatini in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Tiger Woods, fourth in the standings after skipping The Barclays, will play alongside No. 5 Phil Mickelson and No. 6 Vijay Singh.

"I think it makes it very interesting for the spectators," Sabbatini said. "You can definitely keep your eye on the people close to you."

Mickelson likes the system.

"I thought that was really neat," Mickelson said. "I played with Vijay and Jim Furyk this week and that adds some excitement to the start of the week."

No. 7 Furyk will play with Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.

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