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Graham DeLaet

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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World No. 145 Graham DeLaet carved out an even-par 36-35=71 in the second round of the Golf Competition at Rio 2016 to post 5-under 137, down four on the live leaderboard to T6, five back of 36-hole leader Marcus Fraser.
The Canadian landed 12 (of 13) fairways for a second consecutive round but digressed to 12 greens in regulation. He opened his scoring with a one-putt double bogey-5 at the fourth -- taking three to get out of a greenside bunker -- and also squared the 13th with a one-putt bogey from 7'9". The 34-year-old balanced the card with three birdies, circling Nos. 7, 10 and 18, including a long of 26'9" at the par-4 seventh, and walking-off with a 16'9" roll for birdie-4 at the 18th. Aug 12 - 1:47 PM

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Canada's Graham DeLaet fired a 5-under-par 31-35=66 during the first round of this week's Olympic Golf Competition.

DeLaet split 12 (of 13) fairways to put himself in position to attack the greens all day. From there he landed 14 greens and made more than his fair share of putts. Most notably, was a 40'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 eight hole. On the PGA TOUR, GDL has six career podium finishes in his career but none since a runner-up finish at the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open. DeLaet recently took some time off due to short-game anxiety but he's showing no signs of that through round one of the first Olympic Golf Competition since 1904.
Aug 11 - 10:58 AM

Graham DeLaet is in the published field at this week's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada. UPDATE: After a 29-day sabbatical, DeLaet returned to competition June 30th in Reno and posted subsequent rounds of 69-74 for 8 points, T60 at the halfway mark.

The 34-year-old is scheduled to return to competition for the first time in six weeks following a missed cut at the Byron Nelson. The early exit at Colonial chased a missed cut at THE PLAYERS and a T77 (tied last) at the Wells Fargo. The Canadian was scheduled to play at Memorial four weeks ago but was a late scratch, alerting his Twitter followers that he was "dealing with incredible anxiety while chipping/pitching..." so a wait-and-see approach is definitely in order. If he does go, it'll be his second start in Reno after a T31 six years ago in 2010.
Jun 29 - 5:46 PM

Graham DeLaet is a last-minute withdraw from this week's Memorial, Carlos Oritz will take his place in the field at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The Canadian is no stranger to injuries, posting four mid-tournament WDs in his career, and playing through nagging injuries for much of his career. There is no specific injury cited at this time, but we will update if and/or when that information becomes available. In the mean time, remove DeLaet from any fantasy rosters. In his place, Carlos Ortiz will take his third crack at Muirfield Village (T65/2014; MC/2015). UPDATE: GDL alerted his followers on Twitter why he withdrew this week saying, "I'm dealing with incredible anxiety while chipping/pitching right now. It's not fun. I needed to WD to get it sorted out and get back ASAP."
Jun 1 - 1:01 PM

Graham DeLaet turns his attention toward TPC Four Seasons ahead of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

The Canadian continues to flash his upside from round-to-round, but remains winless in 142 career PGA TOUR starts. A few of those close calls have come here in Irving, Texas, where he sports a 4-for-5 record with two top 10s. On the season he is 11-for-15, currently ranking 85th in the FedExCup standings. DeLaet still owns a career top-10 rate over 15 percent, which makes him a good option in fantasy formats that greatly reward a top-heavy finishes.
May 18 - 7:21 PM

Graham DeLaet coasted to a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the RBC Heritage, climbing to 3-under 139 through 36 holes.

The Canadian split just eight (of 14) fairways and looked sloppy at times tee-to-green, but bailed himself out with the putter multiple times. The first big putt came from 35'4" for birdie at the par-4 sixth, but that was not the most notable. Later in the round, DeLaet rinsed his approach shot on the par-5 15th and left himself 27'10" after shot five. He drained it from long distance to save bogey and keep the momentum rolling into the weekend. DeLaet has never finished better than T44 here at the Heritage in four tries, but he also doesn't usually rank top 15 in the strokes gained putting. He currently ranks 11th in the field at 4.293 strokes gained through 36 holes.
Apr 15 - 12:46 PM

Graham DeLaet styled an opening round, 5-under-par 32-35=67 while taking on Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course at the Shell Houston Open.

The Canadian fired out of the gates with birdies in four of his first five holes. In an uncharacteristic display of putting prowess, DeLaet splashed in 92'3" worth of putts during the four-hole birdie train which began at the par-4 second hole. Two of the four putts came from outside of 32 feet (but inside 33 feet). The knock on DeLaet is always his putting, so this is a pleasant surprise for all his backers. Gamers should not expect a repeat of this putting as the week goes on, but he's already knocked in his fair share and his ball-striking should keep him in contention as the week progresses.
Mar 31 - 4:25 PM

Graham DeLaet cratered to a 4-over-par 39-36=75 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship to post 3-under 281, four strokes back of a playoff involving Bill Haas and would-be-champ Charl Schwartzel.

Athletes tend to watch tape to see where they can improve. It's doubtful that DeLaet will be so inclined. He began Sunday in solo second, one shy of 54-hole leader and playing partner Haas, and ended in a two-way T5 after a birdie-less four-bogey 75. The 34-year-old, chasing his first TOUR title in his 137th career start, ended the week T5 in driving accuracy at 67.31 percent, including nine (of 13) in R4, No. 1 in greens in regulation at 69.44 percent (12 in R4), and No. 1 in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a cumulative 15.089. However, he was 70th (last) in strokes gained: putting, including a horrific -5.222 in the finale. DeLaet's consolation is a personal best at the Valspar (fourth start), and season best and second top 10 on 10 events in 2015-16.
Mar 13 - 7:40 PM

Graham DeLaet orchestrated a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 7-under 206, one back of 54-hole leader Bill Haas.

DeLaet is winless on TOUR in his 137th career start, but does own three runners-up, most recently in back-to-back weeks in 2014 at the Farmers and WM Phoenix Open. He's not been in contention yet this season with only one top 30 (T7, Sony) in nine prior starts. After opening his fourth Valspar in 72 and 66 (matching low round of the tourney), he began R3 in a three-way T3, one back of the 36-hole co-leaders. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, the 34-year-old split nine (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, managing a pedestrian 1.846 putts per GIR and a dismal -2.247 in strokes gained: putting, including two missed par putts from 60 inches or less. He salvaged the round with a chip-in birdie-3 at the seventh (from 59'7"), and an improbable eagle at the par-5 14th, hitting his choked-down 3-wood to 39 inches from 268 yards out -- from the rough. DeLaet leads the field in SGTTG with a cumulative 12.710.
Mar 12 - 6:23 PM

Graham DeLaet smoothed a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Valspar Championship to reach the halfway point on 4-under 138, up 43 places on the live leaderboard to T3 and matching George McNeill for the low round of the tournament.

DeLaet is clearly comfortable on the Copperhead Course with a T8 in his last visit in 2014 and T17 in 2013. He needed the return trip as well, entering the week with just one top 10 (T7, Sony) in nine starts on the season, and two missed cuts and a T53 (Honda) over his last three events. The 34-year-old began his fourth appearance with a one-birdie two-bogey 72, and chased with five birdies and an eagle to outbalance two bogeys on day two. He split eight (of 13) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, registering a stellar 1.500 putts per GIR after recording a pedestrian 2.000 on day one. The Canadian's lap began with an eagle-3 at the first from 23 inches and added a birdie from 8'8" at the second. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling on his first half to turn 3-under. DeLaet squared bogeys on 10 and 14 (failed scrambles) but erased them with four birdies, highlighted by a 27-footer at the par-3 15th and a walk-off 3 from 36 inches on the par-4 18th.
Mar 11 - 4:55 PM

Graham DeLaet makes his way back to a favorite TOUR stop as he preps for this week's Northern Trust Open.

The Canadian has cited his love for Riviera Country Club in the past and he did so again today as he tweeted out the following message to his Twitter followers, "Riviera CC is the best course on @PGATOUR #out". There is no denying his feelings toward this infamous layout, but his results have yet to jump off the page. Last year's T8 was a step in the right direction after finishes of T44-T21-T70 to kickoff his Northern Trust career. DeLaet makes for a great upside selection in fantasy games this week.
Feb 17 - 12:05 AM

Graham DeLaet authored a 4-under-par 34-32=66 on day four of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a 72-hole tally of 14-under 266, good for a two-way tie for seventh.

Three days shy of his 34th birthday (Jan. 22nd), DeLaet posts his first top 10 of the season in his fourth start and his first top 10 at Waialae CC in his fifth appearance. His previous best on Oahu was T25 in his 2009 debut. Although still winless on TOUR in 131 career starts, the Canadian showed moxie chasing an opening 3-over 73 with 62-65-66. He began the finale on 10-under (T13) and crashed the top 10 with a six-birdie against two-bogey showing on Sunday. The Boise, Idaho, resident was T2 for the tourney with 24 birdies, but squared six bogeys and two doubles. He heads to the States for his fourth appearance at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Southern California, the first 156-man field of the 2016 calendar year.
Jan 18 - 12:21 AM

Graham DeLaet enjoyed a career-tying-low 8-under-par 31-31=62 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to vault 93 places to T35 with play winding down for the day.

DeLaet's bogey-free 62 was 11 shots better than his opening 73, and ties a career low which he shot two prior times (428 career rounds), most recently in R3 at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship. After squaring three bogeys and a double yesterday against just two birdies, the 33-year-old circled eight on Friday on 16 greens in regulation. Five of his conversions came from inside five feet, with a long of 19'3" coming at the par-4 14th. His 62 will go down as the low lap of the day, and was also a personal best in 14 career rounds at Waialae CC, supplanting the 63 he shot in R1 at the 2012 playing, eventually finishing T29.
Jan 15 - 10:24 PM

Graham DeLaet arrives at the holiday break ranked 116th in the FedExCup standings.

The Canuck posted a pair of paydays in three starts during the fall. DeLaet remains a fantasy force when he's healthy, but that remains issue over the last two seasons, forced into four mid-round WDs during that time. GDL still owns a career top-10 strike rate that eclipses 15 percent. That is elite territory, and gamers shouldn't forget about him early in the season.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Graham DeLaet tossed up a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in today's opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, finishing two strokes off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.

DeLaet is making his third start of the season, but he's gone six consecutive without a top 30. Apparently, he was feeling well enough today to hit 15 greens in regulation and buy eight birdies, three of which before the turn. He also double-bogeyed with par-5 fifth where he didn't find the putting surface until his fourth whack, and then three-jacked the green from just outside 21 feet. However, he connected five times from outside 10 feet coming home, four times for birdie. His longest measured 19'5" at the par-4 16th hole, but the last one probably felt the best, given he salvaged par from 10-and-a-half feet at the last, the par-4 18th. Best known for his tee-to-green proficiency, the non-winner ranked fourth in strokes gained: putting for the field at last check (at 2.938). Incidentally, DeLaet's wife will be induced for the birth of the couple's first child on Tuesday the 10th.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 05:03:00 PM