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Graham DeLaet |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165
College: Boise State University

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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. Nov 5 - 5:03 PM

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Graham DeLaet kept his head down again in today's second round of the Open after which he signed for a 4-under-par 35-33=68.

One good round is an anomaly but two is a trend. This is inspiring stuff from DeLaet who has always turned heads but often leaving them shaking. Through 36 holes at Silverado, he's hit 30 greens in regulation, tied for second-most in the field. His average distance off the two measured tees is 316.5 yards; that's seventh-longest this week. It's the formula he's used for years. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling today but three-jacked the green for bogey at the par-4 third. Thereafter, he rallied for five birdies, including looks from 18'6" and 11'5" at Nos. 12 and 14, respectively. DeLaet also made good on a par attempt from 14'10" at the par-3 second hole. When the dust settled, he found himself at 9-under 135, just two shots off the 36-hole lead.
Oct 16 - 9:51 PM

Graham DeLaet tossed up an encouraging 5-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round of the Open today.

The banged-up Canadian all but disappeared late in the season before going one-and-out in the FedExCup Playoffs. In fact, he hadn't signed for a red number since a third-round 68 at St. Andrews in The Open Championship in mid-July. Today at Silverado, DeLaet landed 16 greens in regulation and connected for six birdies, including a pair 11-12 feet. His only blemish occurred at the par-5 18th hole where he failed to find the GIR en route to bogey. From a long-term viewpoint, the knock on the 33-year-old is that he's either brittle or he's mismanaged how much action his body can handle. If there's a candidate to adopt the less-is-more approach, it's this guy. Of course, he's winless in 127 starts, so perhaps until he lifts that first trophy, he'll continue to chase it with reckless abandon.
Oct 15 - 5:32 PM

Graham DeLaet blew up for a 6-over-par 36-40=76 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

This was DeLaet's first meaningful action since he walked off Glen Abbey during the second round of his national championship with a sore left thumb. Alas, if he's feeling OK now, it didn't translate to his execution. Sure, he piped 10 (of 14) fairways but he found only nine of the sizable greens at Plainfield. DeLaet picked off three birdies, including a connection from 11'2" at the par-4 15th, but he gave back nine shots, five with bogeys, the other four with a pair of doubles. The microcosm of his round was signified at the par-3 14th where he rinsed his tee ball, only then to salvage bogey from 24-and-a-half feet. At 104th in the FedExCup standings, DeLaet will need to dip into the 60s on Friday, or his Playoffs are over.
Aug 27 - 8:01 PM

Graham DeLaet has withdrawn from this week's PGA Championship.

The Canadian has been sidelined since an injury to his left thumb forced him out of his national championship during the second round three weeks ago. At 99th in the FedExCup standings, DeLaet doesn't have to worry about status for 2015-16, but the concern for gamers now is if he'll play again this season. UPDATE: A little over an hour after his WD was announced, DeLaet alerted his followers on Twitter that he hopes to be back by The Barclays on Aug. 27: "So disappointed that I can't tee it up at the PGA. Need some time for my body to heal. I plan on being back and ready for a playoff run."
Aug 10 - 12:35 PM

Graham DeLaet is in the published of next week's PGA Championship.

As well he should be. He's expected to go full throttle after withdrawing during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open with an injury to his left thumb. That was on July 24, so he'll have had nearly three full weeks away from competition before he stick his peg in the ground at Whistling Straits on Thursday, Aug. 16. DeLaet will qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, but you can make a sound argument that he hasn't yet learned how to build his schedule around when his body needs time off. When he gets to that point, he could rise permanently to the next level.
Aug 7 - 12:26 PM

Graham DeLaet withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open after four holes in today's second round, citing an injured left thumb.

Despite his confidence at the conclusion of the opening round, DeLaet opted to cut his losses. He opened with four pars today and called it quits after a 5 at No. 13. He was even through 22. In today's interview, the top-ranked talent from Canada explained his decision. "I couldn't compete," he said. "I just can't play golf like that. ... I think if I was still able to hit it long and straight and kind of play my game, I would have probably fought through it. I just don't want to risk any further injury." He cited the upcoming PGA Championship and FedExCup Playoffs as motivation to walk off Glen Abbey. DeLaet is also focused on qualifying for the Presidents Cup.
Jul 24 - 10:22 AM

Graham DeLaet shot even-par 36-36=72 in his first round of the RBC Canadian Open.

The host country's top-ranked talent hit only 11 greens in regulation, but he overcame two bogeys and a double with four birdies, including conversions ranging 12-14 feet at the 16th and 18th holes (to sandwich a 6 at the par-4 17th). However, as he stated in his post-round interview on Golf Channel, DeLaet felt discomfort in his left thumb upon impact with his tee ball at the par-3 12th, finding a greenside bunker in the process. He gutted it out and wore tape for a short period of time before ripping some of it off. He has every intention of getting to the weekend at Glen Abbey and will tee it up again tomorrow even if his health hasn't improved. Injuries have dotted his career, almost always with respect to his back, but we'll have to keep an eye on this latest malady.
Jul 23 - 6:03 PM

Canadian Graham DeLaet plays in his seventh national championship this week at the RBC Canadian Open.

DeLaet finished 37th in FedExCup points in 2013-14 and he enters the week ranked 83rd. The 33-year-old is 15-for-20 in 2014-15 with three top 10s, including a season-best solo fourth at the Travelers Championship. The fourth-place finish earned him a spot into last week's Open Championship (via the Open Qualifying Series), where he finished T68 on rounds of 71-73-68-75. DeLaet is 3-for-6 at the Canadian Open with just one top 25 (T7/2014). At the 2014 edition, DeLaet was T3 after 36 holes and T5 after 54, eventually tying seventh to earn the Rivermead Cup, given annually to the low Canadian finisher. In two goes at this week's venue (Glen Abbey), he missed the cut in 2013 and finished T46 in 2009. The last Canadian to win the Canadian Open was Pat Fletcher in 1954. DeLaet has yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 125 career starts.
Jul 21 - 6:34 PM

With a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in his final round of the Travelers Championship, Graham DeLaet posted 14-under 267, good for outright fourth place an exemption into The Open Championship.

We're at that time of the season when tournaments are also qualifiers for the season's third major. The top four, not otherwise exempt, inside the top 12 and ties at TPC River Highlands were awarded tee times at St. Andrews on July 16. DeLaet started the day just one shot off the 54-hole lead, so he was in pursuit of his first PGA TOUR title as well. Alas, he opened with a double bogey-6 at the first hole to set the tone for another also-ran performance. He rallied for four birdies before walking off with bogey at the par-4 18th. The good news is that he'll be making his third consecutive appearance in The Open Championship. Brian Harman (solo third at the Travelers), Carl Pettersson (solo fifth) and Luke Donald (T7) claimed the other berths. Donald's world ranking (68th) served as the tiebreaker with Bo Van Pelt (248th) and Mark Wilson (441st), both of whom also tied for seventh today.
Jun 28 - 6:37 PM

Graham DeLaet smoothed a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Travelers Championship and his 13-under aggregate of 197 snares the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, DeLaet is T2 and one shot back of the leader Brian Harman.

DeLaet began his day in an eight-way logjam at 7-under (T8) and four off the pace. He outpaced one bogey (par-4 10th) with five birdies and an eagle-2 at the drivable par-4 15th. His stats show 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, registering 3.792 in strokes gained: tee-to-green at the time he signed his card. The Canadian's round was highlighted by the eagle-2, where his drive of 278 yards came to rest 6'4" from the cup. The putt dropped completing his set of six, each coming from inside of 10 feet. DeLaet, expecting twins at the end of the year, entered the week 109th in the FedExCup standings, with two top 10s on 17 starts. The 33-year-old, solo third at the 2013 Travelers, noted in a post-round interview that he hasn't been in the best of health this season, but has been feeling much better of late. He's in position for his first career PGA TOUR win in 123 starts.
Jun 27 - 4:57 PM

Graham DeLaet spun a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's second round of the Travelers Championship.

DeLaet is just 109th in the FedExCup standings with no better than a T22 (Byron Nelson) in his last nine starts. However, he's cashed in four straight to at least suggest that he's feeling OK. Still, he admitted on Twitter on June 17 that he didn't give sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open a go because he was "injured." Whatever was bothering him doesn't seem to be an issue at TPC River Highlands where he's missed only three (of 28) fairways and seven greens in regulation. Of course, consistently strong ball-striking is his calling card, but he's lassoed an eagle and seven birdies to pay off the precision. Today's set of four birdies included conversions from 35'8" and 27'10" at Nos. 2 and 8, respectively. At 7-under 133, DeLaet sits four swings off the 36-hole lead.
Jun 26 - 7:09 PM

Graham DeLaet is well-rested ahead of his arrival at TPC River Highlands for this week's Travelers Championship.

The Canuck carded a pair of 5-under 65s here in 2013 on his way to a third-place finish. It's his only finish here inside the top 50 in five tries, but it's not for a lack of liking the course. DeLaet has been open about his love for TPC River Highlands and arrives on the heels of back-to-back top 30s. Gamers will want to hop back on the bandwagon this week as his maiden victory is back in sight.
Jun 23 - 11:10 PM

Graham DeLaet returns to Fort Worth, Texas, for his fifth career Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial start.

The Canadian arrives under the radar this week after a relatively poor start to his 2014-15 season. After posting 11 top 25s in 24 starts last year, he has just 2-of-14 in that regard during 2015. On the bright side, DeLaet is 3-for-4 at Colonial Country Club with all three yielding top 35s. The upside is always there for Mr. DeLaet, making him a great contrarian play in DFS formats this week.
May 19 - 8:36 AM

Graham DeLaet turned in a 2-under-par 36-33=69 for his opening round of the RBC Heritage and sits two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

He's been in a slump since the conclusion of the West Coast Swing, so this is a welcome effort. DeLaet striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation at Harbour Town today. He covered a pair of bogey-5s with four birdies, including conversions of 14'7" and 18'6" at Nos. 15 and 16, respectively. He also rolled in a bogey putt from 12'1" at the par-4 eighth. At last check, he ranked 15th in the field in strokes gained: putting with a clip of 1.913. That's a positive deviation from his norm. DeLaet has carved out a reputation as such a strong ball-striker that it's a backhanded compliment to cite the good he does on the greens.
Apr 16 - 4:35 PM