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Graham DeLaet

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

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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

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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

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.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 09:51:00 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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 05:32:00 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.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 08:01:00 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."
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 12:35:00 PM