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DeLaet Holds It Together, Finishes Third In Houston

Lest we forget the game of golf, is well, about what happens on the course and not off, Weyburn, Sask.’s Graham DeLaet demonstrated today that there are three PGA Tour pros from Canada that can win. DeLaet managed to make a birdie on 17  and a scrambly par on the final hole to finish T3 at the Shell Houston Open today. Pretty impressive, considering he was also among the longest hitters at the tournament. As far as I can tell, no one has spoken to DeLaet yet so this is the best we have:

HUMBLE, Texas ” Canadian Graham DeLaet is just a few months into his PGA Tour career, but already has a third-place finish on his resume.

DeLaet, of Weyburn, Sask., finished in a tie for third Sunday at the Shell Houston Open along with South Africas Charl Schwartzel. The Canadian rookie carded a final round 4-under 68, to finish at 277, one shot back of Americans Anthony Kim and Vaughn Taylor.

Kim went on to win the $1.044-million US top prize on the first playoff hole. DeLaet collected $333,400, by far is biggest paycheque to date.

That said, DeLaet actually got a fair bit of television time — though typically it was Johnny Miller talking about how Canadian golfers love hockey. Ugh.

Here’s DeLaet’s post-round press conference:

. Graham, one bogey in the last 54 holes. What a great week.
GRAHAM DELAET: Yeah. I mean, it was awesome. All I could ask for. I didn’t quite make as many birdie putts as I could. I made a lot of par saves, so kind of equals out.

Q. How about that one at 18?
GRAHAM DELAET: It was awesome. I hit a decent tee shot there. I was trying to turn it a little more and didn’t quite get through. It sat down in the bunker. Yeah, it was a way to finish.

Q. Your eyes a little large now. You must have been in a pretty good zone the last few days.
GRAHAM DELAET: I owe a lot to my caddy Basil. He kept me laughing. We didn’t do anything different today than we did the last three days. I owe a lot to him. He kept me focused on the shot at hand. Awesome week.

Q. Long way from where you were a year ago.
GRAHAM DELAET: Yeah. You know, obviously this is where I want to be. I’m happy to be here, and today will go a long ways of keeping me here. So even if it doesn’t work out that I don’t win or whatever — obviously you don’t want to wish bogies or anything on the guys coming in. They’re not easy finishing holes. Yeah. I’m super excited about the week, and yeah, hopefully, it’s enough to get into Augusta.

Q. You played great. Congratulations. We’ll talk to you down the road.
GRAHAM DELAET: Thanks.

Q. New logo. How much confidence does it give you if someone has got faith in you?
GRAHAM DELAET: I didn’t really think of it that much. It’s nice to have support, I guess, but I don’t put any more pressure on myself to play any better because I’m wearing a different logo on my shirt.

Q. Top-10 here will get you into New Orleans. What do you think about that?
GRAHAM DELAET: Anything that I can get into right now, I’m taking because rookie season. It’s unfortunate because I’ve been playing really well the last three, four weeks. I played well in Puerto Rico. I didn’t get in the last two tournaments. I finally got in here. So not playing next week and Hilton Head, this will help because of the reshuffle here. Felt like I was playing really well and hope to get in the golf tournament. It was nice when I got in.

Q. It’s a good week with the rookies for the reshuffle.
GRAHAM DELAET: Yeah.

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  • Graham Delaet has come out of the PGA Tour blocks as a rookie better than any other Canadian in history. Just one bogey in his last 54 holes is extraordinarily impressive given his power off the tee and limited time on the PGA Tour. Graham has entered into this very special territory faster than any Canadian player and handled the situation extremely well.

  • DeLaet looks like he has the game and the attitude for the Tour. I expect him to keep his card, and win this year or next.

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