Graham DeLaet, who I’m hoping to catch up with tomorrow, managed a tie for sixth yesterday at the Frys (shouldn’t that be “Fries…) event. This comes despite talk that he had some back issues, the result of an old hockey injury according to reports on the Golf Channel. DeLaet now has almost $900,000 in winnings and sits 102 on the money list, pretty much guaranteeing him his tour card for next year. If I told you at the start of the year he’d almost double the amount of money Mike Weir made, would anyone have believed me? He’s also close to overtaking Stephen Ames, who continues to have a miserable year and sits 97th on the money list.
DeLaet has played well — at least when he’s made the cut. He’s missed almost as many cuts as he’s made. That said next year he’ll know the courses better, and he has missed a half-dozen cuts by a single stroke. That suggests he was really close to a breakout year. Interestingly, DeLaet is No. 2 in total driving, but his putting has been poor. He ranks 166th in putting average. If he can fix that, one would think he’d propel himself forward, especially given his length off the tee. Nonetheless, a terrific rookie season for DeLaet.
Here’s what DeLaet had to say:
“I was playing well,” he said after after shooting the best round of the day, a 4-under 67. “I knew that if I could keep making birdies — because it was tough out there — you never know. I have a chance.
“And if I could have birdied 18, you know, post 12 (-under par), I thought that I would have a chance maybe. Unfortunately it was bogey and kind of dropped me out of it.”
The full interview with DeLaet following his round is here.