DeLaet To Miss Canadian Open?

Weyburn, Sask.'s Graham DeLaet

That seems to beyhe implication of a Canadian Press story that I somehow missed. Saskatchewan’s big hitting DeLaet withdrew from the AT&T event a couple of weeks back with “back stiffness.” It sounds like he should avoid lengthy practice sessions:

At that event, he was done in by a five-hour practice session that left him feeling stiff the next morning. Rather than risk further injury by playing through pain, he went home to Boise, Idaho.

“I can still play OK, but I’m just feeling too stiff to practise,” said DeLaet. “It’s hard enough to compete out there (on the PGA Tour) as it is. If you can’t work on your game, it’s impossible.”

 He also said the Canadian Open is in doubt — which probably means he’s already made the decision to skip it:

“I just love that golf course and the Canadian Open is obviously important to every Canadian, but I’m going to have to wait and see how I’m feeling,” DeLaet said in an interview Thursday.

A decision on his status probably won’t come until just before the July 21-24 tournament. DeLaet has played two amateur events at Shaughnessy in the past and considers it his favourite course in the country.

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