Graham DeLaet, a 31-year-old native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, has made a name for himself on the PGA Tour in 2013, while also securing his spot as Canada’s top golfer.
He’s currently No. 7 in the FedEx Cup standings, which means he’s in the running for the FedEx Cup’s $10 million prize this week. In order to win the Tour’s season-long championship, DeLaet must win the Tour Championship and have any golfer other than Tiger Woods or Henrik Stenson finish second to claim victory, which has given him 40-1 odds.
Delaet has continued his impressive 2013 campaign with a strong showing in the Playoffs, earning a season-best T2 finish at The Barclays. The he finished third at the Deutsche Bank Championship the following week, and notched a top-30 finish at the BMW Championship last week.
“I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN JUST PLAYING REALLY WELL ALL YEAR,” DELAET SAID. “I’VE JUST BEEN PUTTING A LOT BETTER PROBABLY THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AND I THINK THAT’S KIND OF BEEN THE DIFFERENCE FOR ME.”
In 2013, DeLaet has seven top-10 finishes and 12 top-25’ss in only 25 events, which is no doubt aided by his exceptional driving ability (he’s No. 1 in total driving on the PGA Tour). He also has cashed in over $2.7 million in earnings and has climbed all the way to 33rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Although DeLaet is winless on the PGA Tour, his track record suggests he won’t be for long. He has three wins on the Canadian Tour (now PGA Tour Canada) at the Desjardins Montreal Open (2008), ATB Financial Classic (2009), and Players Cup (2009), as well as a win on the Sunshine Tour at the BMG Classic (2009). He also won 10 tournaments during his college career at Boise State University.
Following this week’s Tour Championship, DeLaet will play in The Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village on Nick Price’s International Team, marking the first time a Canadian has earned that honor since Mike Weir in 2009. So regardless of what DeLaet does this week, Canada should be proud of their brightest new golf star. And if the Playoffs are any indication, he’ll be someone the country can root on for years to come.