Wednesday July 30, 2014




DeLaet debates putters on twitter, cut from Deutsche

Heading into the BMW championship
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Graham DeLaet was cut after two rounds during the second round of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) playoffs. The former Weyburn golfer will still qualify for the third round, the BMW championships, after a solid showing at the Barclays.

During the weekend, DeLaet Tweeted about the type of putters that golfers use on the PGA Tour. ““I have no idea what percentage of players use anchored putters and what percentage of players have won this year with anchored putters.”

“But you have to think the two numbers must be pretty close. I think that’s four or five wins in a row for the short putter,” Tweeted DeLaet, who had switched over to a short putter earlier this year.

“If belly or long putter was such an advantage, why are hands down the two best players in world not using one?”

During the Deutsche Bank Championship, DeLaet finished at one-over-par after the first round. He started on the front nine, scoring a birdie on hole two, a bogey on hole four and a birdie on hole nine.

Then during the back nine, DeLaet birdied on the 12th hole, and three back-to-back bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 15. Then he finished with a birdie on hole 17 and a bogey on hole 18.

For the second round, DeLaet started on the back nine, and shot mostly on-par for the first five holes. Then he had a bogey on hole 16 and then back-to-back birdies on hole 17 and 18.

DeLaet had bogey troubles during the front nine of the second round. He shot a triple bogey on hole two, a bogey on hole four and a double bogey on hole six. DeLaet finished at 75, four-over-par and after two rounds was at five-over-par. The cut after two rounds was set at two-over-par.

Previously at the Barclays, DeLaet finished tied for fifth. This finish had brought him up to 44th place on the FedExCup. After being cut from the Deutsche Championship, DeLaet dropped to 60th place. This placing will still allow DeLaet to compete in the BMW Championships, open to the Top 70 players on the FedExCup.

The BMW Championships will be held at the Crooked Stick golf course in Carmel, Indiana from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 6 to 9. Only the Top 30 at the end of 72 holes at Crooked Stick  advance to play in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola where the winner of the $10 million bonus will be decided.

Graham had an outstanding rookie season on the PGA Tour, finishing 100th on the PGA Tour money list, which made him top Canadian. He was unable to golf during the 2011 season after sustaining a herniated disc and undergoing surgery.

DeLaet should be able to keep his PGA card after the 2012 season. To date he has earned $1,015,151 after 22 events.

After DeLaet does have a good showing on the PGA Tour, it definitely highlights the community of Weyburn, and the Weyburn Golf Course where Graham first learned the sport during junior golfing lessons.

“We had an increased number of younger people at the course, and the junior golf lessons that our pro held earlier this year was tremendously successful,” said Dave Rommann, president of the Weyburn Golf Course.

Last week, when DeLaet tied fifth at the Barclays, Rommann said that many golfers were excited for Graham. “Everyone who I talked to was talking about Graham, and his success.”

Earlier in the year, the Weyburn Golf Course hosted the second annual Graham DeLaet charity golf tournament, which helped raise funds for the Weyburn and District Hospital Foundation. The naming rights of the tournament went to Grimes Sales and Service.

“People were lined up to see Graham during that tournament,” said Rommann. “His time was definitely in demand. He didn’t even get a chance to see the whole course.”

Over the last year, the Weyburn Golf Course has had a busy season. Rommann noted that it was a “tremendous year”, especially after dealing with flooding issues at the golf course last year.

“There was only one hole that we couldn’t get at because of flooding, but we were able to play on it this year, but couldn’t drive near it,” said Rommann. “We are working on rebuilding a new green for that hole.”

There are three more big tournaments at the Weyburn Golf Course, before the end of their season. The Red Wing par-three golf tournament is on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Southeast Regional College “Swing for Scholarships” is on Friday, Sept. 17, and the year-end golf course club championship is on Saturday, Sept. 22.


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