Every time he tees off at a PGA Tour event, the question is never far from Graham DeLaet’s mind: will this be the week? Now in his sixth full season on tour, the Saskatchewan golfer’s list of accomplishments includes three second-place finishes and three thirds, but he’s still chasing the ever-elusive first victory.
“I feel like it’s close and that I can break through at any time,” DeLaet said in Saskatoon Wednesday.
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“It means a lot to me, for sure. I feel like once I get one maybe more will start coming because the pressure’s been lifted, but at the same time I’ve won before at different levels. I know what it takes to win and you can’t focus on the trophy, you’ve got to focus on what you’re doing at that time.”
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Focusing on the process is easier when you’re healthy, which wasn’t the case for DeLaet in 2015, when a thumb injury cut his season short. These days the 34-year-old is feeling better than he has in years.
“[I had a] little bit of a neck issue a few weeks ago that just lasted for a few days but other than that it’s as healthy as I’ve been since I was playing mini-tours and Canadian tours, so all that’s been good.”
There’s another big difference this season for the Weyburn native. He’s now the proud father of twins.
“It puts things in a different perspective. Golf’s not the most important thing in my life anymore, which it has been for the past ten years. It’s just kind of a new stage in my life and I’m really enjoying it,” DeLaet said.
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He’s also enjoying the comfort that comes with having spent a few years on tour.
“I know now that I belong out there and even when I’m maybe not playing my best golf I can still kind of hang around and scrape together some sort of decent finish.”
It’s that approach which DeLaet hopes will be the key to unlocking win number one. His next opportunity comes June 2 when he tees off at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.