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Canada's Best: Graham DeLaet

With 12 top-10 finishes—including three seconds—on the PGA Tour since the start of 2013, Graham DeLaet is on a roll.

Graham DeLaet

Graham DeLaet

Age: 32 | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 165
Born: Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Residence: Scottsdale
Career: Won the Canadian Tour Order of Merit in 2009 before graduating to the PGA Tour. Has 12 top-10 finishes—including three seconds—on the PGA Tour since the start of 2013. Went 3-1-1 for the losing international team during the 2013 Presidents Cup. Finished T-2 in the Farmers Insurance Open and the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year.
June 2014

ON HIS BEARD

For several years I'd start to grow it in early December and shave it on Jan. 1. This year I kept it. Is it good luck? Depends on how you look at it. I finished second two weeks in a row.

ON BACK PROBLEMS I sat out most of 2011 recovering from back surgery, the same one Tiger had. I'm glad I took that time off.

ON THIS SEASON

I want to contend in a major, get that first win, work toward making the Presidents Cup again.

ON THE PRESIDENTS CUP

It was the highlight of my career. And we lost, so you can tell what it means to me. It was the most intense pressure I've ever felt. I can't even begin to describe what it was like to hole out from the bunker on 18 to win my match with Jordan Spieth. Those are the kinds of experiences you draw on for the rest of your life.

ON JUNIOR GOLF

Every summer I played from dawn to dusk—sometimes 54 holes a day—and I got pretty good. But it's really hard to tell how good when you live in places like Weyburn and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I think my club had only four junior golfers—including me.

ON FISHING

It's my favorite thing to do, especially fly fishing.

ON HIS FAVORITE CLUBHEAD COVER

The hockey glove? I'm a huge Calgary Flames fan.

ON HIS CLAIM TO FAME

I got beat up in a fight in Manitoba during a tournament one year. The next game, I scored a hat trick [three goals] with two black eyes and a broken nose. I miss those days.

ON GAME DAY

Whatever I'm hitting that morning—draws, fades, etc.—I go with. Get around the course with that swing, rather than fighting it, and you'll score better.

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