News & ToursJuly 20, 2016

Graham DeLaet's beard is dead. Long live Graham DeLaet's beard

PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 13: Graham DeLaet of Canada hits off the third tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 13, 2016 in Palm Harbor, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Getty ImagesPALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 13: Graham DeLaet of Canada hits off the third tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 13, 2016 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Canada has given society four gifts, and four gifts only: Basketball (inventor James Naismith hailed from the Great White North), Ryan Gosling, Bloody Caesars and Graham DeLaet's beard. Sadly, that list has been whittled down to three.

After taking a month-long sabbatical from the PGA Tour to deal with anxiety issues over his short game, DeLaet has returned, and in strong fashion, finishing T-8 at last week's Barbasol Championship. But I noticed something amiss from DeLaet; chiefly, his world-renowned whiskers were gone:

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Upon seeing said photo of the weekend, I dismissed my eyes, chalking it up as a hallucination from sleep deprivation (waking up at 4 AM EST for the Open will do that to a man). Sadly, it appears it was no apparition, as the PGA Tour Tweeted this photo out celebrating DeLaet's invite to Canada's Olympic golf team:

I would say this is a tragedy on par with Tom Selleck shaving his mustache, yet given last week's performance at the Barbasol was his first top 10 since March, clearly DeLaet is no Samson. Still, a sad day for all facial hair aficionados.

Graham DeLaet's beard is dead. Long live Graham DeLaet's beard.


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