Tag Archives: Graham DeLaet

Jan
12
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Welcome to the first full-field event of 2016 with the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. This tournament used to mark the unofficial “first day of school” on the PGA Tour when it kicked off the new season, but with the advent of the wraparound schedule, it’s just a new year. However, it was a bit more exciting to meet the rookies after Q-school and the veterans who had to deal with the harrowing experience to get their cards back. (Weird to think that there have been two sort of major changes since I started covering the Tour regularly in 2011.)

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Jun
28
2015

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The first-place check and trophy wasn’t the only reward up for grabs this week at the Travelers Championship — and it didn’t mandate a win. Sought-after spots in next month’s Open Championship at the famed St. Andrews, otherwise known as the Home of Golf, were granted to the highest-finishing four players who aren’t already qualified that placed T12 or better at TPC River Highlands. 

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Feb
3
2014
Baby Walrus FTW!
Kevin Stadler clinched his first win on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. Stadler missed his 15-footer for birdie, but only had a tap-in for par and secured the victory when Bubba Watson, who had overshot the green on his approach into the 18th, missed a four-footer to save par. 

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Oct
7
2013
Things are better when Lindsey is around....

Things are better when Lindsey is around….

Before we wrap up this year’s edition of the Presidents Cup, let’s take a look at some of Sunday’s best moments, along with random yet interesting tidbits from behind the scenes.

First of all, let’s take a moment and give the organizers of the tournament a round of applause for getting the matches finished not only on Sunday, but *early*in the afternoon. Who would have thunk? *Golf claps*

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Oct
5
2013

Please see the very bottom for updates…

Totally normal

Totally normal

Well, the Internationals held on longer than the majority expected at the historically U.S.-dominated Presidents Cup. [*Wait, they’re making a charge as I type in Saturday afternoon foursomes! It’s getting interesting again!]

With the weather-delayed week dominating the matches, the second session wasn’t completed on Friday and the teams returned at the crack of dawn (literally, warming up in the dark) to finish that foursome session before the quick turnaround for Saturday morning’s five four-ball matches. Which, of course, fell victim to yet another suspension in play due to the monsoon that swept through the area causing Muirfield Village to become unplayable (as you can see above).  

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Oct
3
2013
Lindsey pranks Tiger with the squirrel

Lindsey pranks Tiger with the squirrel

As I said earlier today, I hoped the Internationals would turn the momentum to their favor after the weather delay, and indeed, that’s exactly what happened. At the much-needed timeout for the International team, they were down to the seemingly indomitable Americans in five matches and all square in one of them. It wasn’t looking good.

In fact, it seemed fathomable that the Presidents Cup would be clinched by the U.S. before Sunday Singles rolled around. Not so fast! I watched the first two matches finish on 18, and boy, the atmosphere was electric and you could feel the energy of the International team, which, no doubt, has a ton of heart.

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Oct
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup
DeLaet warming up for his Prez Cup debut

DeLaet warming up for his Prez Cup debut

Not long ago, Graham DeLaet wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to play golf again, let alone professionally with the world’s best. Almost two years after having a back surgery that saved his career, DeLaet earned nearly $3 million in prize money in the 2013 season and qualified for the Tour Championship, not to mention earn a spot on the Presidents Cup International team.

“Literally, there was a time I didn’t think I was going to play golf again and not just that, live a normal life,” said DeLaet a few weeks ago in Atlanta. “It was pretty scary. To be here (at the Tour Championship) and to qualify for the Presidents Cup, it’s pretty unbelievable.”

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Sep
18
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

I share some behind-the-scenes nuggets in the video above. I have more info and quotes on the topics I mentioned, but I’ll have to update this post with them later since I’m about to miss the last shuttle to the parking lot!

It was a productive day at East Lake, but for now, here’s a mini Q&A I did with Jordan Spieth (after stalking running him down in the parking lot) — it’s hard to believe he just turned 20 the other month — it’s like he’s 20 going on 35. 

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Sep
2
2013
Spieth delivers strong closing argument for captain's pick

Spieth makes strong closing argument for captain’s pick

20-year-olds who had no playing status on the PGA Tour at the start of the season aren’t supposed to win a tournament (he was still 19 at the time) — and nearly capture a second title if he hadn’t lost in a playoff — and secure eight top-10 finishes. That just doesn’t happen.

But Jordan Spieth isn’t your average 20-year-old rookie. Knowing Sunday was his final audition for U.S. captain Fred Couples to use one of his two wildcard picks on  Spieth, he shot nine-under 62 — which included playing his last four holes five-under with an eagle on 18 — to surge up the leaderboard and finish tied for fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championshp.

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