Graham DeLaet was born on this day in 1982. He is a Canadian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, the Canadian Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
He turned professional in 2007. He won Rookie of the Year honours on the Canadian Tour for 2007. DeLaet has won three events on the Canadian Tour and was the Player of the Year for 2009 on the Canadian Tour.
DeLaet joined the Sunshine Tour in 2009, splitting time between Canada and South Africa, and he won the 2009 BMG Classic.
DeLaet represented Canada with Wes Heffernan at the 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup. In 2009, he played alongside Stuart Anderson. In the fall of 2009, DeLaet began his qualifying run for the PGA Tour at the second of three stages, and qualified through his 72-hole event, advancing to the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, set for early December, where the top 25 finishers would obtain their 2010 PGA Tour cards. He finished T8th and was a PGA Tour rookie for the 2010 season.
In 2010, after top-25 finishes in his first two events followed by five missed cuts, DeLaet had his best ever finish at the Shell Houston Open, finishing T-3, one stroke out of the playoff between Vaughn Taylor and Anthony Kim. He had his second top-10 finish of the 2010 season in October at the Viking Classic, with a T-5. The next week, DeLaet finished T-25 at the McGladrey Classic, his sixth top-25 finish of the season. He had his third top-10 finish of the season the next week with a T-6 at the Frys.com Open. The finish secured DeLaet his tour card for the 2011 PGA Tour season.
DeLaet was injured for much of 2011 with a back injury. He played in two PGA Tour events (T73 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, missed cut at Travelers Championship) and two Nationwide Tour events (T36 at Melwood Prince George’s County Open, missed cut at Albertsons Boise Open).
DeLaet played the 2012 season on a Major Medical Exemption with 26 starts to make $657,694 and match D. J. Trahan, the golfer who placed 125th on the 2011 money list. At the Sony Open in Hawaii, the first full-field event of the season, DeLaet led the first round in his first Tour event since June 2011. He finished fourth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his best finish of the season. DeLaet satisfied the terms of his exemption in July 2012 with eight starts to spare and kept his Tour card for 2013.