Look out, golf fans. There’s been a Graham DeLaet sighting at the Travelers Championship. He is currently tied with Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman for the lead after three rounds at TPC River Highlands. DeLaet has shot 65 – 70 – 65 over the first three rounds of the event.
DeLaet is playing with a lot on his mind this week. He is a native of native of Canada and is all too well aware of the extremely heavy rains and flooding that have impacted the Alberta region, forcing the PGA Tour Canada to cancel the event that was supposed to be held there this week. DeLaet has pledged $1,000 for every birdie and $2,500 for every eagle he makes this week to the relief efforts. “It’s a pretty small part, what we’re doing, but anything helps,” said DeLaet. “There’s a lot of help from everyone all across Canada.”
A solid back nine put DeLaet in position to contend for the lead. He kicked off the second half of his round with four straight birdies, adding to his lone birdie on the front nine to get to five under on the day. He added a bogey and a birdie on the closing hole to remain five under for the third round. “I did play well pretty much all day. I had a lot of good birdie chances on the front nine, just couldn’t really seem to find the hole,” he said. “Julien (Trudeau), my caddie, just told me to stay patient.”
He will be looking for the first victory of his career. To this point, DeLaet has never finished better than third on the PGA Tour. He has played pretty well this year, though, with eight top 25 finishes and three top 10s. He currently sits at 52nd in the FedEx Cup standings and 102nd in the world. A win this week would jump him up quite a few spots in both rankings.