LAS VEGAS – It isn’t often that fans call for a national anthem after the competition has started. But that was the sort of excitement generated by Graham DeLaet’s pitch-in eagle.
It came at TPC Summerlin’s par-5 13th and pushed him to 3 under through just four holes, prompting a gentleman in the gallery to sing out, “Oh, Canada.”
DeLaet laughed, and why not? He seemingly had half of his native Saskatchewan following him around here at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (“I think it’s a nice excuse for them to wear shorts, watch golf and be in the nice weather,” DeLaet said) and life is pretty good these days.
Sitting 102nd on the money list, DeLaet is assured of his card for 2011, so not having Q-School hanging over his head is a good feeling.
It even has helped him forget the sore back that he has been battling. In fact, DeLaet said he has skipped practice rounds of late, including this week. Not only did DeLaet play TPC Summerlin blind, but he was doing so with the newest ProV1 golf ball in his hand.
“Seems great, even longer,” DeLaet said. “I seemed to mis-hit a few shots and the ball still moved for me. I liked it.”
He also liked looking over and seeing something you don’t often see at PGA Tour events – a handful of fans wearing Saskatchewan Roughriders shirts.
DeLaet, who finished with a 2-under 69, smiled and said he was glad he gave them something to cheer – and even sing – about.