Graham DeLaet comes into the Playoffs rested after taking a well-deserved break last week.
The Canadian showed no signs of the back injury that forced his withdrawal at the Barracuda Championship. DeLaet posted rounds of 68 and 69 on the weekend at the PGA Championship to tie for seventh, his best career finish in a major.
DeLaet is 29th in scoring average this season and 11th in first round scoring, so he’s a good bet to make the cut. He’s made five of his last six.
DeLaet’s also 30th in driving and 57th in fairway accuracy. While I predict most long-hitters to have a good chance here, DeLaet’s accuracy could pay off in avoiding the course’s bunkers, which often blend right into the fairways.
DeLaet’s also 30th in strokes gained putting in what’s been a solid year top to bottom with five top-10s and two more top-25s (though still not his first career win).
His short game is his only consistent pitfall at 194th strokes gained around the green. Unless DeLaet is wearing out the grips in his wedges this weekend, I like his recent form to carry him through as he plays without the pressure of needing to qualify for next week.