DeLaet gets a welcome break

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

After the news that Mike Weir is likely done for the season because of a partially torn ligament in his right elbow comes a revelation that another Canadian on the PGA Tour is suffering from tendinitis in his right hand.

Seemingly, thats bad news for rookie Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., who missed the cut at The Barclays and is done for a month until the Fall Series gets underway. DeLaet is outside the top 125 players on the money list who keep their cards, but was relieved about having a rest.

Its just nice to have a break, he said. Ive just kind of kept going. Nine of the last 10 weeks is just way, way too much golf for me and its nice to have a month off and just kind of regroup mentally more than anything.

However, theres another important reason for DeLaet to rest.

Ive been battling some tendinitis in my right hand, pretty bad the last three, four weeks, so its nice to be able to get that a bit of a break and hopefully, that will heal up before the Fall Series starts, DeLaet said.

I cant really go down at the ball. I cant really hit punch shots. I cant hit explosive shots out of the rough, even the bunker shots. Anything with any kind of resistance hurts..

Im not even going to touch a golf club for at least two weeks, he said. I dont even really want to think about golf to be honest with you. Ill be ready to go when the Fall Series comes around, but as of right now, Im just kind of looking forward to a break.

DeLaet, 28, began the season with a couple of top-25s before missing five consecutive cuts, then rebounding with a tie for 24th at the Puerto Rico Open and a tie for third at the Shell Houston Open in April.

At that point, he appeared to be in great shape to keep his card, but since then, his best finish is a tie for 31st and hes missed eight cuts. DeLaet admits he may have fallen into a common trap for rookies pressing to keep their cards.

Ive just never played this much golf in my entire life consecutively. Its just been wearing on me, I guess. I think it would have been more beneficial for me to take three weeks off and play fresh every week as opposed to playing because I have to make money, he said.

Youre going to play better if youre in a good mental state and you feel fresh and youre going into each tournament wanting to be there as opposed to just being there because you think you have to be.

I probably would have made more money, looking back at it, if Id have taken an extra three weeks off somewhere and been fresh for more of the year. You speak with veterans and most of those guys only play two or three weeks in a row max and I played seven in one span, he said.

Fresh is how he expects to feel when he returns for the Fall Series pumped to avoid the grind of Q-School and to provide himself with more options for next year.

If youre in the top 125, its easier to make a schedule as opposed to getting put back in the reshuffle list after the first few events and all that kind of stuff that I had to deal with this year and I dont really want to do next year, he said.

Obviously, Id prefer being in the top 125 and being fully exempt and play everything I want and take weeks off when I want, he said.

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