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, that’s 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.
“It’s just nice to have a break,” he said. “I’ve just kind of kept going. Nine of the last 10 weeks is just way, way too much golf for me and it’s nice to have a month off and just kind of regroup mentally more than anything.”
However, there’s another important reason for DeLaet to rest.
“I’ve been battling some tendinitis in my right hand, pretty bad the last three, four weeks, so it’s 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 can’t really go down at the ball. I can’t really hit punch shots. I can’t hit explosive shots out of the rough, even the bunker shots. Anything with any kind of resistance hurts..
“I’m not even going to touch a golf club for at least two weeks,” he said. “I don’t even really want to think about golf to be honest with you. I’ll be ready to go when the Fall Series comes around, but as of right now, I’m 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 he’s missed eight cuts. DeLaet admits he may have fallen into a common trap for rookies pressing to keep their cards.
“I’ve just never played this much golf in my entire life consecutively. It’s 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.
“You’re going to play better if you’re in a good mental state and you feel fresh and you’re 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 I’d 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 you’re in the top 125, it’s 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 don’t really want to do next year,” he said.
“Obviously, I’d prefer being in the top 125 and being fully exempt and play everything I want and take weeks off when I want,” he said.