Canada's DeLaet has good feeling about Zurich Classic

Canada's Graham DeLaet watches his tee shot on the 7th hole in final round play at the Honda...

Canada's Graham DeLaet watches his tee shot on the 7th hole in final round play at the Honda Classic PGA golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida March 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:52 PM ET

Last year, Jason Dufner's breakout came in a playoff against Ernie Els in the Big Easy.

Dufner's first career victory, in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, surely was a memorable moment for the then-35-year-old, who went on to win again in 2012 and now sits at No. 20 in the official world golf ranking and had his own Twitter-craze, Dufnering, go viral.

While the defending champ comes into this week in New Orleans buoyed by his experiences last year, so too does the man who played alongside him in the final pairing in 2012: Canada's Graham DeLaet.

Last year in New Orleans, DeLaet fired a terrific 66 in the third round to put himself into that final group, two shots behind Dufner. On Sunday, playing in the first final pairing of his PGA Tour career, DeLaet gutted out a one-under 71 at TPC Louisiana despite not having his A-game, and finished tied for fourth.

This week, the 31-year-old from Weyburn, Sask., is back and feeling good about his chances.


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