Graham DeLaet helps Alberta with birdie donations while rocketing into share of lead at PGA Tour's Travelers Championship

Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet (Reuters)

Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet (Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

With one superb round of golf, Graham DeLaet gave some financial help to southern Albertans battling the horrific floods.

In the process, Canada's top PGA Tour player gave himself a big boost, too.

DeLaet, who pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie and $2,500 for every eagle this weekend to Alberta flood relief, will send $6,000 to Alberta after his six-birdie effort rocketed him into a tie for top spot at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

DeLaet's 5-under 65 Saturday has him level with Charley Watson and Bubba Watson at 10-under entering Sunday's final round.

"It's a pretty small part what we're doing, but anything helps," said DeLaet, who came up with the idea with his wife, Ruby. "There's a lot of help from everyone all across Canada and I just feel super fortunate to have grown up in that country and now living in the United States, you guys would do that, too ... It's nice to be able to help out."

A Calgary Flames fan from Weyburn, Sask., DeLaet put his plan on Twitter Friday night. PGA Tour Canada, which cancelled its ATB Financial Classic in Calgary Friday because of the flood, stepped up to match DeLaet's donation after learning of the golfer's strategy.

"That's a super generous donation by PGA Tour Canada," DeLaet, 31, said. "That tour means a lot to me. I spent three years of my life out there trying to hone my game and that kind of thing, so for them to step up as well, it means a lot."

Coming off a two-week break, DeLaet is in the hunt entering the final round for his second outing in a row. He struggled his last Sunday out, tying for 21st at the Memorial after starting the round one off the lead.

"It's probably going to take a hot putter for me to win the tournament, depending on what the leaders do out there, but at the same time I feel like I'm hitting it well," DeLaet, who already has three top-10 showings this year, said. "I'm in control of my golf ball, I'm giving myself a lot of looks and if I can make a couple early and get a little confidence going with the putter, you never know."

Manotick's Brad Fritsch, the only other Canadian to qualify for Sunday play, is tied for 50th at 1-under.


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