Fine back nine for DeLaet at PGA Championship

Graham DeLaet shot an even-par opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday. (REUTERS/Mathieu...

Graham DeLaet shot an even-par opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

Graham DeLaet and David Hearn certainly gave the huge Canadian contingent in the Oak Hill gallery reason to cheer on Thursday.

Indeed, who could have predicted the natives of Weyburn, Sask. and Brantford, Ont., would both finish the opening round of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill higher up on the leader board than pre-tourney favourites Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?

After watching Hearn shoot a sizzling four-under 66 in the morning, DeLaet overcame a poor start and a 70-minute rain delay in the afternoon to card an even-par 70. Woods and Mickelson, meanwhile, both carded one-over 71s.

“The number of Canadians backing us here is amazing,” said DeLaet, who finished his round with darkness setting in. “In fact, when I came in from the course during the delay, I saw my wife had tweeted about how many Canadians were in the crowd.

“David and I cheer for each other. We are each other’s biggest fans.”

 


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