Graham DeLaet has rough start at U.S. Open

Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet struggled during the first round of the U.S Open on Thursday. (BRENT...

Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet struggled during the first round of the U.S Open on Thursday. (BRENT SMITH/Reuters/Files)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

PINEHURST, N.C. - In the end, Graham DeLaet couldn’t salvage his first U.S. Open round.

Canada’s only hope at Pinehurst carded a 5-over 75 and sits 10 shots back of Martin Kaymer, who scorched Pinehurst No. 2 with a 65 on Thursday.

“I got off to a poor start, it might have been just a little bit of nerves,” DeLaet said.

After making three bogeys in his first six holes, DeLaet steadied his game and made nine consecutive pars before bogeying two of his final three holes.

He sat at 3-over par midway through his second nine and it began to look as though he could get himself back in the mix.

With five holes left to play, DeLaet — who started his round on the 10th hole — arrived at the par-5, fifth that was playing 528 yards. With many players going for the green in two, there was a lengthy wait on the tee. The 32-year-old from Weyburn, Sask., found the only air conditioned seat on the sweltering course when he jumped up and sat on the ice box.


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