Canada Bets On Graham DeLaet As Golf Ambassador

Canada’s reputation on the world golf stage was managed by Mike Weir for over a decade.  Weir became the face of Canadian golf in 2003 after he became the first Canadian male golfer to win the Masters, one of the PGA’s four major tournaments that all players strive to compete in.

But the role as Canadian ambassador has passed on from Weir to Graham DeLaet.  The torch was notably passed on at the 2014 Masters, where Weir bet the odds for a 2014 Canadian Masters champion on DeLaet by mentoring the younger pro leading up to the tournament.

DeLaet maintains very close ties with communities around Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he grew up.  He and his wife Ruby founded the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation in June, which supports children’s health as well as the development of junior golfers in Saskatchewan. 

The DeLaets partnered with Shaw’s Birdies and Eagles for Kids, and agreed to donate $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle made by DeLaet on the PGA Tour.  By the end of the 2014 PGA Tour, the DeLaet Foundation received $32,800 in donations from Shaw’s.

Following the FedEx Cup playoffs, DeLaet took some time off from golf as the role of Canadian ambassador began to weigh on the 32 year old.  After spending a month with friends in the wilderness to recover from injuries acquired throughout the season, DeLaet returned to the links this week for the Open, the first stop on the 2015 PGA Tour.

DeLaet played one of his best seasons of golf on the 2014 Tour where he finished in the top 10 at 7 different tournaments.  He also finished tied for 15th at the PGA Championship, his best performance to date at one of the four majors.

However, DeLaet is not willing to settle for riding on the coattails of a good season, and is betting on even better golf this year.

“In order to win golf tournaments you need to make putts at crucial times.  I know it is only a matter of time before I make a chip on Sunday or a long putt to get into the lead, and I really believe it is going to happen sooner than later.”

DeLaet is joined by fellow Canadians Brad Fritsch, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Nick Taylor, and of course Mike Weir at the Open.  Could a Canadian win the opening event to kick off the 2015 Tour?