Odds Stacked Against Graham DeLaet Qualifying For Masters

Canadian golf fans had high hopes on Saskatchewan born Graham DeLaet ahead of the four majors on the 2015 PGA Tour.  But the 33 year old has only finished in the top 10 twice this season, threatening his odds of qualifying for the Masters next week.

His best stops on the tour to date were in February, finishing tied for 7th at the Phoenix Open and tied for 8th at the Northern Trust Open.  Aside from that, DeLaet had disappointing finishes throughout the first few months of the tour, including cuts at all three tour stops he made in March.

The soft start to the season hinders DeLaet’s odds of playing in the Masters next month.  According to golf commentators, his only shot at playing at Augusta is to win the Houston Open this weekend.

If DeLaet misses the tournament, it will be a significant blow to Canadians betting on a successor to Mike Weir.  The former Masters champion was an unofficial mentor to DeLaet ahead of last year’s Masters Tournament, passing the torch so to speak, as he trained the younger Canadian at Augusta ahead of opening day tee off.

The good news for DeLaet and his fans is that the Houston Open has been very rewarding to the man with one of the strongest power shots in the game.  In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, DeLaet finished tied for 3rd in Houston, and continued to finish strongly on the course over the years.

The problem for DeLaet is that his recent game has little to be excited about.  The Valero Texas Open last weekend was the third consecutive time that DeLaet failed to qualify for the third round of a tournament, which will understandably weigh on his mind as he navigates through Houston this weekend.

A close finish might be enough but a win can help DeLaet get back in the standings for Augusta.  Failing that, Canadians will need to bet their hope that Mike Weir will be healthy enough to tee off in Augusta for any hope of a Canadian winning the first major of the season.