Graham DeLaet
Graham DeLaet
39-Year-Old Golfer
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/15/2021
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
The 37-year-old Canadian has been sidelined by a back injury for some time now. He played in only three events in 2018-19. After a promising tie for fifth in the season-opening Safeway, DeLaet played two more events, withdrawing from the CJ Cup. That's the last we've seen of him. He still has 24 events under his major medical, needing only 266 points to keep his card. That's very doable - if healthy. Read Past Outlooks
Back procedure on tap
February 23, 2021
DeLaet announced via his personal Twitter account that he will undergo a procedure Wednesday for a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure designed to alleviate chronic pain in his lower back.
DeLaet has been plagued by back issues for the last few years, teeing off in just nine PGA Tour events since the beginning of 2018. The 39-year-old Canadian is hopeful his upcoming procedure will provide significant relief to his back and allow him to keep his career going. DeLaet didn't reveal a timeline for his return to competition, but he could remain sidelined into the summer, if not the remainder of the season.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Graham DeLaet
Golf Draft Kit: 2020-21 Projected Earnings
182 days ago
The RotoWire golf crew projected 2020-21 earnings for more than 200 golfers who have PGA Tour cards for this season. What will Dustin Johnson do to back up his Tour championship?
Golf Draft Kit: 2020-21 Rankings & Profiles
182 days ago
The RotoWire golf crew ranks the 2020-21 golfers with projected earnings and season outlooks, as Justin Thomas looks poised for his best season yet.
Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Deep Dive
September 6, 2019
Len Hochberg looks for gems in the bottom of the barrel among golfers who finished far out of the top 125 but still qualify for this season's PGA Tour.
Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Projected Earnings
August 27, 2019
The RotoWire golf crew projected 2019-20 earnings for more than 200 golfers who have PGA Tour cards for this season. Will Justin Thomas be the leading money winner?
Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Rankings & Profiles
August 27, 2019
Greg Vara and the RotoWire golf crew rank the 2019-20 golfers with projected earnings and season outlooks, as Brooks Koepka has settled the debate over the world's best golfer.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
DeLaet had a nice run from 2013-14 where he topped $2.5 million in each season, but he followed that up with two sub-$1 million seasons. He bounced back last season with a performance closer resembling his 2013-14 efforts, but he also set the bar pretty high considering he failed to crack the $1 million mark in his previous two seasons. Considering DeLaet has zero top-3s in the past three seasons, it's reasonable to think he's trending the wrong way and as such, he's not a good salary cap option this season.
Not too long ago, DeLaet was the clear-cut, best Canadian golfer on the PGA Tour. With a slip in his game and some others stepping-up, that's not the case anymore. DeLaet isn't that far removed from back-to-back seasons which he earned over $2.5 million though, so he's definitely worth some consideration in salary cap leagues this. His number is low enough that it mitigates a lot of risk. In draft leagues he should go near the 10th-round.
DeLaet started the 2013-2014 season on fire, but he didn't accomplish much outside that stretch last season. That's not to say they his early-season play was a fluke, but it's a little disheartening that he couldn't build upon what he started early in the season last year. He's probably priced a bit too high for consideration in salary cap leagues this season, especially in those leagues that don't start until 2015. In draft leagues he should go late 3th or early 4th round.
If you checked out late in the season last year, you may be surprised that DeLaet cracked the top-20 on the 2013 money list. That's because DeLaet made most of his money and had the majority of his success during the second-half of the season. That doesn't mean that it was a fluke, but we'd like to see a little more from DeLaet before we slot him in the 10-20 range. As it stands now, he should be going anywhere from 25-35 in draft leagues. His 2013 number isn't so high that you can automatically discount him from salary cap league, but again, there isn't much beyond his 2013 season to go off of.
DeLaet has been fairly productive in his brief PGA TOUR career when healthy, and last year was no exception. DeLaet's 2011 season was cut short due to injury, and he started last season on a medical exemption. His status was in peril for most of the year, but a strong finish during the FedEx playoffs secured his card. It's hard to tell where DeLaet's upside is because he hasn't been healthy for more than 12 consecutive months. That alone might be a reason to avoid him this year, but DeLaet has potential. He's worth a look in a salary cap leagues, and in drafts he should be available ninth round.
DeLaet earned nearly $1 million in 2010, but injuries derailed his 2011 season early on. Because of that, he'll have 26 events to catch up to No. 125 on last season's list. In other words, he essentially has a full exemption this season. Considering he nearly cracked $1 million just a year ago, there's no reason to pass on him.
DeLeat had a nice rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2010, finishing in the top 10 three times. His best finish came at the Shell Houston Open where he finished third. Among his other top-10s were a fifth at the Viking Classic and a sixth at the Open. DeLeat started the season with two top-25s but soon after ran into a typical rookie rut. He pulled out of his mini-slump in Houston and finished the year strong during the fall season. DeLeat built a solid base for a nice future last season, and he should continue to improve this season. His stats were very impressive last season - he ranked sixth in both driving distance and GIR.
Delaet represented Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Cup events in China. He was the Canadian Tour's Player of the Year in 2009.
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Withdraws from Houston Open
November 6, 2020
DeLaet withdrew from the Houston Open on Friday with a back injury.
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Returning from back injury
September 7, 2020
DeLaet (back) is listed in the field for this week's Safeway Open.
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WD with back injury
January 23, 2020
DeLaet (back) has withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open field.
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Scheduled to return this week
September 30, 2019
DeLaet (back) is in the field for this week's Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
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Targeting return in 2019-20 season
April 4, 2019
DeLaet (back) announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he expects to be ready to compete at the start of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season in September.
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