Most of the rodents we turn to at this time of year predicted we’d have to wait a while longer for the arrival of spring and in Scottsdale, Az., on Sunday, Graham DeLaet learned he would have to wait a bit longer for his first PGA Tour win.
In both cases, you know it’s coming, but the wait can be agonizing and DeLaet did just that after posting a birdie on the 18th hole to finish the Waste Management Phoenix Open at 15 under after firing his second consecutive six-under 65 on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
The birdie on the final hole put DeLaet into a tie for the lead, but a playoff was not to be as eventual champion Kevin Stadler birdied the 17th with DeLaet in the clubhouse to finish one shot ahead at 16 under.
DeLaet went into the weekend nine shots off the lead and going into Sunday’s final round, he was six behind Bubba Watson, who eventually tied DeLaet for second.
DaLaet finished with seven birdies against just one bogey on the 15th hole as he posted his second runner-up finish in as many weeks. He is not scheduled to play at Pebble Beach this week.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., tied for 18th at even par.
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