Sunday didn’t turn out to be Graham DeLaet’s day after saying the day before he planned to go out and get his first PGA Tour win at the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., where conditions were less than favourable for the entire field.
With the wind swirling, DeLaet’s ball-striking wasn’t an issue, but his putter was cold as his scorecard showed four bogeys without a birdie Sunday when he posted a 75.
That left DeLaet, who started the day just a shot off the lead, tied for fifth at three under, four shots behind Charl Schwartzel and Bill Haas, who went into a playoff, won by Schwartzel.
“Obviously, you can’t be in contention putting the way that I did today. It’s disappointing. I was actually pretty proud of myself. I hit the ball really well,” said DeLaet.
“I kept trying all day long. I mean, I just kept telling myself it was going to happen, it was going to happen, never did, but, you know, I’m proud of the effort that I put in. Didn’t happen today,” he said.
DeLaet did get his second top-10 of the season and believing in himself was the reason he made the bold statement of the day before.
“I needed to believe in myself,” said DeLaet, adding he wanted to take control of his fate on Sunday and in the future.
“Obviously I didn’t take it but I’ll be back again,” he said.
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