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DeLaet Does It Again: Fighting Fires With Birdies

When people at home are in need. The PGA’s Graham DeLaet doesn’t forget his roots.

In 2013 when High River and parts of Southern Alberta were hit with once-in-a-lifetime flash floods DeLaet came to the plate. Now with the people of Fort McMurray in crisis due to out-of-control wildfires, the Weyburn native is doing his part to create awareness and help out.

This morning DeLaet, through his charitable foundation, with is wife Ruby announced a plan to help raise funds in response to the devastating wildfires.

The Weyburn native announced that for every birdie he makes during the competition rounds at the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship, he will donate $500 to the Canadian Red Cross to help aid those affected by the fires.

For full details or to help

Harmon The Man At Dakota Dunes Open

Grand Haven, Michigan’s Matt Harmon kept the field at bay to capture his first PGA TOUR Canada victory on Sunday, firing a final round 6-under 66 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links to win the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.

The 29-year old began the day with a five stroke lead and hardly gave his pursuers a chance, carding seven birdies on the day and never letting anyone get closer than within two shots, winning by three over Will Kropp of Edmond, Oklahoma. Harmon moves to 2nd on the Order of Merit through four events, in position to earn one of three RBC Canadian Open exemptions available after the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel in two weeks.

“I knew I was playing well and that good results were coming. You never know when you’re going to win, so this feels incredible,” said Harmon.

The win comes at a special time for Harmon and his wife Pagiel, who had their 10-week old son Eli on hand for the first time in his career, making the win even more memorable for the young Harmon family.

“You can’t really describe it. She flew up here with him all on her own. I’m just so thankful that we can be together and be able to travel and share this moment,” said an emotional Harmon after the round. “To have them here is just incredible.”

24-year old Kropp, a rookie on PGA TOUR Canada, made the strongest charge of the day, carding a 10-under 62 and getting within two shots of Harmon late in the back nine. Harmon, a former Michigan State Spartan, responded with three birdies in four holes in the middle of his back nine to keep his chasers at bay and secure the title.

“I played well today and made a few putts, but if you start seven back and he shots 6-under that’s pretty tough to catch. Kudos to him,” said Kropp, who captured a win on the NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica earlier this year at the Abierto OSDE del Centro.

Harmon, who played full time on the Web.com Tour in 2012 and 2013 and finished runner up at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship, said he’s looking ahead to the rest of the season with an eye on maintaining his spot on the Order of Merit.

“Fortunately I’ve gotten off to a nice start. I’m looking forward hopefully to that RBC Canadian Open exemption if you’re in the top three through Thunder Bay, so the next two weeks I’ve got my eyes set on that,” said Harmon.

One shot behind Kropp was Kalmar, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who joined Kropp in the charge to catch Harmon before a bogey at the par-5 16th derailed his chances. Karlsson’s finish was his third top-10 of the season and moved him to fifth on the Order of Merit.

BROWN TAKES FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL TOP CANADIAN HONOURS
With a final round 64 to finish tied for seventh, Peterborough, Ontario’s Ted Brown earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Canadian Player of the Week honours, taking home a $1,500 prize.

Brown edged out Airdrie, Alberta’s Riley Fleming on a tiebreaker, with the pair finishing together at 16-under par. Each week on PGA TOUR Canada, the top Canadian on the leaderboard earns the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s send taking Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $10,000 prize.

NEXT WEEK ON TOUR
PGA TOUR Canada heads east to Winnipeg, Manitoba for The Players Cup at the venerable Pine Ridge Golf Club, a 102-year old Donald Ross design. Last year, Carlos Sainz, Jr. claimed his first PGA TOUR Canada title before moving on to the Web.com Tour this season.

Notes:

  • Weather: 21 degrees (26 degrees with Humidex). Sunny. Winds 10 km/h.
  • Harmon’s 24-under par total is the lowest of the PGA TOUR Canada era. His 264 total is tied for the lowest with Mark Hubbard (-20) at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial in 2013.
  • Harmon’s 24-under total was one off the tournament record set by Will Wilcox in 2010.
  • Harmon is the third consecutive player to convert a 54-hole lead into a win on PGA TOUR Canada.
  • Despite the low scores, no player shot in the 60s all four rounds at Dakota Dunes.
  • Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen shot a final round 64 to finish tied for 35th
  • Montgomery, Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick fired a final round 62, tied for the low round of the day with Kropp, to finish tied for 17th.
  • Will Kropp’s NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica victory came by a shot over Angel Cabrera, who win The Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR Sunday.

DeLaet Opens Season In Style

Fearing some tournament rust entering his first PGA event of 2014, Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet had nothing to worry about.

Making a charge on the final 36 holes of the Framers Insurance Open at Pine Hills, DeLaet’s final round of 4-under 68 game him a share of the clubhouse lead at 8-under for the tournament.

2013 Just Keeps Getting Better For Weyburn’s DeLaet

Who would have thought that 2013 could have gotten any better for third year PGA pro Graham DeLaet from Weyburn?

In 2013 DeLaet cracked the top-10 seven times, with a career-high second place finish.

All told, DeLaet made the cut in 21 of the 26 events that he competed in. Those finishes earned DeLaet just more than $2.8-million and qualified him for the FedEx cup play-offs not to mention a spot in the President’s Cup, where he went undefeated in the prestigious match-play format.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week With A Candid Hervey And VOTE For DeLaet

Time once again to wrap up the week with a little of Dis and of course some of Dat!

I’ll start this week going over a conversation that I had with Edmonton General Manager Ed Hervey last week in Regina.

Hervey was gracious enough to take some time away from watching his team play on the Mosaic turf last Saturday to share his thoughts with me on a number of CFL releated topics. Here is the summary of our conversation:

DO you believe the Roughriders are under the salary cap? He certainly does tipping his hat to Rider General Manager Brendan Taman for being very shrewd with his contract negotiations, use of the nine-game injured list and setting the team up properly in 2012 to make a run this year.

How far ahead has he thought about the Ottawa expansion draft? He believes that Edmonton will come away relatively unscathed. He pointed out that the REDBLACKS will be looking for a quarterback and Canadian offensive linemen to build their nucleus around. He feels they have a quarterback in Mike Reilly who they can protect and as for his offensive lineman well go back to his thoughts on his offensive line and Simeon Rottier.

What about the impending schedule with Ottawa coming in?

Another Top 10 Thoughts On A Tuesday: From The Riders To DeLaet They Crack The List

Good Day and welcome to another of my Top 10 thoughts on this Tuesday morning…

From the good to the bad and in between you will find them all right here from the past 7 days in the world of sports in no particular order…. Until #1!

10 When they do good no one remembers but when they do bad no one forgets. That could be the title of a Saskatchewan Roughrider novel. The Green and White were in Saskatoon yesterday for a Saskatoon Hilltop fundraiser. And while the highly publicized arrests of a two players continues to be talked about, the Riders offered up some big cheques yesterday! $40,000 to the Saskatoon Hilltops to help them make the bottom line, and an additional $50,000 to help with the proposed upgrades to Gordie Howe Bowl. Let’s just call it a curious world we live in when $90,000 can be invested in a community and nary receive a mention but when a situation arises that may shed 2 of 53 or 54 players in a shady light the media is all over it. I’m just sayin’!

9 The other big move, literally, that the Saskatchewan Roughriders made on the weekend was acquiring 6’ 6” rush end Alex Hall from Winnipeg.

Wrapping Up The Week With Some Of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat!

Time to wrap up the week with a little of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat:

Well unfortunately for the Saskatchewan Roughriders instead of focusing on the Toronto Argonauts and bouncing back from just their second loss of the season the team is dealing with an off-field distraction. The arrests of Dwight Anderson and Taj Smith yesterday were surprising and honestly couldn’t have come at a worse time for the team.

I am not going to act like judge and jury in the case nor do I think that anyone has the right to do so. The Riders are in a tough spot though where they are going to have to. The team’s code of conduct is going to be put to the test with the pair, as neither have been convicted of anything. General Manager Brendan Taman and Head Coach Corey Chamblin are in a now win situation; If they play the pair what will the backlash be from the community?

More Top 10 Thoughts On A Tuesday: Answering How Loud Is It? AND Thoughts On The Blades Sale

Here is a collection of my Top Ten Thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports:

10 The Sale of the Saskatoon Blades should be made official tomorrow in Calgary at a Board of Governors meeting. Depending on who you ask it could be a very interesting meeting as some of the board apparently are not on-side with the deal. Personally I would be shocked if the transfer of the team to Edmonton Car magnate Mike Priestner doesn’t go through. Time will tell but all should be settled tomorrow night.

DeLaet’s Late Charge Comes Up Short

Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet made a late run at the PGA’s Deutsche Bank Championship but came up just short on Monday.

Entering the final round of play DeLaet found himself in second place behind Sergio Garcia.

However, having to wait out the weather may have iced the young Weyburnite.

After a 9-under 62 third round, DeLaet could only muster a 2-under 69 in his final round which placed him 4-shots behind eventual winner Henrik Stenson and two back of Steve Stricker to finish the event in third place.

Presidential Day For DeLaet:

He missed it by that much!

Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet tied Phil Michelson for the low round of the day yesterday with a 65 in the final round of the Barclay’s in New Jersey. That 65 put him at 10-under for the championship one shot behind eventual winner Adam Scott.

More importantly the second place finish moves DeLaet into 19th in the President’s Cup standings.

His second place finished earned him just over $528,000 and pushes his season total just over $2-million.

Here’s the full story from the PGA.