DeLaet won the 2009 Canadian Tour Championship.
Graham DeLaet has had an outstanding season in his young professional career where he has won the 2009 Canadian Tour as the top money winner and is coming off a victory yesterday in South Africa on the Sunshine Tour. With the victory at the BMG Classic in Johannesburg, South Africa, DeLaet currently ranks eighth on the Sunshine Tour’s money list. Following is an article courtesy of the Sunshine Tour website at www.SunShineTour.com.
DeLaet soaks in sunshine as he wins BMG Classic
Article Courtesy of www.SunshineTour.com
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (10/18/2009) - Canadian Graham DeLaet let the sunshine in on Sunday as he won his maiden Sunshine Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the 54-hole R500,000 BMG Classic played at the 6,914-metre par-72 Glendower Golf Club.
He fired a third-round 69 to finish on 11-under-par 205 ahead of England’s Jeff Inglis in second place.
In his fifth tournament in South Africa, he capped a magical run of results: He came 12th in the Joburg Open, 12th in the Africa Open, second in the Vodacom Championship, second in the Telkom PGA Championship and then he got this win under his belt.
“I loved each one of the five weeks I have spent playing here,” he said, “and look at the sun shining on my face,” he added as he received his trophy.
Things were not all plain sailing for him, however: He bogeyed the 17th to let Inglis – waiting in the clubhouse on 10-under – back into the reckoning.
“That was just a poor swing,” said DeLaet. “Luckily I had made birdie on 16 to give myself a little bit of a cushion.”
That birdie was the product of a feature of his game during the tournament: His rifle-straight driving put him in position to go for the flag on so many holes, that he had the birdie opportunities.
He hit his approach to within two feet on the 16th to convert the birdie opportunity, and after faltering on the 17th, his tee shot on 18 was once again close to perfect.
His approach went 15 feet past the flag, and he was left with an awkward downhill putt for birdie. Things got a little shaky as he ran his putt four feet by. “I did not need that for the win,” he joked afterwards, but he sank it to crown a week which consolidated his runaway lead as the frontrunner for Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year title.
Inglis came storming through the field with a final round of eight-under 64, with four birdies on each of the nines. It was the round of the day, and he was the only player not to drop a shot during his final round.
Third place was shared by Jacques Blaauw, Louis de Jager and Brandon Pieters.
Blaauw had a chance at winning, but a double bogey on the 18th saw him sink back to nine-under for the tournament – a pity after a magical run of six consecutive birdies from the sixth to the 11th.
When he eagled the 13th and birdied the 14th, a maiden victory for the rookie looked on, but he bogeyed the 16th and the 18th sank his chances.
Defending champion Doug McGuigan closed with a 69 to have a share of seventh with Trevor Fisher Jnr, behind Neil Cheetham in sixth.