Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet made history on Thursday, April 10, when he became the first Bronco to compete in the Masters when he appeared in the first of four PGA Tour major championships this season.
DeLaet, currently ranked 30th in the world following a eighth place finish in the FedEx Cup race and 16th in the PGA Tour money list in 2013, joined 23 other Masters rookies in their first appearances at Augusta National Golf Club over the weekend.
Unfortunately for DeLaet, the weekend would be short-lived as the 32-year-old Canadian would fail to make the cut, something many Masters first timers have done before him.
Entering the week the odds were not in DeLaet’s favor, as a player has not won the Masters in their first appearance since Fuzzy Zoeller accomplished the feat in 1979.
DeLaet’s opening round 8-over par 80 all but sealed his fate for an early exit as the deceptiveness of the treacherous Augusta greens baffled the former Bronco.
“It’s so tricky. There’s so many little intricacies. It takes time to learn, and get familiar with some of the bounces you’re going to get. I think it does take a few years to get the hang of this golf course,” DeLaet said to The Vancouver Sun. “And it would have been nice to play a couple more rounds here this weekend. Unfortunately, I won’t get that chance.”
While the nerves seemed to be shaken off in Friday’s second round, DeLaet was never able to get in a good rhythm to post a necessary score to qualify for the weekend, as his even par 72, bringing his two-day total to 8-over par, would be three shots shy of the cut line of 5-over par.
“The greens were just so much faster and trickier than I had anticipated, so maybe (next time) I’ll spend a little more time around the greens and putting,” DeLaet told The Vancouver Sun. “But at the same time, it’s so much different once the tournament starts from how it was Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s hard to get the feel of how lightning-fast it is.”
DeLaet’s dejection was expected, after receiving an outpouring of support through social media throughout the week. The former Bronco did take to Twitter to discuss his experience however, tweeting out on Friday “Still the best week of my life…”
Delaet’s next PGA Tour will come on April 17-20 at the RBC Heritage Open at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.