February 24, 2016 12:38 pm
Updated: February 24, 2016 12:41 pm

Graham DeLaet: Having a family changes your outlook

Graham DeLaet shows off his beard at the Frys.com golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Napa, Calif.

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Throughout the season, Canadian golf stars Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet will check in with Globalnews.ca to provide readers with candid insights as they compete on the PGA Tour.

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There’s no question this year has been different than any other I’ve experienced since I started on the PGA Tour, mainly because my wife Ruby and I now have twins at home to contend with. Roscoe and Lyla are obviously the number one thing now in our lives and it has been awesome.

There are no complaints. They started sleeping through the night recently, and are sleeping 12 hours at a stretch, so we’re lucky.

I love being a father—the smiles and giggles are awesome, and when they sit on your lap it is just the best.

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But when they sit with me, there’s always a chance they’ll grab my beard, which has received a lot of attention lately. David Feherty said it was like I swallowed a cat, which I laughed at. After I got off tour last fall I told Ruby in the fall that I was going to grow a serious beard. I’d never done it before, but I like it and she likes it. I don’t do it for anyone else. We’ll see what happens—maybe the babies start pulling on it or it is really hot in Florida and I’ll decide to get rid of it. For now it is just fun. It certainly gets reactions — guys are like, “Dude, how long are you going to grow that?” And I don’t have an answer for them.

As for my golf, the year started well, though it got off to a slow start. The weather in Phoenix in December was lousy, and limited my practice. But I felt I was pretty well prepared going into Hawaii and I was pretty proud of that tournament where it looked like I’d fly home on Sunday night, but shot 62 instead and got myself back into it. I just played okay in Palm Springs, and I played well at Torrey Pines about half the time. It was really tough there, and in the final round I was 4-over through three holes and ended up shooting 3-over for the round in brutal conditions. It was one of the better rounds of the day. In Phoenix, it was a short week, having finished on Monday in Torrey and I was tired. I had a feeling I wouldn’t play well.

With my goal of making the Canadian Olympic team in mind, I’ve spent a lot of time considering my schedule lately. That’s complicated by how much I can play and practice.

One thing is clear—I want to play my way onto the Canadian Olympic golf team. That said, you can’t change what you’re doing to get there. If you play great golf you’ll move up the world rankings and have a shot at it. If I’m not there it would be a real disappointment for me. But whoever does represent Canada will do their best. I know I have to play better golf to get there, but I’m focused on doing well and playing my way to Rio.

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