‘For me, the Canadian Open is unlike any other tournament’: DeLaet

Graham DeLaet tees off on the third hole during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on July 27, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec.
Graham DeLaet tees off on the third hole during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on July 27, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec. Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Regularly on Canadian golf stars Graham DeLaet and Adam Hadwin take readers behind the scenes of the PGA Tour, providing insights, perceptions and observations as they battle at the game’s biggest tournaments.

The RBC Canadian Open is always a whirlwind for me.

After the Monday finish I got on the charter, getting in about midnight. Unfortunately I missed the Monday pro-am, but made it to the course to practice on Tuesday.

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There are a lot of demands every year at the Canadian Open and every year I learn how to balance my time. You want to do things for the people that ask during the week, but there are a lot of demands placed on you and the focus is always on the tournament. That’s the goal—to play good golf.

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One change this year is that my wife, Ruby, won’t be at the Canadian Open. It is the first one she’ll miss, but she’s pregnant with twins due later this year, so after the British Open she decided it would be best to head home. People have asked us how we’ll deal with having twins, and I just say it’ll be life altering for us. We don’t know any different, so having one baby or two is going to really change things in our home regardless. But it’ll be the best thing that has ever happened to us and we’re both so excited for this next stage in our lives together.

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As for the Canadian Open, it’ll be interesting to be back at Glen Abbey. It is a great course for spectators and there is a lot of history there, with players like Greg Norman, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods winning there. Though I’m a big supporter of moving the tournament to other courses around Canada, I know I can play well at Glen Abbey and I expect the fans will see some fireworks on the 18th hole, which is a great mix of risk and reward.

My game has been steadily improving in recent weeks and I’ve finally been hitting it well because I’m moving through the golf ball. I didn’t have any major injuries earlier in the year, but small nagging issues meant I couldn’t hit the shots I wanted to. But I’m playing much better now and feel like I’m in a good spot.

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After the Canadian Open I’ll have some time off, which will be great. It has been a busy schedule going from Saskatoon, where I had my charity tournament, to Scotland and back to Toronto. So if I don’t get into the WGC tournament after the Canadian Open, I’ll go home and take a couple of weeks off. It would give me some time to do some fishing, play some golf with buddies and get prepared for the PGA Championship in Wisconsin.

The ultimate goal is to play really well and get on the Presidents Cup team, so there’s a lot of golf ahead. It might seem like the year is winding down, but for me there’s a lot to look forward to.