Golf tour watch: Thursday, June 13

Updates on the Boise Open and local pro touring golfers Graham DeLaet and Madeleine Sheils

June 13, 2013 

Boise Open


When: July 25-28 (it's not in September anymore)

Where: Hillcrest Country Club

Tickets: Available at Tour money leaders (top 25 to PGA Tour): Michael Putnam ($354,234), Edward Loar ($221,358), Tim Wilkinson ($167,556), Benjamin Alvarado ($155,534), Brendon Todd ($152,828).

Notable: Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt is 43rd on the money list ($50,631). … Putnam next week will try to become the first player to win three straight events on the schedule. "I think the guys know that it's going to be tough to beat me out there when I'm playing well," he told "No one has the last couple of weeks. No one really has all year." … Three former Boise Open champions are in the field for the U.S. Open - Tim Clark (2000), Roger Tambellini (2003) and Luke Guthrie (2012). Clark and Tambellini share the Boise Open record for largest margin of victory (six).

Graham DeLaet


Hometown: Meridian (Canadian who played at Boise State)

Age: 31

This year: He's in his fourth consecutive season on the PGA Tour.

Recent results: He reeled off four straight top-26 finishes in May/early June - the second time this season he has accomplished that. He has made 13-of-16 cuts and finished in the top 25 eight times, solidifying a tour spot for 2014.

Up next: DeLaet withdrew from U.S. Open qualifying to spend two weeks at home after his four-week surge. The next marquee event is the AT&T National, which is June 27-30 in Bethesda, Md.

Standings: He's 49th in the FedExCup standings and 56th on the money list ($933,587). He ranks eighth in driving distance (301.6-yard average), first in greens in regulation and first in ball striking.

Follow him at: and @GrahamDeLaet

On the quest for his first win: "I feel more comfortable being in the mix. That's kind of the thing. It's a process. You see the guy that comes right out of the gate and gets a win in his first year, but there's a lot of guys out here that it's five, six, seven, eight, nine years before they get their first W. It's a learning curve."

Madeleine Sheils


Hometown: Boise

Age: 23

This year: She's a rookie on the tour, where the top 10 money-winners advance to the LPGA in 2014.

Recent results: She struggled in two May starts, missing the cut with rounds of 73, 74, 76 and 76. She took three weeks off after that during a break in the tour schedule.

Up next: She expects to play eight of the next 10 weeks. The Symetra is in Illinois this week, Indiana next week and Michigan the last week of June.

Standings: She ranks 53rd on the Symetra money list ($2,900).

Follow her at: and @m_sheils

On how she used her break: "Both physically and mentally, I tried to rest up, and being back in Boise was so great because I have such a wonderful support system there. Everybody that I saw basically just gave me a pat on the back and told me they're proud of me and so happy to see me out on tour, which felt really good because of the recent struggles I've had. That really recharged me and refocused me. And then I just worked on parts of my game with my coach that were weak."

On life on the road: "These are places I'd never get to go to otherwise. Because I'm staying in host houses, I really get to know the people and the areas. It's a lot of fun. I can't think of a better way to spend my 20s than traveling around, being somewhere new every week. There's certainly no boredom involved."

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398; Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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