Tour watch: Thursday, July 4

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJuly 4, 2013 

Former BSU golfer Graham DeLaet is 28th on the money list.




• When: July 22-28 (it's not in September anymore)

• Where: Hillcrest Country Club, Boise

• Tickets: Prices, charities at

• Tour money leaders (top 25 to PGA Tour): Michael Putnam (386,634), Edward Loar (263,858), Chesson Hadley (249,784), Ben Martin (208,305) and Alex Aragon (205,541)

• Notable: Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt is 56th on the money list ($52,565). … Three out of four PGA Tour members have played on the Tour. Nine of the 12 U.S. Ryder Cup team members last year were Tour graduates. … The average purse on tour this year is a record $699,000. That's bolstered by the $1 million purses for each of the four events that make up the Tour Finals.



• 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 maintained his momentum through a two-week break - finishing third at the Travelers Championship and eighth at the AT&T National. He has made seven straight cuts and 13 of the past 14.

• Up next: He's playing in the PGA Greenbrier Classic this week in West Virginia, hosting the Graham DeLaet Charity Golf Classic (to support junior golf in Saskatchewan) on July 11 at The Willows Golf & Country Club in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and playing the Canadian Open on July 25-28.

• Standings: He's 23rd in the FedExCup standings and 28th on the money list ($1,523,887). He ranks first in greens in regulation percentage (72.64), 10th in driving distance (300.9 yards) and 12th in birdie average (3.89).

• Follow him at: and @GrahamDeLaet on Twitter

• What they're saying about DeLaet: "Graham DeLaet's T8 last week at the AT&T not only gave him another $175,500 and pushed him to 66th on the Official World Golf Ranking, but also moved him closer to a spot in the field at the British Open. With a very good week at the Greenbrier, he may be able to punch his ticket to Muirfield. ... If he doesn't play the British, he will tee it up at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., in August.'' - Canadian golf writer Bob Weeks



• Hometown: Boise

• Age: 23

• This year: She's a rookie on the Symetra Tour. The top 10 money-winnersadvance to the LPGA in 2014.

• Recent results: She had missed four straight cuts, but finished tied for 11th last week in Michigan (71-74-73, won $1,777).

• Up next: The Symetra is off this week. It begins a three-week tour of the Northeast on July 12 with events in Albany, N.Y.; Concord, N.H.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

• Standings: She ranks 58th on the Symetra Tour money list with $4,677 (the leader has $33,693).

• Follow her at: and @m_sheils on Twitter

• On finishing 11th in Michigan: "It just came together for me in Michigan because it was a tough golf course and I play better on tough golf courses. I'm somebody who can grind out a lot of pars under tough conditions. ... It felt good to know that I can absolutely compete out here.''

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