Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet going to British Open

Meridian resident earned his way into the major based on his world ranking.

STATESMAN STAFFJuly 9, 2013 

Graham DeLaet has played in 74 PGA Tour events since debuting in the 2007 Canadian Open and made $3,590,812 in his PGA career.

FRED BECKHAM — The Associated Press

Graham DeLaet, who's having his best season on the PGA Tour, received an email Monday morning from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which runs the British Open.

"Just got email from R and A and I officially made the field for the British Open! So pumped! #firstmajor," DeLaet wrote on Twitter.

He will make his major debut July 18 at historic Muirfield in Scotland. DeLaet, 31, made the field based on his standing in the Official World Golf Rankings, according to the British Open site. DeLaet is ranked No. 67 in the world.

The Canadian has played in 19 events on the PGA Tour this season and made the cut 16 times. He has five top-10 finishes, has earned $1.56 million and is ranked 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

BOISE OPEN ADDS TWO LOCAL PLAYERS TO FIELD

Chris Williams and Joe Panzeri each won Idaho state championships in high school. Now they have a chance to chase a trophy at the Web.com Tour event, which is July 25-28 at Hillcrest Country Club, Boise Open officials announced Monday.

Each has been granted a sponsor exemption, which tournaments give to players who might not otherwise qualify for their events.

Williams, who won four individual 4A state titles for Moscow High, was the top-ranked amateur in the world until turning pro last month. He earned his first paycheck of $32,584 when he finished in tie for 30th at the Travelers on June 23.

Panzeri helped 5A Meridian High win back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. He had a successful season on the Canadian Tour last season, when he was one of three golfers to make the cut in all eight of the tour's events.

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