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Former Boise State golfer finishes in top 10 at PGA Tour season’s final major

Graham DeLaet watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.
Graham DeLaet watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.

Following one of the most impressive finishes to a round you’ll see, former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet posted a strong final day at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

DeLaet wrapped up golf’s final major of the season with a 2-under 69, a day after he shot a 68 to get into the top 10. DeLaet tied for seventh overall at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., firing a 4-under 280. It was his best-ever finish at a major. He recovered well Sunday after bogeying two of the first four holes, only having one the final 14.

On Saturday, the Saskatchewan native nearly had back-to-back holes in one on a par-3 and a par-4, part of a birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie run between the 13th and 16th holes. He became first PGA Tour player to have consecutive eagles since last November.

“It’s just one of those things, like, are you kidding me?” DeLaet said Saturday. “Did this just happen the last four holes? But it’s pretty fun, especially at a major.”

The showing was made more impressive by the fact a back injury had been nagging him for the last week. He withdrew Aug. 5 early in the third round of the Barracuda Championship. Three golfers tied for seventh at last year’s PGA Championship, earning $293,000 apiece. DeLaet entered the week ranked 77th in the FedEx Cup standings.

DeLaet’s previous best finish was in the 2015 PGA Championship, when he tied for 15th. He did not play in the other three majors this year. With his showing, he is guaranteed a spot in next year’s PGA Championship, which will be held at Bellerive County Club in St. Louis.

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