PGA's DeLaet building confidence with consistancy

PGA's DeLaet building confidence with consistancy
Former Boise State Bronco golfer Graham DeLaet gets in a practice round at The Club at SpurWing during his week-long break from the PGA Tour.
MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet's third full season on the PGA Tour is easily his best. With a third of the season still remaining, DeLaet's already surpassed his 2012 FedEx Cup point total.

He's best in the PGA at getting to the green in regulation - a chance to putt for birdie - on more than 72 percent of the 1,044 holes he's played this season.

"The best part of my game is my ball-striking, it's why I got out there in the first place and why I've been able to stay out there," DeLaet said during practice this week at Meridian's Spurwing Golf Club."

After four weeks on tour, DeLaet elected to skip a U.S. Open qualifying tournament last week and return home for some rest. While it's been grueling, he's been playing some of the best golf of his career.

"The one thing I'm most proud of this year is just the consistency I've been playing with," he said. "It keeps the momentum going throughout the season, and it's been fun."

While he's been getting to greens with relative ease, DeLaet's putting is ranked 92 on tour. After a rough start to his 2012 season, DeLaet switched to a long putter, but switched back to a regular putter this year. Recently, the USGA announced a ban on anchored putting starting in 2016, but that had nothing to do with his decision.

"I was just trying to get the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes possible," DeLaet said with a laugh.

He said he isn't overly opinionated on the anchored putter ban - but certainly understood how it would severely impact players who had used long putters for a very long time.

DeLaet will return to action June 20 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

"I feel like I belong a little bit more out on the PGA Tour this year," he said. "Being in contention just builds confidence and lets me know that I'm a decent player and can hang with some of the best in the world."