Graham DeLaet is back to trying to cure his back woes.
The Saskatchewan-raised golfer underwent a Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) procedure Wednesday on his lower back, as he puts it, “aimed at alleviating the chronic pain I’ve been dealing with the past few years.”
DeLaet gave notice to his fans earlier this week when he posted an update on Twitter.
He last teed it up in a PGA event in November at the Vivint Houston Open, where he withdrew after the first round. He’s missed the cut in all five of his starts during the 2020-21 season.
He also made five starts during the 2019-20 season, earning $31,359 after surviving the cut at both the Houston Open and Mayakoba Open.
DeLaet missed the entire 2019 season and his 2017-18 season was shortened to just three events due to a back injury.
“A lot of people have seen great results from RFAs,” noted DeLaet, who turned 39 in January and has career earnings of $11,379,909 as a golf pro.
“I am hopeful that this will give me the day-to-day relief to enjoy more quality time with my family and friends. I’m also hopeful it will enable me to put in the time needed to practice again, and get back to the PGA Tour.
“It’s definitely been a frustrating few years.”
DeLaet retains PGA Tour status with a major medical extension.
In 2017, he kicked off the 2017-18 campaign with a T-5 effort at the Safeway Open, but was limited to just two additional starts due to injury, withdrawing during The CJCup @ Nine Bridges with back issues. DeLaet subsequently underwent two back procedures, including a microdiscectomy surgery, to repair his L4-L5 disc, and an intradiscal stem cell injection aimed to regenerate two discs in his back.
DeLaet also had back surgery in 2011.
Mackenzie Hughes is the lone Canadian playing in this week’s World Golf Championship-Workday Championship in Florida.
Corey Conners, who missed the cut at last week’s Genesis Invitational, remains the top Canadian on the PGA Tour’s official money list this season. He sits in the No. 36 spot with $1,115,820 in earnings this season.
Hughes sits at No. 74 overall with $699,983 this season.
Nick Taylor is next, at No. 96. He has collected $466,602 on the Tour this season.
In the 111th spot is Adam Hadwin with $328,660, followed by No. 129 Michael Gligic, at $270,310, and No. 132 David Hearn, at $252,438.
Roger Sloan entered this week in 145th place on the money list with $198,960.
Veteran Mike Weir, who has seen a bit of a resurgence, has won $44,906 in only two starts this season.
Taylor Pendrith, who has $101,797 in earnings from 2020, is playing in this week’s Puerto Rico Open along with fellow Canadians Sloan, Gligic and Hearn.
DAKOTA DUNES ALUMI SHINING
Tony Finau, who played in a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event years ago at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links in Saskatchewan, continues to impress on the PGA Tour with the most top-five finishes this season.
Finau, who had five top 10s in only nine tournaments this season, is No. 7 on the money list this season with $2,646,061.
Taylor Gooch, yet another Dakota Dunes past participant, sits at No. 39 with $1,074,095, while fellow Dakota alumnus James Hahn is in 44th place at $994,935.
They join Conners in the top 50.
Several current PGA players who once played on the Canadian Tour’s former Saskatchewan stop have also cracked this year’s top 125.
Among them are Tom Hoge at No. 56 ($838,457), C.T. Pan at No. 78 ($663,916), Joel Dahmen at No. 104 ($433,312), No. 106 Bo Hoag ($415,074) and No. 123 Mark Hubbard ($246,460).
No. 136 Sam Ryder ($212,345), No. 139 J.J. Spaun ($206,146) and No. 159 Rob Oppenheim ($160,403) are other past Saskatchewan participants in the PGA Tour’s top 200.
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