Canada's DeLaet has a day to remember at Presidents Cup

Fri Oct 4, 2013 5:51am EDT
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By Julian Linden

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - The intense pressure of the Presidents Cup does funny things to professional golfers, as Graham DeLaet discovered during a roller-coaster round on Thursday.

The Canadian was so nervous before his first hole that he made an "idiot" of himself by mistakenly teeing up his ball when it wasn't his shot.

When he was told about his mistake, he sheepishly picked up his ball then waited for his turn, feeling the eyes of the golfing world upon him after a rookie error.

"Yeah, there was a little bit of confusion there on the first tee," he said. "I was told that we were second and then I was told we were first, so I kind of teed up, and then I kind of looked like an idiot out there by teeing it up first."

The aborted start did not help DeLaet's frayed nerves but he managed to regain his composure and birdie the first hole. He was no fool after all.

"I was super nervous," he said.

"I could honestly barely feel my hands, my legs were shaking. It was a pretty cool moment and something that I'll treasure and remember for the rest of my life."

DeLaet got some calming advice from his playing partner, Australia's Jason Day, who is a member at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio where the Presidents Cup is being played.   Continued...

International team member Graham DeLaet of Canada hits off the 4th tee during the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane