DeLaet exits Canadian Open because of thumb injury

Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:20pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Graham DeLaet, the highest-ranked Canadian in the field at this week's RBC Canadian Open, withdrew from his national championship during the second round on Friday because of a left thumb injury.

The 33-year-old from Weyburn in Saskatchewan jammed his thumb when he hit a tee shot on the 12th hole during Thursday's opening round at Glen Abbey.

DeLaet managed to finish with an even-par 72 and said he was hopeful that he could play through discomfort in the second round, despite experiencing pain on his takeaway.

However, the world number 84 lasted just four holes on Friday before deciding to quit.

"It's an important tournament to me, obviously," DeLaet said in a statement. "I guess when it all came down to it, if I felt I could compete and still hit the ball well, probably I would have kept going.

"But I just didn't have any kind of golf game out there today and then it was hurting."

Fellow Canadian David Hearn, who rocketed up the leaderboard with an eight-under-par 64 in the second round, is well aware of the importance of the Canadian Open to DeLaet.

"That's got to be tearing at his heart strings not being able to finish his round," Hearn told reporters.   Continued...

Jul 23, 2015; Oakville, Ontario, CAN; Graham DeLaet (CAN) hits the ball on the first tee box during the first round at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports