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OAKVILLE, ONT. –
In case there was any doubt, Canadian Graham DeLaet would love to play in another Presidents Cup.
“It’s the best,” DeLaet said of the competition that pits an international team against the U.S.
“It’s one of the most fun weeks I’ve ever had playing golf,” the Weyburn, Sask., native said at Glen Abbey where he will be teeing it up at the Canadian Open this week. “We didn’t even win, and it’s still the most fun I’ve ever had.”
DeLaet, who was an integral part of the International squad that lost to the Americans at Muirfield Village in 2013, is currently sitting far outside the top-10 exempt spots in 29th place.
It’s not impossible, though, that Nick Price, who was at the helm in 2013, could make him a captain’s pick to compete at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey in late September.
“Nick texts me once in a while when I’m playing good,” DeLaet said. “I know he’s cheering hard for me, but I’ve got a long way to go and I need to take care of it out here. The only thing I can really do is play good golf. We’re running out of time and I’ve got a lot of people to skip.”
Having fellow Canadian and former Masters champ Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove as an assistant to Price probably doesn’t hurt DeLaet’s chances any.
“He’s in the conversation because he had such a successful Presidents Cup when he played a few years ago,” Weir said. “Nick enjoyed his enthusiasm and Graham is such a great ball-striker that I think Nick would love to have him on the team, too.”
Adam Hadwin is currently the top-ranked Canadian, sitting just outside the exemption line at No. 11. A good showing here could propel him into the top 10.
“I’d love the Canadian guys to make the team,” said the 47-year-old Weir, who will be teeing it up at the Canadian Open for the 26th time. “Adam has had such a good year and hopefully he can play well here at the end so he can play his way on to the team because ultimately it’s not my pick; it’s Nick’s … but Nick has his eye on him for sure.”
Another Canadian competing here this week who has a shot at making the International team is PGA Tour winner Mackenzie Hughes, currently in the 27th spot.
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