PGA: Back pain sends Graham DeLaet into retirement

Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet has announced his retirement from the PGA, reports TSN.

Bothered by persistent back problems, DeLaet has pulled away from the competition in recent years.

“Every part of me wanted to keep playing and keep doing what I’m doing,” DeLaet said. I love the game. I love the competition, but every time I tried to step up and train again, I fell back. It got to the point where it wasn’t worth it anymore because it affected my family life and the things I wanted to do at home with my kids and all that kind of stuff. Finally, after multiple decisions and many tears, Ruby [sa femme] and I realized that it was probably time to move on. »

The 40-year-old rose to 26th in the world rankings and was named to the Presidents Cup in 2013.

DeLaet also competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he finished 20th. “He was playing hard when he played,” said David Hearn, DeLaet’s teammate at the Olympics. “He left everything on the field, he gave 110% of him even though he might be in pain. He was just an amazing ball hitter. It was amazing to see. »

The Weyburn, Saskatchewan athlete has earned more than $11 million in cash from 186 PGA Tour events, finishing in the Top-10 33 times.

There were times when DeLaet didn’t hit a ball in practice or even walk the field before the tournament started due to pain. This was the case in 2017 during the PGA Championship where he still finished tied for seventh place.

“It’s very difficult mentally because I don’t know any different,” DeLaet added. “I have been a professional golfer all my life and have been playing golf since I was 10 years old. I feel like I’m giving up, but I’ve never given up on anything. The last hurdle to overcome is mental. I have to tell myself, ‘Okay, you’re not going to be a player on tour anymore. You’re just going to be a normal, quote unquote guy in society. »

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