BOISE -- Back in the City of Trees, my how times have changed for former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet. Instead of competing for WAC titles, he is now chasing his first career win on the PGA Tour.
His competition? The best golfers the world has to offer.
"It's fun," DeLaet said about the pressures of playing for a million dollars week in and week out.
"You kind of get goose bumps just talking about," he said with a smile. "Obviously I want to win golf tournaments."
At the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial three weeks ago, DeLaet found himself tied for first with 17 holes remaining in the tournament. But in the end, it just wasn't his day. He fired a round of 74, and slipped to 22nd place.
"The ball just wasn't going in the hole for me," DeLaet said with a shrug of his shoulders. "I don't feel like I played any different from the first three days. Sometimes it's not your turn."
With that in mind, it's easy to understand the taxing process that DeLaet goes through each week and how a small retreat from in all can help.
"It's very important, first of all, especially from a mental standpoint, just to be fresh," DeLaet explained. "This is nice. I have two weeks off in a row."
Still, it's hard for him to completely separate himself from his craft. Early this morning over at the Spurwing Country Club he was up working on his game's only alleged short coming.
"My putting more than anything has been kind of my Achilles heel," DeLaet said. "It's definitely not from a lack of effort or practice because I'm putting in all the time that I can."
So as he gears up for another grueling stretch, a little rest and relaxation in the Gem State might do the trick. And as he prepares to take his game to the national stage once again, he says the pride he has for where he's from will never leave him.
"You play to try and win golf tournaments," DeLaet said.
"That would be unbelievable," he went on, adding, "especially representing Boise and Canada, would be a pretty special feeling."