Thursday was a fantastic day in Canadian golf, as Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan recorded a two stroke lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.
DeLaet leads 2010 Canadian Open champion Carl Pettersson of Sweden, 2011 Players Championship winner K.J. Choi and American Kyle Reifers by two strokes after shooting a sizzling 7-under 63 after the first round.
DeLaet, who was not on the PGA Tour in 2011, missed the majority of last year due to a back injury. The highlight of DeLaet’s round was an eagle on the ninth hole. David Hearn of Brampton, Ontario is also in the hunt at -4. Calgary’s Stephen Ames is tied for 17th, four strokes off the lead.
This is the second event on the PGA Tour this season. Last week in Kapalua, Maui, Steve Stricker won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. That event is only for golfers who won on the PGA Tour in the 2011 calendar year. There were no Canadians participating in that particular golf event.