He has no prior success on the PGA Tour. No wins on the Nationwide Tour. No Wikipedia page. No nothing. Searching Getty Images for a picture of the first round leader of the Canadian Open had me pulling the photo to your right from April, the last time he was updated on the site.
He has 22 FedEx Cup points (the leader, Ernie Els, has 1,751), and has made exactly three cuts in his first full season on the PGA Tour.
But thus the beauty of golf. The Baltimore Orioles aren't making the playoffs this year in baseball, but the bottom dwellers in golf just need a good week to jump up to the top of the standings.
It was a 62 for Delahoussaye, a Clemson product that was even questioned in the interview room, and admitted after the moderator seemed confused on his play today, "No. It's understandable. I've played bad all year, to be honest."
This is a guy that had broke 69 a total of two times all season before Thursday, but got the ball rolling and is in the lead at 8-under. Obviously we all know where first round leaders can end up, and for a guy with such little experience in this position it is only fitting that he end up middle of the pack after this week, but it isn't like this is his first time finding himself in an unfamiliar position.
In his first ever Hooters Tour event, Delahoussaye won the darn thing, and claims that to be his biggest achievement as a professional. Three more days like this, and that Hooters hardware will have to be moved down a notch in the trophy case.
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