Former Presidents Cup star Graham DeLaet is extending his absence period from competitive golf while undergoing rehab following treatment for his back issues.
The 35-year-old Canadian has received stem-cell treatment on his back. DeLaet told PGA Tour.com that he recently underwent “conservative treatment that included an intradiscal stem cell injection to assist with my back mobility and long-term stability.” The healing process, said DeLaet, is usually 7-10 days but he continues to experience tenderness.
Periodic back problems have long disturbed DeLaet, even forcing him to withdraw from The CJ Cup at NINE BRIDGES in Korea last October which was his third WD of the 2017 calendar year.
Dalaet has been able to draw one positive from his troubles though. Just two weeks after his first withdraw at Barracuda Championship in August, DeLaet finished T-7 at the PGA Championship, his best result in eight major appearances. Dealing with his back issues helped DeLaet improve his mental approach in that event.
For now, DeLaet has not confirmed when, or even whether, he will return to the golf course. “While frustrating,” DeLaet said, “I am currently doing everything possible to rehab and return to the course fully healthy.”