DeLaet withdraws from Memorial over chipping 'anxiety'


Graham DeLaet withdrew from the Memorial Tournament Wednesday afternoon, a decision he attributed to short-game "anxiety" in a tweet shortly thereafter.

DeLaet has made 16 starts this season, most recently a missed cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson two weeks ago. Following the withdrawal, the Canadian offered a candid explanation to his more than 86,000 followers:

DeLaet's short-game stats have dropped off in recent years. While he ranked 51st on the PGA Tour in scrambling during the 2013 season, he was 85th in scrambling the following season and ranked 133rd in 2014-15. This season DeLaet is 186th on Tour in scrambling and 188th in the newly-published strokes gained around-the-green category.

DeLaet has four top-25 finishes this season, and he reeled off three top-15 results in a four-start stretch earlier this year at the Valspar Championship (T-5), Puerto Rico Open (T-11) and RBC Heritage (T-14). While he missed the cut in each of his last two starts, DeLaet carded a second-round 65 in Dallas in his most recent competitive round.

DeLaet will be replaced in the field this week at Muirfield Village by Carlos Ortiz.