Graham DeLaet suddenly withdrew from the Memorial Tournament on Wednesday, saying, with a different piece of terminology, that he is dealing with the chipping yips.
The Canadian, who missed the cut in his last start two weeks ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson, explained his situation in a tweet.
I'm dealing with incredible anxiety while chipping/pitching right now. It's not fun. I needed to WD to get it sorted out and get back ASAP.
— Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet) June 1, 2016
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It's unclear if DeLaet intends to work with a short-game instructor to get his chipping anxiety cleared up, or if he intends to do it on his own.
DeLaet is known for two things on Tour: his beard and his ballstriking. From tee-to-green, DeLaet is one of the best on the PGA Tour. However, in close to the green and with the putter, DeLaet struggles mightily. Over the last three seasons, DeLaet has gone from 85th in scrambling during the 2013-14 campaign down to 133rd last season and 186th this season.
DeLaet is replaced in the field by Mexico's Carlos Ortiz.