Graham DeLaet looks a little different this week at the Barbasol Championship. Namely, his beard is gone.
DeLaet has been sporting a mighty long beard for a few years now on the PGA Tour, but he recently had been struggling with his short game and battling the chip yips. He took a little time to get it worked out and didn't play from the time he missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson to the end of June. Then he came back at the Barracuda Championship to finish T-29.
Now, this week, he's furthering the transformation -- hopefully toward a first PGA Tour win -- by ditching the playoff beard.
However, if there's any week for a guy to shave off his somewhat iconic and defining facial hair, it's the week of the tournament sponsored by the people who make shaving cream.
DeLaet made the cut in his first event without the beard, and he's at 2-under 140 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. Perhaps ditching the beard didn't help him a ton, but it might have helped tournament leader Jhonattan Vegas, who shot a second-round 60 to take a six-shot lead into the weekend.