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Delaet struggles in first round at Masters


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Delaet struggles in first round at Masters

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Apr 10, 2014

How often do you receive a piece of mail worth framing?

Probably not often, unless you're Graham Delaet.

The former Boise State golfer is in Augusta, Georgia this weekend, playing in his first Masters Tournament. Through one round of play, Graham is tied for 90th place at 8-over par. His score is tied for the fifth-worst in the tournament field.

Despite his struggles on the course, Delaet will remember his first trip to the prestigious tournament fondly. He said he'd never forget receiving his invitation.

"That was one of the coolest moments of my life. I knew I was going to be in the tournament, but when I actually got that physical evidence, that piece of mail..." Delaet trails off with a smile. "At the bottom it said 'RSVP.' That didn't take long. We had that thing in the mail the next day."

"Absolute dream come true," he added.

Graham has watched The Masters religiously over his career, but never played at Augusta National Golf Club until a couple weeks ago, when he got in a practice round.

"I was in awe, just kind of looking around," he said. "There hasn't been a first-time winner since 1979. I'd like to change that."

Delaet will resume play in round two Friday morning, but it is unlikely he'll make the weekend cut.

"It's a week I've looked forward to my entire life, and I want to make sure that I have fun," said Delaet when asked about his expectations. "If I could play well, that'd be a bonus."