PGA Tour's Graham DeLaet brings bushy beard to clean-cut world of golf

There is love and hate for PGA Tour golfer Graham DeLaet's bushy beard.

The Saskatchewan golfer is defending his facial hair

PGA Tour player Graham DeLaet (right) and Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. (Graham DeLaet/Twitter)

The bushy beard boom has officially reached its peak. 

The beard, which has grown in popularity over the past few years, has now infiltrated the clean-cut conservative sport of professional golf. 

And we have Saskatchewan-born PGA Tour player Graham DeLaet to thank. 

Here's a photo DeLaet posted to Twitter today with the stubble-faced Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. 

For a comparison, here's a photo from 2013 of the beardless golfer from Weyburn, Sask. 

The beardless Graham DeLaet in 2013. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

However, bringing the beard to the mainstream masses hasn't been easy for DeLaet. 

In his Twitter profile, he's had to defend his facial hair choice against the beard haters: "I wear a beard because I like to. If you don't like it, go hug a bald faced man." 

If the criticism isn't enough, DeLaet also has to deal with the comparisons. 

The last tweet mentioned longtime PGA Tour caddy Mike "Fluff" Cowan. Here's a photo of his wonderful whiskers. 

The comparisons don't stop there.

Even the PGA Tour weighed in. 

Here is DeLaet's comeback. 

But there is love out there for the golfer's beard. 

Theories for DeLaet's facial hair growth?

He could be in a secret beard-growing contest with PGA Tour golfer Boo Weekley. 

Or if we go back to the photo of DeLaet and Donaldson, the golfer could also be vying for a role in the History series Vikings, which the baseball player appeared in. 


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