The 31-year-old heads into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas - his first event of the 2013-14 season - with confidence after an impressive showing for the International Team in the recent Presidents Cup.
He had seven top-10 finishes in 2013 and a number of pundits believe the coming 12 months could see him make a significant breakthrough at the top level.
DeLaet said: "I had a few good chances (to win in 2013) and I wasn't able to really close the deal. But I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable being in that position, so hopefully a win is around the corner."
Statistics could be on his side with 10 of the last 20 winners at TPC Summerlin, including Tiger Woods, claiming maiden victors on tour.
He will need to maintain his good form, however, with the past three winners of the tournament having shot at least 20 under par.
Most of the US Tour's big guns are not competing in Nevada, leaving Zach Johnson as the clear favourite. Johnson concluded his 2013 season with seven top-10 finishes in eight events.
He begins his challenge playing alongside two past winners of the competition in defending champion Ryan Moore and Davis Love III.
Nick Watney, Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson are also expected to be among the leading contenders.