After last week’s incredible Open Championship, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson have crossed the Atlantic to contest the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey GC.
A number of star players will tee it up at Glen Abbey GC this week. Jason Day and Dustin Johnson top the bill but a host of others will be looking to deny the recent Major champions a win in Ontario. Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Tony Finau are among those on the start sheet who competed at Royal Troon. In all, 35 of those playing in the Canadian Open played The Open last week.
This is an historic tournament that began life back in 1904. Since that time, there have been many famous winners of the event. In fact, the roll call of champions reads like a who’s who of golfing legends: Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, Curtis Strange, Nick Price, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk have all been winners.
Last year, Jason Day finished with three straight birdies to win by one at Glen Abbey. The Australian beat Bubba Watson into second place with home favourite David Hearn a stroke further back. The victory sparked an incredible run for Day who went on to win the USPGA Championship and climb to Number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking. Day will be hoping a return to the scene of last year’s victory will provide inspiration for a similar streak this season.
Jason Day swing sequence:
Dustin Johnson could be the first man since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win both the U.S. Open and Canadian Open in the same season.
This will be the 28th time Glen Abbey has been used for this tournament. A Jack Nicklaus creation, the Canadian Open first visited in 1977.
The weather forecast is for some pretty hot weather during the first part of the tournament and there could be a risk of thunderstorms.
Venue: Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jul 21-24
Course stats: par 72, 7,253 yards
Purse: $5,900,000 Winner: $1,062,000
Defending Champion: Jason Day (-17)
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It’s tough to look past the favourites this week. They are:
Jason Day – Last year’s champion will be keen to repeat the success. He’s supremely solid in all aspects of the game. Although he’s had a few tournaments without a win, he’s hardly been struggling. He followed a tied 8th at the U.S. Open with a tie for third at the Bridgestone.
Dustin Johnson – The U.S. Open winner has only played once in this event before – he was joint second in 2013. He made a few errors at Royal Troon but still managed to finish in the top-10.
Matt Kuchar – He’s on one of his super consistent streaks at the moment. He’s finished in the top-10 in 7 of the last 11 tournaments he’s played in. He was also runner-up here in 2013.
Key hole: 18th. A 524-yard par 5, it’s reachable in two for anybody in the field who gets a decent tee shot away. There’s definitely a possibility of someone recording an eagle three to win the tournament, but with water guarding the front of the green, it’s a risky shot to take on.