Since it was first played in 1904, the Canadian Open can boast an impressive list of winners. Bobby Jones, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods have all claimed this historic title.
Many of the field have had less than a week to recuperate following the 138th Open Championship over the links at Turnberry and, for some, it could be a battle to re-align their games to PGA Tour golf after a week of hard-running fairways and knocked-down shots over the Ayrshire track.
The Canadian Open returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario this year. In 2008 Chez Reavie ran out as an impressive winner, finishing on a four round total of -17, beating Billy Mayfair into second place by three strokes.
This will be the 99th running of the Canadian Open and a record 24th time that Glen Abbey Golf Club has hosted the event.
Venue: Glen Abbey Golf Club, Ontario, Canada
Course stats: par 71, 7,222 yards
Purse: $5,000,000 , Winner: $900,000
Defending Champion: Chez Reavie (-17)
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Steve Marino – He was tied third here last year and was joint leader of the Open Championship through 36-holes last week. He’s shot -12 or better three times on tour this year so look for him to go low this week.
Mike Weir – He’s played the course many times before and he knows how to play the course’s tricky par-3s. The left-hander is looking to become the first home winner of the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
Retief Goosen – He’s coming back to something approaching his best form and he came close at Turnberry last week. If he has a good week with the putter, he could race away from the pack here.
Key hole: 18th. A 524 yard par five, 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.
Skills required: Transition – The players who competed last week at Turnberry will have to quickly change their style of play from the knocked-down to the high floated shot. The PGA Tour regulars will have to adapt to playing in a different country.