Welcome to the Great White North everyone. This week the PGA Tour travels to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open. It is a tough spot for the tournaments to be in (following a major), but the field is extremely strong this week. Last week we got to witness a very touching moment with the victory by Ernie Els in The Open Championship. It was a tough loss for Adam Scott but as Ernie stated, “he will win a few of these”.
The players will be playing a course called Hamilton Golf and Country Club this week, which is located in Hamilton, Ontario. The layout is absolutely breathtaking and will allow the viewers to see one of the nicest courses in Canada. Unfortunately for the golfers it will also be one of their most difficult tests of the year.
Hamilton Golf and CC was the host to the 2006 Canadian Open and it showed its teeth that week. The course is a 6966-yard Par 70 that will play as one of the harder non-major courses on Tour in 2012. The course played to a scoring average of 70.27 in 2006 when Jim Furyk went on to win a fantastic tournament.
Look for conditions to be very similar this year and for the players to struggle out of the rough. South Western Ontario has enjoyed great weather this summer for golf courses to grow and maintain longer and thicker rough. Keeping the ball in the fairway is a must on this old course, designed in 1914 by Harry Colt.
Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan and Open Champion Ernie Els will all be teeing it up this week in Ontario. Look for a few of the top players to be on the leaderboard, but the Canadian Open may produce another long shot winner. This is always an exciting tournament and I look forward to getting us back to our winning ways with a Tournament in my home country of Canada.
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David Hearn 100 to 1 – This player will have no problem getting the local fans behind him. David is a Canadian born player who actually had a great tournament here the last time it was held at Hamilton Golf and CC. In 2006 David was playing on the Web.com Tour and was able to play in 1 PGA Event that season (The Canadian Open). He went on to finish T20 that week, a finish that you could say really got his career started.
Hearn was born in Brampton, Ontario but currently resides in Brantford, Ontario. For those of you who do not know, Brantford is extremely close to Hamilton Golf and CC so I can assure you he has played this course countless times. Hearn started this season off with plenty of missed cuts but has since rebounded to make the cut in 9 of his last 10 starts. Hearn is known as an excellent scrambler (16th on Tour) and a terrific putter (34th in Total Putting). Look for this Canadian to make his country proud this week.