Achin' for some Canadian Bacon

Posted by: mike July 27th, 2017

by Claudio DeMarchi

 

Why else would some of the top PGA Tour Players in the world finish up the British Open and cross the big pond to play in Canada’s national championship? Doesn’t hurt that RBC is the major sponsor of the Canadian Open and other than helping to line the pockets of some of these big name players, they also provide a big, no doubt luxurious bird to fly them across the Atlantic immediately after The Open. You can bet that when breakfast is served, if there is Canadian bacon, it will be the real thing. Peameal Bacon and not ham as most of my American friends have been lead to believe.

Kudos to RBC, a major Canadian corporation, for ensuring that Canadian golf fans have somewhat of a classy field for the National Championship.

Although the buzz around the world last week was Jordan Spieth and his topsy-turvey route to his 3rd major at The Open, a great many Canadian eyeballs were glued to the young man who, after Saturday’s round, was sitting 3rd in a very high profile field.

Austin Connelly is the name of the young Canadian with the Texas twang that sat behind Spieth and Matt Kuchar.  Unfortunately a final round 73 left him T-14, somewhat disappointed no doubt but an outstanding debut in a Major and The Open!

Could this diminutive (at 5’ 8”) Canadian flag waving, Dallas Cowboy fan with dual citizenship, ranked 12th in the golf world’s amateur ranks become the next great Canadian hope to win Canada’s golf championship? Something that has not happened in some 63 years.RBC Canadian Open

Canadian golf fans will have a few others in the field that could help to break the 63 year old jinx, not that there hasn’t been a few near misses over the last few years.

Canada’s Mr. 59, Adam Hadwin, and the only Canadian to have ever accomplished that feat, 13 birdies while strolling the fairways and greens while avoiding the desert at La Quinta in California. At the time, ranked just inside the top 200 players his stardom is one that has been steadily rising.

Mackenzie Hughes has played a lot and is having a solid season. Hughes had made 6 of 7 cuts recently on route to 3 top 25 finishes.  Peaking at just the right time perhaps, let’s hope so.

Perhaps Canada’s greatest hopes lie with local boy (well maybe not boy at 38), David Hearn. He grew up not too far from the Glen Abbey and knows it well. In fact, in 2015 he took a 2 shot lead into the final round only to finish 3rd. Hearn has a couple of wins on tour and over the past few months has a couple of top 10’s and finished 14th at the Greenbrier.

Of course there is always former Masters Winner Mike Weir, who is for some reason still let into the field. Guessing that Green Jacket has some pull here too!  Known for all the time spent practicing for the Majors when in fact he would have been better off playing.  Maybe he is still practicing, guessing his best hope for the weekend is to just make the cut. Weir did come closest to breaking the 63 year jinx, but choked up a final round lead to Vijay Sing in 2004, losing in a playoff.

Although the field is bolstered by the support of RBC and its big bird hospitality which we hope served Peameal bacon for breakfast, it may only have Dustin Johnson in the

top 10 of world ranked players. Notables include: the #1 smile on tour Matt Kuchar, the colorful Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Jim Furyk who always plays well in Canada and fan favorite everywhere, Ernie Els.

So who knows what will happen. Limited star power in the field may allow for a Canadian golf star’s light to shine!  Go Canada Go.

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