AUSSIES have a good record at the Canadian Open, most recently Nathan Green in 2009, but the eight challenging for the title this week face some stiff opposition.
The event takes place at the Royal Montreal Golf Club on the island of Ile Bizard in Quebec, and sandwiched between the British Open and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone next week, has attracted a pretty decent field.
Green, Greg Norman (twice), Kel Nagle and Joe Kirkwood Sr were past winners here and those joining Green this week include Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers, Oliver Goss, Robert Allenby, Nathan Green and Bronson La Cassie.
Favourite is probably veteran Jim Furyk, who is coming off his 4th place finish at Royal Liverpool on the weekend and has won this event twice. Other contenders include Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Charles Schwartzel and defending champion Brandt Snedeker.
After a 60 year drought locals might prefer someone else to win such as Canada’s current top ranked golfer Graham DeLaet, US PGA Tour regular David Hearn or, in his 24th attempt, long-time favourite and 2003 US Masters winner Mike Weir.
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