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PGA - RBC Canadian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th
SITE: Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry S. Colt (1915)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,966
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 417 yds10 - Par 4 392 yds
2 - Par 4 442 yds11 - Par 4 481 yds
3 - Par 4 408 yds12 - Par 4 388 yds
4 - Par 5 542 yds13 - Par 3 236 yds
5 - Par 4 317 yds14 - Par 4 450 yds
6 - Par 3 224 yds15 - Par 4 423 yds
7 - Par 4 412 yds16 - Par 3 188 yds
8 - Par 3 210 yds17 - Par 5 550 yds
9 - Par 4 440 yds18 - Par 4 446 yds
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35 3,412 yds35 3,554 yds
 
Annual:  103rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Sean O'Hair
Runner-Up:  Kris Blanks
Tournament Record:  263 (Johnny Palmer, 1952)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Arnold Palmer, 1955; Dean Wilson, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Scott Dunlap, 1986; Chez Reavie, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Carl Pettersson, 2010 - St. George's Golf & Country Club)
Course Record:  63 (Jim Furyk, Brett Quigley, 2006)
Total Purse:  $5,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $936,000; 2nd Place - $561,600; 3rd Place - $353,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Sean O'Hair *276Woody Austin279
Kris Blanks276Scott Piercy279
Andres Romero277Bo Van Pelt279
Adam Hadwin278Four players at280
Geoff Ogilvy278

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past RBC Canadian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Sean O'Hair (276) -- Kris Blanks
2010Carl Pettersson (266) -- Dean Wilson
2009*Nathan Green (270) -- Retief Goosen
2008Chez Reavie (267) -- Billy Mayfair
2007Jim Furyk (268) -- Vijay Singh
2006Jim Furyk (266) -- Bart Bryant
2005Mark Calcavecchia (275) -- Ben Crane, Ryan Moore
2004*Vijay Singh (275) -- Mike Weir
2003*Bob Tway (272) -- Brad Faxon
2002*John Rollins (272) -- Neal Lancaster, Justin Leonard
2001Scott Verplank (266) -- Bob Estes, Joey Sindelar
2000Tiger Woods (266) -- Grant Waite
1999Hal Sutton (275) -- Dennis Paulson
1998*Billy Andrade (275) -- Bob Friend
1997Steve Jones (275) -- Greg Norman
1996#Dudley Hart (202) -- David Duval
1995*Mark O'Meara (274) -- Bob Lohr
1994Nick Price (275) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1993David Frost (279) -- Fred Couples
1992*Greg Norman (280) -- Bruce Lietzke
1991Nick Price (273) -- David Edwards
1990Wayne Levi (278) -- Ian Baker-Finch, Jim Woodward
1989Steve Jones (271) -- Clark Burroughs, Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Hulbert
1988Ken Green (275) -- Bill Glasson, Scott Verplank
1987Curtis Strange (276) -- David Frost, Jodie Mudd, Nick Price
1986Bob Murphy (280) -- Greg Norman
1985Curtis Strange (279) -- Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus
1984Greg Norman (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
1983*John Cook (277) -- Johnny Miller
1982Bruce Lietzke (277) -- Hal Sutton
1981Peter Oosterhuis (280) -- Bruce Lietzke, Jack Nicklaus, Andy North
1980Bob Gilder (274) -- Jerry Pate, Leonard Thompson
1979Lee Trevino (281) -- Ben Crenshaw
1978Bruce Lietzke (283) -- Pat McGowan
1977Lee Trevino (280) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1976Jerry Pate (267) -- Jack Nicklaus
1975*Tom Weiskopf (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1974Bobby Nichols (270) -- John Schlee, Larry Ziegler
1973Tom Weiskopf (278) -- Forrest Fezler
1972Gay Brewer (275) -- Sam Adams, Dave Hill
1971*Lee Trevino (275) -- Art Wall
1970Kermit Zarley (279) -- Gibby Gilbert
1969*Tommy Aaron (275) -- Sam Snead
1968Bob Charles (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1967*Billy Casper (279) -- Art Wall
1966Don Massengale (280) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1965Gene Littler (273) -- Jack Nicklaus
1964Kel Nagle (277) -- Arnold Palmer
1963Doug Ford (280) -- Al Geiberger
1962Ted Kroll (278) -- Charles Sifford
1961Jacky Cupit (270) -- B.Cupit, Dow Finsterwald, Bobby Nichols
1960Art Wall (269) -- Bob Goalby, Jay Hebert
1959Doug Ford (276) -- Dow Finsterwald, Art Wall, Bo Wininger
1958Wesley Ellis Jr (267) -- Jay Hebert
1957George Bayer (271) -- Bo Wininger
1956*(a)Doug Sanders (273) -- Dow Finsterwald
1955Arnold Palmer (265) -- Jack Burke, Jr.
1954Pat Fletcher (280) -- Gordon Brydson, Bill Welch
1953Dave Douglas (273) -- Wally Ulrich
1952John Palmer (263) -- Fred Haas, Dick Mayer
1951Jim Ferrier (273) -- Fred Hawkins, Ed Oliver
1950Jim Ferrier (271) -- Ted Kroll
1949Dutch Harrison (271) -- Jim Ferrier
1948C.W. Congdon (280) -- Vic Ghezzi, Ky Laffoon, Dick Metz
1947Bobby Locke (268) -- Ed Oliver
1946*George Fazio (278) -- Dick Metz
1945Byron Nelson (280) -- Herman Barron
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Craig Wood (275) -- Mike Turnesa
1941Sam Snead (274) -- Bob Gray, Jr.
1940*Sam Snead (281) -- Harold McSpaden
1939Harold McSpaden (282) -- Ralph Guldahl
1938*Sam Snead (277) -- Harry Cooper
1937Harry Cooper (285) -- Ralph Guldahl
1936Lawson Little (271) -- Jimmy Thompson
1935Gene Kunes (280) -- Victor Ghezzi
1934Tommy Armour (287) -- Ky Laffoon
1933Joe Kirkwood (282) -- Harry Cooper, Lex Robson
1932Harry Cooper (290) -- Al Watrous
1931*Walter Hagen (292) -- Percy Alliss
1930*Tommy Armour (273) -- Leo Diegel
1929Leo Diegel (274) -- Tommy Armour
1928Leo Diegel (282) -- Archie Compston, Walter Hagen, Macdonald Smith
1927Tommy Armour (288) -- Macdonald Smith
1926Mac Smith (283) -- Gene Sarazen
1925Leo Diegel (295) -- Mike Brady
1924Leo Diegel (295) -- Gene Sarazen
1923Clarence W. Hackney (295) -- Tom Kerrigan
1922Al Watrous (303) -- Tom Kerrigan
1921W.H. Trovinger (293) -- Mike Brady
1920*J. Douglas Edgar (298) -- Tommy Armour, Charles R. Murray
1919J. Douglas Edgar (278) -- James Barnes, Robert T. Jones Jr, Karl Keffer
1918Not Held
1917Not Held
1916Not Held
1915Not Held
1914Karl Keffer (300) -- George Cumming
1913Albert Murray (295) -- Nicol Thompson, Jack Burke, Sr.
1912George Sargent (299) -- James M. Barnes
1911Charles Murray (314) -- Davie Black
1910Daniel Kenny (303) -- George S. Lyon
1909Karl Keffer (309) -- George Cumming
1908Albert Murray (300) -- George Sargent
1907Percy Barrett (306) -- George Cumming
1906Charles Murray (170) -- George Cumming, Alex Robertson, Tom Reith
1905George Cumming (148) -- Percy Barrett
1904John H. Oke (156) -- Percy Barrett
Note:Formerly called Bell Canadian Open (1994-2006), Canadian Open (2007).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sean O'Hair------------3rdT-50T-3mcmcWon
Kris Blanks---------------------mc---2nd
Adam Hadwin------------------------T-37T-4
Charl Schwartzel---------------------------T-9
Chez Reavie------------------Wonmc---T-13
Ernie Els---------------------------T-17
Scott Stallings---------------------------T-22
Hunter Mahan---T-42T-4T-24T-60T-5------T-17T-34
Jim Furyk------------WonWonT-14------T-34
Nathan Green------------T-20mcmcWonT-3776th
Matt Kuchar---------T-14------mc---T-4mc
Stephen AmesmcT-23mcT-7wdT-27mcT-8T-59mc
Mike WeirT-2210th2ndmcmcT-34T-5T-24mcwd
Webb Simpson------------------mcT-16T-37---
Retief Goosen------------------T-302ndT-59---
Vijay SinghT-6T-6WonT-7T-352nd------------
Thomas Aiken------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Matt Kuchar
Darkhorse - Scott Brown
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Lee Janzen) - Missed the cut
Last week's Darkhorse (Luke Guthrie) - Finished tied for 18th
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels north of the border this week for the 103rd edition of the Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. The Canadian charge will be led by Mike Weir, Stephen Ames and Adam Hadwin. Weir finished second at this event in 2004 and tied for fifth in 2008. Ames tied for eighth in 2009 and seventh in 2005. Hadwin finished tied for fourth last year.

British Open champion Ernie Els headlines the field. Els defeated Adam Scott by one stroke to capture his fourth major championship last week. Els moved up to No. 15 in the world rankings with the victory. He is one of three players in the field who are ranked in the top-15 - Matt Kuchar (9) and Hunter Mahan (13). Kuchar tied for ninth last week at the British Open, while Mahan tied for 19th.

This tournament is the third oldest national championship in the world behind the British Open and U.S. Open. It has been held at 38 different courses across Canada. This is the first time it will be staged at Hamilton Golf & Country Club since Jim Furyk won in 2006.

Last year, Sean O'Hair turned a bad 2011 season into a very good one. O'Hair bogeyed the first playoff hole, but it was enough to defeat Kris Blanks and win. It was his fourth PGA Tour title, but first since the 2009 Wells Fargo Championship. Prior to the win, O'Hair's season had been disastrous. He missed the cut in 10 of 17 starts, including five in a row in the spring. O'Hair missed the weekend in his last two starts before the Canadian Open.

In 2010, Sweden's Carl Pettersson posted a 3-under 67 in the final round to come from behind and win at St. George's Golf & Country Club. Pettersson finished at 14-under 266 and won by a single stroke over third-round leader Dean Wilson, who squandered a 4-shot overnight lead with a 2-over 72 on Sunday. Pettersson made the cut on the number Friday and went out early Saturday and fired a 10-under 60. He had a decent look at the magical 59 on the 18th hole, but narrowly missed his birdie putt.

Nathan Green parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff in 2009 and captured his first PGA Tour title when Retief Goosen sent his approach shot over the green and made bogey.

In 2008, Chez Reavie fired rounds of 65-64-68-70 to win by three strokes over Billy Mayfair. Reavie finished the event at 17-under-par 267 for his first PGA Tour title. Reavie held at least a share of the lead following every round. He tied the 36-hole record of 129 set by Scott Dunlap in 1986. Reavie won in his first start at this event, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Jerry Pate in 1976.

Jim Furyk fired a final-round 64 in 2007, which included a hole-in-one, to defeat Vijay Singh by one stroke. Furyk finished at 16-under-par 268 at Angus Glen Golf Club. Furyk, who also won in 2006, became the first player to win two straight Canadian Opens since Jim Ferrier in 1950-51. Sam Snead (1940-41), Leo Diegel (1924-25, 1928-29) and J. Douglas Edgar (1919-20) also accomplished the feat.

In 2005, Mark Calcavecchia stormed out of the gate with rounds of 65-67 and held on to win despite finishing with two consecutive rounds over par (72-71). Calcavecchia finished the tournament at 5-under-par 275, which was the highest winning score on the PGA Tour in 2005 other than the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. The win was Calcavecchia's first on the PGA Tour since the 2001 Phoenix Open and ended a 4-year drought. Calcavecchia made only one birdie in his final 36 holes, becoming the first winner on the PGA Tour to have only one birdie in his final 36 holes since Curtis Strange at the 1989 U.S. Open. Calcavecchia became the oldest winner of this event at 45 years old, replacing Bob Tway, who was 44 when he won in 2003.

Vijay Singh defeated the Canadian Weir in 2004 on the third playoff hole. Weir was looking to become the first Canadian winner of this event since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

In 2000, Tiger Woods captured the rare Triple Crown. In doing so, Woods joined Lee Trevino as the only players to win the Canadian Open, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. Trevino accomplished the Triple Crown Trophy performance in 1971. Only five players have captured the Canadian, U.S. and British Opens in their careers; Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Trevino and Woods.

Back in 1919, J. Douglas Edgar won this event by 16 shots, establishing a PGA Tour record for largest margin of victory; a margin equaled twice, but never broken. Joe Kirkwood, Sr. won the Corpus Christi Open in 1924 and Bobby Locke won the Chicago National Championship in 1948 by 16 strokes.

There have been 20 playoffs in the tournament's 102-year history, including last year's event. Eighteen players have posted multiple victories. Leo Diegel has four titles, while Tommy Armour, Sam Snead and Trevino have each won three. Jack Nicklaus, who won 73 times on the PGA Tour, never won this event, but finished second seven times. In fact, Nicklaus posted 19 top-25 finishes and placed in the top-5 12 times. When John Oke captured the inaugural event back in 1904, his first-place check was $60.

The PGA Tour moves to Akron, Ohio next week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where Adam Scott will defend his title. The rest of the PGA Tour will be in Nevada for the Reno-Tahoe Open, where Scott Piercy won last year.

07/24 15:57:10 ET

As of July 24, 2012, at 03:57 PM ET

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