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CanOpen Sympatico Column: DeLaet's Rise, Tired Taylor

I filed a story to Sympatico last night about the Canadians who made the cut — DeLaet, Baryla, and those that didn’t — Risdon, Taylor and Hill.

Here’s a taste:

 

Chris Baryla and Dustin Risdon may represent Canada’s future in professional golf, but yesterday the pair were in very different moods after finishing their rounds in the rain at the RBC Canadian Open.

Baryla, from Vernon, B.C., had made the cut in two previous Canadian Opens, including as an amateur in 2003, but found himself struggling to gain some momentum in the final holes of his round as the skies opened up. Consecutive bogeys on his 16th and 17th holes of the day left him with the possibility that he would fail to make the cut.

Risdon, from Strathmore, Alberta, had made the cut at Glen Abbey last year. He was cruising below the cut line with four birdies on his back nine heading into the final two holes of his round. Risdon, with his sharp short game, looked like a lock.
But golf can be a fickle mistress, as both Baryla and Risdon found over the closing stretch. Baryla, facing the difficult ninth hole as his final of the day, hit a 174-yard bunker shot to 10 feet from the pin and made the snaking putt to finish at 4-under. Three Canadian Opens “ three cuts made.

 

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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