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Final RBC Canadian Open field announced

The final field for the RBC Canadian Open was announced tonight and includes some big stars — oh, and John Daly.

That said, Retief Goosen is obviously on the bubble after pulling out of the British Open and Canadian hopeful Graham DeLaet sounds like he’s preparing to shut it down for the year, according to a press statement issued today saying the Saskatoon PGA Tour player would be passing on the Canadian Open due to a back injury.

Here’s the rundown of the list with comments:

Adams, Blake
*Ames, Stephen (RT says: Fading, but Shaughnessy should set up well for him)
Andrade, Billy
Appleby, Stuart (RT says:109 in the world and shot 59 last year — used to be a big star)
Atwal, Arjun
Austin, Woody
Baird, Briny
*Baryla, Chris (RT says:Canadian having a terrible PGA Tour season)
Beem, Rich
Begay III, Notah (RT says:he still plays?)
Bertsch, Shane
Bettencourt, Matt
Blanks, Kris
Bowditch, Steven
Bradley, Keegan
Bramlett, Joseph (RT says: African American golfer who played in through Q School. Making cuts, but not any money in rookie season)
Brigman, D.J.
*Bunker, Dave (a) (RT says: Heck, I’d like to see Bunker make the cut. A truly nice man, and a gym teacher to boot)
Campbell, Chad
Cantlay, Patrick (a) (RT says: this one snuck by some –but Cantlay could be the next big young gun on tour)
Casey, Paul (RT says:#14 in the world)
Cejka, Alex
Chalmers, Greg
Chappell, Kevin
*Choi, Albin (a)
Crane, Ben (RT says: better known for his videos than his play these days.)
Daly, John
Davis, Brian
DiMarco, Chris
Donald, Luke (RT says: #1 in the world — for now)

Driscoll, James
Durant, Joe
Duval, David (RT says: aging former star, but remembers to play a tournament that gave him an exemption last year)
Els, Ernie (RT says:fading fast, now #24 in the world, but instantly recognizable and hasn’t played a Canadian Open in over a decade)
Estes, Bob
Flesch, Steve
Fowler, Rickie (RT says: Young gun. #52 in the world though not having an exceptional year.)
Frazar, Harrison (RT says: A good story — nice to see him in Vancouver)
Furyk, Jim (RT says:  not a good year for Furyk, but a great player and two-time winner of the Canadian Open)
Gainey, Tommy ((RT says: two gloves can play)
Garrigus, Robert (RT says: playing well for the second straight year)
Gates, Bobby
Gay, Brian (RT says: most couldn’t pick him out of a line up, but he quietly makes millions on the course)
Gillis, Tom
Glover, Lucas (RT says: his win at the Wells Fargo is his only Top 10 this year)
Gomez, Fabian
Gonzales, Andres
Goosen, Retief (RT says: will he be here?)
Gordon, Scott
Goydos, Paul (RT says:a quote machine)
Green, Nathan
Gutschewski, Scott
*Hadwin, Adam
*Hearn, David (RT says: a nice year for the Canadian Nationwide veteran)
Herman, Jim
Herron, Tim
Hicks, Justin
*Hill, Matt
Horschel, Billy
*Hutton, Brian
Janzen, Lee
Jobe, Brandt
Jones, Kent
Jones, Matt
Kang, Sunghoon
Kelly, Jerry
Kim, Anthony (RT says: his worst year on tour)
Kim, Bio
Kisner, Kevin
Knost, Colt
Kuchar, Matt (RT says: ATM)
Lamely, Derek
Leonard, Justin
Levin, Spencer (RT says: CanTOur alumni — 10 Top 25 finishes this year)
Lunde, Bill
Lyle, Jarrod
Mahan, Hunter (RT says: $2-million in earnings already this year)
Mallinger, John
Martin, Ben
Mathis, David
McCarron, Scott
McGirt, William
McNeill, George
*McQuillan, Matt
Merrick, John
Merritt, Troy
Micheel, Shaun
Miller, Zack
Molder, Bryce
Moore, Ryan (RT says: #36 in the world)
Na, Kevin
O’Hair, Sean (RT says: fallen to #110 in the world and parted with Sean Foley)
O’Hern, Nick
Ogilvie, Joe
Ogilvy, Geoff (RT says: nice to see him in Canada)
Olazabal, Jose Maria (RT says:see above)
Oosthuizen, Louis (RT says: former British Open winner is a nice addition to the field)
Panzeri, Joe
Percy, Cameron
Perez, Pat (RT says: three Top 10 finishes this year)
Pernice, Jr., Tom
Pettersson, Carl (RT says: beer chugging Swede won last year at St. George’s)
Piercy, Scott
Piller, Martin
Price, Aron
Prugh, Alex
Putnam, Michael
Quinn, Fran
Quinney, Jeff
Reavie, Chez
Renner, Jim
Ridings, Tag
Rocha, Alexandre
Rollins, John
Romero, Andres (three years ago this guy was going to be a star)
Schwartzel, Charl (RT says: nice to see the Masters winner in the field)
Smith, Nate
Snedeker, Brandt (RT says: did you know Snedeker was #43 in the world, cause I sure didn’t)
Stadler, Kevin
Stallings, Scott
Stankowski, Paul
Steele, Brendan
Streelman, Kevin
Strickler, Will
Stroud, Chris
*Taylor, Nick
Taylor, Vaughn
Teater, Josh
Thatcher, Roland
Thompson, Michael
Tidland, Chris
Trahan, D.J.
Tringale, Cameron
Turnesa, Marc
Tway, Kevin (RT says: neat addition — his father won the Canadian Open at Hamilton)
Van Pelt, Bo
Villegas, Camilo (RT says: better known for his workouts than his play these days. #72 in the world)
Wagner, Johnson
Waldorf, Duffy
Walker, Jimmy
Warren, Charles
*Weir, Mike (RT says: Stack and Tilt?)
Wi, Charlie
Willis, Garrett
Wilson, Dean
*Wong, Eugene (a)

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