The RCGA announced the final field for the Canadian Open, minus the four Monday qualifiers. Interestingly, I’ll be aiding one of those qualifiers, carrying the bag of Alan McLean from London, Ont. on Monday at Rattlesnake.
As for the others, here they are, with my commentary in brackets. Interestingly, it isn’t a bad field, but it has really been boosted by the addition of Anthony Kim. Otherwise, it is still lacking the big names like Phil Mickelson, and perennial regular Vijay Singh, who has been part of the field for as long as I can recall. But with Kim they have a player who represents the future of the PGA Tour, while Singh pretty much is part of the past now.
Also worth noting is Boo Weekley, who would have added some colour to the tournament and was previously announced as coming, appears to have withdrawn, as did Hunter Mahan. There may be depth to this field, but missing two stars initially announced surely doesn’t help.
Here’s the list:Brad Adamonis
Stephen Ames* (Looking to string four solid rounds together at the Abbey)
Eric Axley (Stack ‘n Tilter)
Briny Baird (Having another quietly good season on tour with $1.3M in earnings)
Shane Bertsch (on the Top 125 bubble)
Mark Calcavecchia (Won the Canadian Open not that long ago, gotten old, it would seem)
Alex Cejka (Czech is having a strong year)
Fred Couples (People will care, but he’s nearer the Champions Tour now than being a force on the PGA Tour)
Ben Curtis (Everyone thought he was a one-hit wonder — but has $1M in earnings again this year)
Chris DiMarco (How far he’s fallen)
Steve Elkington (Has nearly $1M in earnings this year)
Nick Flanagan (Nationwide success hasn’t translated)
Carlos Franco (Remember when this guy used to be among the best in the world?)
Jim Furyk (In a bad year he’s still nailed nearly $2M in winnings)
Tommy Gainey (Two gloves, yawn…)
Retief Goosen (Remember the “Big Four?” Didn’t think so.)
Bill Haas (The swing of a star, but not the results so far)
J.J. Henry (Hard to imagine he was on the Ryder Cup team only two years ago)
Ryuji Imada (Top 10 on the money list)
Richard S. Johnson
Jerry Kelly (rock solid journeyman who took the Canadian Open charter last year and returns the favour by playing this year)
(a) Michael Knight *
Cliff Kresge (You might be able to pick him out of a police lineup, but he’s won $1M this year)
Doug LaBelle II
Ian Leggatt *
Frank Lickliter II
Steve Lowery (Won earlier this year)
Steve Marino (Lost in a playoff two weeks ago)
Len Mattiace (Two words — 2003 Masters)
Billy Mayfair (Perenially good player)
Scott McCarron (Recovering from injury)
Jon Mills *
David Morland IV*
Sean OHair (Back on form)
Ryan Palmer (Fallen off from strong past play)
Pat Perez (Feisty and playing well)
Tom Pernice Jr.
Jeff Quinney (One of the best in the field)
Dustin Risdon *
Jim Rutledge *
John Senden (Another solid year)
(a) Nick Taylor * (Canadian am Champ)
Bob Tway (Former CanOpen champ)
Bo Van Pelt
Scott Verplank (Average year after great 2007)
Camilo Villegas (Well known, but isn’t playing particularly well)
Bubba Watson (Long drives, not much more)
Mike Weir *
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Your comment about Camillo Villegas (well known but isn’t playing particularly well) may be true for the year but not true for the last 5 holes of the 2nd round of The Open (5 birdies to put him in contention for the weekend)…I wonder if his round three will be similar to round one (76) or round two (65)…
The 2 words beside Len Mattiace should be p$#sy bitch, who cries after choking in a playoff, I’d be mad not sad.
Rob, which players accepted the free RCGA charter flight last year……….???Curious if they are playing this year???
So whos going to withdraw midweek? I think Scott Verplank is almost automatic with the personal issues.
Sad that Weir was playing with Boo the first two days at Open, and he still didnt commit.
How do you figure you are aiding Mclean by carrying his hooks? Shouldn’t he have a real caddie? 😉
Another note should be added as Richard Johnson just won this past week in Milwaukee.