Final CanOpen Field; What's Wrong With Weir and G4G on CPGA Radio Today

Let me start by saying I’ll be on CPGA Radio this morning, talking about the Canadian Open, the British Open and our new website, the one you are reading. You can listen live between 10 am and 11 am this morning by going to the CPGA’s website.

The final Canadian Open field was announced late last night after all of the players confirmed, as they have to, on the Friday before the tournament starts. No real surprises — no Tiger, no Phil, not that they were expected. Oh, and no Anthony Kim, who is coming, but is still recovering from surgery. I guess he’ll hang about and drink beer with RBC clients. Nothing wrong with that.

In the press release, these are the players Golf Canada decided to highlight:

Sean O’Hair, Camilo Villegas, Luke Donald, Tim Clark, John Daly, Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey, Fred Couples,  and Retief Goosen as well as Canadian PGA TOUR stars Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir.

Additional notables committing to play this afternoon include Trevor Immelman, Stuart Appleby, Charles Howell III, Paul Azinger, David Duval, Ryuji Imada, Rocco Mediate, Andres Romero, Jeev Milka Singh, Brandt Snedeker and Charlie Hoffman, bolstering an already strong field of talent set to take on the historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

Notice some missing names? As is the case every year, there’s a bunch of names that were previously announced that have disappeared. The most notable is Jim Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open winner, who told the tournament he was coming just last week, and then decided to drop out after missing the cut at the British Open. One Open insider says Furyk is still a class act, but I still think this is pretty poor form. Bubba Watson is also gone — apparently having withdrawn from the event the day after Golf Canada was told he was coming. Oh, and Rickie Fowler, the rookie who has been a bright light, is gone as well. That’s a loss, especially since he’s one of the names the event used to hype the field initially. So those are some pretty big names — but it happens every year. I think Fowler is the biggest loss, to be honest.

If you’re interested in the top names, here they are:

To date, 20 of the current top 50 on the FedEx Cup ranking have confirmed their intention to compete at St. George’s Golf and Country Club including Tim Clark (#6), Ben Crane (#7), Matt Kuchar (#12), Camilo Villegas (#13), Bill Haas (#19), Jason Bohn (#20), Ricky Barnes (#21), Hunter Mahan (#23), Luke Donald (#27), Retief Goosen (#32), Scott Verplank (#33), Brendon De Jonge (#34), Brian Davis (#35), Paul Casey (#36), Ryan Palmer (#40), Brent Snedeker (#41), Sean O’Hair (#42), Matt Jones (#46), Kevin Na (#47), Charles Howell III (#48).

This year’s RBC Canadian Open will feature a number of this season’s PGA TOUR event winners to date, including Ryan Palmer (Sony Open in Hawaii), Bill Haas (Bob Hope Classic), Ben Crane (Farmers Insurance Open), Hunter Mahan (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Camilo Villegas (The Honda Classic), Cameron Beckman (Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun), Jason Bohn (Zurich Classic of New Orleans) and Tim Clark (THE PLAYERS Championship).

The field for the 101st playing of Canada’s National Open Championship will feature 10 of top 50 players on the official World Golf Ranking including, Paul Casey (#10), Luke Donald (#7), Camilo Villegas (#17), Retief Goosen (#20), Tim Clark (#21), Matt Kuchar (#23), Sean O’Hair (#24), Hunter Mahan (#27), Ben Crane (#41) and Scott Verplank (#45).

Who knew Scott Verplank was in the world Top 50? Clearly

BTW, Mike Weir, who missed the cut at the Old Course yesterday, is seeing is World Ranking in freefall, plunging to 79 in the world, now one spot behind Stephen Ames, who hasn’t exactly lit things up lately either. One has to wonder how much longer Weir’s  streak of playing in majors — which goes back to 1999 — will continue. After all, Ames didn’t qualify for the British Open this week, and he’s now ahead of Weir in the world ranking. Weir was clearly a better player when using stack and tilt, though that isn’t to say he won’t come around. But his driving has been atrocious and you can’t play the game at a world-class level hitting his driver the ways he’s been. He won’t be a factor at St. George’s unless he figures it out — though his superb putting could make him a contender if he can figure out the Big Dog.

Here’s the entire field that was announced yesterday with some remarks:

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Blake Adams
*Stephen Ames
Stuart Appleby — a fine player who has played better of late
Tommy Armour III
Arjun Atwal
Woody Austin
Paul Azinger — strange to see he’s in the field
Aaron Baddeley — remember when Badds was a star?
Briny Baird
Rich Barcelo
Ricky Barnes — the Nuke LaLouche of golf
Cameron Beckman
Matt Bettencourt
Henrik Bjornstad
Jason Bohn
Justin Bolli
*Ben Boudreau
Craig Bowden
*Ted Brown
*David Bunker (a)
*Cam Burke (a)
Jonathan Byrd
Chad Campbell — once again, remember when Campbell was a star and on Ryder Cup teams? He almost won the Masters and the PGA…
Paul Casey — ranked highly, but doesn’t seem to have done much to deserve it.
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Daniel Chopra
Tim Clark — nice to see him coming.
Chad Collins
Michael Connell
Fred Couples — Puts the “boom boom” in the Boomer generation
Ben Crane
John Daly — I’ll put money on Daly not playing the weekend. He’s not a St. George’s type of player.
Brian Davis
Brendon de Jonge
*Graham DeLaet
Brent Delahoussaye
Chris DiMarco
Luke Donald — a legitimate world-class star
James Driscoll
Joe Durant
David Duvalmaybe this will be the one tournament every six months that Duval plays well.
Steve Elkington
Bob Estes
Matt Every
Brad Faxon — always thoughtful on golf courses, it’ll be interesting to see what he thinks of St. George’s
Steve Flesch
Martin Flores
Robert Garrigus — all I can say is, 7-iron
Tom Gillis
Retief Goosen — should have won last year
Jeff Gove
Nathan Green
Mathias Gronberg
Bill Haas — still has a beautiful swing. Should be a star.
Todd Hamilton
J.P. Hayes
*David Hearn
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron — Lumpy!
*Matt Hill
Charley Hoffman
Charles Howell III — remember when he was considered a star?
John Huston
Ryuji Imada
Trevor Immelman — Quality player and former Masters champ
Lee Janzen
*Barrett Jarosch
Kevin Johnson
Matt Jones
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Jerry Kelly — one of the good guys in the game.
Skip Kendall
Cliff Kresge
Matt Kuchar
Michael Letzig
Spencer Levin
Steve Lowery
Bill Lunde
David Lutterus
Jarrod Lyle
Will MacKenzie
Hunter Mahan — a legit star.
John Mallinger
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
Andrew McLardy
Rocco Mediate — along with Faxon and Azinger, one of three television commentators in the field
Troy Merritt
Shaun Micheel
*Jon Mills
Bryce Molder
Garth Mulroy
Kevin Na
James Nitties
Sean O’Hair — a fine player and real star
Joe Ogilvie
Ryan Palmer
Brenden Pappas
Cameron Percy
Pat Perez
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Carl Pettersson — playing better these days.
D.A. Points
Aron Price
Alex Prugh
Ted Purdy
Brett Quigley
Jeff Quinney
Chris Riley
Andres Romero — looked like a breakthrough star in 2008. Hasn’t done much since.
Webb Simpson
Jeev Milkha Singh
Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Stadler
Paul Stankowski
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Brian Stuard
Kevin Sutherland
Roger Tambellini
*Nick Taylor (a)
Josh Teater
Roland Thatcher
Nicholas Thompson
Chris Tidland
Cameron Tringale
Jerod Turner
Omar Uresti
Vance Veazey
Scott Verplank
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Jimmy Walker
Charles Warren
Matt Weibring
*Mike Weir
Brett Wetterich
Steve Wheatcroft
Charlie Wi
Jay Williamson
Chris Wilson
Mark Wilson
*Eugene Wong (a)
Gary Woodland

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  • YE Yang is also no longer on the list.

    Same with Anthony Kim, but hes injured, so sort of expected. Although RBC sure is paying him nice money.

    Pretty funny if thats true about Bubba. Although I dont put it past the RCGA.

  • I found it somewhat weird when Golf Canada announced Bubba Watson was coming to Canada. I believe it was the same day (or the next) he did an interview on The Golf Channel referencing the fact he was taking time off after the BO to stay with his father. He originally wasn’t planned to play the British but his win put him in so he had to change his weekend off to the Canadian Open date.

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