Handicapping The Canadians In The Open

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Nick Taylor Is A Grizzled Veteran Having Played in Three National Open Championships Already
There will be double digit Canadians teeing it up in our national open from Mike Weir to Nick Taylor. This could be the year of the young guns. Here is a review of how they look coming in...

THE PGA TOUR PLAYERS

Mike Weir

In 2010, Mike Weir is averaging 272 yard drives and also currently ranks a brutal 161st in driving accuracy. If he wasn't putting like a demon, this year would be a disaster.

He has one top ten and one other top 25 and ranks a dismal 114th on the money list.

It's hard not to define Weir's career before and after that collapse at Glen Abbey in 2004. If he contends this year, it will be a more than a pleasant surprise.


Stephen Ames

So far, 2010 has been a year that yet to catch fire for Stephen.

He has only one top ten finish but 6 top 25s in 14 starts. His last event was the US Open where he shot 84 in the second round. The last time he shot over 80 was the 2007 British Open first round.

He has changed his putting to left hand low and maybe he should switch back.  In 2009, he ranked 12th in putting at 1.737 putts per hole. In 2010, he has dropped to 49th at 1.762. He is also average more than 29 putts per round

His scoring average is 70.46 up almost a half a stroke from 2009. Ditto about the pleasant surprise.


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This Could Be DeLaet's Move Into Canadian Golf's Spotlight
Graham DeLaet

Delaet is more and more starting to look like Canada's golf saviour. It is likely that he could do that rarest of feats... keep your card as a PGA Tour rookie.

He is 110th on the money list has more the $550,000 in winnings so far (more than Mike Weir). Last year it just over $650,000 to keep playing privileges.

His record for 2010 includes 4 top 25s in 18 starts including a 3rd place finish at the Shell Houston Open.

He shot a course record at the Reno Open last week and entered the final round in fourth place there, so he will be coming in on a high.


THE NATIONWIDE PLAYERS


Ted Brown

Calgary born Ted Brown who has US citizenship made it onto the Nationwide Tour this year after finishing 42nd at the PGA Tour Q-School.

Brown's best finish on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 to date is a tie for ninth at the The Rex Hospital Open. He is ranked 93rd on the money list with $25,725 through 12 events.


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It's Likely Hearn Will Find His Way Back Onto The PGA Tour In 2011
David Hearn

Hearn has made eights in 13 events so far this year highlighted by a 2nd place finish at the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae back in April.

He is comfortably inside the top 25 on the Nationwide money list at 14th with  $121,485  and has an excellent chance to keep his card.

The only concern is that he has come off the boil missing the cut in four of his last five starts including the  Wayne Gretzky Classic event.


Barrett Jarosch

Barrett has made 7 cuts in twelve starts and that sums up the highlight of the season for this Edmonton native. He has only finished inside the top 25 twice and ranks in the triple digits for putting and driving. He will be battling just to keep his Nationwide status.


Jon Mills

Mills has made nine cuts in 14 events highlighted by a 3rd place at the Fresh Express just behind Hearn. Ditto on the keeping the card.


THE NEWLY TURNED PROFESSIONAL


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Could This Be Matt Hill's Coming Out Party?
Matt Hill

After turning pro earlier this year, the young phenom says life has been a bit hectic since announcing his decision to graduate from amateur golf — a career that saw him win the 2009 NCAA championship and be named U.S. college player of the year.

"It's been a little more busy than usual; I'm just trying to get organized..." said Hill. "I'm trying to manage my life the best I can right now."

So far he has played four pro events, two on the PGA Tour and one on the Nationwide. He missed the cut at his first two PGA starts before playing on the weekend in the Reno Open last week. He also posted a top 40 finish at Gretzky's party earlier this year.

Hill makes his second appearance at the RBC Canadian Open where he missed the cut in 2009.

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