Big names doing their part to keep Canadian Open buzz alive and wellOAKVILLE, Ont. – The weather tried to steal the day, but what star power the RBC Canadian Open has did its best push its way up the leaderboard and into the storylines.
© Provided by Associated Press Graham DeLaet, of Canada, tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, Thursday July 27, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
OAKVILLE, Ont. — When Hudson Swafford described Glen Abbey Golf Course on Thursday as “gettable,” it sounded like he had just made up a word.
But, there it was in the Merriam-Webster. Gettable: “capable of being got.”
Swafford, it turned out, was quite correct. Morning rains softened the Abbey considerably for the first round of the RBC Canadian Open, on top of what has already been a damp spring and summer in these parts. With little to no wind in the air, the course was defenceless. It was, indeed, capable of being got. Swafford made five birdies in a row on the way to a 7-under 65, part of a large group tied at the top. Another whole mess of players were a shot back at 66. Mackenzie Hughes had the best score among the 17 Canadians in the field, at 67. Graham DeLaet shot a 4-under 68, while David Hearn and Nick Taylor were at 69.
ollie Schneiderjans, Kevin Chappell and Matt Every shook off a two-hour suspension of play to shoot matching 7-under 65s on Thursday to move to the top of the leaderboard at the RBC Canadian Open. They entered into a five-way tie with Brandon Hagy and Hudson Swafford, the co-leaders from the morning group.
“It’s about as gettable as I’ve seen this golf course, but it’s in great shape,” Swafford said. “The greens are perfect. So you can make some putts. I was just trying to give myself as many chances as possible.”
Hudson Swafford tees off at the Canadian Open on July 27.
This is the third year in a row the men’s national open has been played at Glen Abbey, which at 7,253 yards is short by PGA Tour standards. The past two years, the course has been firm and fast, which takes driver out of the equation on a number of the shorter holes because players don’t want their ball to run through the fairways, which have a lot of angles and corners. But, not so on Thursday.
“I hit driver I think everywhere except the last hole, No. 9,” said Bubba Watson, who began his round on the back nine and shot what looked like a pedestrian 6-under 66. “Just trying to have short irons in here. The rough’s not too high, so it’s a little bit easier than British Open rough. So it was good.”
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Watson’s round was an example of the degree to which a Tour pro, especially a long-hitting one, can overwhelm a course like Glen Abbey when the weather dulls its teeth.
There are three par-5s on the final six holes, none longer than 558 yards. On the 13th, Watson hit a 310-yard drive and a 225-yard approach […]
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