|Canadian Open - September 04, 2006
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 6,985
Purse: $5,000,000Winner: $900,000
2005 Champion: Mark Calcavecchia (274,-10)
Canadian Open Notes
In its 97th year, the Canadian Open heads back to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the fourth time. It was first played at Hamilton GC in 1919, when J. Douglas Edgar won by 16 strokes. Tommy Armour followed in 1930, defeating Leo Diegel in a playoff. In 2003, Bob Tway defeated Brad Faxon, also in a playoff.
Three of the last four Canadian Opens have ended with a playoff. In 2002, John Rollins defeated Neal Lancaster and Justin Leonard at Angus Glen Golf Club. Bob Tway followed the next year defeating Brad Faxon at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Vijay Singh defeated Canadian Mike Weir in 2004 at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Seventeen players have won the Canadian Open more than once, including Leo Diegel, the only four-time winner. Last year’s champ, Mark Calcavecchia, is looking to not only become the tournament’s 18th multiple winner, he’s also trying to be the sixth to win the tournament in back-to-back seasons. Diegel captured wins in 1924 and 1925 and again in 1928 and 1929. The others with wins in consecutive years: J. Douglas Edgar (1919-20), Sam Snead (1940-41) and Jim Ferrier (1950-51).
Vijay Singh, the 2004 winner, has made the cut in seven of eight starts at the Canadian Open, including posting four consecutive top-10s. He tied for sixth in 2002 and 2003, won in 2004 and tied for seventh a year ago. The record for most consecutive top-10s at the Canadian Open is eight by Charles Murray (1911-14, 1919-22).
Mark Calcavecchia became the 10th player over 40—and third consecutive—to win the Canadian Open. He is also the oldest winner at 45 years, 2 months and 29 days. Calcavecchia joined Craig Wood (40 years, 8 months, 20 days in 1942), Ted Kroll (42 years, 11 months, 15 days in 1962), Doug Ford (40 years, 11 months in 1963), Kel Nagle (43 years, 7 months, 11 days in 1964), Gay Brewer (40 years, 3 months, 20 days in 1972), Bob Murphy (43 years, 4 months, 15 days in 1986), Hal Sutton (41 years, 4 months, 14 days in 1999), Bob Tway (44 years, 4 months, 3 days in 2003) and Vijay Singh (41 years, 5 months, 20 days in 2004).
Joey Sindelar has made the cut 11 consecutive years, and 15 overall in his 21 appearances in Canada. His tie for fifth in 2005 was his sixth top-10 finish in the event, and his check for $190,000 pushed his tournament earnings to $797,367. Sindelar’s streak of 11 straight is the longest current streak and tied for fourth longest in tournament history (with Doug Ford from 1955-65). George Cumming made 15 straight from 1907-25, with no tournament held from 1915-18).
With the $900,000 paycheck, Mark Calcavecchia cracked the $1-million mark ($1,238,964) in career money at the Canadian Open and is No. 2 in that category. Here are the three players with over $1 million in earnings at the event: Vijay Singh ($1,296,161), Mark Calcavecchia ($1,238,964) and Bob Tway ($1,016,390).
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
· Connecticut native J.J. Henry enjoyed his home cooking this year, finishing first and sixth in his starts in New England’s only two TOUR events. Henry had eight rounds of par-or-better, including six in the 60s during the two stops and earned $990,000.
· Who’s made the most putts from 25 feet and beyond this season? Brent Geiberger has holed 26 of them. Richard S. Johnson and Brett Quigley are next with 24 each.
· Australian Nathan Green is having a great rookie season. He’s
currently 34th on the money list with six Top-10 finishes. He’s made the cut in 19 of 24 starts, including his last eight in a row.
· This has been a very good year for rookies. In fact, nine first-year players are currently among the Top 125 — Trevor Immelman (7th), Nathan Green (34), Camilo Villegas (38), J.B. Holmes (42), Nick O’Hern (73), Bubba Watson (75), Daisuke Maruyama (81), Charley Hoffman (96) and Bill Haas (98).
· Corey Pavin is last on the TOUR in Driving Distance (199th out of 199 ranked players) and Aaron Baddeley is last in Greens In Regulation. What else do they have in common? They’ve both won this season.
· In his last six starts, Tiger Woods has a T2 and five wins. During
that stretch he’s 97-under par with 20 rounds in the 60s (out of 24).
· With his victory last week at the Legend Financial Group Classic, Gavin Coles earned his third career win on the Nationwide Tour. It was his first in the U.S., however. Coles previously had won in Australia and New Zealand in his career.
· Chris Baryla began the year with no status on the Nationwide Tour, but has still managed to compete in 11 events. With a career-best fourth place finish last week in Cleveland, he’s now 60th on the money list. He has six Top-25 efforts to his credit.
· Last year, Bubba Watson was the Driving Distance leader on the Nationwide Tour and Scott Hend was the leader on the PGA TOUR. They’ve switched places this year. Watson leads the PGA TOUR with a 319.3-yard average and Hend leads the Nationwide Tour with a 312.0 yard average.
· Retired executive Joe George will caddie for Brad Adamonis at this week’s Utah EnergySolutions Championship. George will be doing it as part of The Today Show’s Dream Job series and his experience will be highlighted on The Today Show at a later date.
· Gary Player shot his age or better for the fourth time in his career after the 70-year old posted a first-round 69 last week at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
· Scott Simpson became the second former U.S. Open champion to earn his initial Champions Tour victory this past week in Pebble Beach. Simpson joins Jerry Pate who earlier this year won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
· Chip Beck turns 50 on Sept. 12, just in time for him to make his
Champions Tour debut at the Constellation Energy Classic.
· David Edwards has enjoyed a great start to his Champions Tour career. Edwards has eight Top-10 finishes in his first 14 starts, including five Top-3 efforts. He’s eighth on the money list with $1,084,03.