|Canadian Open - July 21, 2008
RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Glen Abbey Golf Club
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,112
FedExCup Points: 25,000Winner: 4,500
Purse: $5,000,000Winner: $900,000
2007 Champion: Jim Furyk (268, -16)
RBC Canadian Open Notes
A year ago, Jim Furyk came from the British Open and won the RBC Canadian Open, making history in the process. His second consecutive victory at the event, a one-stroke win over Vijay Singh, made him the first back-to-back winner at this event since Jim Ferrier in 1950 and 1951.
“I really feel like you should always come back and defend your championship,” Furyk said. ”I had a lot of people thank me for coming back this week, which to me is kind of like, I appreciate it, but I feel like it's thanking me for something that you should do, if that makes sense. So I will come back. I haven't been to Glen Abbey in quite a few years, so I look forward to going back.”
Jim Furyk took only seven strokes all week on the par-3 fourth hole, with three birdies and a hole-in-one in the final round. The hole-in-one was from 209 yards with a 5-iron. The last player to win a PGA TOUR event and post an ace in the same event was Mark Hensby in 2004 at the John Deere Classic.
Jim Furyk is searching for his first victory of the 2008 season, but he has notched six top-10s in 19 starts, including a tie for second at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, a tie for third at the AT&T National and a tie for fifth at last week’s British Open. He has at least one win in each of his last three seasons and victories in nine of his last 10 campaigns.
The RBC Canadian Open returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club for the first time since Vijay Singh’s victory over Mike Weir in a playoff in 2004. Singh overcame two triple-bogeys during the course of the week and birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff and ultimately win. Singh’s victory was in the middle of a streak of six wins in eight starts. Later that season, Singh moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The par-4 14th hole at Glen Abbey surrendered just 24 birdies in 2004 and had 158 bogeys or worse during the four rounds.
The RBC Canadian Open has not had a wire-to-wire winner since Lee Trevino in 1977. Last year, Hunter Mahan opened with a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead. He ultimately tied for fifth. Since Trevino’s four-stroke victory over Peter Oosterhuis, the margin of victory at the RBC Canadian Open has been three strokes or less every year.
The 2008 RBC Canadian Open is one of just five events remaining before the beginning of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. With 25,000 points on the line and 4,500 going to the winner, the RBC Canadian Open will once again offer players great opportunities to earn points in the Regular Season and work toward a spot in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, beginning with The Barclays in August. Last year, Jim Furyk jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in the standings and competed in all four Playoff events, carding top-15s in both the BMW Championship and THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The win also helped solidify Furyk’s position on his fourth consecutive Presidents Cup team in September.