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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: RBC Canadian Open

This week Twofer Tuesday heads north of the border for some authentic poutine, eh, and the RBC Canadian Open.

2019 defending champion Rory McIlroy

The pandemic has played havoc with many events, but not many have suffered as much as the RBC Canadian Open. This event has been cancelled twice, in 2020 and 2021, so 2019 champion Rory McIlroy is the event's de facto defending champion. But at least he's a good one, having won this event by a dominating SEVEN strokes. He'll be defending at a different course but it's hard to believe he won't have a lot of good feelings as he returns to defend his title.

The St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario is a par-70 meauring just over 7000 yards. That may not sound impressive but St. George's has hosted the Canadian Open five times, most recently in 2010, and the CP Women's Canadian Open five times as well. This is a respected course with a lot of contours both on and off the greens, so players will face a lot of challenging shots.

I'm torn about my picks this week because this is a great course for some of the shorter, more accurate drivers but a lot of big hitters are in form. And then there's the knowledge factor, as many of the younger players will never have seen this course before. Do I pick form or a Canadian player who might know this place?

One of both, eh...

  • My hot pick: Sam Burns
  • My Canadian pick: Adam Hadwin

GC's coverage starts Thursday at 3pm ET. And as usual, PGA TOUR LIVE will be streaming; the times are at this link. It'll be good to see some Canadian golf again. This is always a great event that always produces a great champion.

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