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This Year ?


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "


The RBC Canadian Open begins tomorrow at Hamilton Golf and Country Club with a purse of $7.6 million dollars available.

The Open this year kind of snuck up on me as the alteration of the playing dates for the Championship through the years has jumped around.

I started getting interested in golf in the mid 80's and truthfully I liked the early September dates for the Canadian Open; it was a nice time of the sporting year, you could flip between the Canadian Open in golf, the US Open in tennis and watch the baseball races climax all on the same weekend...or so it seemed.

However, September weather, primarily in Ontario, was an issue and so a new date was required.

From the department of " Be Careful What You Wish For ",the Canadian Open was shuffled ahead around 2007 to late July.

That was a disaster for the Canadian Open as it was scrunched between the British Open, the Bridgestone Invitational and then the PGA Championship.

Pro golfers looking for a break in their schedule, gladly skipped the Canadian Open.

Which brings us to tomorrow and a new era for the Canadian Open, early June, just in front of the US Open, the ( seemingly ) perfect time for golfers to prime their game for a an upcoming major.

Regardless of when the Canadian Open was played or is played, there have been some prominent winners;Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Nick Price and more.

Of course, NO Canadian has won the Canadian Open since 1954.

Will this new date bring a Canadian Champion at the RBC Canadian Open ?

The story unfolds tomorrow


I'm Fred Wallace

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