Fact Pack: RBC Canadian Open

By Will GrayJuly 24, 2012, 9:00 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads north of the border to Ancaster, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. Hamilton Golf & Country Club plays host to this event for the first time since 2006, when Jim Furyk emerged victorious. Several players, including Ernie Els, have made the flight from Royal Lytham to Canada to tee it up this week on a course that will demand accuracy from tee to green. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

In 2006, Jim Furyk led the field in putts per round en route to a one-shot victory. Currently 20th on Tour in total putting, a repeat performance on the greens is certainly possible; his high ranks in many other categories - Furyk is currently fourth on Tour in scrambling, fourth in scoring average and fifth in driving accuracy - make his a name you'd expect to see near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

Sean O'Hair returns to this event with some positive memories - both as defending champion, having won in a playoff last year outside Vancouver, and based on his third-place finish the last time this event was held at Hamilton G&CC in 2006. O'Hair also finished T-7 earlier this month at the Greenbrier Classic on a course that sets up very similarly to the one players will face this week in Ontario.

Seung-yul Noh is one of the hottest players in the field this week, having posted four top-20 finishes in his last five starts dating back to the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The South Korean has now made 11 consecutive cuts, good for the fourth longest active streak on Tour, and 16 of his last 20 competitive rounds have been in the 60s.

Josh Teater is a great example of a player who likely needs only a decent showing on the greens in order to contend this week. Teater is among the most consistent on Tour tee-to-green, ranking 15th in ball striking, but struggles from there - 163rd in scrambling, 184th in 3-putt avoidance and 190th in total putting. Last week at the True South Classic, Teater was a respectable 29th in strokes gained putting, and not surprisingly was able to parlay that effort into his first top-10 finish of the season.

• Like Teater, Graham DeLaet also ranks 15th on Tour in ball striking. DeLaet will help lead a contingent of 23 Canadians, including David Hearn, Stephen Ames and Adam Hadwin - who finished T-4 last year - at their national Open. DeLaet led the field in greens in regulation in his last Tour start at the Greenbrier Classic en route to a T-12 finish and will look to become the first Canadian to win this event since 1954.

• Greenbrier Classic champion Ted Potter, Jr. hopes to continue a recent run that has seen him turn around his 2012 season seemingly out of nowhere. After missing five straight cuts prior to his win in West Virginia, Potter has now played the weekend in three consecutive events, including last week's British Open. He currently leads the Tour in GIR percentage from 150-175 yards and is second on Tour in putts from 5-10 feet, two metrics which may be key to success this week in Ontario.

• British Open champion Ernie Els is not the only player heading to Hamilton on the heels of a victory. Scott Stallings earned his second career Tour victory last week at the True South Classic and will tee it up this week as well. Last week Stallings was second in the field in driving distance and third in strokes gained putting; a similar combination in Ancaster may help Stallings, ranked 153rd on Tour in driving accuracy, counter the struggles he is expected to endure finding the fairway off the tee.


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Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."