Weir Continues His Canadian Quest

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2006 Canadian OpenMARKHAM, Ontario -- The PGA TOUR returns to North America, but remains outside the U.S. as the TOUR heads to Ontario for the Canadian Open.
 
With the new PGA TOUR schedule, this event was moved up a little more than a month from September 7-10 last year. Thanks to the new schedule, there is less star power than normal heading to Angus Glen.
 
World No. 3 Jim Furyk heads the field, but it is Canada's own Mike Weir who will be garnering most of the attention. The only other players in the top 50 are Vijay Singh, No. 38 Stephen Ames, a naturalized Canadian citizen who was born in Trinidad, and No. 46 John Rollins.
 
Furyk, the defending champion, closed with rounds of 67-65 to fend off Bart Bryant by one and Sean O'Hair by two last year at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
 
Furyk trailed Justin Rose by two entering the final round, but Rose went the wrong way. He closed with a 4-over 74 to drop into a share of 14th.
 
The event rotates over several different courses with 38 different venues hosting throughout tournament history. The North Course at Angus Glen is hosting the event for the first time since 2002.
 
GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast action of the opening two rounds, while CBS takes over for the weekend.
 
Next up for the PGA TOUR is a pair of events. Many of the top players in the game will be in Akron, Ohio, for the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational, where Tiger Woods is the defending champion. The opposite event is the Reno-Tahoe Open, where Will Mackenzie claimed the title in '06.
 
Here are our Tour Trade 2 favorites this week, with a look at their past performances in this national championship. We also offer up a few more guys worth keeping an eye on at the Canadian Open.
 
Vijay Singh
Starts: 9
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: Win (2004)
 
TRADE Talk: It doesnt seem to matter what course Singh is playing in this event. He has four top-10s in his last five starts here, all coming at different venues. He won at Glen Abbey in 2004 and tied for sixth at Angus Glen, this years site, in 02.
 
Jim Furyk
Starts: 6
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 1
Best finish: Win (2006)
 
TRADE Talk: Furyk is the defending champion, but he cant be considered the outright favorite ' at least based on his play in this event. Furyks appearance a year ago was his first in the Canadian Open since 1999. In his first five starts, from 1994-99, he didnt have a single top-20 finish. This will also be his first start at Angus Glen.
 
Mark Calcavecchia
Starts: 17
Wins: 1
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: Win (2005)
 
TRADE Talk: Calc had a tough turn at Carnoustie. His luggage was lost and not returned until late Wednesday. In fact, he didnt even get to play a single practice round with his own clubs. He should be happy to return to a tournament which he won in 05 and has played 17 times beginning in 1982.
 
Mike Weir
Starts: 16
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 2
Best finish: 2nd (2004)
 
TRADE Talk: Canadas favorite golfer missed the cut his first nine starts in the National Open. He seemed to turn things around with a T10 in 2003 and a playoff loss to Singh (one he should have easily have won) in 04. But Weir has missed the cut in each of his last two appearances. He has struggled mightily with a swing change; though, he might have reversed the tide with a solid tie for eighth last week at Carnoustie.
 
Jesper Parnevik
Starts: 10
Wins: 0
Top-10s: 4
Best finish: 4th (2005)
 
TRADE Talk: Parnevik has played this event well throughout his career. He tied for seventh in 96 and then finished fourth nine years later. He has played steadily over the last month, making his last four cuts, but he is still in search of his first top-10 of the season.
 
Four more players to keep an eye on this week at Angus Glen:
 
Sean OHair:
One start, one top-5. OHair made his Open debut a year ago and promptly finished in third place. After missing the cut in five of his first six starts to the season, OHair has made 11 of his last 13.
 
John Rollins:
Rollins won the last time Angus Glen played host, five years ago. Rollins has four top-5s this year, including one earlier this month at the Buick Open.
 
Chris DiMarco
DiMarco has never won this event, and hasnt won anywhere on TOUR in over five years. But he played well last week in Scotland for the first time in a long time. Confidence is key to DiMarcos success. Perhaps hes found it.
 
Stephen Ames:
Ames is a Canadian citizen so they like to claim him as one of their own. This will be his ninth Canadian Open start. He tied for seventh in 2005.
 
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