With the US Open in the periphery of every professional golfer and fan’s vision, the Canadian Open was somewhat of the support act to the main event. However, the Canadian Open was still a tournament that every golfer wanted to win.
This is despite the fact that only ten players have managed to win the week before a major and also take home the major trophy. Tiger Woods was the last player to achieve it in 2007 but the first person to do it and the first was Henry Picard in 1939.
Rory’s Top Form
Is this a stat that Rory Mcllroy will be aware of? We are not sure, but the Irish long hitter was on top form in Canada, carding a final round of 61 to take the competition. He could have even entered the clubhouse with a sub-60-stroke round under his belt, had he managed to birdie the final hole rather than knocking his approach into the greenside bunker and walking away with a bogey. His bogey may have been down to complacency or general error rather than nerves, considering his nearest contender finished seven shots behind, which is the biggest margin at the even since 1952.
How Did Koepka Look?
Brooks Koepka is the name on a lot of golfing lips right now and the defending champion of the US Open. He may be comforted to learn that it is unlikely to win a major trophy after winning the week before, but his performance in Canada may not give him too much confidence. His rounds never really got going, leaving him far down the leaderboard after his final round of 70. Nothing too exciting to report but only brave gamblers would completely write him off for next week.
No Sight of the Canadians in Canada
Canada put on a great show at Hamilton Golf and Country Club with excellent hospitality and a course in immaculate condition. However, the Canadian golfing world may have been a little disappointed not to see too many local challengers for the prize worth over 7.5 million dollars. Adam Hadwin was their best flag bearer and finished in sixth position after an impressive four rounds leaving him 12 strokes better than the course.
Lower Down The Order
Yet, you have to scroll far down the leaderboard to find the next Canadian names. Mackenzie Hughes finished tied in fourteenth place on eight under and Ben Silverman a shot back tied in twentieth position. In fact, six of the bottom ten places were occupied by Canadian golfers.
US Open Favourites?
After a fantastic Canadian Open with some great golf on display, the golfing greats turn their attention to the third of four major trophies. Arguably one of the best first-round groups is the mix of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth. Tiger winning the competition three times and the other two winning it in 2013 and 2015, respectively. They all boast great odds and either of them may be worth an early bet.