CALGARY - Stephen Ames wouldn’t miss the RBC Canadian Open.
Make no mistake, though, the highlight of his summer schedule is the Open.
The Calgary-based PGA Tour regular is the only Canuck in the field for the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, meaning he’ll likely be a bit jet-lagged when he arrives at Hamilton Golf & Country Club for his adopted national open next week.
Fine by him.
“For me, the highlight of playing professional golf is playing the British Open,” Ames said after qualifying for the latest instalment of the oldest major championship. “It’s by far the best, I think. I don’t think anything else comes close.”
The 48-year-old Ames, who was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago but became a Canadian citizen in 2003, has enjoyed some success on the other side of the pond.
He won a couple of events during his days on the European Tour and has survived the cut seven times in 10 previous appearances at the British Open.
Ames’ best finish at July’s big event was a tie for fifth in 1997 at Royal Troon, where Justin Leonard celebrated with the Claret Jug. Ames earned a share of seventh at Royal Birkdale in 2008, the year that Padraig Harrington etched his name in the history books with his second straight title.
It’ll be the second major of the summer for Ames, who finished T-68 at the U.S. Open last month at Olympic Club. In 15 PGA Tour events so far this season, he has banked US$183,236.