CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- With a week to go, it appears the Canadian Open is going to have a better-than-expected field for its return to a mid-summer date.
Defending champ Jim Furyk confirmed once again here yesterday that he will be on the Royal Canadian Golf Association charter jet when it takes off from Edinburgh next Sunday night bound for Toronto and the Canadian Open at Angus Glen North.
Players have until Friday to enter or change their minds about participating but, as of yesterday, the RCGA had tentative commitments from 23 players in the British Open field for the charter flight to Toronto.
That number includes Furyk, Vijay Singh, John Daly, Mike Weir and Stephen Ames and all but assures the organizers of a smattering of recognizable names.
It had originally been feared that, because the Canadian Open follows so closely on the heels of the British, that the tournament would be nothing more than a glorified Nationwide Tour event.
After this weekend, there are only nine more events, including the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and season-endingTour Championship.
In a normal season, Furyk says he would probably take next week off but with his commitment to the RCGA and the other important tournaments coming up, he's going to play eight of those nine weeks.
"Most of the top guys are going to play seven of the nine. I'm playing four on, one off and four on. It is what it is," said Furyk.
"Playing four in a row doesn't bother me. Rarely have I played two full months in a row with only one week off in between. I'll just have to pace myself and make sure I have enough energy left at the end."