Furyk eyes Open three-peat

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- Jim Furyk is well positioned to become the first man to win three Canadian Open titles in a row, even if he's not a huge fan of Glen Abbey.

"It's not a course, for my game, that I would target right off that bat that I'm really excited about," the notoriously low key Furyk said yesterday, after spending almost two hours on the Glen Abbey putting green. "Hamilton ... love it. I hear St. George's is coming up (in 2010). Love it. I don't dislike this golf course. (Although) I think Angus Glen, I told you all before, that wasn't great for my style either."

Furyk won the Canadian Open in 2006 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club and last year at Angus Glen.

Not since Jim Ferrier in 1950-51 had anyone won two Canadian Open titles in succession, so a win on Sunday would be one for the books.

And Furyk, despite preferring the traditional parkland courses over stadium courses such as Glen Abbey, has a good chance to threepeat.

This year's Open has attracted just six of the top-25 players (on the FedExCup rankings), and the West Chester, Pa., native is the third-highest ranked player here (13th), behind American Anthony Kim (5th) and Japan's Ryuji Imada (7th).

Furyk has not won an event this year, but he has finished in the top 10 in six events and finished tied for fifth at the British Open last week. None of the players who finished ahead of him in England, including champion Padraig Harrington, will be at Glen Abbey.

But he is not taking anything for granted this week.

"I'll let you all worry about that. I have no idea," said Furyk, when asked about the field at Glen Abbey. "We, as players, don't really know, don't really care. We have our own worries, our own games to worry about. I haven't looked down the list for the field, I have no idea who's here, who's not. As a player, we hope that the field's strong, you're playing the best competition you can, but there's nothing you can really do about it other than just show up and play."

Perhaps the favourite to win this week is someone who has never played at the Canadian Open and, in fact, has never been to Canada.

Anthony Kim, 23, a Los Angeles native who now lives in Dallas, is having a breakout season on the PGA Tour.

Kim has won two PGA events this year, the Wachovia Championship in May and the AT&T National earlier this month.

Last week at Royal Birkdale, in his first British Open, Kim flirted with glory. Until the final three holes in the final round, the precocious American was within striking distance of the leaders, but imploded with three bogeys to finish tied for seventh.

But yesterday, following a session on the Glen Abbey driving range, the Korean-American star appeared relaxed and ready to win his third tournament of the year, calling his time at Royal Birkdale: "Brutal, but fun."

"I don't ever remember being in conditions, or watching a movie, that had worse conditions. It was pretty tough," he said. "It was pretty funny watching guys hitting 3-woods less than 200 yards. It was brutal."


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