When a guy stands six-foot-four and weighs 230 pounds, he should feel right at home playing with the big boys.
But in a game where size doesn't matter, Stuart Anderson admits feeling a little dwarfed this week by the diminutive likes of Corey Pavin and Mike Weir, both of whom check in at five-foot-nine and 155 soaking wet pounds -- not counting their U.S. Open and Masters trophies.
"I'm a little nervous, but not too bad," said Anderson, who tees off at Glen Abbey this afternoon for his second Canadian Open. "It's another round of golf, just on a bigger stage. But it is exciting. This is where I want to play. This is where I want to be every week."
SECOND PGA EVENT
He's only played in one PGA event before, when knocking knees and sweaty palms contributed to a missed cut at the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy in Vancouver, but he's hoping the experience will serve him well this time out.
"I think I'll be able to handle different situations that will arise here a little better," said the 31-year-old, who's had this event at the top of his To-Do list all season.
This will be a great opportunity to test his own game, and mettle, against some veteran touring pros, while breathing in the rare PGA air.
"I was watching Anthony Kim on the putting green, checking out his stroke, watching how some of the guys work in the range. I'll soak it all in out here and try to pick up a few things that I can use to better myself."
Anderson, who used to call Edmonton home, actually played himself out of a spot at Glen Abbey -- the top 5 on the Canadian Tour money list are granted exemptions and he's No. 10 right now -- but got a last-minute reprieve from the RCGA.
"There were two spots open because Graham Delaet (the Canadian Tour money leader) had used up three of them -- he had an RCGA exemption, he was in the top 5 on the Canadian Tour money list and he had just won in Winnipeg," said Anderson.
"Instead of using the two spots for conditional PGA players they went with two Canadians in Wes (Heffernan of Calgary) and I."
So here he is, even if he's not at the top of his game right now. He had a really nice run going before his final round in Calgary a few weeks ago, but shot 73 on Sunday to drop from first to fifth and hasn't broken 70 in eight rounds since. He's missed the cut in two of his last three events, including the Telus Open.
A PGA Tour stop isn't normally where Canadian Tour players go to get back on track, but you never know. Since it's scheduled immediately fter the Open Championship, the Canadian Open is usually low on star power but high on opportunity. With a lot of the big cats away, there is plenty of room in the scoring tent for the mice.
TRY AND RELAX
"I'm just going to go out and play golf," said Anderson, who has three top 10s this year. "The whole thing about this year and the last five weeks has been the pressure to stay in the top five and get into this tournament.
"Now that I'm in, the stress is gone and I can just go out and play golf for the rest of the year. The money list gets important at crunch time and it doesn't allow you to play golf. Now I can go out and have fun with this. I just need to stay calm and collected, and enjoy it."
Making the cut would be a nice place to start, but Anderson, who's in a group with Canadian Tour buddy Hugo Leon, is aiming a little higher.
"I don't think just making the cut is the goal. If I play to my ability and play well I think I can finish in the top 20."