Canadians in the hunt

Adam Hadwin of Canada watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round at the Canadian...

Adam Hadwin of Canada watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round at the Canadian Open golf tournament at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario, July 26, 2012. (REUTERS)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 PM ET

ANCASTER, ONT. - It’s been a long time since a Canadian has won the Canadian Open.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1954 to find the last time a Canadian won it.

But after finishing with a 4-under par 66, Adam Hadwin has, at least for one more day, given Canadians hope that the curse can be broken, that someone can match what Pat Fletcher accomplished at Point Grey Golf Club in Vancouver those many years ago.

Hadwin carded seven birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey at the hilly and humid Hamilton Golf and Country Club Thursday during the first round of the Canadian Open.

The score made the Abbotsford, B.C., native, a Web.com Tour regular who was given an exemption into the tournament, the low Canuck on the day and has him tied for 12th, just four strokes behind leader Scott Piercy.

“It’s like the courses I grew up playing,” Hadwin said of the Hamilton track. “Coming in, I wasn’t too confident about working the ball both ways.

But just the last couple of days, I’ve worked really hard to get the touch back into my game. And it helped today, I started seeing my shots again.” Hadwin’s best finish so far this season is a tie for fifth.

Trailing Hadwin among the Canadian contingent is Brantford native David Hearn and Brad Fitsch of Manotick, Ont., both of whom shot 68s and are tied for 24th.

“I hit a lot of very good shots, and I think you can always say that you leave a few out there,” Hearn said. “I certainly didn’t make every put that I looked at today, but I felt like I played real steady and solid, and I’m real happy with that first round.” Canadian Mike Weir, the former Masters winner who has yet to make a PGA Tour cut this season, fired a 2-over par 72, while Albin Choi of Surrey, B.C., was the low amateur at 1-under.

 


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