Sooner rather than later a Canadian will win Canadian Open

Bubba Watson hits during a practice round Tuesday at Oakville's Glen Abbey. Watson will tee it up...

Bubba Watson hits during a practice round Tuesday at Oakville's Glen Abbey. Watson will tee it up with Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. on No. 10. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - The question never gets old, especially at a national golf championship that hasn’t been won by a national in 60 years.

Who could? Who might?

One thing is certain, the list of legitimate Canadian candidates with a chance to win the Canadian Open has never been longer and if Golf Canada has its way, that collection of likely suspects will continue to grow.

Pat Fletcher is the last Canadian citizen to win the Open, back in 1954. Since then, many have been called and nobody has been chosen.

Mike Weir came closest in 2004, the year after he became the first Canadian to win a major championship at the 2003 Masters. Weir lost heartbreakingly in a playoff to Vijay Singh at Glen Abbey in 2004 and nobody from this country has threatened since then.

Weir is back again, of course, as is Stephen Ames, now both 40-somethings. Both have been eclipsed on the PGA Tour this year by Graham DeLaet and David Hearn.


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