Canadian Open, low on marquee past winners, would benefit from big-name winner in 2013

Tiger Woods was the last big-name golfer to win the Canadian Open back in 2000. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

Tiger Woods was the last big-name golfer to win the Canadian Open back in 2000. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

TIM McKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

Stereotypically, Canadians are unassuming.

It seems our recent Open champions have been the embodiment of that ideal, too.

Since Tiger Woods won the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in spectacular fashion in 2000 — that six-iron over water on 18 to a tucked pin is still considered one of his best, or most lucky, shots — the winners' list has looked like a who's who of lesser-knowns and journeymen.

Save for 2004 champion Vijay Singh, and the back-to-back victories by Jim Furyk in 2006 and '07 (both of those men were upper echelon players at the time) that list includes the likes of Scott Piercy, Nathan Green, Chez Reavie, Bob Tway and John Rollins.

The Canadian Open's date issues are well-publicized, but it's not as weak as many opposite-field events, so why is it that, of late, it has been a tournament that fosters breakout performances by unheralded players?


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