Golfers in love with Glen Abbey again at Canadian Open

Robert Garrigus takes a break during a practice round on Wednesday at the Canadian Open in...

Robert Garrigus takes a break during a practice round on Wednesday at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont. (REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - There’s a hoary old bromide about everything old becoming new again.

To listen to the players’ glowing tributes this week to the course that Jack built, you’d have to say that’s a truism.

Glen Abbey, which hosted the Canadian Open for 16 years in a row and 22 out of 24 years, starting in 1977, was a place that players either loathed or simply tolerated in that bygone generation.

Maybe it’s been a case of out of sight, out of mind, since the Open has only stopped at the Abbey three times in the past 12 years. Whatever the reasons, the players who have trooped through the media centre this week are of one voice.

“I last played here in 1998, so it was 15 years ago,” Ernie Els said. “It’s nice to see the course again.”

“The golf course is fantastic,” Graeme McDowell said.

“I think it’s in great shape,” Luke Donald said.

“It’s good to be back,” Hunter Mahan said.


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