Short par-5s long on Canadian Open impact

Spectators find a relaxing way to enjoy the play along the ninth hole during the opening round of...

Spectators find a relaxing way to enjoy the play along the ninth hole during the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - It isn’t necessary to be a history buff to know the legend of the shot that is arguably the most incredible of Tiger Woods’ career. And, admittedly, there are many.

We can opine for days when it comes to Woods’ career, but that 6-iron out of the bunker on 18, 216 yards over water to a tucked pin to set up his 2000 Canadian Open win at Glen Abbey is the gold standard in this country.

“Yeah, that Tiger shot was ridiculous. That was pretty good,” said Brendan Steele, who got a little ridiculous himself in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open by shooting a seven-under 65 on Thursday.

Whether Steele can keep it going through Sunday remains to be seen, but there’s little doubt it could all come down to 18 once again, even if the fireworks aren’t as spectacular as Tiger’s in 2000.

And don’t ignore the 16th, either.


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