Hoping to end the great Canadian Open drought

Brantford's David Hearn will play in the Canadian Open this week after finishing tied for 32nd at...

Brantford's David Hearn will play in the Canadian Open this week after finishing tied for 32nd at the British Open. (QMI AGENCY)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

A couple minutes after hitting some practice drives at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Canadian pro Graham DeLaet was asked if his Montreal-based caddy, Julien Trudeau, gave him any kind of advantage at this week’s Canadian Open.

You know, local knowledge or something like that.

“Well, he can tell me what everyone’s saying in the gallery I guess,” the Weyburn, Sask., native said with a laugh.

Hopefully the gallery, in French or English, will be kind, but that’s not guaranteed. It has been 60 years since a Canadian (Pat Fletcher) won this country’s championship, though if DeLaet or any of the other Canadians in this week’s field at Royal Montreal are in the hunt on Sunday, they won’t need an interpreter to tell them what the crowd is saying. The buzz will be deafening. The Canadian Open drought is one of the longest in Canadian sport and prior to the tournament every year, DeLaet and his compatriots are asked when they think it will end. Monday was no exception.


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