As much as the Canadian Open's date, immediately following the British Open, has been seen as a handicap and even a slight by PGA Tour schedulers, could a change of perception be in the offing?
The prevailing thought has been that the Canadian Open is an event which the top pros skip because it's the week after golf's third major and just two weeks before Glory's Last Shot, the fourth and final major, The PGA Championship. Throw into the mix the playoff run and Ryder and Presidents Cup and, well, who has time for the once-respected Canadian stop?
But hey, Jim Furyk was at the British Open last Sunday and finished fourth, which means he was in the final several groups to come in. Graeme McDowell was at Royal Liverpool too, and Graham DeLaet, and so on.
Many will (rightly) point out that guys such as Furyk and McDowell and Luke Donald -- all RBC ambassadors -- wouldn't be there either if it weren't for their sponsor putting on the Canadian tournament.