TORONTO, Canada: Filipino-Australian Jason Day, who is coming off another near miss at a major championship, will try to build on an already superb season at this week’s Canadian Open.
The 27-year old from Beaudesert, Queensland is one of the 20-something young guns who have been lighting up the PGA Tour along with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler.
Day, who finished tied for fourth at the weather-hit British Open on Sunday, and about two dozen others from St. Andrews are hoping for some more favorable weather at the Toronto-area Glen Abbey Golf Club course, beginning Thursday.
“You’re expecting hard, tough conditions at the British Open. But not unplayable weather and conditions,” said Day, who has posted six top-10 finishes in a Grand Slam tournament over the past three years.
“You can attack this golf course a lot more.”
Glen Abbey returns as the host this year for the 27th time. The course had hosted 22 consecutive Canadian Opens before the Royal Canadian Golf Association began opening it up to other courses throughout Canada.
Among those expected to headline the field are Day, Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson.
Last year in Montreal, Tim Clark closed with a five-under 65 in the final round to rally past Furyk and win for the second time on the USPGA Tour. Furyk had a 12-footer for birdie to force a playoff, but failed to sink the putt.
His total of 263 allowed him to tie Johnny Palmer (1952) and Scott Piercy (2012) for the tournament scoring record.
Clark, who had to skip the British Open because of visa problems, has missed time on the PGA Tour over the last few years with a nagging elbow problem.
The Canadian crowd favorites this week will be Graham DeLaet, Nick Taylor and David Hearn. Taylor captured the Sanderson Farms Championship last year.
Former Masters champion Mike Weir is missing from the event. Weir, who spent over 110 weeks in the top 10 world rankings between 2001 and 2005, announced Friday that he’s taking time off from the tour.