Can A Canadian Win The Canadian Open?

The Canadian Open teed off yesterday at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île Bizard, located near the island of Montreal.  The tournament is the first renewed stop on the PGA Tour since the British Open last weekend, which was won by Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy is not playing in Canada, which theoretically boosts the odds for Canadian born golfers.  The country is hanging their hopes on a few homegrown stars, particularly Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, and Mike Weir.

Graham DeLaet

DeLaet is Canada’s best bet to keep the Canadian Open trophy in the country, an accomplishment not made by a player born in Canada in 100 years.  The 32 year old Weyburn, Saskatchewan is currently at 8 under par after the first two rounds, challenging Graeme McDowell from England for third place.

David Hearn

Currently the second best of Canada’s golfers in Montreal, David Hearn held his own against competitors like Dicky Pride and Ben Curtis for a three way tie at 3 under par.  Unfortunately Hearn had a rougher second round than the first, and will need to make up some ground to remain in the hunt for top spot in Round 3.

Mike Weir

Playing in his 24th Canadian Open this weekend is Mike Weir, the only Canadian golfer to win one of the major tournaments – he won the Masters Tournament in 2003.  Weir came to Montreal hoping the winless streak for Canada would come to an end, and bet that he could be one of the players to make that happen.

But after two full rounds, Weir is stuck at even and trails the leaders by as much as 10 strokes.  Despite that, Weir still hopes that a Canadian can lift the trophy this weekend.

“It's going to end at some point, so hopefully, if not myself, it's another Canadian that gets it done this week.”