'Tis the season for national opens. Since the United States held its annual championship in June, Ireland, France and Scotland followed suit. And, of course, the Open Championship concluded on Sunday. Now it's Canada's turn.
Poised for its 104th edition this week, the RBC Canadian Open returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario for the 26th time, most among all courses that have hosted the tournament. This is one of Jack Nicklaus' earliest creations. Completed in 1976, Glen Abbey served as the site in 1977-1979, 1981-1996, 1998-2000, 2004 and 2008-2009. It exudes classic design what with tree-lined fairways, elevation changes and greens that average just 4,000 square feet.
Glen Abbey was renovated prior to the 2004 edition. The course was lengthened by over one hundred yards -- it measures 7,253 yards today -- and reduced to a par 71. However, after two runs as a par 4, the 16th hole was reverted to a par 5 in 2009. (It played that way through 2000.) So, the scorecard will reflect par as 35-37=72. Holes 5, 13, 16 and 18 serve as the par 5s. No. 16 averaged 4.488 strokes in 2009, easiest of the set. All four rank as the most scorable holes on the course.
Overall, Glen Abbey's scoring average in 2009 was 70.892 (or -1.108 to par). It averaged 70.830 (as a par 71 in 2008), so the field of 156 is encouraged to be aggressive. Damp conditions contributed to low scoring in the last two editions, but it should stay dry this week through Saturday. A threat for thunderstorms enters the picture on Sunday. High temperatures may not reach 80 degrees and winds are forecast to remain light.
NOTE: For similar characteristics among recent winners of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, please look for "Stats Suggest" in The Stats Report on Wednesday.
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