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    • Matt Kuchar has gone five starts without a top-10 finish but could turn it around this week. (Jeff Haynes/Getty Images) Matt Kuchar has gone five starts without a top-10 finish but could turn it around this week. (Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)

    After the latest edition of the oldest golf tournament in the world, the PGA TOUR returns to North America for an event at the oldest golf club on the continent. Royal Montreal Golf Club hosts the RBC Canadian Open for the 10th time. It's the fifth at its current site on Île Bizard in Quebec, one of the islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago, but it's the first since Rees Jones renovated it for The Presidents Cup 2007.

    Designed by Dick Wilson in 1959, Royal Montreal is a stock par 70 that will list at 7,153 yards. That's 18 yards shorter than the biennial competition between the United States and the Internationals from which 13 golfers are scheduled to compete this week, including native son Mike Weir. While Jones completely redid parts of the property, if there's a notable difference to the baker's dozen that were here in 2007, it's that the rough has been trimmed in half to 3-3 1/2 inches. Greens average just 5,000 square feet and will be prepped to run at 11.5 on the Stimpmeter.

    It's a fresh track for most in the field of 156, but because it's relatively short, scoring should reflect the talent of the touring professionals, particularly those that have found success on other shot-makers' tracks like Harbour Town and The Old White TPC. When Royal Montreal last hosted this tournament in 2001 as a 6,859-yard layout, Scott Verplank won with 14-under 266. He and David Morland IV share the course record with 63s, both achieved in the second round that week.

    Primarily favorable conditions are forecast for most of the tournament. The only serious threat of rain is expected on Sunday. High temperatures hovering around 80 degrees will be accompanied by light-to-moderate winds all week.

    POWER RANKINGS: RBC Canadian Open

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    1 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk

    Two-time champ, all-time money leader. Fourth at The Open. Nine top 20s in last 10 starts. Ninth in fairways hit; 10th in adjusted scoring.

    Two-time champ, all-time money leader. Fourth at The Open. Nine top 20s in last 10 starts. Ninth in fairways hit; 10th in adjusted scoring.

    2 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell

    On a red-hot run with a T6 in Ireland, a win in France and a T9 in England at The Open. Leads the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting.

    On a red-hot run with a T6 in Ireland, a win in France and a T9 in England at The Open. Leads the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting.

    3 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson

    No stranger to Canadians with a T2 at Glen Abbey in 2013 and an engagement to Wayne Gretzky's daughter. Eight straight cuts made; five top 25s.

    No stranger to Canadians with a T2 at Glen Abbey in 2013 and an engagement to Wayne Gretzky's daughter. Eight straight cuts made; five top 25s.

    4 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar

    Co-runner-up at Glen Abbey last year but without a top 10 in his last five starts! Still tops on TOUR with nine. Fifth in adjusted scoring.

    Co-runner-up at Glen Abbey last year but without a top 10 in his last five starts! Still tops on TOUR with nine. Fifth in adjusted scoring.

    5 Tim Clark Tim Clark

    Fresh off a T5 at TPC Deere Run. Three top 20s in last six starts. Third on TOUR in fairways hit and first in proximity to the hole.

    Fresh off a T5 at TPC Deere Run. Three top 20s in last six starts. Third on TOUR in fairways hit and first in proximity to the hole.

    6 Charley Hoffman Charley Hoffman

    Twelve consecutive cuts made, including five top 20s. T3 at Congressional. Tenth in GIR, ninth in par breakers, 36th in adjusted scoring.

    Twelve consecutive cuts made, including five top 20s. T3 at Congressional. Tenth in GIR, ninth in par breakers, 36th in adjusted scoring.

    7 Luke Donald Luke Donald

    While he has four top 10s in 2014, including a solo second at Harbour Town, and it's been 13 years since a T18 here, he fits course profile.

    While he has four top 10s in 2014, including a solo second at Harbour Town, and it's been 13 years since a T18 here, he fits course profile.

    8 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel

    Fourth consecutive appearance. Comes off a T7 at Royal Liverpool. Six top 20s in last 10 starts worldwide. Fifteenth in adjusted scoring.

    Fourth consecutive appearance. Comes off a T7 at Royal Liverpool. Six top 20s in last 10 starts worldwide. Fifteenth in adjusted scoring.

    9 Jerry Kelly Jerry Kelly

    Rested after a T3 at the JDC. Four top 10s since January. Ranks 30th in fairways hit, 57th in GIR, 36th in scrambling, T9 in par-4 scoring.

    Rested after a T3 at the JDC. Four top 10s since January. Ranks 30th in fairways hit, 57th in GIR, 36th in scrambling, T9 in par-4 scoring.

    10 Graham DeLaet Graham DeLaet

    Canada's top-ranked golfer leads the TOUR in ball-striking and sits 21st in adjusted scoring. Most recent of eight top 20s occurred in May.

    Canada's top-ranked golfer leads the TOUR in ball-striking and sits 21st in adjusted scoring. Most recent of eight top 20s occurred in May.

    11 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker

    The defending champ won't see Glen Abbey again until 2015, but he recently connected three top 25s sparked by a T9 at the U.S. Open.

    The defending champ won't see Glen Abbey again until 2015, but he recently connected three top 25s sparked by a T9 at the U.S. Open.

    12 Scott Brown Scott Brown

    Tied for fifth at the Deere where he ranked second in strokes gained-putting. Sits 30th in SG-P for the season. Four top 10s in 2013-14.

    Tied for fifth at the Deere where he ranked second in strokes gained-putting. Sits 30th in SG-P for the season. Four top 10s in 2013-14.

    13 David Hearn David Hearn

    While he's a Canuck, his form earns the spot and he keeps his ball in play. Eight of his last nine cuts made, including T6 at THE PLAYERS.

    While he's a Canuck, his form earns the spot and he keeps his ball in play. Eight of his last nine cuts made, including T6 at THE PLAYERS.

    14 Carl Pettersson Carl Pettersson

    The 2010 champ at St. George's G&CC recently finished T3 at TPC Southwind and T7 at TPC River Highlands. Ranks T24 in par-4 scoring.

    The 2010 champ at St. George's G&CC recently finished T3 at TPC Southwind and T7 at TPC River Highlands. Ranks T24 in par-4 scoring.

    15 Russell Knox Russell Knox

    Hasn't played since a T24 at Congressional, his seventh top 25 of the season. Ranks 21st in ball-striking and 26th in adjusted scoring.

    Hasn't played since a T24 at Congressional, his seventh top 25 of the season. Ranks 21st in ball-striking and 26th in adjusted scoring.

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