July 22 2010
This year’s RBC Canadian Open is a little different. For one, players are going off the first and ninth tees instead of Nos. 1 and 10 because the ninth hole is about 600 yards closer to the clubhouse than the 10th is. Also, the driving range is off-property. For another, St. George’s is playing host to the event for the first time since 1968.
“Very impressed. It's obviously old school. It's tough,” Paul Casey said earlier this week of the new venue. “Gotta keep the ball below the hole. Gotta keep the ball in the fairway.
“I think there are plenty of birdies out there, but it's incredibly easy to make bogeys.”
That hasn’t been the case so far, though -- Rich Barcelo is 6 under through 11 holes, while Dean Wilson is the early clubhouse leader at 5 under after five birdies, no bogeys and 26 putts. -- Brian Wacker