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July 21 2011

5:28 PM

Hill offers hope for Canada

Matt Hill, the 2009 NCAA Men’s Individual champion from North Carolina State, is in the field this week on a sponsor exemption. Not only is Hill Canadian, he’s from the same hometown as Mike Weir (Brights Grove, Ontario)

Hill played earlier this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and has six career PGA TOUR starts as a professional. In winning the NCAA crown in 2009, Hill defeated current PGA TOUR members Kyle Stanley (by two shots) and Rickie Fowler (by three shots).

Of course the last Canadian to win this even was Pat Fletcher … in 1954. Is Hill the answer to Canada’s hope? Click here for more on the state of golf in Canada .

As for Weir, he’s making his 21 st career start at the RBC Canadian Open with hopes of his ninth career win on TOUR. He’s struggled recently, though, after suffering a partial ligament tear in right elbow that’s been plaguing him since last year. He’s also focusing on some swing changes. In 14 starts, Weir has made just two cuts this year. Weir is one of five Canadian players in the field, joining Stephen Ames, Chris Baryla, David Hearn and Matt McQuillan .

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