July 26 2012
Sean O’Hair is the defending champion at this week’s RBC Canadian Open (he’ll tee off at 1:20 p.m. ET), but this year’s tournament isn’t at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. It’s a couple thousand miles east at Hamilton G&CC in Ancaster.
The good news for O’Hair? He played pretty well the last time it was played there, too, finishing third behind Bart Bryant and Jim Furyk in 2006.
That year, O’Hair led the field in par- scoring by outperforming the field by five strokes (3 under, compared to the field average of 2 over on the 6,966-yard par-70 layout. To put that in perspective, Hamilton had the third-most difficult par-3 scoring average on the PGA TOUR that season.
Last year, Shaughnessy was the third-most difficult course on TOUR. He was one of only 11 players to go all four rounds without making a double bogey. A big part of the reason why: O’Hair was third in total driving and eighth in ball-striking. He was also the only player for the week under par on the par 4s -- especially impressive when you consider the field average was 8 over on the par 4s.
This season, O’Hair is still looking for his first win. He was a runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii and has two top 10s and five top 25s. Since that victory in Honolulu, however, O’Hair has just one top 10 (The Greenbrier Classic, where he tied for seventh).
Will O’Hair repeat, or even contend, this week? Share your thoughts below.