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July 23 2013

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Canadians to compete in national open


Mike Weir leads the home-country contingent at the RBC Canadian Open. (Halleran/Getty Images)

By PGATOUR.COM staff

The host country will be well-represented at the RBC Canadian Open. Here’s a look at the Canadians in the field, from a former Masters champion to several collegiate standouts:

Stephen Ames, Calgary, Alberta: The 2006 THE PLAYERS Championship winner has finished in the top 25 (T-20, Sony Open in Hawaii) just once in 17 events this season and ranks 164th in the FedExCup standings. He’ll need a big week in his home country to help him make the FedExCup Playoffs.

Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, B.C.: The former Texas-Arlington golfer earned his spot in the RBC Canadian Open by winning the 2012 Canadian Mid-Amateur.

Albin Choi, Toronto, Ont.: Choi recently turned pro after being a second-team All-American at North Carolina State. He made the cut at last year’s RBC Canadian Open and was low amateur. He also was the 2010 Canadian Amateur champion.

Corey Conners, Listowel, Ontario: Conners, a third-team All-American this season at Kent State, was given a spot in the field for being Canada’s top-ranked amateur.

Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, Saskatchewan: DeLaet, 31, is in the middle of the best season of his career. He ranks 25th on the FedExCup points list thanks to 10 top-25 finishes in 20 starts this season. He is 13th in the standings for the International Team at this year's Presidents Cup; the top 10 automatically qualify for the 12-man team.

Brad Fritsch, Edmonton, Alberta: Fritsch, 35, is a PGA TOUR rookie after graduating from the Web.com Tour. He currently holds the all-important 125th spot in the FedExCup standings after making 16 cuts in 21 starts, including a ninth-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. The top 125 on the FedExCup points list qualify for the Playoffs.

Brian Hadley, Sarnia, Ont.: Hadley recently won the PGA of Ontario Championship with a first-round 59 . He earned his spot in the RBC Canadian Open field by winning the Ontario Regional Qualifier.

Adam Hadwin, Abbotsford, B.C.: Hadwin nearly won this tournament in 2011, finishing fourth. He currently ranks 53rd on the Web.com Tour money list.

David Hearn, Brampton, Ontario: Hearn has earned more than $1 million on the PGA TOUR for the second consecutive season. He nearly won the John Deere Classic, earning a spot in a playoff eventually won by 19-year-old Jordan Spieth.

Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, Ont.: The former Kent State golfer won the Canadian Amateur in both 2011 and 2012. He finished T-3 at last week’s PGA TOUR Canada’s The Players Cup. Hughes qualified for this year’s U.S. Open (MC).

Peter Laws, Milton, Ontario: Laws, a former PGA TOUR Canada member, was the co-medalist after a 64 during Monday qualifying to earn a spot in the field. He won the 2003 Ontario Amateur Championship and played at Kent State.

Bryn Parry, North Vancouver, B.C.: Parry, a former Web.com Tour player, won this year’s PGA of Canada Championship. The victory earned him a spot in the RBC Canadian Open.

Roger Sloan, Calgary, Alberta: Sloan, 26, ranks 69th on the Web.com Tour money list. He arrives at the RBC Canadian Open having finished in the top 10 in his past two Web.com Tour starts.

Adam Svensson, Surrey, B.C.: Svensson, who plays college golf at Barry University, is Canada’s third-ranked amateur. He was this season’s NCAA Division II Phil Mickelson Award winner as the nation’s top freshman and a first-team All-American.

Mike Weir, Sarnia, Ontario: Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, has made the cut in eight of 19 starts this season and ranks 170th in the FedExCup standings.

Riley Wheeldon, Comox, B.C.: Wheeldon, 22, leads the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit after finishing in the top-3 in two of four starts this year, including a win at the The Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON.

Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, B.C.: Wong, who played collegiate golf at the University of Oregon, was the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as college golf’s player of the year and a first-team All-American in 2012. He turned pro last year and promptly won twice on PGA TOUR Canada.

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