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July 23 2013

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Robert Garrigus finished second at last year's RBC Canadian Open. (Redington/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

For those not already already in week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, there are still two ways to qualify: move inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, or win this week's RBC Canadian Open.

There are four players in the field at Glenn Abbey between 50th and 70th who have not qualified for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- Robert Garigus, Marcel Siem, Graham DeLaet and Kyle Stanley.

The 51st player in the world is David Lynn, but he is taking the week off.

Garrigus, meanwhile, is right behind him. He has missed three of his last five cuts, including at The Open Championship, and dropped from 48th to 52nd in the process last week.

The upside? Last year he finished second in Canada when the event was played at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario.

It would be Garrigus' first World Golf Championships event should he qualify.

Siem, No. 62 in the OWGR, has spent much of his season playing in Europe. This is his first time playing in the RBC Canadian Open as he tries to earn a spot in the field at Firestone for the second straight year.

DeLaet has a steeper climb.

For one, he's 67th in the world. For another, not since 1954 has a Canadian won his national Open, and DeLaet has just one finish in the top 50 in the event, a tie for 46th the last time it was played at Glen Abbey.

Stanley has a pair of third-place finishes this year but with missed cuts in his last four starts has fallen to 70th in the world.

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