July 22, 2014
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Vijay Singh won the Bell Canadian Open during his PGA TOUR-record $10.9 million 2004 season. He won nine times that year. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Brad Fritsch ... The native of Edmonton is seeking some redemption in his national championship. While Hunter Mahan received all of the attention a year ago when he withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open as the 36-hole leader (to be with his wife for the birth of their first child), Fritsch also withdrew at the midpoint but with a back injury. It was later revealed that the now-36-year-old was battling a bulging disc. He regained his card at the Web.com Tour Finals, but he found trouble again this season with only two top 25s among six cuts made in 15 starts. However, he's fresh off a T13 at John Deere Classic where he carded a career-low, bogey-free 63 in the third round.
Geoff Ogilvy ... Seeing Royal Montreal for the third time. The Aussie finished solo 74th in the 2001 edition of the RBC Canadian Open on the Blue Course, and then went 2-3-0 in a losing cause at the Presidents Cup in 2007. He's in the midst of yet another struggle this season with just two top 25s (both are top 15s) and only five top 50s in 19 starts. As a result, the 37-year-old is 158th in FedExCup points. His insurance is that he's already fully exempt for 2014-15 via a multiple-win exemption that began with his U.S. Open title in 2006.
Vijay Singh ... The Hall of Famer enjoyed his best season in 2004. It included nine wins and a PGA TOUR-record $10.9 million. One of those victories occurred in the RBC Canadian Open (at Glen Abbey in Ontario). Additionally supported with a solo second in 2007 and four more top 10s, the 51-year-old ranks second in all-time earnings at the tournament. He's only $47,223.67 behind Jim Furyk. The Big Fijian went 2-2-1 in the 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal.
Tim Wilkinson ... The 38-year-old left-hander has parlayed a first-round scoring average (70.09) that ranks 21st on the PGA TOUR into a steady stream of cuts made since February. Beginning with a T7 at Pebble Beach, he's 13-for-16 with four top 25s. He enters the RBC Canadian Open slotted 107th in FedExCup points, so he's poised to return to the FedExCup Playoffs where he went 0-for-1 in 2008. He's the only golfer from New Zealand ever to qualify.
Danny Lee ... The South Korean-born 24-year-old plays under New Zealand's flag and is positioned to join fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson in the FedExCup Playoffs. Lee sits 105th in points on the strength of a solo second in Puerto Rico and a pair of top 25s, the more recent of which was a T16 three weeks ago at Greenbrier. At 252nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, Lee is tops among New Zealanders, seven spots (and just 0.0120 points) clear of Wilkinson.
Signature Moments: RBC Canadian Open