The PGA Tour’s 3rd oldest event, the Canadian Open, kicks off this Thursday June 6, as the golf world descends upon the Hamilton Golf and Country Club. The parkland course is shorter than most on the PGA Tour at just 6,966 yards, but features enough bunkers, obstacles and unique routing to make it one of the more interesting courses on the PGA Tour. This historic tournament has been won by everyone from Lee Trevino, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods to Walter Hagen, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. This is also the last warm up before next week’s U.S. Open and many top players will be using this as a final warm up. One of those golfers is world number 2 and defending Canadian Open champion Dustin Johnson.
2018 Champion Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson entered the 4th round of the 2018 Canadian Open in a 4-way tie for the lead with An Byeong-hun, Kevin Tway and Kim Meen-whee. Johnson showed nerves of steel to finish 6 under par with a comfortable 3 stroke win. This despite playing in less than ideal conditions as storms rolled through the area, forcing a 2 hour weather delay. The win was a shot of instant redemption for Johnson, as he had just missed the cut at the Open Championship a week earlier. That uncharacteristic setback proved a catalyst for his strong showing at Glen Abbey and Johnson has not been cut in a tournament since his win.
Johnson will face a strong field in his quest to retain the title. Matt Kuchar, already a 2-time winner this season, looks to continue his impressive form and is currently the FedEx Cup points leader. Eyes will also certainly be on Brooks Koepka as the 2-time defending U.S. Open champion and current PGA Championship winner looks to sharpen his skills before going for an incredible 3-peat in Pebble Beach. It will be his first tournament since winning the PGA Championship. There are only 10 Canadian professionals in the field looking to break Canada’s barren run since Pat Fletcher’s 1954 win. Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes and Valero Texas Open winner Corey Conners headline the list of canadians looking for the win.
Corey Conners. AP Photo
The Canadian Open will be covered by the Golf Channel and CBS. The Golf Channel will handle coverage Friday and Saturday, 3-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday begins on Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET and finishes at 3-6pm ET on CBS. Streaming is available on PGA Tour Live with radio coverage provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and PGATour.com.