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This year the 2009 Glen Abbey Golf Club hosted the Canadian Open. Next year the event will be held at St. George's and then it is off to the West for the following year.



So How did Turnberry go?

Mike Weir is already done by missing the cut in the 138th British Open even though he had and opening round of 67, his second round did not go so well with an 8-over-par 78 for a total of 145, just one shot shy of the cut line.
He is in good company since Tiger Woods also was at 5-over, and even fellow-Canadian Stephen Ames shot 77, going 9-over for 36 holes.

At the British Open, Stewart Cink from Alabama edges out Tom Watson to clinch the Claret Jug.

For those that wanted Tom Watson to win, they witnessed in agony as he came to hole 18 needing a par to win. He tried to carry it to the green instead of hitting a bump and run. Despite being one of the greatest wedge players ever, he opted to pull out his putter in the fringe and ran it eight feet past the hole. Close, very close.








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2009 Canadian Open

glen abbey golf swing Glen Abbey Golf Canadian Open - Oakville Ontario Canada . Scene above is the pedestrian entrance on Dorval Drive taken on July 19, 2009.

2009 was the year the Canadian Open 2009 concluded under soggy conditions at the Glen Abbey Golf Course ( July 20 - July 26, 2009. )glen abbey golf canadian open 2009

The next year, 2010 it washeld at the St. George's Golf and Country Club which is in the city of Toronto. The Canadian Open has been held every year since 1904 entertaining visitors from around the world.



A few tips for visiting the Open next year: bring an umbrella and sunglasses , leave the cellphone in your accommodation or hotel as they are not allowed inside the gates during the Canadian Open.

If you want an autograph, they are usually given during the practise rounds. No autographs are available during actual championship rounds.

Glen Abbey Canadian Open

Canadian Open 2009

The Canadian Open 2009 at Glen Abbey Golf Club was made up of 156 players from the following pools: PGA Tour exempt players, Canadian Amateur champion, Exempt Players (by Royal Canadian Golf Association) or Non-Exempt Players who qualify through regional qualifiers. Of the 156 players that teed up on the first two days of tournament play, only the 70 players with the lowest scores (and ties) advanced to stroke play the following day.

more info on the Canadian Open here

2009 Canadian Open Schedule:

Monday, July 20 Practice Rounds
Mike Weir Charity Classic
7:00 am – 11:00 am
12:00pm Shotgun
Tuesday, July 21 Practice Round 7:00 am (all day)
Wednesday, July 22

Pengrowth Championship

7:00 am – 2:10 pm (1st & 10th)
Thursday, July 23
Round 1
7:15 am – 6:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, July 24

Round 2

7:15 am – 6:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 25

Round 3

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 26

Final Round

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

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*38-year-old PGA Tour player and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir has been elected as this year’s inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, which is housed at Glen Abbey. Mike Weir will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during this year’s Canadian Open July 20-26 at Glen Abbey.

The Mike Weir Charity Classic, a pro-am event, kicked off the Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario and proceeds went to children's charities through Weir's foundation. The event was supported by some famous athletes and actors as well.

glen Abbey Canadian Open Fairway

The spectator friendly layout accommodates grandstands for spectators around each hole. Attention to detail in preparation for the upcoming Canadian Open included perfectly monitoring height of the green, height of the cut on the fairways, how firm the greens, fairways and tees were (prior to the rains moving in)and fine tuning of the bunkers.


The most difficult holes to get into top shape seemed to be holes 11-15 but with the added attention they have recently received,they were well played.

Sunday before the open was a nice day, but rain then arrived delaying play on Thursday and Friday.

The front nine holes of the course were re-routed for the Open with play that started on what traditionally was the fourth hole. The layout change helped speed up play and get everyone through the rounds between showers and thunderstorms having saved players 800- 900 walking paces per round.


The first day (Monday) of last year's 2008 Canadian Open event had to be cancelled due to heavy rains as well. At least they were able to conclude the event on Monday and avoid having to cancel the third round results, so it made for a fair but soggy match. More information on the concluded event here: Glen Abbey Golf course Canadian Open information here.

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