Unfortunately no Canadian member of the PGA Tour was eligible to play in the WGC-Accenture World Match Play last week (Graham DeLaet is currently the top Canuck at #147 in the world) but all five will be teeing it up this week.
The quintet of northern talent (DeLaet, David Hearn, Brad Fritsch, Mike Weir & Stephen Ames) are all in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort.
A lot of rain this week, including more on Wednesday evening will have a big impact on play. In fact, observers on the ground expect the pros will be playing with the ball in hand for at least Thursday since so much mud is being kicked up when shots land.
Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch tweeted that “PGA National playing long and wet for Honda Classic” which really confirms the situation as he is currently the tenth ranked player on the PGA Tour in driving distance.
Fritsch did not play at Riviera and is coming off two weeks away from the tour that included a visit to Ottawa to drop the puck at a Senators game. He will tip it up at 1:25 P.M. Thursday, playing with Patrick Reed and Ross Fisher.
Tee Times for his fellow Canadians:
Mike Weir – 7:45 a.m. Hole #1
Graham DeLaet – 8:25 a.m. Hole #1
Stephen Ames – 7:15 a.m. Hole #10
David Hearn – 1:15 p.m. Hole #10
This will be the first full field event appearance of the year on the PGA Tour for world #1 Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods is also playing this week.
It’s a strong field with 18 past major winners playing as well as 71 players with at least one win on the PGA Tour.
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