Kitchener native earns spot in RBC Canadian Open

For over four decades, the Glen Abbey Golf Club has been synonymous with the Canadian Open. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The field for this week’s RBC Canadian Open will include four additional Canadian golfers after Michael Gligic, Russell Budd, Justin YongWoo Kim and Mitch Sutton earned spots in Monday’s final qualifier.

Gligic, of Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto’s Budd finished tied for first at 4 under in the final qualifying round played at Heron Point Golf Links near Hamilton.

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Hamilton’s Kim and Sutton, from London, Ont., grabbed the final two spots in a playoff after finishing tied at 3 under with Tyler McCumber of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Seung-su Han of South Korea and Blake Olsen of Pensacola, Fla.

The four qualifying players will join 16 other Canadians when the national championship begins Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

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Others include PGA Tour regulars Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., as well as 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont.

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