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Homegrown players look to make an impact at Canadian Open

Watch above: The Morning Show co-host Leslie Roberts and Global Sports golf analyst Robert Thompson give us a preview of the Canadian Open.

TORONTO – It’s been a very long time since a homegrown golfer claimed the Canadian Open titled on home turf.

“1954 is the last time a Canadian won. Mike Weir almost won here in 2004. Adam Hadwin almost won at Shaughnessy a few years ago,” said Global Sports golf analyst Robert Thompson during an interview on The Morning Show Wednesday.

“It’s tough for a Canadian to elevate their game on this day, on this week, at a home tournament in front of a home crowd, all the pressure and media attention they get,” he said.

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Despite the odds, Thompson says a couple of Canucks are coming into the tournament with hot hands.

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Graham Delaet has had a spectacular season from Saskatchewan and David Hearn from nearby Brantford has had a great year, almost won before the British Open,” Thompson said.

Canadians can also expect a playing field filled with top-end talent with 13 of the top 50 in the world in Oakville this weekend.

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“Big names like Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker… probably one of the stronger filed we have seen for some time,” explained Thompson.

Global News will have complete coverage of the RBC Canadian Open all weekend long.