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Monday finish at British won't hurt Canadian Open field: Golf Canada CEO

07/19/2015 07:11 EDT | Updated 07/19/2016 05:59 EDT
MARKHAM, Ont. - The first Monday finish at the British Open in almost 30 years won't negatively affect the RBC Canadian Open, according to Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons.

Rain and wind disrupted play at The Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland this weekend, forcing the entire final round to Monday for the first time since 1988.

With the Canadian Open next on the PGA Tour schedule, beginning Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., there might've been some concern that the late finish at the British would hurt the field. Simmons said it won't.

"Not at all," Simmons said after the inaugural golf competition at the Pan Am Games. "It's literally just the guys are coming a day later."

Simmons said the biggest impact would be on Monday's pro-am with Canadian players, Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and current player Peter Holland. Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn won't be able to take part because they were still overseas.

Several Canadians will still take part, including PGA Tour rookies Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both natives of Abbotsford, B.C.

There are 14 Canadians set to play in the Canadian Open, with Mike Weir the most notable absence. Weir announced Friday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from pro golf for personal reasons.

Golf Canada said a total of 156 players will be in the field, which has a purse of US $5.8 million. The field includes three top-10-ranked players in Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk and Jason Day, along with defending champion Tim Clark, Vijay Singh and Hall of Famer Ernie Els.

Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day and amateur Paul Dunne shared the British Open lead at 12-under going into the final round. DeLaet was tied for 45th at 4-under, while Hearn missed the cut.

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