Curse of Pat Fletcher: DeLaet and Hughes fall short at Cana­dian Open

Penticton Herald - - SCOREBOARD -

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Graham DeLaet joked about the “Curse of Pat Fletcher” af­ter he and Macken­zie Hughes were the only two Cana­di­ans to make the cut at the RBC Cana­dian Open on Fri­day. Two days later and the 63-year drought for Cana­di­ans at the na­tional men’s golf cham­pi­onship con­tin­ued.

Hughes, from nearby Dun­das, Ont., fired a 4-un­der 68 to tie for 32nd at 10 un­der at the Cana­dian Open on Sun­day as the low Cana­dian. DeLaet, from Wey­burn, Sask., shot 1-un­der 71 for the fourth round to place 48th at 8 un­der.

Fletcher, from Vic­to­ria, was the last Cana­dian to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship in 1954, fin­ish­ing at 8 un­der with a four-stroke lead at Van­cou­ver’s Point Grey Golf Club. Since then, not only has no Cana­dian won, but only Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., has been a run­ner-up. Ev­ery year at the tour­na­ment Cana­dian golfers are asked about re­plac­ing Fletcher in the his­tory books.

“You know, I don’t know if the curse is real but I just know it’s re­ally hard to win a golf tour­na­ment, es­pe­cially on the PGA Tour,” said Hughes shortly be­fore be­ing handed the River­mead Cup as low Cana­dian. “That’s what I at­tribute it to and the fact that we’re try­ing to win this one and only one in Canada ev­ery year, there’s a lot of things that have to go your way.

“I don’t want to call it a curse yet but once I play in about 15, I’ll let you know.”

Fletcher moved to Mon­treal af­ter his play­ing ca­reer to be­come the head pro­fes­sional at Royal Mon­treal Golf Club. His sons Al­lan and Ted Fletcher were in at­ten­dance at this year’s Cana­dian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club for the first few days of the tour­na­ment.

Golf Canada CEO Lau­rence Ap­ple­baum spoke Satur­day morn­ing about want­ing to fly them back to Oakville to hand the RBC Cana­dian Open Tro­phy over to ei­ther Hughes or DeLaet, while both were four shots back of sec­ond-round leader Martin Flores.

But by the end of play Satur­day there was no need for air­fare. DeLaet shot a 73 and Hughes a 74 in the third round, tak­ing them out of con­tention.

The Cana­dian Press

Graham DeLaet, of Canada, looks out from the bunker on the 13th hole dur­ing the Cana­dian Open golf tour­na­ment at Glen Abbey golf club, in Oakville, Ont., on Satur­day.

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