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The Open Championship started in 1860, making it the oldest golf tournament in the world. But since its inception, no Canadian has ever won the event or finished as runner-up.
Corey Conners and Nick Taylor are the lone Canadians locked into the field for the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool.
Both Conners and Mackenzie Hughes competed at the last Open at St. Andrews. Here’s how the two have fared in past Opens and a betting breakdown of each as they attempt to make history.
Corey Conners is Sportsbooks' Pick to Be Best Canadian at The Open
Conners has played in three Opens, Royal Portrush in 2019, at Royal St. George’s in 2021 and last year at St. Andrews.
He missed the cut at Royal Portrush, shooting 72 and 76 over the first two rounds.
But he found some success at links golf at Royal St. George’s.
After three rounds, Conners was at -8 and just four shots off the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen. Conners made a climb up the leaderboard on one of the more difficult scoring days by recording four birdies and no bogeys for a 4-under par 66 to put him in a tie for fourth.
But he couldn’t replicate the performance on Sunday, shooting a 3-over par 73 to take himself out of contention as Collin Morikawa won his second major title.
Conners had another strong showing at St. Andrews, finishing T28 after a five-under-par 67 in the final round allowed him to move up the leaderboard.
Nick Taylor Playing Great Coming into The Open
It has already been a banner season for Nick Taylor, who became the first Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher did it in 1954. Taylor drained a 72-foot eagle putt to edge Tommy Fleetwood in a two-man playoff to secure the victory.
Taylor earned an exemption into the British Open thanks to his 44th ranking in the Official World Golf Rankings. Majors haven't been ideal for Taylor, who has missed the cut in each of his last three starts, including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship.
Mackenzie Hughes Won't Be at This Year's Open
Hughes has two starts at the Open. Making his debut in the major championship in 2020, Hughes shot four sub-70 rounds (66-69-68-69) to finish 8-under par and in a tie for sixth at Royal St. George's.
Hughes showed solid form at the majors during the 2020 season. In addition to his strong showing at Royal St. George’s, he was the 54-hole leader at the U.S. Open before finishing 15th.
But Hughes failed to make the cut at St. Andrews last year, shooting a 73 and 75 in the first two rounds to finish four-over-par. Hughes still needs to qualify for this year's Open at Royal Liverpool.
The first 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings qualify for an exemption to the Open, and Hughes is at 73, so he won't be at this week's event.
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