Really too much hay is made of the now 60 old dry spell for Canadians in the National Open. Sure, the last time a passport holder won the Canadian Open Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were an item and Arnold Palmer had just turned pro.
But here’s a groundswell of promising talent coming through the pipe and it’ll happen in due course. Heck before Andy Murray’s victory last year the last Briton to triumph at Wimbledon was Fred Perry back in 1936. That was a 77-year dark cloud on achieving center court glory for the host country so there’s still quite a ways to go before Canadian golf fans ought to be fretting about it.
But it sure would have been fitting if the drought could have been ended this weekend at Royal Montreal, Pat Fletcher, the last Canuck to win the Canadian Open, was the club’s head pro from 1955-1975
Back when Fletcher won it, aT.V. dinner was still a novel concept. An english émigré Pat Fletcher emerged on the Saskatchewan golfing scene in the 1940s and harvested a trio of provincial open titles before reaping countrywide acclaim when he won his country’s grand olde open in 1954. Fletcher’s victory was itself a drought quencher. He was the first local to win since Tottenham, Ontarian Karl Keffer took home the then $100 winner’s check in 1914. So if you want to get nitpicky, it’s been more 100 years since a Canadian born player won the tourney.