It was 61 years ago. That was the last time a Canadian had the chance to raise the RBC Canadian Open Trophy. Pat Fletcher did it that year with a score of -8 and with the win he claimed $3000.00. The Annual Canadian Open has only seen seven Canadians win the trophy, six of those  in the first 11 years. The Canadian Open is the third oldest tournament on the PGA Tour, this year being its 111th playing.

Fast forward to 2004, the last chance a Canadian came oh so close to raising the Trophy. Unfortunately for Mike Weir, close is the key word. Weir entered the final round at the Glen Abbey Golf & Country Club with a three shot lead, ahead of Vijay Singh. Singh was able to battle back, with the help of Weir when he shot a 1 over 72, for a playoff. Singh went on to birdie the 4th playoff hole to hoist the Trophy.

Fast forward one more time to 2015, at the same Glen Abbey Golf & Country Club. David Hearn, 36 from Brampton, Ontario held a 2 shot lead ahead of Jason Day, and Bubba Watson. Hearn started off very well, grabbing birdies on 1 & 2 but soon gave those back with bogies on both 3 and 7 to finish off the front nine at the same -15 for the tournament. Hearn played very much the same on the back nine, grabbing one par and one bogey to finish the tournament at 15 under par.

Jason Day, who was in third place coming into the final round played exceptional on Sunday. Day finished the front nine 1 under par, and lit it up on the back with birdies on 16-17-18 to finish 17 under par. Bubba Watson who was in the final group had an eagle chip on 18 to force a playoff but was unable to drain it. None the less, Watson birdied five of his final six holes to finish in solo second.

For Hearn, the streak of not winning a tournament on the PGA continued. Hearn has played 167 events on the PGA Tour without a win. Despite not winning Hearn finished in solo third place to up his winnings in 2015 to just under $1.8 million dollars. With the win, Day earned just over $1 million dollars and also won his second tournament of the current season. Day also won back in February at the Farmers Insurance Open played at Torrey Pines

Hearn will get his next chance at first place glory next week at the Quicken Loans National where Justin Rose won his second tournament of his season last year. How close is a Canadian to winning the RBC Canadian Open? Adam Hadwin, came very close to making a run this year, if it weren't for his opening round 74. Adam Svensson who plays primarily on the PGA Tour of Canada's Mackenzie tour finished in tied 34th with an impressive eight under par score. You could argue that the young 21 year old from Surrey, British Columbia is Canada's next top chance as hoisting the trophy. But for now, it's a full year of waiting until the 2016 Canadian Open at the same Glen Abbey Golf & Country Club in Oakville, Ontario.

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