Austin Connelly, come home.
The Canadian Open starts Thursday in Ontario and Connelly won’t be playing in the golf tournament.
Connelly, who was born in the U.S., has dual citizenship because he has a Canadian father. During the British Open there was a Canadian flag beside Connelly’s name on the televised leaderboard. Jordan Spieth won the tournament, quite dramatically. Connelly, a close friend of Spieth’s, finished a respectable 14th.
The Canadian Open has a bad spot on the PGA schedule, coming the week following the British Open. That’s one reason why only five of the top 40 golfers are playing at Glen Abbey. The field is traditionally filled with top Canadian players, including Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin and David Hearn. Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-rated golfer, and Matt Kuchar, the runner-up last week to Spieth, are also in the field.
But Connelly has declined his Canadian Open invitation so he can continue playing on the European Tour, where he wants to earn full-time playing privileges. It’s tough to argue with his motives, but it’s too bad he won’t be in Canada.