Nathan prepares for title defence
Nathan heads north to Toronto this week for the RBC Canadian Open, seeking to defend the title he won in a playoff against Retief Goosen last year, albeit at a different venue. After some rather indifferent form of late Nathan is looking forward to playing an event which now means so much to him.
“I will not be heading up there until tomorrow,” said Nathan on Monday evening. “I did however play the course in a media day a few weeks back and really liked it,” he added referring to the new venue, the Stanley Thompson designed St George’s Golf and Country Club. “It has Poa greens and from what I saw back then, it is going to be a very good test.”
“I hit it just awful last week but putted and chipped a little better. I have been working on a few changes and its been either good or bad so hopefully it will be the latter this week.”
Nathan focuses on Canadian Open defence
Nathan has missed the cut at the Reno Tahoe Open, a triple bogey 8 at the par five 9th in round two costing him any chance of making it to the weekend at the Montreaux Golf and Country Club..
An opening round of 73 was never a great start but through 8 holes of his second round, Nathan was still well enough placed to make the cut score of 3 over. A pulled drive at the 9th hole and struggles to clear the rough led to the triple and although he rallied back with two birdies early in the back nine, a poor pitch at the 17th cost him a crucial bogey.
Nathan finished with a round of 75 and missed playing the weekend by just one shot.
Nathan will now head for Toronto in Canada for this week’s Canadian Open where he defends the title he won last year in a playoff with Retief Goosen. This week’s event is at a new venue, the Jack Nicklaus designed St Goerges Golf and Country Club. Nathan won last year’s event at the Jack Nicklaus designed Glenn Abbey just outside of Toronto.