Shotgun Start: Previewing the RBC Canadian Open

Jonathan Wall

It's tournament time! The PGA Tour heads north this week to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont. Here's a tournament primer to get you prepared for the week.

The course: Unlike most PGA Tour events where the same course is used every year, the Canadian Open likes to mix things up, moving the tournament to various courses around the country. Hamilton Golf and Country Club gets another shot to take on the best the PGA Tour has to offer this year. While the historic par 70 layout is just 6,985 yards -- considered short by today's tour standars -- it does have 87 bunkers, relatively small greens, and some of the toughest par 3s around. When the course last hosted the Canadian Open back in 2006, the 224-yard par-3 6th ranked as the toughest hole on the course. And with the exception of the par-3 16th -- which ranked as the 11th hardest hole on the course -- the 6th, 8th (210 yards) and 13th (236 yards) were all ranked inside the top 5 in 2006. If you have success on Hamilton's par 3s, you'll likely be in contention come the weekend.

The schedule: The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday; and on CBS from 3 to 6 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

The field: For a tournament that's played the week after a major, the Canadian Open has a respectable field that includes some marquee names. British Open winner Ernie Els is the headliner, along with Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh. Other notables include John Daly, Kyle Stanley and Harris English.

The video: Check out some of the memorable moments from the RBC Canadian Open's history.

Your turn. Who are your picks for this week? Swing away!