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Open Champion heads to Canada for next event

2012 British Open champion Ernie Els is not content to rest on his laurels.

Not even a week had gone by since his dramatic fourth major championship win at Royal Lytham before he jetted off to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club for this week's Canadian Open.

"I feel very fresh," he said Wednesday.

Media and sponsor commitments have meant that Els has been unable to get much practice in a the tree-lined Hamilton course that hosts the Canadian Open for the fifth time.

However, the 42-year-old South African isn't worried that this will affect his game, rather that his major-winning form from the weekend will carry over.

"I don't know if it's such a big disadvantage because a lot of times when you don't play a course, you don't know where the trouble is," Els said.

"So maybe that's a good thing. You get your yardage, you hit it to your spots."

Along with Els, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk are the marquee players in attendance. While the three American all have deals with the title sponsors RBC, Furyk has dismissed any notion of cynicism.

"If I like the golf course, I'm going to play," Furyk said. "I don't care who is showing up or what the purse is."

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