Hadwin, Conners, Hughes playing as Canadian threesome at U.S. Open


Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., will tee off at the major at 8:49 a.m. ET on Thursday.
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COVID-19 Pandemic Is Increasing Obsessive Behaviour, Depression: Alberta Survey
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