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RBC and Canadian Open hook up for 5 more years

RBC, Golf Canada and the PGA Tour officially announced Friday that RBC will extend its title sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open for five years, through 2017.

Mike Weir's foundation is the National Charity Partner of Canada's national tournament.
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Sean O'Hair is the defending champion.
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This year marks the 103rd playing of Canada’s National Open Championship. Sean O’Hair will defend his title at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, ON, July 26-29.

Since becoming title sponsor of Canada’s historic national golf championship in 2008, RBC has worked closely with Golf Canada to improve the tournament in a number of areas including the implementation of a rotation among Canada’s best golf courses, increasing charitable giving and enhancing the overall experience for fans and players.

After originally signing as title sponsor, RBC announced with Golf Canada a plan for the RBC Canadian Open to generate $5 million over five years in support of children's wellness in Canada.

The tournament is well on its way to achieving this goal, having contributed more than $4.1 million dollars to various charities and community programs after the first four years.

As part of this vision, the RBC Canadian Open named the Mike Weir Foundation as its National Charity Partner.

“Without question, RBC’s involvement as title sponsor has lent stability and growth to the RBC Canadian Open and elevated its impact through charitable giving,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “RBC, in partnership with Golf Canada, also spearheaded a plan to move the RBC Canadian Open to the best golf courses throughout Canada, which has proven to be a tremendous success and has helped to strengthen its field. We are delighted that RBC will continue to provide such a positive influence to this historic tournament in the coming years.”

The terms of the partnership were not disclosed.


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