The $5.7 million US tournament will be held from July 21-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club for the 10th time.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker will be challenged by a world class field of PGA Tour stars that includes World No. 5 Matt Kuchar, World No. 16 Dustin Johnson, World No. 17 Graeme McDowell, World No. 18 and two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, World No. 20 Luke Donald, World No. 26 Charl Schwartzel, World No. 46 Hunter Mahan and World No. 58 Ernie Els.
The field of players will also include 11 past champions who will challenge for Canada’s National Open title including Snedeker, Scott Piercy (2012), Sean O’Hair (2011), Carl Pettersson (2010), Nathan Green (2009), Jim Furyk (2006 and 2007), Mark Calcavecchia (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), John Rollins (2002), Billy Andrade (1998) and Dudley Hart (1996).
A strong international contingent of 16 countries will be represented, including the U.S., Scotland, Argentina, Brazil, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Fiji, Sweden, Australia, England, Colombia and Canada.
Fifteen Canadians are set to vie for Canada’s national open title.
Leading the Canuck birdie hunters are PGA Tour players Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, SK, David Hearn of Brantford, ON, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, ON, Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, ON.
Other Canadians in the field include the Web.com Tour’s Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC, who won the 2014 Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic as well as fellow Web.com Tour player Nick Taylor of Abbottsford, BC, who was offered an exemption.
In addition, recently crowned 2014 PGA Championship of Canada winner Dave Levesque of Montreal and PGA of Canada Player Rankings leader Billy Walsh of Markham, ON, will also join the field alongside the 2013 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur champion, Kevin Carrigan of Victoria.
PGA Tour Canada’s Michael Gligic of Burlington, ON, and Beon Yeong Lee of Montreal are also set to compete after winning the their regional qualifying sites. Additionally, Team Canada’s Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, ON, Corey Conners of Listowel, ON, and Adam Svensson of Surrey, BC, earned exemptions into Canada’s National Open Championship.
Three additional exemptions will be confirmed this evening following the conclusion of PGA Tour Canada’s Stall Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, ON. The top three players on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit at the conclusion of the Stall Foundation Open will earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.
The final four exemptions into the field for the 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be handed out at the Final Qualifier on July 22 at Golf Saint-Raphael in L’Ile-Bizard, QC.
The following are TV times for the tournament:
- July 24 - RDS, TSN and Golf Channel, 3 – 6 p.m.
- July 25 - RDS, TSN and Golf Channel, 3 – 6 p.m.
- July 26 - RDS, Global and CBS, 3 – 6 p.m.
- July 27 - RDS, Global and CBS, 3 – 6 p.m.
Grounds tickets for all days of Canada’s National Open Championship as well as a limited number of premium ticket packages are still available. A full list of ticket packages and pricing, including the new Family Day package, is available online at www.rbccanadianopen.com. Golf Canada and RBC are also offering free admission to children 17 years and younger who are accompanied by a ticketed adult.
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