Canadians Adam Hadwin, Brad Fritsch, Richard Scott, Matt McQuillan,
Eugene Wong, Andrew Parr and Albin Choi offered exemptions to compete
July 23-29 at Hamilton Golf and Country
Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa accepts invite to play the 2012 RBC
15 Canadians to date confirmed for Canada's National Open Championship
Tickets on sale now; Free admission for children aged 17 & under
accompanied by a ticketed adult
HAMILTON, ON (Golf Canada), July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Golf Canada and RBC
announced today a list of Canadians that have been extended tournament
exemptions to compete in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29 at
Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Among those extended tournament exemptions are current Web.com Tour
players Adam Hadwin of Abbottsford, B.C., Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont. Hadwin, the third-ranked Canadian on the World Golf
Rankings who earned the Rivermead Cup as the Low Canadian at the
previous two RBC Canadian Opens, currently sits 50th on the Web.com Tour money list, while Scott and Fritsch sit 27th and 36th respectively on the Web.com Tour money list. McQuillan, who plays on
both the Web.com and PGA TOUR, is currently the 5th ranked Canadian on the World Golf Ranking.
Andrew Parr of London, Ont. - who has been competing on both the European and South
African Tours in 2012 - has also been extended an exemption, as well as
former Canadian amateur standout and recently turned professional Eugene Wong of Vancouver. Also set to compete is Team Canada member Albin Choi of Toronto, winner of the 2010 Canadian Men's Amateur, who is currently
the No. 2 ranked Canadian on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Other Canadians that have earned exemptions to compete in the 103rd edition of Canada's National Open Championship are reigning Canadian
Men's Amateur Champion and Team Canada National Team member Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. as well as 2011 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur champion Rob Couture of Trenton, Ont.
Also set to compete at Hamilton Golf and Country Club is PGA of Canada
professional Brian McCann of Mississauga, Ont. who earned his exemption as the top point earner
on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings, presented by RBC, as of July 1st.
Greg Doherty of Mississauga, Ont. won the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional
Qualifier last week at Kings Forest Golf Course to earn a spot in the
The third of three regional Qualifiers (Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) is
running today (July 3rd) in Epiphanie, Quebec with the top 12 competitors earning a spot into
the Final Monday Qualifier on Monday, July 23rd at Heron Point Golf Links. Four exemptions into the 2012 RBC Canadian
Open are available through the Final Monday Qualifier.
"The opportunity to challenge for Canadian National Open Championship is
a prestigious honour - we are pleased to extend tournament exemptions
into the field for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open to each of these
deserving competitors," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director for the RBC
Canadian Open. "We are hoping these talented golfers will capitalize on
a start in our National Championship to build momentum in their
professional careers as they strive to become the future stars of
Golf Canada and RBC also confirmed that Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa has accepted a tournament exemption to compete in the 2012 RBC Canadian
Open. Currently ranked No. 69 on the World Golf Ranking, the 20-year
old has 11 international victories and has competed in the past two
President's Cups (2009 & 2011).
Additional tournament exemptions will be announced in the coming weeks
including a pair of exemptions which are up for grabs through the
Canadian Tour Order of Merit following the Player's Championship in
Winnipeg which concludes on July 15th.
The list of Canadian and international exemption competitors join an RBC
Canadian Open field that includes previously announced headliners 2012
PLAYERS champion Matt Kuchar, two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, 2-time major winner Retief Goosen, World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els and world No. 10 ranked Hunter Mahan, as well as Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Kyle Stanley, Justin Leonard, Bo Van Pelt, Jonathan Byrd, Stuart Appleby and defending RBC Canadian Open champion Sean O'Hair.
To date, a total of 15 Canadians are confirmed for the 2012 RBC Canadian
Open with Hadwin, Fritsch, Scott, McQuillan, Parr, Wong, Choi, McCann,
Doherty, Hughes and Couture joining previously confirmed Canadians Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont. Each will be looking to become the first
Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win Canada's National Open
Grounds tickets for all days of Canada's National Open Championship as
well as a limited number of premium ticket packages are still
Grounds Tickets (advance pricing):
Junior Grounds Ticket
** children aged 17 and under gain FREE ADMISSION to the RBC Canadian Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Premium Ticket Packages - Golf Canada House (advance pricing):
These VIP passes provide a full week of grounds access as well as
admittance to the exclusive Golf Canada House located between the 17th
& 18th fairways. Built to evoke a clubhouse environment, Golf Canada
House is your on-course lounge and your front row seat to the stars of
the PGA TOUR. The Golf Canada House passes includes upgraded food and
beverage choices for purchase; indoor seating with big screen TV's,
reserved washrooms; individual daily passes for each day; complimentary
Golf Canada House Single $300.00
One (1) individual daily Golf Canada House pass for each day, Monday to
Golf Canada House 2-Some $550.00
Two (2) individual daily Golf Canada House passes for each day and one
(1) parking pass, Monday to Sunday
Golf Canada House 4-Some $1,000.00
Four (4) individual daily Golf Canada House passes for each day and two
(2) daily parking passes, Monday to Sunday
ABOUT THE 2012 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2
million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29, 2012 at Hamilton
Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. Established in 1904, the
tournament is the third-oldest national open golf championship
worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian
Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Bell, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F
Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The
Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and the City of
Hamilton, with funding provided by the Government of Ontario. For
tournament information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile
relationships with the PGA TOUR, the PGA of America and Golf Canada.
RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring
professionals Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Mike
Weir, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, Hunter Mahan and Morgan Pressel. As
the Official Bank of the PGA of America and title sponsor of both the
RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open, RBC also supports emerging
Canadian golfers through Golf Canada's grassroots developmental
programming, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and high
performance national team. Outside of golf, RBC sponsors amateur sport,
from grassroots to national sport associations. RBC is one of North
America's leading diversified financial services companies and among
the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization.
GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more
than 340,000 members at close to 1,500 clubs across the country.
Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for
golf in this country, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation,
excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and
traditions of the game.
A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada conducts
championships, programs and services to help shape the present and
future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Golf in
Schools presented by Callaway, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru,
the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, CN Canadian Women's Tour and
CN Future Links - Canada's national junior golf program - are only some
of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the
authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the
Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating. In
addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada's most prestigious golf
championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open
attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional
junior and national amateur championships provide world class
competitive opportunities for Canada's top golfers to showcase their
For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in
your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.
For further information:
Director, Corporate Communications
(t) 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406
Senior Manager, Brand Communications