Canadian Tour players Matt Hill, Cory Renfrew and Michael Gligic earn
ticket into Canada's National Open Championship
Teen sensation Patrick Cantlay accepts invite to compete at Hamilton
Golf and Country Club
Tickets on sale now; Free admission for children aged 17 & under
accompanied by a ticketed adult
HAMILTON (Golf Canada), July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Five more international
stars have joined golf's world stage as Trevor Immelman, Tim Clark,
Camilo Villegas, Rory Sabbatini and Vijay Singh have confirmed their
intention to compete in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29 at the
Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Headlining the list is Vijay Singh, a 34-time PGA TOUR winner who will compete in Canada's National Open
Championship for an 11th time. The native of Fiji, who won the 2004 Canadian Open, is a
three-time major winner including the Masters (2000) and PGA
Championship (1998 & 2004), and has competed in eight Presidents Cups
(1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009).
Trevor Immelman is a 2-time winner on the PGA TOUR including the 2008 Masters. No
stranger to international competition, Immelman has competed in two
Presidents Cups (2005 & 2007) and four World Cups (2003, 2004, 2005 &
2007). The South African will compete in his fifth RBC Canadian Open.
Tim Clark, a native of South Africa and who won the 2010 PLAYERS Championship,
will be competing in his third RBC Canadian Open. Clark, a former
graduate of the Canadian Tour, has competed in the Presidents Cup on
three occasions (2003, 2005 & 2009) as well as a pair of World Cups
(2002 & 2005).
Rory Sabbatini is a six-time winner on the PGA TOUR and will compete in his sixth RBC
Canadian Open. He has competed in the Presidents Cup (2007) as well as
six World Cups (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009) including South
Africa's winning team in 2003.
Rounding out the list is Camilo Villegas, a 3-time winner and crowd favourite on the PGA TOUR. The Columbia
native has competed in the 2009 Presidents Cup, the 2006 & 2011 World
Cups and will be playing in the RBC Canadian Open for the eighth time.
With the announcement of Singh, Clark, Sabatini, Villegas and Immelman,
the international flavour of this year's RBC Canadian Open continues to
build with 18 countries represented including the United States,
Scotland, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, India, Germany, New Zealand,
South Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Fiji, Sweden, Australia,
England, Colombia and Canada.
The players 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, Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa, 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.
"Less than a week out from this year's RBC Canadian Open and we are very
pleased with how our field is coming together," said Tournament
Director Bill Paul. "With a mix of PGA TOUR notables, international
standouts and emerging talent, golf fans at Hamilton and across the
country will be treated to a tremendous showcase of golf during the 103rd playing of Canada's National Open Championship."
PGA TOUR players have until Friday, July 20 at 5:00 pm ET to officially
register for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.
Canadian Tour Exemptions Confirmed; Michael Gligic and Patrick Cantlay
Golf Canada and RBC congratulate Canadian Tour players Matt Hill and Cory Renfrew on earning exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open after finishing as the
top two players of the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit following this
weekend's event in Winnipeg. Hill, a former member of Team Canada and
2009 NCAA Division I individual champion, sits atop the Order of Merit
thanks to a victory at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open. Cory Renfrew is
second on the Order of Merit with a steady season to date highlighted
by a victory at The Syncrude Boreal Open.
Golf Canada also confirmed that Canadian Tour player Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont. has been offered an exemption into the RBC Canadian
Open. Gligic, who currently sits third on the Canadian Tour's Order of
Merit, won the ATB Financial Classic in Edmonton earlier this season.
In addition, American sensation Patrick Cantlay has been given an exemption to compete in Canada's National Open
Championship. The recently turned professional was an amateur and
collegiate standout prior to joining the pro ranks in 2012. The former
world amateur No. 1 won the 2010-11 Nicklaus Award as the NCAA Division
I Player of the Year (awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of
America) as a UCLA sophomore. In 2011, Cantlay won the Gary Cowan Award
as the low amateur at the RBC Canadian Open where he finished T9.
Four more exemptions into the field for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open will
be handed out at the Final Monday Qualifier on July 23 at Heron Point
Golf Links near Hamilton, Ont.
17 Canucks to Challenge For Canada's National Open Championship
The addition of Hill, Renfrew and Gligic bumps the number of Canadians
in the field to 17, including PGA TOUR players Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont.; Web.com Tour players Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont.; former Canadian amateur standout and recently turned
professional Eugene Wong of Vancouver. Also competing via exemption will be Andrew Parr of London, Ont., Greg Doherty of Mississauga, Ont. and PGA of Canada professional Brian McCann of Mississauga. A trio of Canadian amateur golfers will also challenge
for the title including reigning Canadian Men's Amateur Champion and
Team Canada National Team member Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.; 2011 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur champion Rob Couture of Trenton, Ont.; and Team Canada member Albin Choi of Toronto who last week won the Ontario Men's Amateur title. Each will
be looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to
win Canada's National Open title.
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:
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