Defending champion leads initial list of notable stars confirmed for The
Royal Montreal Golf Club including Team RBC Golfers Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Luke
Donald, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir and Stephen Ames
Tickets on sale now for the July 21 to 27 event, including inaugural RBC
Canadian Open Family Day packages for Saturday, July 26th
MONTREAL, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Excitement is quickly building towards
the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, as 2013 champion Brandt Snedeker confirmed
on a media teleconference this morning that he will be at The Royal
Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que., July 21-27 to defend his RBC
Canadian Open title.
Currently ranked No. 31 in the world and a member of Team RBC, Snedeker
captured Canada's National Open Championship by three shots last year
at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. A six-time PGA TOUR winner
and the 2012 Fed Ex Cup champion, Snedeker will lead the field of world
class golfers into Royal Montreal for the 105th playing of Canada's National Open Championship.
"I'm very excited to be heading to The Royal Montreal Golf Club to
defend my title at the end of July," Brandt Snedeker said earlier on a
teleconference today "I've never been to the course but everybody that
I've asked has great things to say about this historic venue. It was
very special to me to win Canada's Open Championship last year
especially considering it is sponsored by one of my partners in RBC.
Hopefully I'll be able to have another strong showing in 2014."
Golf Canada and RBC are also pleased to report that a number of notable
names have indicated their intent to play the 2014 RBC Canadian Open.
An interim list released today boasts golfers featured within the top
echelon of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Joining Snedeker at Royal Montreal will be World No. 4 Matt Kuchar;
World No. 12 Jim Furyk; World No. 16 Luke Donald; World No. 18 Graeme
McDowell; World No. 38 Hunter Mahan and World No. 51 Ernie Els.
Canada's Graham DeLaet, currently ranked No. 32 in the world will lead a
Canadian contingent that includes World No. 88 David Hearn, Canadian
Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir and recently announced Canadian Golf
Hall of Famer Stephen Ames. The Canadian foursome will vie to see if
one of them can become the first Canuck to capture the title since Pat
Fletcher won the Canadian Open in 1954.
With many of the world's best players excited about playing for Canada's
National Open Championship, RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Bill
Paul credits the engagement of title sponsor RBC as a driving factor.
"With the RBC Canadian Open less than two months out, we are very
pleased with the strength of our field as it comes together," said
Paul. "This is a testament to the commitment of our partners at RBC in
delivering a world-class event experience. And that's exactly what golf
fans can expect when the world's best player's tee it up at The Royal
Montreal Golf Club in July."
New this year, Family Day on Saturday, July 26th will feature a ticket package especially aimed at families with
activities onsite for parents and children to enhance the spectator
experience at Canada's National Open Championship. Family Day will
include specially priced grounds passes that provide access to
dedicated fan areas, kids' golf activities and more. In addition to
specially priced ticket packages on Family Day, children aged 17 and
under gain free admission all week when accompanied by a ticketed
Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada
Also announced today, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada will
continue to be the Official Charity Partner of the RBC Canadian Open.
Now in its second year, this relationship will continue to support RMHC
through a combination of program grants and various fundraising
activities before and during the event.
"We are incredibly proud of our partnership with RMCH through the RBC
Canadian Open," stated Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec
Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank. "As an extension of our commitment to
supporting youth and kids in Canada, this relationship will continue
important work that was started in 2013 to specifically support the
mental well-being of children and their families when they are facing
some of the most vulnerable and challenging times in their lives."
Players confirmed to compete in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open include:
Four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2006 Players Championship
Competing in his 17th RBC Canadian Open
Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2014
Currently ranked No. 1 in Canada, No. 32 in the world and No. 20 in the
FedEx Cup standings
Competing in his 6th RBC Canadian Open
Five-time PGA TOUR winner and winner of back-to-back BMW PGA
Championships in 2011 and 2012
Currently ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 40 in the FedEx Cup
19-time PGA TOUR winner and 4-time major winner (1994 and 1997 U.S.
Open, 2002 and 2012 Open Championship)
Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame
Currently ranked No. 51 in the world and No. 94 in the FedEx Cup
16-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2003 U.S. Open
Two-time RBC Canadian Open champion (2006 and 2007)
Currently ranked No. 12 in the world and No. 11 in the FedEx Cup
Currently ranked No. 2 in Canada, No. 88 in the world and No. 62 in the
FedEx Cup standings
Competing in his 12th RBC Canadian Open
Seven-time PGA TOUR winner including 2014 RBC Heritage, 2013 World Golf
Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship, 2013 Memorial
Tournament and 2012 The Players Championship
Currently ranked No. 4 in the world and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings
Five-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2012 World Golf Championships -
Accenture Match Play Championship
Currently ranked No. 38 in the world and No. 61 in the FedEx Cup
Graeme McDowell - Two-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2013 RBC Heritage and 2010 U.S.
Open - Currently ranked No. 18 in the world and No. 55 in the FedEx Cup
Six-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2013 RBC Canadian Open and AT&T
Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2012 winner of the FedEx Cup
Currently ranked No. 31 in the world and No. 113 in the FedEx Cup
Eight-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2003 Masters
Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2009
Competing in his 24th RBC Canadian Open, currently ranked 98th in the FedEx standings
Canadians Earn Their Way to Montreal:
A number of additional Canadians will be attempting to qualify for
Canada's National Open Golf Championship in the coming weeks. Among
those qualifying include players participating in RBC Canadian Open
regional qualifiers, Canadians competing on the Web.com Tour, players
ranked at the top of the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit as well as the
PGA of Canada Order of Merit leader following the PGA of Canada
Championship later this month.
Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, B.C. has secured his spot in the 2014 RBC
Canadian Open thanks to his win at the 2013 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur
Championship. Additional exemptions for Canadian amateur and
professional golfers competing in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be
announced in the coming weeks.
Golf Canada and the Royal Montreal Golf Club are pleased to announce
that a number of volunteer positions are still available for golf
enthusiasts to be a part of the RBC Canadian Open. In all, nearly 1,400
volunteer committee positions will contribute to the success of
Canada's National Open Golf Championship and anyone interested in
applying can do so at www.rbccanadianopen.com.
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 please to offer free admission to
children 17 year and younger who are accompanied by a ticketed adult.
ABOUT THE 2014 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.6
million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27, 2014 at The Royal
Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que. Conducted by Golf Canada for
more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada's top talents
to compete against the world's best golfers while also leaving a
significant impact in the event's host community. The RBC Canadian Open
is proud to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada as the
event's official charity partner. Established in 1904, Canada's
national open golf championship 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, Shaw Business, BMW Group
Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas
Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail and Keystone Dental.
For tickets or 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 and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official
Banking and Financial Services partner of touring professionals Stephen
Ames, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, David Hearn,
Matt Kuchar, Hunter Hahan, Graeme McDowell, Morgan Pressel, Brandt
Snedeker and Mike Weir. As the 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.
RBC is one of North America's leading diversified financial services
companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by
GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for
golf in Canada representing close to 322,000 golfers at nearly 1,500
member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic
Committee, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence
and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions
of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing
more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant
to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast.
For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in
your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
For further information:
Director, Corporate Communications
(t) 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406
Senior Manager, Brand Sponsorship Communications