- News and notes for Wednesday at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open -
Vancouver (Golf Canada) – The stars of the PGA TOUR are ready to
challenge the renowned Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club as the opening
round of the 2011 RBC Canadian Open gets under way Thursday morning.
Following their rounds in today’s RBC Wealth Management Championship Pro
Am, World No. 1 Luke Donald, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel,
fan-favourite Rickie Fowler and Canada’s own Mike Weir shared their
praise for the course as Shaughnessy prepares to host the 102nd playing
of Canada’s National Open Championship.
“Yeah it’s a very good, classic course,” said Donald, who will be
competing in Canada’s National Open Championship for the fifth time.
“The rough is extremely thick, probably the thickest we played all
year. I’d say it’s even thicker then than the US Open, so there’s a big
premium on hitting the fairway and hitting greens.”
Fan favourite Rickie Fowler believes the quality of the golf course played a major reason in the strength of this year’s field.
“I think tough courses draw better players,” said Fowler. “I mean, I
like playing tougher golf courses. As far as for the course, I’ve heard
a lot of good things from other PGA TOUR players. Ben Crane was one of
the first ones to tell me about it. He said it’s probably one of his
favourite places so I was excited to be coming here.”
For 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, the course reminds him of US Open type conditions.
“I think a National Open has some sort of prestige to it so you know,
you want to separate it from normal events,” said Schwartzel. “Not even
the US Open at Congressional had nearly as much rough as this. No,
this is the toughest I’ve had all year rough wise.”
Set to tee it up in his 21st Canadian Open, Mike Weir believes the set
up at Shaughnessy will be a true test for the world’s best players.
“It’s a great course, probably the toughest set-up we’ve seen so far
this year of any TOUR event,” said Weir. “So it’s a real championship
feel, national championship feel.”
WEDNESDAY RESULTS – RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-AM
The RBC Canadian Open congratulates the teams hosted by PGA TOUR
professionals Carl Pettersson and Chris DiMarco who came out on top at
Wednesday’s RBC Wealth Management Championship Pro-Am at Shaughnessy
Golf and Country Club. In the morning portion, Pettersson, the
defending RBC Canadian Open champion, teamed with amateurs John Brodie,
Peter Tomsett and David Scott to finish at 12-under par 58 while DiMarco
and the team of Bruce Leech, Garth Moore and Bob Stanlake shot 11-under
59 in the afternoon draw.
PAIRINGS FOR ROUNDS 1 AND 2 NOW ONLINE
Pairings for Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd are available online.
CN FUTURE LINKS – WALK WITH A PRO
Kids from Canada’s Junior Golf Program – CN Future Links – had the
chance to caddy for PGA TOUR professionals on the 17th hole at
Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Kids carried the pro’s putter or bag
and had the chance to take the pro’s first putt. CN Future Links is
Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the
Canadian PGA and the National Golf Course Owner’s Association (NGCOA).
To find a CN Future Links program in your area visit www.CNfuturelinks.com.
RBC CANADIAN OPEN – BY THE NUMBERS
The field is set for the RBC Canadian Open and the PGA TOUR has broken
down the numbers and analyzed the field for the 102nd playing of the RBC
Canadian Open. Click here to read more.
ABOUT THE 2011 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part
of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2 million
(US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 18-24, 2011 at Shaughnessy Golf and
Country Club in Vancouver. 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, Corona
Extra, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Mike
Weir Wine, LG, WagJag.com and Reader’s Digest. For updated ticket and tournament information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
RBC AND THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN
In partnership with Golf Canada, RBC is the title sponsor of the RBC
Canadian Open, the third oldest national golf championship worldwide,
next only to the British Open and the U.S. Open. With a history of great
players and premier fields, the RBC Canadian Open provides golf fans
with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a world class event
on Canadian soil. RBC also sponsors all levels of amateur sport, from
grassroots programs in local communities to national sport organizations
and elite-level athletes, and is Premier National Partner of the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian
Golf Association (RCGA) – is the governing body of golf in Canada,
representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the
country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization
(NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting
participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.
A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada actively
conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present
and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development,
National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of
Fame and Museum 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 under the respected RCGA brand.
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.
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