Golf Canada and RBC announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the $5.6 million (US) RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Defending champion Scott Piercy will be challenged by a world class field of PGA TOUR stars that includes World No. 6 Matt Kuchar, World No. 7 Graeme McDowell, 2012 FedEx Cup champion and World No. 8 Brandt Snedeker, World No. 9 Luke Donald, World No. 13 Ernie Els, World No. 14 Charl Schwartzel, World No. 16 Bubba Watson, World No. 23 Hunter Mahan, World No. 24 Dustin Johnson and two-time Canadian Open champion and World No. 32 Jim Furyk.
Piercy, who captured the crown in 2012 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, tops a list of nine past RBC Canadian Open champions set to compete for the national title including former Glen Abbey winners Nathan Green (2009), Chez Reavie (2008), Vijay Singh (2004) and Billy Andrade (1998). Other past champions set to compete include Sean O’Hair (2011), Jim Furyk (2006 & 2007), John Rollins, (2002) and Scott Verplank (2001).
The field will also include 10 in-season PGA TOUR winners including Matt Kucher (WGC Accenture Match Play Championship & The Memorial Tournament present by Nationwide Insurance), Brandt Snedeker (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Dustin Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Graeme McDowell (RBC Heritage), Sang-Moon Bae (HP Byron Nelson Championship), Billy Horschel, (Zurich Classic of New Orleans), Derek Ernst (Wells Fargo Championship), Brian Gay (Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation), John Merrick (Northern Trust Open), Boo Weekley (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) and Scott Brown (Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com)
In all, 156 players will compete for the $5.6 million USD purse next week in Oakville when Canada’s National Open Championship returns to Glen Abbey for a record 26th time.
The RBC Canadian Open will once again feature a strong international contingent as 15 countries will be represented including the United States, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Argentina, South Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Fiji, Sweden, Australia, England, Colombia and Canada.
Canadian Content grows to 15
As part of the field announcement, Golf Canada and RBC also confirmed that two members of Canada’s National Amateur Team – Corey Conners, 21, of Listowel, Ont. and Adam Svensson, 19, of Surrey, B.C. have been extended tournament exemptions to compete in their first ever RBC Canadian Open.
Conners is currently Canada’s highest ranked male amateur on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (#39). A standout at Kent State University, Conners recently finished in a tie for third at the 2013 Monroe Invitational and advanced through to the Round of 16 at the 2013 Men’s North and South Amateur Championship.
Svensson is a freshman at Barry University who was awarded the Phil Mickelson Award presented annually to the most outstanding Division II men’s golfer. His collegiate season included eight top-10 finishes in nine tournament starts. The 2012 Canadian Junior Boys champion also finished tied for fourth at the 2013 Sahalee Players Championship and runner up at the B.C. Men’s Amateur.
With the addition of Conners and Svensson, a 15-player Canadian contingent (to date) will compete at Glen Abbey looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win Canada’s National Open title.
Leading the charge are PGA TOUR players Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont. Other Canadians set to compete include Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, winner of the 2012 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship; recently crowned 2013 PGA Championship of Canada winner Bryn Parry of Vancouver; and Brian Hadley of Sarnia, Ont. who earned an exemption after winning the Ontario Regional Qualifier. Rounding out the list of Canadians will be five recently announced exemptions including Web.com Tour players Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. as well as up and coming Team Canada graduates Eugene Wong of Vancouver, Albin Choi of Toronto, and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.
“The field is set and we’re ready to kick off the 104th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship,” said Bill Paul, Tournament Director of the RBC Canadian Open. “The golf course is in tremendous shape and ready to challenge the world’s best golfers for a record 26th time. Our team of more than 1,700 volunteers is ready and there is no doubt that Canadian golf fans will be treated to a terrific showcase next week at Glen Abbey Golf Club.”
Three additional exemptions will be confirmed on Sunday evening following the conclusion of the Player Cup PGA TOUR Canada event in Winnipeg. The top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit at the conclusion of the Players Cup will earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.
The final four exemptions into the field for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open will be handed out at the Monday Final Qualifier on Monday, July 22 at Heron Point Golf Links near Hamilton, Ont.
Click here for a list of players set to compete in the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club:
ABOUT THE 2013 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 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. 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, Jacob’s Creek, Keystone Dental, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and 5-hour Energy. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
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