The Canadian Open, organized by Golf Canada, was first contested in 1904.
Played annually continuously since then, except during World War I and World War II, the Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA TOUR, after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.
Only two players have been able to capture golf’s Triple Crown (consisting of winning all three National Open titles in the same season); they are Lee Trevino (1971) and Tiger Woods (2000).
As a national open, the event had a special status in the era before the professional tour system became dominant in golf.
The top three golfers on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit prior to the tournament are given entry into the Canadian Open.
Celebrated winners include Leo Diegel, Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Harry Cooper, Lawson Little, Sam Snead, Craig Wood, Byron Nelson, Doug Ford, Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer, Kel Nagle, Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Jason Day, just to name a few. The Canadian Open is regarded as the most prestigious tournament never won by Jack Nicklaus, a seven-time runner-up.
Amazing Moments at Glen Abbey
Six years after his first Canadian Open victory and just months after back surgery, Lee Trevino won Glen Abbey’s debut as the ‘Home of the Canadian Open’ – the first solo course design by his archrival Jack Nicklaus.
Despite the best efforts of defending champion Lee Trevino, Bruce Lietzke hung on to defeat a tough field and an even tougher Glen Abbey during a tournament that earned the course the ominous nickname, ‘The Monster of the Monastery.
Lee Trevino became just the fourth player in history to win the championship more than twice. The other members of this exclusive club include Leo Diegel (1924, 1925, 1928, 1929), Tommy Armour (1927, 1930, 1934) and Sam Snead (1938, 1940, 1941).
England’s Peter Oosterhuis edged Bruce Lietzke, Andy North, and course designer Jack Nicklaus by one shot to win his only PGA Tour title.
Bruce Lietzke, who won at Glen Abbey in 1978 and was runner-up in 1981, set what was then a new 72-hole course record of 7-under-par 277 – three better than Lee Trevino’s record from 1977.
Disobeying his doctor’s orders, Johnny Miller came to Glen Abbey a month after gallbladder surgery and came up just short of the victory. Despite a valiant effort, he was defeated by John Cook in a six-hole playoff.
Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman went head-to-head in a classic battle at Glen Abbey. The Australian’s final-round 67 propelled him to a two-shot victory
Curtis Strange won his first of two Canadian Opens at Glen Abbey by holding off two of the world’s best: Jack Nicklaus and defending champion Greg Norman.
Much was expected of heralded rookie Davis Love III at the 1986 Canadian Open, but he finished in a tie for third behind 43-year-old veteran Bob Murphy.
Canadian Richard Zokol found himself carrying the hopes of a nation as he entered the final round tied for the lead, but Curtis Strange prevailed to win his second Canadian Open at Glen Abbey
The Canadian Open became a five-day affair after rains forced the suspension of play during the final round with 22 players still to finish. Ken Green bested the competition and the conditions to come out on top
Steve Jones took advantage of a Glen Abbey softened by rain to win the Canadian Open with a then-record of 17-under-par.
Heading into the final round, Canadian Dave Barr was 3 strokes off the lead and had the nation watching with bated breath. A run-in with Glen Abbey’s ninth hole resulted in a triple bogey from which Barr could not recover. Wayne Levi went on to secure the win and silence the Canadian crowd.
After stumbling in the 1984 Canadian Open, Nick Price made no mistake in 1991, shooting a final-round 66 for a one-shot victory over David Edwards
Greg Norman lost a three-shot lead over the final five holes, but the Shark sank a 12-foot birdie putt to force a playoff with two-time winner Bruce Lietzke. He prevailed on the second playoff hole to capture his second Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.
David Frost watched from the 18th fairway as Fred Couples birdied the final regulation hole to move into a share of first. With a calm demeanor, Frost coolly equalled the feat to capture the Canadian Open
Nick Price considered skipping the Canadian Open after a tiring summer that saw him win the British Open and the PGA Championship. His decision to play proved to be the right call with the Zimbabwean claiming his second Canadian Open title in four years.
It took Mark O’Meara a final-round 67 and one playoff hole to defeat Bob Lohr and clinch his second win of 1995.
Hurricane Fran blew into town on Saturday and refused to let up. Play was suspended twice that day and eventually cancelled. Dudley Hart remains the only champion of a Canadian Open that was shortened to 54 holes.
Billy Andrade and Bob Friend struggled in their attempts to secure the Canadian Open title at Glen Abbey. Record books forgave forays through seated spectators and trips through sand and water to simply show Andrade defeated Friend in a playoff.
After four previous top-10 finishes at Glen Abbey, Hal Sutton would not be denied on a fifth occasion. He posted a three-shot victory over Dennis Paulson to emerge victorious.
Tiger’s return to Glen Abbey was one for the history books. His victory earned him the distinction of becoming the second player to win golf’s Triple Crown. He clinched the victory in fine fashion, making what many consider to be one of the greatest shots ever.
The planets seemed to align at the Centennial Canadian Open for Mike Weir to become the first Canadian in 50 years to win the championship, but Vijay Singh intervened to dash the hopes of a nation.
Despite the downpour and wet conditions, Chez Reavie held a competitive field at bay to pick up his first career PGA Tour victory
Nathan Green began his professional golf journey by honing his game and refining his skills on the Canadian Tour. It seemed only fitting that he would register his first career victory by returning to Canadian soil and outlasting Retief Goosen in a two-hole playoff.
Early in his career, Brandt Snedeker earmarked the Canadian Open as one of the championships he’d like to win in honour of his Canadian caddie Scott Vail. The Nashville native made good and captured his sixth career PGA Tour victory in the process.
Heading into the final round, Brantford, Ont., native David Hearn held a two-stroke advantage. Jason Day rallied for the victory, ending Hearn’s bid to become the RBC Canadian Open’s first Canadian champion since Pat Fletcher accomplished the feat in 1954