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Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau among early players committed for 2016 RBC Canadian Open

06/10/2016

Players of Note Confirmed to Date
Team RBC players including world no. 1 Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Palmer and Jim Furyk as well as Canadians David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir. Other notables include world no. 6 Dustin Johnson, rising star Bryson DeChambeau and world no. 1 amateur John Rahm.

RBC Canadian Open 5K Run – Saturday July 16
Landmark Sport Group in conjunction with Golf Canada is excited to present a brand new event to build interest leading into the RBC Canadian Open. On Saturday, July 16, 2016 the inaugural RBC Canadian Open 5K Running Event will provide participants the opportunity to experience Glen Abbey like never before as they run or walk along the spectator and cart pathways on a beautiful summer morning. The route begins near the 1st tee of the Championship Course and ultimately finishes alongside the iconic and picturesque 18th green. This event is tailored to both the traditional and non-traditional running audience, and will provide all participants with the full runner’s experience of a timed event as they receive a bib, shirt and finisher’s medal. Registration is $60 with participants receiving a FREE Anyday ticket to enjoy the championship. www.golfrun.ca

CN Future Links Skills Challenge – Saturday July 16
The RBC Canadian Open won’t be the only national golf competition taking place at Glen Abbey Golf Club. CN, Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada will again play host to twenty-four competitors from across Canada at Glen Abbey on Saturday, July 16 for the 8th annual CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event. Competitors who qualify from regional sites in their community will compete in a four-part skills challenge (putting, chipping, driving and iron play) with one overall winner per age-group (9-11; 12-14; and 15-18) and gender. A total of 24 competitors who achieve the highest skills challenge scores from events across Canada during the 2016 golf season will travel to Glen Abbey with the hope of becoming a CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge national champion.

Olympic Celebration & Opening Ceremony – Tuesday July 19
In 2016, golf makes its celebrated return the Olympic Games for the first time since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold for Canada at the 1904 Olympics. With the RBC Canadian Open as the first PGA Tour stop following the July 11 Olympic field deadline date, Golf Canada and RBC in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee will hold a team unveil celebration at Glen Abbey Golf Club on Tuesday, July 19 to officially introduce Canada’s Olympic golf team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. The Olympic celebration – which will feature free attendance – will also serve as an opening ceremony to officially kick off the RBC Canadian Open.

Kids 17-and-under Get in Free
Golf Canada and RBC are committed to offering a fan friendly, family event with the RBC Canadian Open. In an effort to introduce more juniors to the sport, kids aged 17-and-under get FREE admission to the RBC Canadian Open for the entire week.

Stars of the PGA Tour Return to Glen Abbey Golf Club
The 107th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship will return to the Jack Nicklaus Signature design for a record 28th time in 2016. The Abbey has previously played host in 1977-79, 1981-96, 1998-2000, 2004, 2008-09, 2013 and 2015.

Celebrating 40 Years
The renowned Glen Abbey Golf Club will celebrate a milestone in 2016 as the Jack Nicklaus signature design celebrates its 40th anniversary. Originally owned and operated by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada), the club was sold to ClubLink in 1999. The site is also home to Golf Canada’s head office and PGA Tour Canada’s office as well as the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.

Oh Canada
As Canada’s National Open Golf Championship, the RBC Canadian Open features the top talents in Canadian golf competing against the stars of the PGA Tour. Each year, the event will feature anywhere from 15-20 Canadian competitors in the field led by PGA Tour stars David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir. The Canuck contingent will look to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to claim Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.

Red & White Day – Friday, July 22
The RBC Canadian Open is Canada’s National Championship and to celebrate ‘Our Open’, Friday, July 22 of tournament week will once again be ‘Red & White Day’. Spectators, sponsors, players and attendees are encouraged to wear Canada’s national colours in support of our Canadian athletes in the field.

Community Impact
The RBC Canadian Open is one of Canada’s premier sporting events drawing in excess of 100,000 spectators and more than 1,400 volunteers. The event also generates $15-20M in economic activity within the host community and province. 

ABOUT THE 2016 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.9 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 18-24, 2016 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, BMW Group Canada, Molson Canadian 67, WestJet, TaylorMade adidas Golf, Boston Pizza, Ballantine’s, Santa Carolina Wines, Toronto Star, Coca-Cola, ZTE, CHIN Radio TV International, Metrolinx and the Government of Canada. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.

RBC GOLF
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 Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Brooke Henderson, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Ryan Palmer, Morgan Pressel, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Taylor 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, the Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and the 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 market capitalization. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/golf.

GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 310,000 golfers at more than 1,400 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 more information:

Dan Pino
Director, Corporate Communications
Golf Canada
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 406
(c) 416-434-5525
(e) dpino@golfcanada.ca

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