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Stellar field of high profile talent commit to 2009 RBC Canadian Open

Canadian golf fans to be treated to premier lineup of PGA TOUR stars representing the future of professional golf
  • EMERGING SUPERSTARS SEAN O'HAIR, HUNTER MAHAN, NICK WATNEY, J.B. HOLMES, CHARLIE HOFFMAN, KEVIN NA, DUSTIN JOHNSON AND BUBBA WATSON TO JOIN IMPRESSIVE CAST INCLUDING CAMILO VILLEGAS, ANTHONY KIM, TREVOR IMMELMAN AND LUKE DONALD FOR 100TH PLAYING
  • RETIEF GOOSEN, SCOTT VERPLANK, BRIAN GAY, JERRY KELLY, BILLY MAYFAIR, COREY PAVIN AND STEVE FLESCH AS WELL FRED COUPLES AND MARK CALCAVECCHIA REINFORCE A STRONG VETERAN CONTINGENT SET TO CHALLENGE FOR CANADA'S NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

OAKVILLE, Ontario (RCGA), June 30, 2009 — The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) in partnership with title sponsor RBC, announced today that a strong contingent of emerging superstars and PGA TOUR notables have confirmed their intention to compete at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open, July 20-26 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

Among the players set to challenge for Canada's national Open championship include rising stars Sean O'Hair, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, J.B. Holmes, Charlie Hoffman and Dustin Johnson. Other PGA TOUR notables added to the field include long-hitting Bubba Watson, Kevin Na, Steve Marino and Jeff Quinney as well Ricky Barnes, fresh off his impressive run at the 2009 US Open.

The field for the 100th playing of Canada's national Open championship will also welcome several proven PGA TOUR veterans including Retief Goosen, 2-time 2009 PGA TOUR winner Brian Gay, Jerry Kelly, Steve Flesch, Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel, Lee Janzen and 2010 Ryder captain Corey Pavin. Other players announced today include former RBC Canadian Open champions Scott Verplank (2001), John Rollins (2002) and Bob Tway (2003).

"It's become a new era for the RBC Canadian Open and we're delighted to welcome this tremendous mix of emerging talent and notable veterans to the field for the 2009 RBC Canadian Open," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director of the RBC Canadian Open. "We've methodically tracked our player field and the fields of other PGA TOUR events since 2007 and are thrilled with our progress and relative standing to date. The event as well as the inherent strength of our field has come a long way since RBC has come on board and I think right now having a partner so focused on results has been a driving force behind the resurgence of the event."

The players confirmed today will join a 2009 RBC Canadian Open field that includes previously announced young guns Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Trevor Immelman, Luke Donald and defending champion Chez Reavie; veteran talents Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia; as well as Canadian favourite Stephen Ames and Mike Weir.

"We know that Canadian golf fans want to see the best field possible challenge for the title and we've worked incredibly hard with the RCGA to position the RBC Canadian Open as a must play event for players on TOUR," said Jim Little, RBC Chief Brand and Communications Officer. "Given the list of young superstars and PGA TOUR veterans set to compete, I think Canadian golf fans will be treated to a true showcase of world class golf."

The field was also bolstered last week with the announcement that Canadian National Amateur Team members Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. and Matt Hill of Bright's Grove, Ont., currently the no. 1 and no. 3 ranked amateurs in the world, have been given exemptions to compete in the 100th playing of Canada's national Open championship.

PROVEN RESULTS - THE FIELD AT A GLANCE:

Among the PGA TOUR notables and world class amateur golfers confirmed for the 2009 RBC Canadian Open include:

Sean O'Hair

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Currently 8th in 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 13th on the Official World Golf Ratings

Retief Goosen

  • Seven-time PGA TOUR winner including 2004 & 2001 U.S. Open Championships
  • Sits 16th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 23rd on the Official World Golf Ratings

Hunter Mahan

  • Sits 23rd on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 39th on the Official World Golf Ratings
  • Four top-10 finishes in 2009 including; T4th - Travelers
  • Championship, T6th - U.S. Open Championship and T10th the Masters

Nick Watney

  • Sits 10th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 33rd on the Official World Golf Ratings
  • Three top-10 finishes in 2009 including win at the Buick Championship

Bubba Watson

  • Sits 36th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 68th on the Official World Golf Ratings
  • Two top-10 finishes in 2009

Brian Gay

  • Sits 7th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 38th on the Official World Golf Ratings
  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner including two PGA TOUR wins in 2009 (Verizon Heritage & St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx)

Ricky Barnes

  • T2nd at the 2009 U.S. Open Championship
  • Former U.S. Amateur Champion

Steve Marino

  • Sits 21st on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • T2nd at the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Charlie Hoffman

  • Sits 17th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • 13 career top-10 PGA TOUR finishes and winner of the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Dustin Johnson

  • Sits 14th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 47th on the Official World Golf Ratings

J.B. Holmes

  • Sits 46th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Ranked 58th on the Official World Golf Ratings
  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner (2006 & 2008 FBR Opens)

Jeff Quinney

  • Eight career top-10 finishes
  • Former U.S. Amateur Champion

Kevin Na

  • Sits 19th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Six top-10 finishes in 2009 including 3rd place finish at FBR Open and a T3rd at THE PLAYERS Championship

Scott Verplank

  • 2001 RBC Canadian Open champion
  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner

Billy Mayfair

  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner
    Finished 2nd at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open

Jerry Kelly

  • Sits 28th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings
  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Winner of the 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Todd Hamilton

  • Two-time PGA TOUR Winner
  • Winner of the 2004 British Open Championship

Corey Pavin

  • 15-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 12-time International winner
  • Captain of the 2010 US Ryder Cup Team

Lee Janzen

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Two-time U.S. Open Champion (1993 & 1998)

Shaun Micheel

  • Winner, 2003 PGA Championship
  • Two top-25 finishes in 2009

Bob Tway

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2003 RBC Canadian Open champion

John Rollins

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2002 Canadian Open Champion
  • Sits 30th on the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup standings

Steve Flesch

  • Four-time PGA TOUR Winner
  • Two top-10 finishes in 2009 including T6th at Masters and 7th at Transitions Championship

Mike Weir

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2003 Masters champion
  • Four-time President's Cup team member
  • 2009 Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee

Anthony Kim

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner (2008 Wachovia Championship & 2008 AT&T National)
  • 2008 Ryder Cup hero
  • Ranked 15th on the Official World Golf Ratings

Stephen Ames

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Champion, 2006 The PLAYERS Championship
  • Four-time World Cup team member

Chez Reavie

  • 2008 RBC Canadian Open champion
  • Two top-25 finishes in 2009

Trevor Immelman

  • 2008 Masters champion
  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Two-time President's Cup team member

Camilo Villegas

  • Champion, 2008 TOUR Championship
  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2006 World Cup team member

Luke Donald

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Two-time Ryder Cup team member
  • Ranked 27th on OWGR

Fred Couples

  • 15-time PGA TOUR Winner
  • Five-time Ryder Cup team member
  • Four-time President's Cup team member & 2009 President's Cup Captain

Mark Calcavecchia

  • 13-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2005 Canadian Open winner
  • Four-time Ryder Cup team member

Nick Taylor

  • Currently the no. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world
  • Recent low amateur at the 2009 US Open Championship
  • Former Canadian Junior and Canadian Amateur champion
  • Member of Canada's national amateur golf team

Matt Hill

  • 2009 NCAA Division I Individual champion
  • Winner of the 2009 Jack Nicklaus Award (NCAA Division I Player of the Year)
  • Currently the no. 3 ranked amateur golfer in the world
    Member of Canada's national amateur golf team

Additional player commitments will be announced in the coming weeks and the final field of confirmed players for the 2009 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club will be available after 5:00 pm on Friday, July 17th.

Premiere Host Venues
The RCGA and RBC are committed to hosting the RBC Canadian Open at the finest golf courses in the country going forward. The renowned Glen Abbey Golf Club, long considered the home of Canada's national Open championship will host the event for a record 25th time in 2009. The 2010 RBC Canadian Open will then mark a storied return to the venerable St. George's Golf and Country in Toronto before heading west in 2011 at the historic Shaughnessey Golf and Country Club.

For corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call
1-800-571-OPEN.

About the 2009 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 $5.1 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 20-26 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. 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, Pengrowth and BMW Group Canada. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.ca or call 1-800-571-OPEN.

RBC and the RBC Canadian Open
In partnership with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), 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.

About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA's mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Rules of Golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA 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 showcase the best in Canadian golf.

For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community please visit www.rcga.org.

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Media Contacts:
For more information, please contact:

Dan Pino
Director, Media and Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 406
Mobile: (416) 434-5525
Email: dpino@rcga.org


Chethan Lakshman
Director, Corporate Communications
RBC
Office: 416-974-9463
Mobile: 416-459-8627
Email: chethan.lakshman@rbc.com


 



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