TORONTO, July 16, 2010 (Golf Canada) Golf Canada and RBC announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the $5.1 million (US) RBC Canadian Open, July 19-25 at St. George's Golf and Country Club.
Defending champion Nathan Green will be challenged by a list of PGA TOUR stars that includes Sean O'Hair, Camilo Villegas, Luke Donald, Tim Clark, John Daly, Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey, Fred Couples, Trevor Imelman, David Duval, Paul Azinger and Retief Goosen as well as Canadian PGA TOUR stars Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir.
Additional notables committing to play this afternoon include Trevor Immelman, Stuart Appleby, Charles Howell III, Paul Azinger, David Duval, Ryuji Imada, Rocco Mediate, Andres Romero, Jeev Milka Singh, Brandt Snedeker and Charlie Hoffman, bolstering an already strong field of talent set to take on the historic St. George's Golf and Country Club.
Ames, DeLaet and Weir headline a list of 13 Canadians looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to take home Canada's national championship. Other Canadian pros competing on the Nationwide Tour include Ted Brown, Barrett Jarosch, David Hearn and Jon Mills. Two-time defending Canadian Men's Amateur champion Cam Burke as well as Team Canada teammates Nick Taylor and Eugene Wong will also compete as well as former Team Canada member Matt Hill, 2009 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Champion Dave Bunker and 2009 Canadian PGA champion Ben Boudreau.
Six additional exemptions will be awarded following this weekend's Canadian Tour event including the winner of the Players Cup - in Winnipeg, Man. as well as the top five players on the Canadian Tour's order of merit.
"The field is set and we're ready to kick off the 101st playing of Canada's national open championship," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director. "The positive buzz about this year's golf course, playing in the city of Toronto and how far we've come as an event with RBC's support over the past three years has really gained us traction with the players. Canadian golf fans are about to be treated to a real showcase at St. George's Golf and Country Club."
FEDEX CUP POINTS CHASE:
To date, 20 of the current top 50 on the FedEx Cup ranking have confirmed their intention to compete at St. George's Golf and Country Club including Tim Clark (#6), Ben Crane (#7), Matt Kuchar (#12), Camilo Villegas (#13), Bill Haas (#19), Jason Bohn (#20), Ricky Barnes (#21), Hunter Mahan (#23), Luke Donald (#27), Retief Goosen (#32), Scott Verplank (#33), Brendon De Jonge (#34), Brian Davis (#35), Paul Casey (#36), Ryan Palmer (#40), Brent Snedeker (#41), Sean O'Hair (#42), Matt Jones (#46), Kevin Na (#47), Charles Howell III (#48).
This year's RBC Canadian Open will feature a number of this season's PGA TOUR event winners to date, including Ryan Palmer (Sony Open in Hawaii), Bill Haas (Bob Hope Classic), Ben Crane (Farmers Insurance Open), Hunter Mahan (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Camilo Villegas (The Honda Classic), Cameron Beckman (Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun), Jason Bohn (Zurich Classic of New Orleans) and Tim Clark (THE PLAYERS Championship).
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKINGS:
The field for the 101st playing of Canada's National Open Championship will feature 10 of top 50 players on the official World Golf Ranking including, Paul Casey (#10), Luke Donald (#7), Camilo Villegas (#17), Retief Goosen (#20), Tim Clark (#21), Matt Kuchar (#23), Sean O'Hair (#24), Hunter Mahan (#27), Ben Crane (#41) and Scott Verplank (#45).
The following is a list of players set to compete in the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, July 19-25 at St. George's Golf and Country Club.
**Anthony Kim who had planned to return to the PGA TOUR this week following thumb surgery was re-assessed and unfortunately has not been cleared to play. However he will be at St George's tournament week to show his support for the RBC Canadian Open.
2010 MEDIA GUIDE AND PLAYER PERFORMANCE
In advance of next week's championship, media can also download the 2010 RBC Canadian Open Media Guide for complete stats, records and historical information. Media can also download the RBC Canadian Open Player Performance Book which details individual player statistics from 1904-2009. Both books are available online in the Bell Media Centre section of www.rbccanadianopen.com and printed versions will be available onsite in the Bell Media Centre.
RBC CANADIAN OPEN PRACTICE FACLITY AT ISLINGTON GOLF CLUB:
Competitors challenging for Canada's National Open championship at St. George's Golf and Country Club will use neighbouring Islington Golf Club where a practice facility has been constructed using the club's first and second holes, as well as the seventh green. Islington Golf Club is a private Stanley Thompson designed course located slightly more than two kilometres south of St. George's G&CC along Islington Avenue in the west-end of Toronto.
With attendance capped at 22,000 spectators per day, tickets for the 101st playing of Canada's national open championship are selling quickly including Sunday's final round which is nearing a sellout.
The following are ticket prices for the 2010 RBC Canadian Open:
Junior Grounds Ticket FREE*
Monday Grounds / Mike Weir Charity Classic $20.00
Tuesday Grounds $20.00
Wednesday Grounds $20.00
Thursday Grounds $70.00
Friday Grounds $70.00
Saturday Grounds $70.00
Sunday Grounds $70.00
*Free Admission For Juniors:
Juniors aged 15 and under are permitted access to the RBC Canadian Open grounds FREE when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
ABOUT THE 2010 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 19th, 2010 at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto. 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, Government of Ontario, TaylorMade adidas Golf, InterContinental Hotels Group, Southern Implants, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Transitions Optical, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Mike Weir Wines, Pepsi, Corona and Reader's Digest. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-OPEN.
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 - YOU BELONG
Golf Canada is a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA). Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in this country and representing more than 350,000 members and 1,600 golf clubs, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.
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 talents.
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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