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Golf Canada Announces Tournament Exemptions into 2012 RBC Canadian Open

Canadians Adam Hadwin, Brad Fritsch, Richard Scott, Matt McQuillan, Eugene Wong, Andrew Parr and Albin Choi offered exemptions to compete July 23-29 at Hamilton Golf and Country

Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa accepts invite to play the 2012 RBC Canadian Open

15 Canadians to date confirmed for Canada's National Open Championship

Tickets on sale now; Free admission for children aged 17 & under accompanied by a ticketed adult

Hamilton (Golf Canada) - Golf Canada and RBC announced today a list of Canadians that have been extended tournament exemptions to compete in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Among those extended tournament exemptions are current Web.com Tour players Adam Hadwin of Abbottsford, B.C., Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont. Hadwin, the third-ranked Canadian on the World Golf Rankings who earned the Rivermead Cup as the Low Canadian at the previous two RBC Canadian Opens, currently sits 50th on the Web.com Tour money list, while Scott and Fritsch sit 27th and 36th respectively on the Web.com Tour money list. McQuillan, who plays on both the Web.com and PGA TOUR, is currently the 5th ranked Canadian on the World Golf Ranking.

Andrew Parr of London, Ont. - who has been competing on both the European and South African Tours in 2012 - has also been extended an exemption, as well as former Canadian amateur standout and recently turned professional Eugene Wong of Vancouver. Also set to compete is Team Canada member Albin Choi of Toronto, winner of the 2010 Canadian Men's Amateur, who is currently the No. 2 ranked Canadian on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Other Canadians that have earned exemptions to compete in the 103rd edition of Canada's National Open Championship are reigning Canadian Men's Amateur Champion and Team Canada National Team member Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. as well as 2011 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur champion Rob Couture of Trenton, Ont.

Also set to compete at Hamilton Golf and Country Club is PGA of Canada professional Brian McCann of Mississauga, Ont. who earned his exemption as the top point earner on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings, presented by RBC, as of July 1st.

Greg Doherty of Mississauga, Ont. won the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier last week at Kings Forest Golf Course to earn a spot in the field.

The third of three regional Qualifiers (Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) is running today (July 3rd) in Epiphanie, Quebec with the top 12 competitors earning a spot into the Final Monday Qualifier on Monday, July 23rd at Heron Point Golf Links. Four exemptions into the 2012 RBC Canadian Open are available through the Final Monday Qualifier.

"The opportunity to challenge for Canadian National Open Championship is a prestigious honour - we are pleased to extend tournament exemptions into the field for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open to each of these deserving competitors," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open. "We are hoping these talented golfers will capitalize on a start in our National Championship to build momentum in their professional careers as they strive to become the future stars of Canadian golf."

Golf Canada and RBC also confirmed that Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa has accepted a tournament exemption to compete in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. Currently ranked No. 69 on the World Golf Ranking, the 20-year old has 11 international victories and has competed in the past two President's Cups (2009 & 2011).

Additional tournament exemptions will be announced in the coming weeks including a pair of exemptions which are up for grabs through the Canadian Tour Order of Merit following the Player's Championship in Winnipeg which concludes on July 15th.

The list of Canadian and international exemption competitors join an RBC Canadian Open field that includes previously announced headliners 2012 PLAYERS champion Matt Kuchar, two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, 2-time major winner Retief Goosen, World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els and world No. 10 ranked Hunter Mahan as well as Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Kyle Stanley, Justin Leonard, Bo Van Pelt, Jonathan Byrd, Stuart Appleby and defending RBC Canadian Open champion Sean O'Hair.

To date, a total of 15 Canadians are confirmed for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open with Hadwin, Fritsch, Scott, McQuillan, Parr, Wong, Choi, McCann, Doherty, Hughes and Couture joining previously confirmed Canadians Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont. Each will be looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win Canada's National Open title.

TICKETS:

Grounds tickets for all days of Canada's National Open Championship as well as a limited number of premium ticket packages are still available.

Grounds Tickets (advance pricing):

Junior Grounds Ticket FREE
Monday Grounds $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
Anyday Grounds $70.00

** children aged 17 and under gain FREE ADMISSION to the RBC Canadian Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Premium Ticket Packages - Golf Canada House (advance pricing):

These VIP passes provide a full week of grounds access as well as admittance to the exclusive Golf Canada House located between the 17th & 18th fairways. Built to evoke a clubhouse environment, Golf Canada House is your on-course lounge and your front row seat to the stars of the PGA TOUR. The Golf Canada House passes includes upgraded food and beverage choices for purchase; indoor seating with big screen TV's, reserved washrooms; individual daily passes for each day; complimentary parking passes.

Golf Canada House Single $300.00
One (1) individual daily Golf Canada House pass for each day, Monday to Sunday

Golf Canada House 2-Some $550.00
Two (2) individual daily Golf Canada House passes for each day and one (1) parking pass, Monday to Sunday

Golf Canada House 4-Some $1,000.00
Four (4) individual daily Golf Canada House passes for each day and two (2) daily parking passes, Monday to Sunday

 

 

ABOUT THE 2012 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 23-29, 2012 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. 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, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and the City of Hamilton. For 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, the PGA of America and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring professionals Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, Hunter Mahan and Morgan Pressel. As the Official Bank of the PGA of America and 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, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and high performance national team. Outside of golf, RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots to national sport associations. 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.

GOLF CANADA - LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.

Golf Canada is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more than 340,000 members at close to 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada's mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game.

A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Golf in Schools presented by Callaway, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, CN Canadian Women's Tour and CN Future Links - Canada's national junior golf program - are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating.

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.

For more information, contact:

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

Jackie Braden, Senior Manager, Brand Communications, RBC
(t) 416.974.1724, (e) jackie.braden@rbc.com