Ile Bizard, Que. (Golf Canada), November 5, 2012 - Golf Canada and RBC announced today that The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Ile Bizard, Que. is officially confirmed to host the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27, 2014.
Renowned as the oldest golf club in North America and the site of the inaugural Canadian Open in 1904, Royal Montreal will play host to Canada's National Open Championship for a 10th time. The announcement marks the return of the RBC Canadian Open to Royal Montreal for the first time since 2001.
"In partnership with RBC, we are very pleased to confirm that the RBC Canadian Open will return to The Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2014," said Golf Canada Executive Director and CEO Scott Simmons. "Royal Montreal shares a long and storied history with both Golf Canada and Canada's National Open Championship dating back more than a century. We are thrilled to add to that special legacy again in 2014."
"We are proud to bring Canada's National Open Championship back home to where it all began more than 100 years ago," noted Andrew Shibata, head, Brand Marketing, RBC. "The tournament is played at the best golf courses in Canada and the historic Royal Montreal is one of the finest in this country. We look forward to welcoming the world's best golfers and our dedicated fans to the 2014 RBC Canadian Open."
One of the five founding clubs of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now operating as Golf Canada), The Royal Montreal Golf Club most recently hosted the Presidents Cup in 2007. The Club previously hosted Canada's National Open Championship in 1904, 1908, 1913, 1926, 1950, 1975, 1980, 1997 and 2001.
The Royal Montreal Golf Club is proud to be hosting the 2014 RBC Canadian Open. "To play an important role in Canadian golf" is a part of the Club's Mission Statement. This will be another opportunity for spectators to watch some exciting golf on our challenging Blue Course. With the anticipated support of the Quebec golf and business communities, we are looking forward to making this a very successful and memorable event, stated Royal Montreal President George Waters.
Pat Fletcher, the last Canadian to claim Canada's National Open Championship in 1954, served as Head Professional at The Royal Montreal Golf Club from 1956 to 1975.
The 2013 RBC Canadian Open will take place July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. For information about tickets, volunteer opportunities or corporate hospitality, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com .
ABOUT THE 2012 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.6 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open is a rallying point for Canadian golf by providing 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. Established in 1904, Canada's National Open Golf Championship is the third-oldest national open championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail and Reader's Digest with funding provided by the Government of Ontario. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
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 National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Canada representing more than 340,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 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 us online at www.golfcanada.ca.
Dan Pino, Director, Corporate Communications, Golf Canada
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Jackie Braden, Senior Manager, Brand Communications, RBC
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