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Field announced for 2013 RBC Canadian Open

RBC Canadian Open and Ronald McDonald House

PGA TOUR stars Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk as well as Canadians Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Brad Fritsch, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir along with defending champion Scott Piercy headline field for Canada's National Open Championship, July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club

Field to include 10 in-year PGA TOUR winners as well as nine past RBC Canadian Open champions

National Amateur Team members Corey Conners and Adam Svensson extending tournament exemptions; 15 Canadians confirmed thus far to compete for Canada's National Open Championship

2013 RBC Canadian Open Media Guide and Player Performance Book now available online

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


Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada), July 19, 2013 - Golf Canada and RBC announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the $5.6 million (US) RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Defending champion Scott Piercy will be challenged by a world class field of PGA TOUR stars that includes World No. 6 Matt Kuchar, World No. 7 Graeme McDowell, 2012 FedEx Cup champion and World No. 8 Brandt Snedeker, World No. 9 Luke Donald, World No. 13 Ernie Els, World No. 14 Charl Schwartzel, World No. 16 Bubba Watson, World No. 23 Hunter Mahan, World No. 24 Dustin Johnson and two-time Canadian Open champion and World No. 32 Jim Furyk.

Past Champions:
Piercy, who captured the crown in 2012 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, tops a list of nine past RBC Canadian Open champions set to compete for the national title including former Glen Abbey winners Nathan Green (2009), Chez Reavie (2008), Vijay Singh (2004) and Billy Andrade (1998). Other past champions set to compete include Sean O’Hair (2011), Jim Furyk (2006 & 2007), John Rollins, (2002) and Scott Verplank (2001).

In-year Winners:
The field will also include 10 in-season PGA TOUR winners including Matt Kucher (WGC Accenture Match Play Championship & The Memorial Tournament present by Nationwide Insurance), Brandt Snedeker (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Dustin Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Graeme McDowell (RBC Heritage), Sang-Moon Bae (HP Byron Nelson Championship), Billy Horschel, (Zurich Classic of New Orleans), Derek Ernst (Wells Fargo Championship), Brian Gay (Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation), John Merrick (Northern Trust Open), Boo Weekley (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) and Scott Brown (Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com)

In all, 156 players will compete for the $5.6 million USD purse next week in Oakville when Canada’s National Open Championship returns to Glen Abbey for a record 26th time.

The RBC Canadian Open will once again feature a strong international contingent as 15 countries will be represented including the United States, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Argentina, South Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Fiji, Sweden, Australia, England, Colombia and Canada.

Canadian Content grows to 15
As part of the field announcement, Golf Canada and RBC also confirmed that two members of Canada’s National Amateur Team – Corey Conners, 21, of Listowel, Ont. and Adam Svensson, 19, of Surrey, B.C. have been extended tournament exemptions to compete in their first ever RBC Canadian Open.

Conners is currently Canada’s highest ranked male amateur on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (#39).  A standout at Kent State University, Conners recently finished in a tie for third at the 2013 Monroe Invitational and advanced through to the Round of 16 at the 2013 Men’s North and South Amateur Championship.

Svensson is a freshman at Barry University who was awarded the Phil Mickelson Award presented annually to the most outstanding Division II men’s golfer. His collegiate season included eight top-10 finishes in nine tournament starts. The 2012 Canadian Junior Boys champion also finished tied for fourth at the 2013 Sahalee Players Championship and runner up at the B.C. Men’s Amateur.

With the addition of Conners and Svensson, a 15-player Canadian contingent (to date) will compete at Glen Abbey looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win Canada’s National Open title. 

Leading the charge are PGA TOUR players Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont. Other Canadians set to compete include Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, winner of the 2012 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship; recently crowned 2013 PGA Championship of Canada winner Bryn Parry of Vancouver; and Brian Hadley of Sarnia, Ont. who earned an exemption after winning the Ontario Regional Qualifier. Rounding out the list of Canadians will be five recently announced exemptions including Web.com Tour players Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. as well as up and coming Team Canada graduates Eugene Wong of Vancouver, Albin Choi of Toronto, and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.

“The field is set and we’re ready to kick off the 104th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship,” said Bill Paul, Tournament Director of the RBC Canadian Open. “The golf course is in tremendous shape and ready to challenge the world’s best golfers for a record 26th time.  Our team of more than 1,700 volunteers is ready and there is no doubt that Canadian golf fans will be treated to a terrific showcase next week at Glen Abbey Golf Club.”

Three additional exemptions will be confirmed on Sunday evening following the conclusion of the Player Cup PGA TOUR Canada event in Winnipeg. The top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit at the conclusion of the Players Cup will earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.

The final four exemptions into the field for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open will be handed out at the Monday Final Qualifier on Monday, July 22 at Heron Point Golf Links near Hamilton, Ont.

The following is a list of players set to compete in the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28 at Glen Abbey Golf Club:

Joe Affrunti 
Robert Allenby 
Stephen Ames (CDN)
Billy Andrade
Stuart Appleby 
Aaron Baddeley 
Sang-Moon Bae 
Ricky Barnes 
Jason Bohn 
Justin Bolli 
Steven Bowditch 
Michael Bradley 
Scott Brown 
Chad Campbell
* Kevin Carrigan (CDN) 
Roberto Castro 
Bud Cauley 
Greg Chalmers 
Kevin Chappell 
Albin Choi (CDN)
Will Claxton 
Erik Compton 
*Corey Conners (CDN)
Ben Crane 
Brian Davis 
Graham DeLaet  (CDN)
Chris DiMarco
Luke Donald 
James Driscoll 
Ernie Els 
Derek Ernst 
Bob Estes 
Matt Every 
Martin Flores 
Brad Fritsch (CDN)
Jim Furyk 
Tommy Gainey 
Scott Gardiner 
Robert Garrigus 
Bobby Gates 
Brian Gay 
Tom Gillis 
Fabian Gomez 
Nathan Green 
Luke Guthrie 
Brian Hadley (CDN)
Adam Hadwin (CDN)
James Hahn 
Paul Haley II
Brian Harman 
David Hearn (CDN)
J.J. Henry 
Jim Herman 
Justin Hicks 
Charley Hoffman 
Morgan Hoffmann 
Billy Horschel 
Mackenzie Hughes (CDN)
John Huh 
Trevor Immelman 
Ryo Ishikawa 
Dustin Johnson 
Matt Jones 
Robert Karlsson 
Jerry Kelly 
Chris Kirk 
Colt Knost 
Ben Kohles 
Jason Kokrak 
Matt Kuchar 
Doug LaBelle II 
Neal Lancaster
Scott Langley 
Steve LeBrun 
Richard H. Lee 
Justin Leonard 
Michael Letzig
David Lingmerth 
Luke List 
Jeff Maggert 
Hunter Mahan 
Steve Marino 
David Mathis 
Hideki Matsuyama 
Troy Matteson 
Graeme McDowell 
William McGirt 
George McNeill 
Eric Meierdierks 
John Merrick 
Seung-Yul Noh 
Henrik Norlander 
Sean O'Hair 
Geoff Ogilvy 
Jeff Overton 
Greg Owen 
Ryan Palmer 
Jin Park 
Jesper Parnevik 
Bryn Parry (CDN)
Cameron Percy 
Pat Perez 
Scott Piercy 
Alistair Presnell 
Dicky Pride 
Chez Reavie 
Patrick Reed 
Tag Ridings 
John Rollins 
Andres Romero 
Rory Sabbatini 
Charl Schwartzel 
John Senden 
Marcel Siem 
Vijay Singh 
Roger Sloan (CDN)
Brandt Snedeker 
Joey Snyder III 
Kevin Stadler 
Scott Stallings 
Kyle Stanley 
Brendan Steele 
Shawn Stefani 
Darron Stiles 
Robert Streb 
Chris Stroud 
Brian Stuard 
Daniel Summerhays 
*Adam Svensson (CDN)
Andrew Svoboda 
Nicholas Thompson 
Cameron Tringale 
Scott Verplank 
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner 
Aaron Watkins 
Bubba Watson 
Mike Weir (CDN)
Charlie Wi 
Lee Williams 
Mark Wilson 
Casey Wittenberg 
Eugene Wong (CDN)
Gary Woodland 
Y.E. Yang 

* Denotes amateur
(CDN) Denotes Canadians

2013 MEDIA GUIDE AND PLAYER PERFORMANCE BOOK
In advance of next week’s championship, media can also download the 2013 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 1904-2012. 

Both books are available online in the Shaw Media Centresection of www.rbccanadianopen.com and printed versions will be available onsite in the Shaw Media Centre.

TELEVISION COVERAGE:
The following are television times for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open:

Thursday, July 25

TSN & Golf Channel

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 26

TSN & Golf Channel

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 27

Global & CBS

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 28

Global & CBS

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 

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 which includes a panoramic rooftop view of six holes at Glen Abbey including the 1st hole and driving range. 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 with passes including upgraded food and beverage choices for purchase, big screen TV's, reserved washrooms, individual daily passes, and 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, Monday to Sunday
Golf Canada House 4-Some        $1,000.00
Four (4) individual daily Golf Canada House passes for each, Monday to Sunday

ABOUT THE 2013 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, 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 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 Business, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail, Jacob's Creek, Keystone Dental, Jack Link's Beef Jerky and 5-hour Energy. 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 Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, and Morgan Pressel. 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, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and 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.

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 www.golfcanada.ca.

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

Jackie Braden
Director, Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications
RBC
(t) 416.974.1724
(e) jackie.braden@rbc.com