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Brandt Snedeker ready to defend RBC Canadian Open title

Defending champion leads initial list of notable stars confirmed for The Royal Montreal Golf Club including Team RBC Golfers Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir and Stephen Ames

Tickets on sale now for the July 21 to 27 event, including inaugural RBC Canadian Open Family Day packages for Saturday, July 26th

MONTREAL, Que. (Golf Canada), June 2, 2014 - Excitement is quickly building towards the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, as 2013 champion Brandt Snedeker confirmed on a media teleconference this morning that he will be at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que., July 21-27 to defend his RBC Canadian Open title.

Currently ranked No. 31 in the world and a member of Team RBC, Snedeker captured Canada’s National Open Championship by three shots last year at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. A six-time PGA TOUR winner and the 2012 Fed Ex Cup champion, Snedeker will lead the field of world class golfers into Royal Montreal for the 105th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship.

“I’m very excited to be heading to The Royal Montreal Golf Club to defend my title at the end of July,” Brandt Snedeker said earlier on a teleconference today “I’ve never been to the course but everybody that I’ve asked has great things to say about this historic venue. It was very special to me to win Canada’s Open Championship last year especially considering it is sponsored by one of my partners in RBC. Hopefully I’ll be able to have another strong showing in 2014.”

Golf Canada and RBC are also pleased to report that a number of notable names have indicated their intent to play the 2014 RBC Canadian Open. An interim list released today boasts golfers featured within the top echelon of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Joining Snedeker at Royal Montreal will be World No. 4 Matt Kuchar; World No. 12 Jim Furyk; World No. 16 Luke Donald; World No. 18 Graeme McDowell; World No. 38 Hunter Mahan and World No. 51 Ernie Els.

Canada’s Graham DeLaet, currently ranked No. 32 in the world will lead a Canadian contingent that includes World No. 88 David Hearn, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir and recently announced Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Stephen Ames. The Canadian foursome will vie to see if one of them can become the first Canuck to capture the title since Pat Fletcher won the Canadian Open in 1954.

With many of the world’s best players excited about playing for Canada’s National Open Championship, RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Bill Paul credits the engagement of title sponsor RBC as a driving factor.

“With the RBC Canadian Open less than two months out, we are very pleased with the strength of our field as it comes together,” said Paul. “This is a testament to the commitment of our partners at RBC in delivering a world-class event experience. And that’s exactly what golf fans can expect when the world’s best player’s tee it up at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in July.”

Family Day
New this year, Family Day on Saturday, July 26th will feature a ticket package especially aimed at families with activities onsite for parents and children to enhance the spectator experience at Canada’s National Open Championship. Family Day will include specially priced grounds passes that provide access to dedicated fan areas, kids’ golf activities and more. In addition to specially priced ticket packages on Family Day, children aged 17 and under gain free admission all week when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada
Also announced today, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada will continue to be the Official Charity Partner of the RBC Canadian Open. Now in its second year, this relationship will continue to support RMHC through a combination of program grants and various fundraising activities before and during the event.

“We are incredibly proud of our partnership with RMCH through the RBC Canadian Open,” stated Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank. “As an extension of our commitment to supporting youth and kids in Canada, this relationship will continue important work that was started in 2013 to specifically support the mental well-being of children and their families when they are facing some of the most vulnerable and challenging times in their lives.”

Players confirmed to compete in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open include:

Stephen Ames

  • Four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2006 Players Championship
  • Competing in his 17th RBC Canadian Open
  • Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2014

Graham DeLaet

  • Currently ranked No. 1 in Canada, No. 32 in the world and No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings
  • Competing in his 6th RBC Canadian Open

Luke Donald

  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner and winner of back-to-back BMW PGA Championships in 2011 and 2012
  • Currently ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 40 in the FedEx Cup standings
Ernie Els
  • 19-time PGA TOUR winner and 4-time major winner (1994 and 1997 U.S. Open, 2002 and 2012 Open Championship)
  • Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Currently ranked No. 51 in the world and No. 94 in the FedEx Cup standings

Jim Furyk

  • 16-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2003 U.S. Open
  • Two-time RBC Canadian Open champion (2006 and 2007)
  • Currently ranked No. 12 in the world and No. 11 in the FedEx Cup standings

David Hearn

  • Currently ranked No. 2 in Canada, No. 88 in the world and No. 62 in the FedEx Cup standings
  • Competing in his 12th RBC Canadian Open

Matt Kuchar

  • Seven-time PGA TOUR winner including 2014 RBC Heritage, 2013 World Golf Championships
  • Accenture Match Play Championship, 2013 Memorial Tournament and 2012 The Players Championship
  • Currently ranked No. 4 in the world and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings

Hunter Mahan

  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2012 World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship
  • Currently ranked No. 38 in the world and No. 61 in the FedEx Cup standings

Graeme McDowell

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2013 RBC Heritage and 2010 U.S. Open
  • Currently ranked No. 18 in the world and No. 55 in the FedEx Cup standings

Brandt Snedeker

  • Six-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2013 RBC Canadian Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 2012 winner of the FedEx Cup
  • Currently ranked No. 31 in the world and No. 113 in the FedEx Cup standings

Mike Weir

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2003 Masters
  • Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Competing in his 24th RBC Canadian Open, currently ranked 98th in the FedEx standings

Canadians Earn Their Way to Montreal:
A number of additional Canadians will be attempting to qualify for Canada’s National Open Golf Championship in the coming weeks. Among those qualifying include players participating in RBC Canadian Open regional qualifiers, Canadians competing on the Web.com Tour, players ranked at the top of the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit as well as the PGA of Canada Order of Merit leader following the PGA of Canada Championship later this month.

Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, B.C. has secured his spot in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open thanks to his win at the 2013 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Additional exemptions for Canadian amateur and professional golfers competing in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be announced in the coming weeks.

VOLUNTEERS:
Golf Canada and the Royal Montreal Golf Club are pleased to announce that a number of volunteer positions are still available for golf enthusiasts to be a part of the RBC Canadian Open. In all, nearly 1,400 volunteer committee positions will contribute to the success of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship and anyone interested in applying can do so at www.rbccanadianopen.com.

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. A full list of ticket packages and pricing, including the new Family Day package, is available online at www.rbccanadianopen.com. Golf Canada and RBC are also please to offer free admission to children 17 year and younger who are accompanied by a ticketed adult.

ABOUT THE 2014 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 21-27, 2014 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que. 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 and Keystone Dental. 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 Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, David Hearn, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Hahan, Graeme McDowell, Morgan Pressel, Brandt Snedeker and Mike Weir. 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 close to 322,000 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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