Montreal, Que. (Golf Canada) , June 18, 2014 - Momentum around Canada’s National Open Golf Championships continues to build as Golf Canada and RBC announced several PGA TOUR stars have confirmed their intention to compete in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que including World No. 15 Dustin Johnson, World No. 21 Charl Schwartzel, World No. 41 Chris Kirk, World No. 46 Matt Every and World No. 80 Charley Hoffman.
The big-hitting Johnson, a fan favourite on the PGA TOUR, is an eight-time PGA TOUR winner who currently sits 4th on the FedEx Cup ranking. Schwartzel, who counts the 2011 Masters as his lone PGA TOUR victory, is currently ranked 79th on the FedEx Cup ranking while Hoffman is a two-time PGA TOUR winner who sits 36th on the FedEx Cup ranking.
Ranked 7th in the FedEx Cup standings, Kirk, who recently claimed the McGladrey Classic, is one of eight in year winners confirmed for Royal Montreal including Dustin Johnson (World Golf Championship), Matt Kuchar (RBC Heritage), Matt Every (Arnold Palmer Invitational), Steve Bowditch (Valero Texas Open), Matt Jones (Shell Houston Open), Kevin Stadler (Waste Management Phoenix Open) and Chesson Hadley (Puerto Rico Open).
The field of players will include eight past champions who will challenge for Canada’s National Open title including defending champion Brandt Snedeker (2013), Scott Piercy (2012), Sean O’Hair (2011), Carl Pettersson (2010), Nathan Green (2009), Jim Furyk (2006 & 2007), Vijay Singh (2004) and John Rollins (2002).
Past major champions such as Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman have also confirmed their intention to play at Canada’s National Open Championship.
Beon Yeong Lee of Montreal will have the benefit of a home crowd behind him after earning his spot by winning the RBC Canadian Open Quebec Regional Qualifier on Monday, June 16th at Elm Ridge Country Club in Île-Bizard, Que.
The players announced today will join a player field that of previously confirmed PGA TOUR stars that includes World No. 5 Matt Kuchar; World No. 12 Jim Furyk; World No. 20 Luke Donald; World No. 22 Graeme McDowell; World No. 40 Hunter Mahan and World No. 54 Ernie Els.
Canadian notables set to compete include World No. 35 Graham DeLaet, World No. 90 David Hearn, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, who will be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame later this summer. The Canadian foursome will be joined by Adam Hadwin and Brad Fritsch and 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.
Additional exemptions for Canadian amateur and professional golfers competing in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be announced in the coming weeks.
PAT FLETCHER: CELEBRATING THE VICTORY OF A LIFETIME
Sixty years after iconic pro golfer Pat Fletcher became the last Canadian to win the Canadian Open, his namesake has an array of initiatives planned to pay homage to this historic anniversary. Fletcher, an honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and long-time head professional at The Royal Montreal Golf Club won the Canadian Open in 1954 – a victory that also makes him the only Canadian-born player to win the championship in 100 years. The RBC Canadian Open will share in paying tribute to this anniversary in advance and onsite at Royal Montreal. Initiatives include an increase in scholarships given out through the Pat Fletcher Foundation and the production of a limited edition Canadian postage stamp. More information is available here including a video commemorating Fletcher’s 1954 Canadian Open victory.
ACTIVITIES PLANNED IN SUPPORT OF RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES CANADA:
When the stars of the PGA TOUR play at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in the RBC Canadian Open title, they will be doing more than just competing: they will also be supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada, the tournament’s official charity partner. Working in collaboration with RBC, RMHC has many on-site initiatives planned at the Royal Montreal Golf Course to raise profile and funds for their 14 Houses nationally. As well, RMHC, RBC and Golf Canada will be hosting unique events for families from RMHC Montreal at the RBC Canadian Open including ‘inside-the-ropes’ experiences and a special picnic hosted by the Wives of the PGA TOUR Association.
Golf Canada and the Royal Montreal Golf Club are pleased to announce that a limited 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.
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.
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Dan Pino, Director, Corporate Communications, Golf Canada,
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Shauna Cook, Senior Manager, Brand Sponsorship Communications, RBC