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Bubba Watson among 14 in-year PGA Tour Winners Confirmed for 2015 RBC Canadian Open

Bubba Watson, Team RBC players Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker,
and Nick Taylor, as well as Matt Every and Chris Kirk among
 2014-15 PGA TOUR winners set to challenge Glen Abbey

Nine other Team RBC ambassadors confirmed to compete include Matt Kuchar,
Ryan Palmer, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Ernie Els along with
Canadian Team RBC players Graham DeLaet, David Hearn,
Adam Hadwin and Mike Weir

Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, Marc Leishman and Justin Leonard also confirm
their intention to compete for Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship

OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada), July 2, 2015 -  Fresh off a victory this past weekend, Bubba Watson has confirmed his intention to compete in the 2015 RBC Canadian Open, July 20-26 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

Watson outlasted Paul Casey in a two-hole playoff this past Sunday to win the 2015 Travelers Championship, his second PGA TOUR win in 2015 (World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions). The eight-time PGA TOUR winner will be making his sixth RBC Canadian Open appearance and his fourth at Glen Abbey. The long-hitting lefty is currently ranked No. 3 in the world and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings.

With his addition to the field, Watson will be one of 14 PGA TOUR 2014-15 winners who have confirmed their intention to compete for Canada’s National Championship including Sangmoon Bae (Frys.com Open), Robert Streb (The McGladrey Classic), Charley Hoffman (OHL Classic at Mayaboka), Brooks Koepka (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Alex Cejka (Puerto Rico Open), Matt Every (Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard), J.B. Holmes (Shell Houston Open), Chris Kirk (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) and Fabian Gomez (FedEx St. Jude Classic).

Team RBC returns to Glen Abbey…
Four of the in-year winners confirmed for Glen Abbey are members of Team RBC including World No. 5 Jim Furyk (RBC Heritage) who is a two-time former Canadian Open champion. Fellow Team RBC member and World No. 8 Jason Day is a two-time winner in 2015 with a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open and partnering with Cameron Tringale to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout. World No. 26 Brandt Snedeker (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) who won the 2013 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey along with Canadian Nick Taylor (Sanderson Farms Championship) round out the list of Team RBC in-year PGA TOUR winners.

Other Team RBC ambassadors set to compete at Glen Abbey include World No. 16 Matt Kuchar, World No. 30 Ryan Palmer, World No. 48 Graeme McDowell, World No. 65 Luke Donald, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els. In addition, Canadian Team RBC members Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Mike Weir will be among the fan-favourites competing for Canada’s National Open Championship.

“The quality and depth of talent on today’s PGA TOUR has never been stronger and we’re thrilled to welcome World No. 3 Bubba Watson, World No. 5 Jim Furyk and World No. 8 Jason Day among our 14 in-year winners confirmed for this year’s RBC Canadian Open,” said RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Brent McLaughlin. “Along with Canadian and international Team RBC athletes, our field is coming together and no doubt, golf fans will be treated to a world-class showcase at Glen Abbey.”

Other notables who have confirmed their intention to compete in the $5.8M RBC Canadian Open include World No. 40 Hunter Mahan; World No. 57 Marc Leishman; two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen; 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover; 2009 Open Championship winner Stewart Cink; 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard; nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby and six-time PGA TOUR winner Rory Sabbatini.

Most recent players confirmed to compete in the 2015 RBC Canadian Open include:

Bubba Watson

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2015 Travelers Championship
  • Two-time Masters champion (2014 & 2012)
  • Currently ranked No. 3 in the world and No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings

Jim Furyk

  • 17-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Two-time RBC Canadian Open champion (2006 & 2007)
  • Currently ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 23 in the FedEx Cup standings

Jason Day

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Currently ranked No. 8 in the world and No. 13 in the FedEx Cup standings

J.B. Holmes

  • Four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2015 Shell Houston Open
  • Currently ranked No. 13 in the world and No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings

Matt Kuchar

  • Seven-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Currently ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 27 in the FedEx Cup standings

Chris Kirk

  • Four-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  • Currently ranked No. 17 in the world and No. 19 in the FedEx Cup standings

Brooks Koepka

  • 2015 PGA TOUR winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Currently ranked No. 22 in the world and No. 18 in the FedEx Cup standings

Brandt Snedeker

  • Seven-time PGA TOUR & 2012 FedEx Cup winner
  • 2013 RBC Canadian Open champion
  • Currently ranked No. 26 in the world and No. 6 in the FedEx Cup standings

Ryan Palmer

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Currently ranked No. 30 in the world and No. 45 in the FedEx Cup Standings

Hunter Mahan

  • Six-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Withdrew from the 2013 RBC Canadian with the 36-hole lead to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter
  • Currently ranked No. 40 in the world and No. 67 in the FedEx Cup standings

Marc Leishman

  • Currently ranked No. 57 in the world and No. 75 in the FedEx Cup standings

Charley Hoffman

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba
  • Currently ranked No. 44 in the world and No. 78 in the FedEx Cup standings

Graeme McDowell

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2010 U.S. Open champion
  • Currently ranked No. 48 in the World and No. 152 in the FedEx Cup Standings

Matt Every

  • Two-time PGA TOUR winner, including the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
  • Currently ranked No. 55 in the world and No. 51 in the FedEx Cup standings

Luke Donald

  • Five-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Currently ranked No. 65 in the world and No. 122 in the FedEx Cup Standings

Ernie Els

  • 19-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Four-time major winner (1994 & 1997 U.S. Open; 2002 & 2012 Open Championship)
  • Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Currently ranked No. 107 in the world and No. 172 in the FedEx Cup standings

Graham DeLaet

  • Currently the top-ranked Canadian on the World Golf Rankings (No. 78)
  • Currently ranked No. 83 in the FedEx Cup standings
  • Competing in his 6th RBC Canadian Open

David Hearn

  • Currently ranked No. 177 in the world and No. 88 in the FedEx Cup standings
  • Competing in his 13th RBC Canadian Open

Adam Hadwin

  • PGA TOUR Rookie
  • Topped the 2013-14 Web.com money list
  • Currently ranked No. 174 in the world and No. 114 in the FedEx Cup standings
  • Competing in his 6th RBC Canadian Open (finished T4 in 2011)

Nick Taylor

  • PGA TOUR Rookie
  • 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship champion (first Canadian to win on PGA TOUR in six years)
  • Former World No. 1 Amateur
  • Competing in his 3rd RBC Canadian Open

Mike Weir

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner
  • 2003 Masters champion
  • Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Competing in his 25th RBC Canadian Open

Retief Goosen

  • Seven-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Two-time U.S. Open winner (2004 & 2001)

Lucas Glover

  • Three-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Winner of the 2009 U.S. Open

Stewart Cink

  • Six-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Winner of the 2009 Open Championship

Justin Leonard

  • 12-time PGA TOUR winner
  • Winner of the 1997 Open Championship and 1998 Players Championship

Stuart Appleby

  • Nine-time PGA TOUR winner

Rory Sabbatini

  • Six-time PGA TOUR winner

Additional player and tournament announcements will be made in the coming weeks. The final field for the 2015 RBC Canadian Open will be released on Friday, July 17, 2015 after 5 p.m. ET.

For information about tickets, FREE 17-and-under junior passes, volunteer opportunities or corporate hospitality for the 2015 RBC Canadian Open, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com.

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ABOUT THE 2015 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.8 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 20-26, 2015 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 Direct, BMW Group Canada, Molson Canadian 67, WestJet, TaylorMade adidas Golf, Boston Pizza, Ballantine’s, Santa Carolina Wines and The Globe and Mail. 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 Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Brooke Henderson, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Ryan Palmer, Morgan Pressel, Nick Taylor, 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. For more information, visit www.rbc.com/golf.

GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
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For more information:

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

André Roberts
Head, RBC Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications
RBC
(t) 416-313-7436
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