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15 Canadians confirmed for 2015 RBC Canadian Open

Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor, Roger Sloan and Mike Weir will join nine other Canadians who have earned tournament exemptions to compete at Glen Abbey Golf Club from July 20-26

Young Pro Squad members Corey Conners, Taylor Pendrith and Adam Svensson as well as National Amateur Squad members Austin Connelly and Blair Hamilton among those set to compete in 106th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship

Friday, July 24 will be Canada Day at the RBC Canadian Open Players and spectators encouraged to wear red and white to support Canada’s top golfers

Winner of 2015 Men’s Pan Am Golf Competition to be granted an exemption

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) , July 3, 2015 - In celebration of Canada Day, Golf Canada and RBC are proud to announce the first 15 Canadians, including 10 tournament exemptions, confirmed for the 2015 RBC Canadian Open taking place at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., from July 20-26, 2015.

Leading the Canadian contingent at Glen Abbey will be Weyburn, Sask., native Graham DeLaet, fresh off a fourth-place finish this past weekend at the Travelers Championship. The finish moved DeLaet to No. 78 on the World Golf Ranking and secured his spot in the field for The Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Joining DeLaet will be fellow Canadian PGA TOUR players David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Abbottsford, B.C., natives Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor; Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., who will be making his 25th appearance in Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.

Golf Canada has also granted a tournament exemption to Web.com Tour player Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont. who will make his eighth appearance in Canada’s National Open Championship.

Additional tournament exemptions were given to Team Canada Young Pro Squad members Corey Connors of Listowel, Ont., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., as well as National Amateur Squad members Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas and Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont.

Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., won the 2014 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur title to earn his exemption into the 2015 RBC Canadian Open. Leading into tournament week, Rank and Connelly will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games golf competition, July 13-19 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

PGA of Canada professional Billy Walsh of Markham, Ont., earned his way into the 2015 RBC Canadian Open field as the No. 1-ranked player on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC.

Earlier this week, former Team Canada member Richard Jung of Toronto shot a course-record, 10-under 62 at Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club to top the 144-player field to earn an exemption through the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier. 

“This is OUR Open and we’re proud to have these 15 deserving Canadians compete in the 106th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship,” said RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Brent McLaughlin. “The depth of talent in Canadian golf has never been stronger and I’m sure each of them will feel the tremendous wave of Canadian pride and support from golf fans across the country.”

The 15 Canadian players announced today will look to become the first Canadian to capture the national title since Pat Fletcher claimed victory in 1954.

The Canadians confirmed for Glen Abbey will join a field of PGA TOUR and international stars that includes World No. 3 Bubba Watson, World No. 5 Jim Furyk, World No. 8 Jason Day, World No. 13 J.B. Holmes, World No. 16 Matt Kuchar, World No. 17 Chris Kirk, World No. 22 Brooks Koepka, World No. 26 Brandt Snedeker, World No. 30 Ryan Palmer, World No. 40 Hunter Mahan, World No. 48 Graeme McDowell, World No. 65 Luke Donald, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els.

Celebrating Canada Day at the RBC Canadian Open….
For more than a century, our National Men’s Open Championship has been a celebration of Canada’s most talented golfers. This year, that celebration will be on full display as Friday, July 24 has been declared Canada Day at the RBC Canadian Open. Spectators are encouraged to wear red and white to proudly show their support for Canada’s top golfing talents. Players in the field will also be encouraged to wear Canada’s colours to help celebrate the day.

Pan Am golf champion to earn an exemption…
Golf Canada will also grant an RBC Canadian Open tournament exemption to the winner of the men’s Pan Am Golf Competition happening as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.  The golf competition will run July 13-19 at Angus Glen Golf Club with 32 players from 16 countries set to compete, including Austin Connelly and Garrett Rank who will represent Team Canada. Besides the champion’s exemption, the rest of the men’s Pan Am golf field will be exempt into the RBC Canadian Open Monday Qualifier happening Monday, July 20 at Heron Point Golf Links near Ancaster, Ont.

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

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 7th 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 6th RBC Canadian Open

Mike Weir

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

Roger Sloan

  • PGA TOUR Rookie
  • 2014 Web.com Tour Nova Scotia Open champion
  • Competing in his 3rd RBC Canadian Open

Brad Fritsch

  • Currently ranked No. 81 on the 2015 Web.com money list
  • Career-best PGA TOUR finish: T10 at 2013 Farmers Insurance Open
  • Competing in his 8th RBC Canadian Open

Corey Conners

  • Member of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad
  • Runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Amateur to earn an exemption into the 2015 Masters
  • Competing in his 3rd RBC Canadian Open

Taylor Pendrith

  • Member of Team Canada’s Young Pro Squad
  • Low amateur at 2014 RBC Canadian Open
  • Competing in his 2nd RBC Canadian Open

Adam Svensson

  • Member of Team Canada’s Young Pro Squad
  • Two-time runner-up on the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada
  • Competing in his 3rd RBC Canadian Open

Austin Connelly

  • Member of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team
  • Currently ranked No. 13 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Will represent Team Canada at the 2015 Pan-Am Games golf competition
  • Competing in his 1st RBC Canadian Open

Blair Hamilton

  • Member of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team
  • Currently ranked No. 81 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • University of Houston (winner of the 2015 NCAA Border Olympics)
  • Competing in his 1st RBC Canadian Open

Garrett Rank

  • Former Team Canada National Team member
  • 2014 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur champion & 2015 Ontario Mid-Amateur champion
  • Will represent Team Canada at the 2015 Pan-Am Games golf competition
  • Competing in his 1st RBC Canadian Open

Billy Walsh

  • Currently ranked No. 1 on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC
  • Competing in his 2nd RBC Canadian Open

Richard Jung

  • Winner of the 2015 RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier
  • Competing in his 1st RBC Canadian Open

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.

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, PepsiCo Canada, Ballantine’s, Santa Carolina Wines, Metrolinx 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.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Organization and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 310,000 golfers at more than 1,400 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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