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Canadian Open
Tournament information
Location Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Established 1904
Course(s) Glen Abbey Golf Course
Par 72
Yardage 7,253
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Purse $5,100,000
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Johnny Palmer (1952)
To-par -22 Tiger Woods (2000)
Current champion
Nathan Green

The RBC Canadian Open is a golf tournament which was founded in 1904.

As a national open, and especially as the most accessible non-U.S. national open for American golfers, the event had a special status in the era before the professional tour system became dominant in golf. In the interwar years it was sometimes considered the third most prestigious tournament in the sport after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open. This previous status was noted in the media in 2000, when Tiger Woods became the first man to win all three Opens in the same season since Lee Trevino in 1971. Nonetheless, this special status has largely dissipated, but the Canadian Open remains a well-regarded fixture on the PGA Tour.

A limited number of entries are allocated to players of the Canadian Tour; however, prize money won at the Canadian Open does not count towards the Canadian Tour money list.

Celebrated golfers who have won the tournament include: Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. The Canadian Open is regarded as the most prestigious tournament never won by the great Jack Nicklaus, a 7-time runner-up. Leo Diegel has the most titles with four.

Nick Price celebrates his 1994 victory at the Canadian Open

In the early 2000s, the tournament was held in mid-September, following the major tournaments and most other high-profile events. Its field has accordingly become increasingly lacking in "star" golfers. Seeking to change this, the Royal Canadian Golf Association long lobbied for a summer date. When the Tour schedule was revamped in 2007, the tournament was rescheduled for July, albeit sandwiched between three events with even higher profiles (The Open Championship the week prior, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational the week after, and the PGA Championship the week after that). Many analysts doubt that the field strength will increase significantly as a result, with the biggest star players not wanting to play four consecutive weeks. A further tweaking of the schedule in 2009 saw the Canadian Open receive a slightly more favourable date; while it is still held the week after the Open Championship, it now is two weeks before the Bridgestone Invitational. Still, the tournament counts towards the FedEx Cup standings.

Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the most Canadian Opens, with 25 to date. Glen Abbey was designed in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus for the Royal Canadian Golf Association, to serve as the permanent home for the championship from 1977, with occasional visits to other clubs. From the mid-1990s, the RCGA decided to move the championship around the country. Royal Montreal Golf Club, home of the first Open in 1904, ranks second with nine times hosted. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club has hosted six Opens, Toronto Golf Club has hosted five Opens, and four clubs have each hosted four Opens: Lambton Golf Club, Hamilton Golf and Country Club, St. George's Golf and Country Club, and Scarboro Golf Club. The championship has for the most part been held in Ontario and Quebec, the two most populous Canadian provinces. Ontario and Quebec have seen all but eight Opens. New Brunswick had the Open in 1939, Manitoba in 1952 and 1961, Alberta in 1958, and British Columbia in 1948, 1954, 1966, and 2005.

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2004: Mike Weir's close call

A Canadian has not won the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and one of the most exciting conclusions ever at the Open in 2004 came at the expense of that streak. Mike Weir had never done well at the Glen Abbey Golf Course, the site of the tournament that week. In fact, he had never made a cut at any of the opens contested at Glen Abbey. But, Weir clawed his way to the top of the leaderboard by Friday. And by the third day at the 100th edition of the Open, he had a 3- stroke lead, and many Canadians buzzing about the possibility of the streak's end.

Weir started off with a double bogey, but then went 4 under to keep his 3-stroke lead, with only 8 holes left. Yet, with the expectations of Canadian observers abnormally high, there was another road block in the way of Mike Weir: Vijay Singh.

Singh did not play as to his resume, and Weir had two more chances to win the tournament: a 25-foot shot for eagle on No. 18 in the first hole of sudden-death, and a 5-foot shot on No. 17 at the second playoff hole. On the third playoff hole, Weir put his third shot into the water after a horrid drive and lay-up, and Singh was safely on the green in two.

While Singh cemented his legacy as world's best player (he overtook Tiger Woods as the world's number one player), Weir's career has never been the same after the collapse in Canada.[1] Weir seems to be back on track with his first PGA Tour win since that year, and a solid Presidents Cup performance.[2]

Winners

Year Champion Venue Location Score
2009 Australia Nathan Green Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 270
2008 United States Chez Reavie Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 267
2007 United States Jim Furyk (2) Angus Glen (north) Markham, Ontario 268
2006 United States Jim Furyk Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 266
2005 United States Mark Calcavecchia Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia 275
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 275
2003 United States Bob Tway Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 272
2002 United States John Rollins Angus Glen (south) Markham, Ontario 272
2001 United States Scott Verplank Royal Montreal Golf Club Ile Bizard, Quebec 266
2000 United States Tiger Woods Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 266
1999 United States Hal Sutton Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 275
1998 United States Billy Andrade Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 275
1997 United States Steve Jones (2) Royal Montreal Golf Club Ile Bizard, Quebec 275
1996 United States Dudley Hart Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 202
1995 United States Mark O'Meara Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 274
1994 Zimbabwe Nick Price (2) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 275
1993 South Africa David Frost Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 279
1992 Australia Greg Norman (2) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 280
1991 Zimbabwe Nick Price Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 273
1990 United States Wayne Levi Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 278
1989 United States Steve Jones Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 271
1988 United States Ken Green Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 275
1987 United States Curtis Strange (2) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 276
1986 United States Bob Murphy Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 280
1985 United States Curtis Strange Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 279
1984 Australia Greg Norman Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 278
1983 United States John Cook Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 277
1982 United States Bruce Lietzke (2) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 277
1981 England Peter Oosterhuis Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 280
1980 United States Bob Gilder Royal Montreal Golf Club Ile Bizard, Quebec 274
1979 United States Lee Trevino (3) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 281
1978 United States Bruce Lietzke Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 283
1977 United States Lee Trevino (2) Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 280
1976 United States Jerry Pate Essex Golf & Country Club Windsor, Ontario 267
1975 United States Tom Weiskopf (2) Royal Montreal Golf Club Ile Bizard, Quebec 274
1974 United States Bobby Nichols Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 270
1973 United States Tom Weiskopf Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club Ste. Julie de Vercheres, Quebec 278
1972 United States Gay Brewer Cherry Hill Club Ridgeway, Ontario 275
1971 United States Lee Trevino Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club Ste. Julie de Vercheres, Quebec 275
1970 United States Kermit Zarley London Hunt & Country Club London, Ontario 279
1969 United States Tommy Aaron Pine Grove Golf & Country Club St. Luc, Quebec 275
1968 New Zealand Bob Charles St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 274
1967 United States Billy Casper Montreal Municipal Golf Course Montreal, Quebec 279
1966 United States Don Massengale Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia 280
1965 United States Gene Littler Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 273
1964 Australia Kel Nagle Pinegrove Country Club St. Luc, Quebec 277
1963 United States Doug Ford (2) Scarboro Golf & Country Club Scarborough, Ontario 280
1962 United States Ted Kroll Le Club Laval-sur-le-Lac Laval-sur-le-Lac, Quebec 278
1961 United States Jacky Cupit Niakwa Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba 270
1960 United States Art Wall, Jr. St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 269
1959 United States Doug Ford Islesmere Golf & Country Club Montreal, Quebec 276
1958 United States Wes Ellis Mayfair Golf & Country Club Edmonton, Alberta 267
1957 United States George Bayer Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener, Ontario 271
1956 United States Doug Sanders (Am) Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 273
1955 United States Arnold Palmer Weston Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 265
1954 Canada Pat Fletcher Point Grey Golf Club Vancouver, British Columbia 280
1953 United States Dave Douglas Scarboro Golf & Country Club Scarborough, Ontario 273
1952 United States Johnny Palmer St. Charles Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba 263
1951 Australia Jim Ferrier (2) Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 273
1950 Australia Jim Ferrier Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 271
1949 United States E.J. "Dutch" Harrison St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 271
1948 United States Charles Congdon Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club Vancouver, British Columbia 280
1947 South Africa Bobby Locke Scarboro Golf & Country Club Scarborough, Ontario 268
1946 United States George Fazio Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 278
1945 United States Byron Nelson Thornhill Golf Club Thornhill, Ontario 280
1944 Cancelled due to World War II
1943 Cancelled due to World War II
1942 United States Craig Wood Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 275
1941 United States Sam Snead (3) Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 274
1940 United States Sam Snead (2) Scarboro Golf & Country Club Scarborough, Ontario 281
1939 United States Harold "Jug" McSpaden Riverside Country Club Saint John, New Brunswick 282
1938 United States Sam Snead Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 277
1937 England Harry Cooper (2) St. Andrews Club Toronto, Ontario 285
1936 United States Lawson Little St. Andrews Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 271
1935 United States Gene Kunes Summerlea Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 280
1934 United States Tommy Armour (3) Lakeview Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 287
1933 Australia Joe Kirkwood, Sr. Royal York Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 282
1932 England Harry Cooper Ottawa Hunt Ottawa, Ontario 290
1931 United States Walter Hagen Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 292
1930 United States Tommy Armour (2) Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 273
1929 United States Leo Diegel (4) Kanawaki Golf Club Kahnawake, Quebec 274
1928 United States Leo Diegel (3) Rosedale Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 282
1927 United States Tommy Armour Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario 288
1926 Scotland Macdonald Smith Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 283
1925 United States Leo Diegel (2) Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 295
1924 United States Leo Diegel Mt. Bruno Golf Club St. Bruno, Quebec 285
1923 Scotland Clarence Hackney Lakeview Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario 295
1922 United States Al Watrous Mt. Bruno Golf Club St. Bruno, Quebec 303
1921 United States William Trovinger Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario 293
1920 England James Douglas Edgar (2) Rivermead Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec 298
1919 England James Douglas Edgar Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 278
1918 Cancelled due to World War I
1917 Cancelled due to World War I
1916 Cancelled due to World War I
1915 Cancelled due to World War I
1914 Canada Karl Keffer (2) Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario 300
1913 Canada Albert Murray (2) Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 295
1912 England George Sargent Rosedale Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 299
1911 Canada Charles Murray (2) Royal Ottawa Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec 314
1910 United States Daniel Kenny Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 303
1909 Canada Karl Keffer Toronto Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 309
1908 Canada Albert Murray Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 300
1907 England Percy Barrett Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 306
1906 Canada Charles Murray Royal Ottawa Golf Club (36 holes) Aylmer, Quebec 170
1905 Scotland George Cumming Toronto Golf Club (36 holes) Toronto, Ontario 148
1904 England John H. Oke Royal Montreal Golf Club (36 holes) Montreal, Quebec 156

Trophies

  • Canadian Amateur Trophy 1895-1907
  • Earl Grey Trophy 1908-
  • Bell Canadian Open Trophy 1994-present
  • Rivermead Cup (presented to low Canadian) 1936-1961, 2007-

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