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2014 RBC Canadian Open pre-tournament notes

Dates: July 21-27, 2014
Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course: Royal Montreal Golf Club
35-35—par 70/7,153 yards
Field size: 156
2013 champion: Brandt Snedeker
Purse: $5,700,000 ($1,008,000/winner)
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @RBCCanadianOpen / #RBCCO

The RBC Canadian Open marks the 37th of 41 official event of the PGA TOUR’s new wraparound 2013-14 season schedule, with four FedExCup Playoff events to follow to close out the season. In the fall of 2013, four tournaments that formerly made up the Fall Series along with two events being played as official events for the first time were contested, beginning with the Frys.com Open in October and concluding with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November. For the first time, these six events awarded full FedExCup points.

How Brandt Snedeker won the 2013 RBC Canadian Open

Brandt Snedeker began the final round with a one-stroke lead over David Lingmerth at 14-under-par. After making three birdies and two bogeys through the first 15 holes of the final round, he would go on to make birdie at the par-5 16th to reach 16-under par, a score that Dustin Johnson had previously reached before making a triple bogey at the par-4 17th to fall out of contention. Snedeker safely made par at the final two holes for his sixth career PGA TOUR victory and his second of the 2013 season (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am). His win moved him to third in the FedExCup standings, where he would finish the Regular Season before going on to finish 12th.

More on Brandt Snedeker

The 2013 RBC Canadian Open was the sixth time Snedeker has held at least a share of the lead heading into the final round, and the third time he converted the lead into victory.

In 19 starts so far this season, Snedeker has made 16 cuts and has 16 top-25s and two top-10s.

The 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be Snedeker’s third consecutive start at Canada’s national open and his first at Royal Montreal. Prior to his 2013 win, he finished T-34 in 2012. Snedeker also missed the cut in 2010 and posted a pair of top 10s in 2009 (T-5) and 2007 (T-7).

Notes on the field

Three players that finished inside the top 10 at last week’s Open Championship: Jim Furyk (4th), Charl Schwartzel (T7) and Graeme McDowell (T9).

Six of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings led by No. 3 Dustin Johnson and No. 4 Matt Kuchar and, who both finished tied for second at the RBC Canadian Open in 2013 along with William McGirt and Jason Bohn.

Matt Kuchar will be looking to make it an RBC sweep after claiming the RBC Heritage in April. Kuchar has eight other top-10 finishes in 2014 ncluding a tie for fifth at The Masters and a playoff loss at the Shell Houston Open.

Five of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking and 10 of the top 50: Matt Kuchar (7), Jim Furyk (10), Dustin Johnson (15), Graeme McDowell (16), Luke Donald (24), Charl Schwartzel (22), Brandt Snedeker (35), Kevin Na (37), Graham DeLaet (38), and Hunter Mahan (44).

Ten past RBC Canadian Open champions; Brandt Snedeker (2013), Scott Piercy (2012), Sean O’Hair (2011), Carl Pettersson (2010), Nathan Green (2009), Jim Furyk (2006 & 2007), Mark Calcavecchia (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), John Rollins (2002), Dudley Hart (1996).

Team RBC members in the field: Brandt Snedeker, Graeme McDowell, Graham DeLaet, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Hunter Mahan and David Hearn.

Hunter Mahan returns to the RBC Canadian Open one year after taking the 36-hole lead, then withdrawing before the third round with his wife Kandi going into labor. The Mahans welcomed a baby girl, Zoe, before Sunday’s final round. In nine starts at the RBC Canadian Open, Mahan has never missed the cut and has two top-five finishes (T4, 2004 and T5, 2007).

RBC Canadian Open and the FedExCup

With just four weeks remaining before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs, the RBC Canadian Open will once
again play a pivotal role in the shaping of the Playoff fields:

2013 winner Brandt Snedeker solidified his spot in the FedExCup standings, moving from No. 3 to No. 4 and qualified for all four Playoff events including the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

2012 winner Scott Piercy jumped from No. 36 to 13 in the standings and qualified for all four Playoff
events.

2011 winner Sean O’Hair jumped from No. 147 to No. 43 and qualified for the first three Playoff events.

2007 Presidents Cup team members in the field

11 participants from the 2007 Presidents Cup, which took place here at Royal Montreal Golf Club, are in the field this week. Below are the members of the United States and International teams from 2007.

Player/ Team

Ernie Els International (South Africa)
Vijay Singh International (Fiji)
Geoff Ogilvy International (Australia)
Retief Goosen International (South Africa)
Trevor Immelman International (South Africa)
Stuart Appleby International (Australia)
Mike Weir International (Canada)
Jim Furyk United States
Stewart Cink United States
Lucas Glover United States
Hunter Mahan United States

Tournament notes

Prior to the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, the tournament had been decided either by one stroke or in a playoff for four consecutive seasons and 10 of the last 11. Snedeker’s three-stroke margin of victory was the largest since Scott Verplank won in 2001 by three over Bob Estes and Joey Sindelar.

Since 1997, just two players have made the RBC Canadian Open their maiden victory on the PGA TOUR: Nathan Green (2009), Chez Reavie (2008) and John Rollins (2002).

2014 marks 60 years since a Canadian won the RBC Canadian Open (Pat Fletcher, 1954).

Since Sam Snead in 1940 and 1941, Jim Furyk is the only player to successfully defend his title at the RBC Canadian Open, doing so in 2006 and 2007. Here are how defending champions have fared since 2000:

Year/ Defending Champion/ Finish

2013 Scott Piercy T52
2012 Sean O’Hair CUT
2011 Carl Pettersson CUT
2010 Nathan Green T37
2009 Chez Reavie CUT
2008 Jim Furyk T14
2007 Jim Furyk WON
2006 Mark Calcavecchia T29
2005 Vijay Singh T7
2004 Bob Tway T26
2003 John Rollins CUT
2002 Scott Verplank CUT
2001 Tiger Woods T23

Canadians in the RBC Canadian Open field (19):

PGA TOUR members from Canada:

Graham DeLaet – Weyburn, Sask. native is in his fifth season on the PGA TOUR and the highest Canadian in the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 38.

Mike Weir – Bright’s Grove, Ontario native is making his 24th start at the RBC Canadian Open and finished second here in 2004

David Hearn – Brantford, Ont. native is making his 12th start at the RBC Canadian Open and coming off his first career start at The Open Championship and fifth career major.

Stephen Ames – Calgary, Alta. resident is making his 17th RBC Canadian Open start and owns two top-10s. Ames is making his 18th start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season but also made his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 Senior PGA Championship.

Brad Fritsch – Manotick, Ont. native is making his 7th RBC Canadian Open start and his 16th PGA TOUR start of the season, coming off his second top-25 result of the 2013-14 campaign at the John Deere Classic (T-13)

Players in the field with Quebec connections:

Beon-Yeong Lee – Montreal resident moved to Canada from South Korea eight years ago and is in his second year on PGA TOUR Canada, where he is currently 23rd on the Order of Merit. Lee was the medalist at a regional qualifier.

Dave Levesque – Montreal native was offered an exemption after his victory at the PGA Championship of Canada.

Other Canadians:

Adam Hadwin – Abbotsford, B.C. native won his first Web.com Tour event at the Chile Classic this season and will make his fourth RBC Canadian Open start. Finished T4 at Shaughnessy in 2011.

Michael Gligic – PGA TOUR Canada member from Burlington, Ont. won a regional qualifier to earn his second RBC Canadian Open start.

Eugene Wong – Two-time PGA TOUR Canada winner and former Jack Nicklaus Award winner at the University of Oregon will make his fifth RBC Canadian Open start. Currently top Canadian on PGA TOUR Canada’s 2014 Order of Merit.

Billy Walsh – Markham, Ont. native earned an exemption as the No. 1 player on the PGA of Canada rankings following the PGA Championship of Canada.

Taylor Pendrith (a) – Richmond Hill, Ont. native won the prestigious Porter Cup this summer and recently finished a standout career at Kent State University. Currently 15th in World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Corey Conners (a) – Semi-finalist at 2013 U.S. Amateur also recently finished collegiate career at Kent State. Currently 28th in World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Adam Svensson (a) – Barry University student and Golf Canada National Amateur Team member was named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as NCAA Division II player of the year. 30th in World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Chris Hemmerich (a) – University of Guelph Gryphon will make first RBC Canadian Open start. Recently won 2014 Ontario Amateur Championship.

Kevin Carrigan (a) – Full-time financial planner from Victoria, B.C. won his second Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship in 2013 to gain entry.

Robbie Greenwell – Georgetown, Ontario native played his way into the field through open qualifying with a 5-under 67.
Kevin Stinson – Mission, British Columbia native played his way into the field through open qualifying with a 5-under 67. Has successfully Monday qualified three times on PGA TOUR Canada this season

Ben Silverman – Thornhill, Ontario native played his way into the field through open qualifying with a 5-under 67. Has three top-15 finishes on PGA TOUR Canada this season to sit 30th on the Order of Merit.

PGA TOUR Canada members in the field (8)

The top three players on the Order of Merit through the first six events of PGA TOUR Canada’s 2014 season earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open. In addition to the five Canadians above, below are the three players to make their way into the field:

Joel Dahmen – Clarkston, Wash. native won two of the first three events at the PC Financial Open and Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.

Tim Madigan – Rio Rancho, N.M. product posted three top-three finishes including a win at The Players Cup to sit second on the Order of Merit.

Josh Persons – Fargo, North Dakota native won Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist and sits third on Order of Merit.

Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes

As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans introduced the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes at the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago. The Sweepstakes awards one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected ticket-holder for every ace made during official PGA TOUR events for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. In Saturday’s third round of the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, Peter Hanson carded the first ace to set up one lucky winner with a year of zero mortgage payments. Fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting pgatour.com/quickenloans.

Trends on TOUR

Jimmy Walker (3), Patrick Reed (2), Martin Kaymer (2) and Bubba Watson (2) are the four multiple winners, with Chesson Hadley the lone rookie to win.

Through The Open Championship, 15 of the 31 different winners in 2013-14 have been under the age of 30. Twenty-nine of the 31 different winners have been under the age of 40, the two exceptions being John Senden, (Valspar Championship) and Angel Cabrera (The Greenbrier Classic).

First-time winners include Jimmy Walker, Kevin Stadler, Chesson Hadley, Matt Every, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Seung-Yul Noh, Brendon Todd, Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harmon.

Low final rounds for winners this year have included a 63 (Jimmy Walker/Sony Open in Hawaii), a trio of 64s (Bubba Watson/Northern Trust Open; Matt Kuchar/RBC Heritage; Kevin Streelman/Travelers Championship) and a 65 (Harris English/OHL Classic at Mayakoba).

Source: PGA TOUR

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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