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FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 RBC CANADIAN OPEN

PGA TOUR stars Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk as well as Canadians Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Brad Fritsch, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir along with defending champion Brandt Snedeker headline field for Canada’s National Open Championship, July 21-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club

15 Canadians and 11 past champions compete for Canada’s National Open title

2014 RBC Canadian Open Media Guide and Player Performance Book now available online

Free admission for children aged 17 & under accompanied by a ticketed adult

Montreal, Que. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada and RBC announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the $5.7 million (USD) RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker will be challenged by a world class field of PGA TOUR stars that includes World No. 5 Matt Kuchar, World No. 16 Dustin Johnson, World No. 17 Graeme McDowell, World No. 18 and two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, World No. 20 Luke Donald, World No. 26 Charl Schwartzel, World No. 46 Hunter Mahan and World No. 58 Ernie Els.

The field of players will also include eleven past champions who will challenge for Canada’s National Open title including Snedeker, 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), Billy Andrade (1998) and Dudley Hart (1996).

In all, 156 players will compete for the $5.7 million USD purse next week in Montreal when Canada’s National Open Championship returns to The Royal Montreal Golf Club for the 10th time.

The RBC Canadian Open will once again feature a strong international contingent as 16 countries will be represented including the United States, Scotland, Argentina, Brazil, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, Fiji, Sweden, Australia, England, Colombia and Canada.

15 Canadians set to vie for Canada’s National Open Title

Leading the charge for the Canadian contingent are PGA TOUR players Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont. Other Canadians set to compete include the Web.com Tour’s Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. who won the 2014 Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic as well as fellow Web.com Tour player Nick Taylor of Abbottsford, B.C. who was offered an exemption. In addition, recently crowned 2014 PGA Championship of Canada winner Dave Levesque of Montreal and PGA of Canada Player Rankings leader Billy Walsh of Markham, Ont. will also join the field alongside the 2013 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur champion, Kevin Carrigan of Victoria. PGA TOUR Canada’s Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont. and Beon Yeong Lee of Montreal are also set to compete after winning the their regional qualifying sites. Additionally, Team Canada’s Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont. and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. earned exemptions into Canada’s National Open Championship.

“The field is set and we’re ready to kick off the 105th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship,” said Bill Paul, Tournament Director of the RBC Canadian Open. “The golf course is in tremendous shape and ready to challenge the world’s best golfers for the 10th time. Our team of nearly 1,500 volunteers is ready and there is no doubt that Canadian golf fans will be treated to a terrific showcase next week at The Royal Montreal Golf Club.”

Three additional exemptions will be confirmed on Sunday evening following the conclusion of PGA TOUR Canada’s Stall Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ont. The top three players on the PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit at the conclusion of the Stall Foundation Open will earn an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.

The final four exemptions into the field for the 2014 RBC Canadian Open will be handed out at the Final Qualifier on Monday, July 22 at Golf Saint-Raphaël in L’Île-Bizard, Que.

The following is a list of players set to compete in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club:

Thomas Aiken
Robert Allenby
Benjamin Alvarado
Stephen Ames (CDN)
Billy Andrade
Stuart Appleby
Alex Aragon
Woody Austin
Aaron Baddeley
Sang-Moon Bae
Ricky Barnes
Charlie Beljan
Matt Bettencourt
Jason Bohn
Justin Bolli
Scott Brown
Jonathan Byrd
Mark Calcavecchia
Chad Campbell
Miguel Angel Carballo
* Kevin Carrigan (CDN)
Roberto Castro
Bud Cauley
Greg Chalmers
Kevin Chappell
K.J. Choi
Daniel Chopra
Stewart Cink
Tim Clark
* Eli Cole
Chad Collins
Erik Compton
* Corey Conners (CDN)
Ben Crane
Ben Curtis
John Daly
Brian Davis
Graham DeLaet (CDN)
Luke Donald
James Driscoll
Ken Duke
Joe Durant
Ernie Els
Derek Ernst
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
Martin Flores
Kevin Foley
Brad Fritsch (CDN)
Jim Furyk
Tommy Gainey
Scott Gardiner
Brice Garnett
Robert Garrigus
Brian Gay
Michael Gligic (CDN)
Lucas Glover
Retief Goosen
Nathan Green
Luke Guthrie
Adam Hadwin (CDN)
James Hahn
Dudley Hart
David Hearn (CDN)
J.J. Henry
Jim Herman
Justin Hicks
Charley Hoffman
Morgan Hoffmann
John Huh
Trevor Immelman
Dustin Johnson
Matt Jones
Jerry Kelly
Kevin Kisner
Russell Knox
Ben Kohles
Matt Kuchar
Bronson La’Cassie
Doug LaBelle II
Martin Laird
Beon Yeong Lee (CDN)
D.H. Lee
Danny Lee
Richard H. Lee
Justin Leonard
Dave Levesque (CDN)
David Lingmerth
Edward Loar
Andrew Loupe
Jamie Lovemark
Jeff Maggert
Hunter Mahan
Peter Malnati
Steve Marino
Troy Matteson
Scott McCarron
Graeme McDowell
William McGirt
John Merrick
Troy Merritt
Bryce Molder
Seung-Yul Noh
Sean O’Hair
Geoff Ogilvy
Jeff Overton
* Taylor Pendrith (CDN)
Pat Perez
John Peterson
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Ted Potter, Jr.
Dicky Pride
Alex Prugh
Michael Putnam
Jim Renner
Tag Ridings
Wes Roach
Patrick Rodgers
John Rollins
Andres Romero
Charl Schwartzel
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Brandt Snedeker
Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb
* Adam Svensson (CDN)
Andrew Svoboda
Hudson Swafford
Nick Taylor (CDN)
Josh Teater
Nicholas Thompson
Kevin Tway
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Bo Van Pelt
Jhonattan Vegas
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Bill Q. Walsh (CDN)
Nick Watney
Mike Weir (CDN)
Charlie Wi
Will Wilcox
Tim Wilkinson
Mark Wilson
Y.E. Yang

* Denotes amateur
(CDN) Denotes Canadians

2014 MEDIA GUIDE AND PLAYER PERFORMANCE BOOK

In advance of next week’s championship, media can also download the 2014 RBC Canadian Open Media Guide for complete stats, records and historical information. Media can also download the RBC Canadian Open Player Performance Book which details individual player statistics from 1904-2013.

Both books are available online in the Shaw Media Centre section of www.rbccanadianopen.com and printed versions will be available onsite in the Shaw Media Centre.

TELEVISION COVERAGE:

The following are television times for the 2014 RBC Canadian Open:

Thursday, July 24 – RDS, TSN & Golf Channel 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25 – RDS, TSN & Golf Channel 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 – RDS, Global & CBS 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 – RDS, Global & CBS 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

2014 RBC CANADIAN OPEN GOLF TICKETS:

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 http://www.rbccanadianopen.com. Golf Canada and RBC are also pleased to offer free admission to children 17 year and younger who are accompanied by a ticketed adult.

ABOUT THE 2014 RBC CANADIAN OPEN

Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.6 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27, 2014 at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île-Bizard, Que. 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 Business, BMW Group Canada, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail, Dove Men+Care, Jack Links Beef Jerky, Sony, Delta Airlines and Keystone Dental. For tickets or tournament information, please visit http://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 Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Morgan Pressel. 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.

http://www.rbc.com/canada.html

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 322,000 golfers at nearly 1,500 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 http://www.golfcanada.ca.

Source: Golf Canada

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