Canadian Open (golf)

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RBC Canadian Open
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Tournament information
LocationToronto, Ontario (2020)
Established1904, 115 years ago
Course(s)St. George's Golf and Country Club (2020)
Par70
Length7,014 yards (6,414 m)
Organized byGolf Canada (RCGA)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$7.6 million (2019)
Month playedJune
Tournament record score
Aggregate258 Rory McIlroy (2019)
To par−25 Johnny Palmer (1952)
Current champion
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Canadian Open (golf) is located in Canada
St. George's G&CC
St. George's G&CC
Location in Canada (2020)

The Canadian Open (French: L'Omnium Canadien) is a professional golf tournament in Canada. It is co-organized by Golf Canada (formerly known as the Royal Canadian Golf Association) and the PGA Tour.[1] It was first played 115 years ago in 1904, and has been held annually since then, except for during World War I and World War II. It is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the tour, after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open. It is the only national championship that is a PGA Tour-managed event.[1]

Tournament[edit]

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 The Triple Crown (all three Opens in the same season) in 29 years, since Lee Trevino in 1971. In the decades preceding the tournament's move to an undesirable September date in 1988, the Canadian Open was often unofficially referred to as the fifth major. Due to the PGA Tour's unfavorable scheduling, this special status has largely dissipated, but the Canadian Open remains a well-regarded fixture on the PGA Tour.

The top three golfers on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit prior to the tournament are given entry into the Canadian Open. However, prize money won at the Canadian Open does not count towards the Canadian Tour money list.

Celebrated winners include Hall of Fame members Leo Diegel, Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Harry Cooper, Lawson Little, Sam Snead, Craig Wood, Byron Nelson, Doug Ford, Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer, Kel Nagle, Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Vijay Singh, and Mark O'Meara. The Canadian Open is regarded as the most prestigious tournament never won by Jack Nicklaus, a seven-time runner-up. Diegel has the most titles, with four in the 1920s.

In the early 2000s, the tournament was still being held in early September. Seeking to change back to a more desirable summer date in the schedule, the RCGA lobbied for a better date. When the PGA Tour's schedule was revamped to accommodate the FedEx Cup in 2007, the Canadian Open was rescheduled for late July, 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). The tournament counts towards the FedEx Cup standings, and earns the winner a Masters invitation.

In 2019, due to a re-alignment of the PGA Tour and major scheduling, the Canadian Open moved to early-June prior to the U.S. Open. The event was also added to the Open Qualifying Series, allowing up to three of the top-ten finishers to qualify for the Open Championship.[2][3]

Courses[edit]

Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the most Canadian Opens, with 30 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.

In the mid-1990s, the RCGA decided to move the championship around the country, and continues to alternate between Glen Abbey and other clubs. The owner since 2005, Clublink Corp filed an application in October 2015[4] to redevelop the property into a residential community, with offices and retail stores. There was no provision for a golf course in the plan.[4] The Town of Oakville Council responded in August 2017 by declaring the golf course a heritage site under the Ontario Heritage Act. This would make it more difficult for ClubLink to develop the area as it had planned.[5][6] Golf Canada was also concerned since it could not predict whether it could get the necessary permit to hold the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in 2018 as it had planned.[7] The dispute between the Town of Oakville and ClubLink remains before the courts as of November 2018.[8] The 2019 and 2023 Open will be held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.[9] The event may again be held at Glen Abbey in some future years if the planned redevelopment by Clublink is not allowed to proceed.[10]

Royal Montreal Golf Club, home of the first Open in 1904, ranks second having hosted the event ten times. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club and Hamilton Golf and Country Club have each hosted six Opens while Toronto Golf Club and St. George's Golf and Country Club have hosted five Opens. Three clubs have each hosted four Opens: Lambton Golf Club, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, and Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

The championship has for the most part been held in Ontario and Quebec, between them having seen all but nine Opens. New Brunswick had the Open in 1939, Manitoba in 1952 and 1961, Alberta in 1958, and British Columbia in 1948, 1954, 1966, 2005 and 2011.

Venue Location First Last Times
Royal Montreal Golf Club Two venues 1904 2014 10
Dorval, Quebec 1904 1950 (5)
Île-Bizard, Quebec 1975 2014 (5)
Toronto Golf Club Two venues 1905 1927 5
Toronto, Ontario 1905 1909 (2)
Mississauga, Ontario 1914 1927 (3)
Royal Ottawa Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec 1906 1911 2
Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 1907 1941 4
Rosedale Golf Club Toronto, Ontario 1912 1928 2
Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario 1919 2019 6
Rivermead Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec 1920 1920 1
Mt. Bruno Golf Club St. Bruno, Quebec 1922 1924 2
Lakeview Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario 1923 1934 2
Kanawaki Golf Club Kahnawake, Quebec 1929 1929 1
Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario 1931 1974 6
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club Ottawa, Ontario 1932 1932 1
St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 1933 2010 5
Summerlea Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 1935 1935 1
St. Andrews Club Toronto, Ontario 1936 1937 2
Riverside Country Club Saint John, New Brunswick 1939 1939 1
Scarboro Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 1940 1963 4
Thornhill Golf Club Thornhill, Ontario 1945 1945 1
Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 1946 1956 2
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia 1948 2011 4
St. Charles Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba 1952 1952 1
Point Grey Golf and Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia 1954 1954 1
Weston Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario 1955 1955 1
Westmount Golf and Country Club Kitchener, Ontario 1957 1957 1
Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club Edmonton, Alberta 1958 1958 1
Islesmere Golf and Country Club Montreal, Quebec 1959 1959 1
Niakwa Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba 1961 1961 1
Le Club Laval-sur-le-Lac Laval-sur-le-Lac, Quebec 1962 1962 1
Pine Grove Golf and Country Club St. Luc, Quebec 1964 1969 2
Montreal Municipal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec 1967 1967 1
London Hunt and Country Club London, Ontario 1970 1970 1
Richelieu Valley Golf and Country Club Ste.-Julie, Quebec 1971 1973 2
Cherry Hill Club Ridgeway, Ontario 1972 1972 1
Essex Golf & Country Club Windsor, Ontario 1976 1976 1
Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario 1977 2018 30
Angus Glen Golf Club Markham, Ontario 2002 2007 2

The 2002 event was held on the south course at Angus Glen Golf Club, while the 2007 event was held on the north course.

History[edit]

The Royal Montreal Golf Club,
host of the first Canadian Open in 1904.

The Royal Montreal Golf Club, founded in 1873, is the oldest continuously running official golf club in North America. The club was the host of the first Canadian Open championship in 1904, and has been host to nine other Canadian Opens, at two locations, with the club moving to its current site on an island west of Montreal in 1959. The 1912 Canadian Open at the Rosedale Golf Club was famed American golfer Walter Hagen's first professional competition.[11] In 1914, Karl Keffer won the event, being the last Canadian-born champion.

Englishman J. Douglas Edgar captured the 1919 championship at Hamilton Golf and Country Club by a record 16-stroke margin;[12] 17-year-old amateur prodigy Bobby Jones (who was coached by Edgar) tied for second. The 1930 Canadian Open at Hamilton was another stellar tournament. Tommy Armour blazed his way around the course over the final 18 holes of regulation play, shooting a 64. Four-time champion Diegel and Armour went to a 36-hole playoff to decide the title. Armour shot 138 (69-69) to defeat Diegel by three strokes.[13]

Toronto's St. Andrews Golf Club hosted the Open in 1936 and 1937 – the only course to hold back-to-back Opens until the creation of Glen Abbey – before it felt the impact of the growth of the city, and was ploughed under to allow for the creation of Highway 401. The Riverside Golf and Country Club of Saint John, New Brunswick was host to the 1939 Canadian Open where Harold "Jug" McSpaden was champion. This was the only time the Open has been held in Atlantic Canada.[14]

Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, and Walter Hagen at Lakeview Golf Club in Mississauga in 1934.

Scarboro Golf and Country Club in eastern Toronto was host to four Canadian Opens: 1940, 1947, 1953, and 1963. Three of these events were decided by one stroke, and the only time the margin was two shots was when Bobby Locke defeated Ed "Porky" Oliver in 1947. With his win at Scarboro in 1947, the golfer from South Africa became just the second non-North American winner of the Canadian Open. Locke fired four rounds in the 60s to finish at 16-under-par, two strokes better than the American Oliver. After the prize presentation Locke was given a standing ovation, and was then hoisted to shoulders by fellow countrymen who were then residents of Canada.

In 1948, for the first time, the Canadian Open traveled west of Ontario, landing at Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Charles Congdon sealed his victory on the 16th hole with a 150-yard bunker shot that stopped eight feet from the cup. The following birdie gave him the lead, and Congdon went on to win by three shots.

Mississaugua Golf & Country Club has hosted six Canadian Opens: 1931, 1938, 1942, 1951, 1965, and 1974. The 1951 Open tournament was won by Jim Ferrier, who successfully defended the title he had won at Royal Montreal a year earlier. Winnipeg's St. Charles Country Club hosted the 1952 Canadian Open, and saw Johnny Palmer set the 72-hole scoring record of 263, which still stands after more than 60 years. Palmer's rounds of 66-65-66-66 bettered the old 1947 mark set by Bobby Locke by five shots. In 1955, Arnold Palmer captured the Canadian Open championship, his first PGA Tour victory, at the Weston Golf and Country Club.

Montreal, Quebec's Laval-sur-le-Lac hosted the 1962 Open where Gary Player was disqualified after the first round, when he recorded the wrong score on the 10th hole. He had won the PGA Championship the week before. Californian Charlie Sifford attended the 1962 Canadian Open in part to raise the profile of African-American players on the PGA Tour. He was one of only 16 of the top 100 players on tour to play there in 1962.

Pinegrove Country Club played host to the Canadian Open in 1964 and 1969. Australian Kel Nagle edged Arnold Palmer and Raymond Floyd at the 1964 Open to become, aged almost 44 at the time, the oldest player to win the title. Five years later, Tommy Aaron fired a final-round 64 to force a playoff with 57-year-old Sam Snead. Aaron won the 18-hole playoff, beating Snead by two strokes (70-72).

The small town of Ridgeway, Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula was host of the 1972 Open at Cherry Hill Golf Club. A popular choice of venue, it drew rave reviews by the players, specifically the 1972 champion Gay Brewer, who called it the best course he had ever played in Canada, and Arnold Palmer, who suggested the Open be held there again the following year. In 1975, Tom Weiskopf won his second Open in three years in dramatic fashion at the Blue Course of Royal Montreal's new venue, defeating Jack Nicklaus on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, after almost holing his short-iron approach. Windsor, Ontario's Essex Golf & Country Club was host of the 1976 Canadian Open, where Jack Nicklaus again finished second, this time behind champion Jerry Pate. Essex came to the rescue late in the game, when it was determined that the newly built Glen Abbey was not yet ready to host the Canadian Open. The 1997 Open at Royal Montreal was the first time Tiger Woods ever missed a professional cut, after winning the Masters Tournament a few months before.

Nick Price's second Canadian Open win in 1994

Angus Glen Golf Club was host to two recent Canadian Opens, 2002 and 2007. In 2007 Jim Furyk became one of a few golfers who have won two consecutive Canadian Open titles, joining James Douglas Edgar, Leo Diegel, Sam Snead and Jim Ferrier. Angus Glen owns the unique distinction of having each of its two courses (North and South) host the Canadian Open.

Glen Abbey Golf Club of Oakville, Ontario has hosted 30 Open Championships (1977–79, 1981–96, 1998–2000, 2004, 2008–09, 2013, 2015-2018), and has crowned 24 different champions. The 11th hole at Glen Abbey is widely considered its signature hole, and begins the world-famous valley sequence of five holes from 11 to 15. The picturesque 11th is a 459-yard straightaway par-4, where players tee off 100 feet above the fairway, which ends at Sixteen Mile Creek, just short of the green. John Daly left his mark, and a plaque is permanently displayed on the back tee deck, recounting Daly's attempt to reach the green with his tee shot. His ball landed in the creek.

In 2000, Tiger Woods dueled with Grant Waite over the final 18 holes, before finally subduing the New Zealander on the 72nd hole with an exceptional shot. Holding a one-shot advantage, Woods found his tee shot in a fairway bunker, and after watching Waite put his second shot 30 feet from the hole, decided to go for the green. Woods hit a 6-iron which carried a lake and settled on the fringe just past the flag, which was 218 yards away, and then chipped to tap-in range for the title-clinching birdie.[15] With the victory, Woods became only the second golfer to capture the U.S. Open, Open Championship and Canadian Open in the same year, earning him the Triple Crown trophy; he matched Lee Trevino (1971).

In 2009, Mark Calcavecchia scored nine consecutive birdies at the second round, breaking the PGA Tour record.[16]

Canadian performances[edit]

A Canadian has not won the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. One of the most exciting conclusions ever seen at the Open came in 2004, extending 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 only made the cut once 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 anniversary Open, he had a three-stroke lead, and many Canadians were 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 eight holes left. Yet, with the expectations of Canadian observers abnormally high, there was another roadblock in the way of Mike Weir: Vijay Singh. Weir bogeyed three holes on the back nine but still had a chance to win the tournament with a 10-footer on the 72nd hole. When he missed the putt, the two entered a sudden-death playoff. Weir missed two more chances to win the tournament: a 25-foot putt for eagle on No. 18 on the first hole of sudden-death, and a 5-foot putt on No. 17, 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. Singh won the Open and overtook Tiger Woods as the world's number one player.[17]

Canadian David Hearn took a two-shot lead into the final round in 2015. He still had the lead as late as the 15th hole, but was being closely pursued by three players ranked near the top of the Official World Golf RankingBubba Watson, Jim Furyk, and Jason Day. All four golfers had chances to win right until the end. Hearn was overtaken by champion Day's three consecutive birdies to close the round; Day finished one shot ahead of Watson, who also birdied the final three holes, narrowly missing an eagle attempt on a final hole greenside chip that would have tied. Day's fourth career Tour triumph came after he had just missed a potential tying putt on the final hole at the Open Championship the previous week. Hearn finished third, the best result by a Canadian since Weir's near-miss in 2004.[18] In 2016, Canadian amateur Jared du Toit was only one stroke behind going into the final round, allowing him to play in the final group. He finished tied for ninth, three strokes behind eventual winner Jhonattan Vegas.

Event titles[edit]

Years Event title
1904–1993, 2006–2007 Canadian Open
1994–2005 Bell Canadian Open
2008–present RBC Canadian Open

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Course
2019 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 258 −22 7 strokes Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
United States Webb Simpson
1,368,000 7,600,000 Hamilton
2018 Dustin Johnson  United States 265 −23 3 strokes South Korea An Byeong-hun
South Korea Kim Meen-whee
1,116,000 6,200,000 Glen Abbey
2017 Jhonattan Vegas (2)  Venezuela 267 −21 Playoff United States Charley Hoffman 1,080,000 6,000,000 Glen Abbey
2016 Jhonattan Vegas  Venezuela 276 −12 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson
Scotland Martin Laird
Spain Jon Rahm
1,062,000 5,900,000 Glen Abbey
2015 Jason Day  Australia 271 −17 1 stroke United States Bubba Watson 1,044,000 5,800,000 Glen Abbey
2014 Tim Clark  South Africa 263 −17 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk 1,026,000 5,700,000 Royal Montreal
2013 Brandt Snedeker  United States 272 −16 3 strokes United States Jason Bohn
United States Dustin Johnson
United States Matt Kuchar
United States William McGirt
1,008,000 5,600,000 Glen Abbey
2012 Scott Piercy  United States 263 −17 1 stroke United States Robert Garrigus
United States William McGirt
936,000 5,200,000 Hamilton
2011 Sean O'Hair  United States 276 −4 Playoff United States Kris Blanks 936,000 5,200,000 Shaughnessy
2010 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 266 −14 1 stroke United States Dean Wilson 918,000 5,100,000 St. George's
2009 Nathan Green  Australia 270 −18 Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen 918,000 5,100,000 Glen Abbey
2008 Chez Reavie  United States 267 −17 3 strokes United States Billy Mayfair 900,000 5,000,000 Glen Abbey
2007 Jim Furyk (2)  United States 268 −16 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh 900,000 5,000,000 Angus Glen (North)
2006 Jim Furyk  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Bart Bryant 900,000 5,000,000 Hamilton
2005 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 275 −5 1 stroke United States Ben Crane
United States Ryan Moore
882,000 4,900,000 Shaughnessy
2004 Vijay Singh  Fiji 275 −9 Playoff Canada Mike Weir 810,000 4,500,000 Glen Abbey
2003 Bob Tway  United States 272 −8 Playoff United States Brad Faxon 756,000 4,200,000 Hamilton
2002 John Rollins  United States 272 −16 Playoff United States Neal Lancaster
United States Justin Leonard
720,000 4,000,000 Angus Glen (South)
2001 Scott Verplank  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Bob Estes
United States Joey Sindelar
684,000 3,800,000 Royal Montreal
2000 Tiger Woods  United States 266 −22 1 stroke New Zealand Grant Waite 594,000 3,300,000 Glen Abbey
1999 Hal Sutton  United States 275 −13 3 strokes United States Dennis Paulson 450,000 2,500,000 Glen Abbey
1998 Billy Andrade  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Bob Friend 396,000 2,200,000 Glen Abbey
1997 Steve Jones (2)  United States 275 −5 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 270,000 1,500,000 Royal Montreal
1996 Dudley Hart  United States 202 −14 1 stroke United States David Duval 270,000 1,500,000 Glen Abbey
1995 Mark O'Meara  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Bob Lohr 234,000 1,300,000 Glen Abbey
1994 Nick Price (2)  Zimbabwe 275 −13 1 stroke United States Mark Calcavecchia 234,000 1,300,000 Glen Abbey
1993 David Frost  South Africa 279 −9 1 stroke United States Fred Couples 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey
1992 Greg Norman (2)  Australia 280 −8 Playoff United States Bruce Lietzke 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey
1991 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 273 −15 1 stroke United States David Edwards 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey
1990 Wayne Levi  United States 278 −10 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch
United States Jim Woodward
180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey
1989 Steve Jones  United States 271 −17 2 strokes United States Clark Burroughs
United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Mike Hulbert
162,000 900,000 Glen Abbey
1988 Ken Green  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Bill Glasson
United States Scott Verplank
135,000 900,000 Glen Abbey
1987 Curtis Strange (2)  United States 276 −12 3 strokes South Africa David Frost
United States Jodie Mudd
Zimbabwe Nick Price
108,000 600,000 Glen Abbey
1986 Bob Murphy  United States 280 −8 3 strokes Australia Greg Norman 108,000 600,000 Glen Abbey
1985 Curtis Strange  United States 279 −9 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
Australia Greg Norman
86,507 580,000 Glen Abbey
1984 Greg Norman  Australia 278 −10 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 72,000 525,000 Glen Abbey
1983 John Cook  United States 277 −7 Playoff United States Johnny Miller 63,000 425,000 Glen Abbey
1982 Bruce Lietzke (2)  United States 277 −7 2 strokes United States Hal Sutton 76,500 425,000 Glen Abbey
1981 Peter Oosterhuis  England 280 −4 1 stroke United States Bruce Lietzke
United States Jack Nicklaus
United States Andy North
76,500 425,000 Glen Abbey
1980 Bob Gilder  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Jerry Pate
United States Leonard Thompson
63,000 350,000 Royal Montreal
1979 Lee Trevino (3)  United States 281 −3 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw 63,000 350,000 Glen Abbey
1978 Bruce Lietzke  United States 283 −1 1 stroke United States Pat McGowan 50,000 250,000 Glen Abbey
1977 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 280 −8 4 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis 45,000 225,000 Glen Abbey
1976 Jerry Pate  United States 267 −13 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 40,000 200,000 Essex
1975 Tom Weiskopf (2)  United States 274 −6 Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus 40,000 200,000 Royal Montreal
1974 Bobby Nichols  United States 270 −10 4 strokes United States John Schlee
United States Larry Ziegler
40,000 200,000 Mississaugua
1973 Tom Weiskopf  United States 278 −6 2 strokes United States Forrest Fezler 35,000 175,000 Richelieu Valley
1972 Gay Brewer  United States 275 −9 1 stroke United States Sam Adams
United States Dave Hill
30,000 150,000 Cherry Hill
1971 Lee Trevino  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr. 30,000 150,000 Richelieu Valley
1970 Kermit Zarley  United States 279 −9 3 strokes United States Gibby Gilbert 25,000 125,000 London Hunt
1969 Tommy Aaron  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Sam Snead 25,000 125,000 Pine Grove
1968 Bob Charles  New Zealand 274 −6 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 25,000 125,000 St. George's
1967 Billy Casper  United States 279 −5 Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr. 30,000 100,000 Montreal Municipal
1966 Don Massengale  United States 280 −4 3 strokes United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez 20,000 100,000 Shaughnessy
1965 Gene Littler  United States 273 −7 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 20,000 100,000 Mississaugua
1964 Kel Nagle  Australia 277 −11 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer 7,500 50,000 Pine Grove
1963 Doug Ford (2)  United States 280 −4 1 stroke United States Al Geiberger 9,000 50,000 Scarboro
1962 Ted Kroll  United States 278 −10 2 strokes United States Charlie Sifford 4,300 30,000 Laval-sur-le-Lac
1961 Jacky Cupit  United States 270 −10 5 strokes United States Buster Cupit
United States Dow Finsterwald
United States Bobby Nichols
4,300 30,000 Niakwa
1960 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 269 −19 6 strokes United States Bob Goalby
United States Jay Hebert
3,500 25,000 St. George's
1959 Doug Ford  United States 276 −12 2 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald
United States Art Wall, Jr.
United States Bo Wininger
3,500 25,000 Islesmere
1958 Wes Ellis  United States 267 −13 1 stroke United States Jay Hebert 3,500 25,000 Royal Mayfair
1957 George Bayer  United States 271 −13 2 strokes United States Bo Wininger 3,500 25,000 Westmount
1956 Doug Sanders (a)  United States 273 −11 Playoff United States Dow Finsterwald 2,400 15,000 Beaconsfield
1955 Arnold Palmer  United States 265 −23 4 strokes United States Jack Burke, Jr. 2,400 15,000 Weston
1954 Pat Fletcher  Canada 280 −8 4 strokes Canada Gordie Brydson
United States Bill Welch
3,000 15,000 Point Grey
1953 Dave Douglas  United States 273 −11 1 stroke United States Wally Ulrich 3,000 15,000 Scarboro
1952 Johnny Palmer  United States 263 −25 11 strokes United States Fred Haas
United States Dick Mayer
3,000 15,000 St. Charles
1951 Jim Ferrier (2)  Australia 273 −7 2 strokes United States Fred Hawkins
United States Ed Oliver
2,250 15,000 Mississaugua
1950 Jim Ferrier  Australia 271 −17 3 strokes United States Ted Kroll 2,000 10,000 Royal Montreal
1949 Dutch Harrison  United States 271 −17 4 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier 2,000 9,200 St. George's
1948 Charles Congdon  United States 280 −4 3 strokes United States Vic Ghezzi
United States Ky Laffoon
United States Dick Metz
2,000 9,000 Shaughnessy
1947 Bobby Locke  South Africa 268 −16 2 strokes United States Ed Oliver 2,000 10,000 Scarboro
1946 George Fazio  United States 278 −6 Playoff United States Dick Metz 2,000 9,000 Beaconsfield
1945 Byron Nelson  United States 280 E[19] 4 strokes United States Herman Barron 2,000 10,000 Thornhill
1943–1944: Cancelled due to World War II
1942 Craig Wood  United States 275 −13 4 strokes United States Mike Turnesa 1,000 3,000 Mississaugua
1941 Sam Snead (3)  United States 274 −6 2 strokes Canada Bob Gray, Jr. 1,000 3,000 Lambton
1940 Sam Snead (2)  United States 281 −3 Playoff United States Jug McSpaden 1,000 3,000 Scarboro
1939 Jug McSpaden  United States 282 +2 5 strokes United States Ralph Guldahl 1,000 3,000 Riverside
1938 Sam Snead  United States 277 −11 Playoff England Harry Cooper 1,000 3,000 Mississaugua
1937 Harry Cooper (2)  England 285 +5 2 strokes United States Ralph Guldahl 1,000 3,200 St. Andrews Club
1936 Lawson Little  United States 271 −9 8 strokes Scotland Jimmy Thomson 1,000 3,000 St. Andrews Club
1935 Gene Kunes  United States 280 −8 2 strokes United States Vic Ghezzi 500 1,465 Summerlea
1934 Tommy Armour (3)  United States 287 −1 2 strokes United States Ky Laffoon 500 1,465 Lakeview
1933 Joe Kirkwood Sr.  Australia 282 −2 8 strokes England Harry Cooper
Scotland Lex Robson
500 1,465 St. George's
1932 Harry Cooper  England 290 +2 3 strokes United States Al Watrous 500 1,465 Ottawa Hunt
1931 Walter Hagen  United States 292 +4 Playoff England Percy Alliss 500 1,485 Mississaugua
1930 Tommy Armour (2)  United States 273 −7 Playoff United States Leo Diegel 500 1,475 Hamilton
1929 Leo Diegel (4)  United States 274 −6 3 strokes United States Tommy Armour 400 1,320 Kanawaki
1928 Leo Diegel (3)  United States 282 −2 2 strokes England Archie Compston
United States Walter Hagen
Scotland Macdonald Smith
400 1,320 Rosedale
1927 Tommy Armour  United States 288 E 1 stroke Scotland Macdonald Smith 400 1,320 Toronto GC
1926 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 283 +3 3 strokes United States Gene Sarazen 500 1,575 Royal Montreal
1925 Leo Diegel (2)  United States 295 +11 2 strokes United States Mike Brady 500 900 Lambton
1924 Leo Diegel  United States 285 +1 2 strokes United States Gene Sarazen 400 750 Mt. Bruno
1923 Clarence Hackney  Scotland 295 +7 5 strokes United States Tom Kerrigan 350 580 Lakeview
1922 Al Watrous  United States 303 +19 1 stroke United States Tom Kerrigan 250 450 Mt. Bruno
1921 William Trovinger  United States 293 +5 3 strokes United States Mike Brady 250 450 Toronto GC
1920 James Douglas Edgar (2)  England 298 +10 Playoff United States Tommy Armour (a)
Canada Charlie Murray
300 600 Rivermead
1919 James Douglas Edgar  England 278 −2 16 strokes England Jim Barnes
United States Bobby Jones (a)
Canada Karl Keffer
200 435 Hamilton
1915–1918: Cancelled due to World War I
1914 Karl Keffer (2)  Canada 300 +12 1 stroke Canada George Cumming 100 265 Toronto GC
1913 Albert Murray (2)  Canada 295 +15 6 strokes United States Jack Burke Sr.
Canada Nicol Thompson
100 265 Royal Montreal
1912 George Sargent  England 299 +19 1 stroke England Jim Barnes 100 265 Rosedale
1911 Charlie Murray (2)  Canada 314 +26 2 strokes Scotland Davie Black 100 265 Royal Ottawa
1910 Daniel Kenny  United States 303 +19 4 strokes Canada George Lyon (a) 100 265 Lambton
1909 Karl Keffer  Canada 309 +21 3 strokes Canada George Cumming 100 265 Toronto GC
1908 Albert Murray  Canada 300 +20 4 strokes England George Sargent 80 225 Royal Montreal
1907 Percy Barrett  England 306 +22 2 strokes Canada George Cumming 80 245 Lambton
1906 Charlie Murray  Canada 170 +26 1 stroke Canada George Cumming
Scotland Tom Reith (a)
Scotland Alex Robertson
70 225 Royal Ottawa
1905 George Cumming  Canada 148 +8 3 strokes England Percy Barrett 60 225 Toronto GC
1904 Jack Oke  England 156 +16 2 strokes England Percy Barrett 60 170 Royal Montreal

Yellow highlight indicates a winner of the Triple Crown of Golf.
Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[20]

Multiple and consecutive champions[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Canadian Open.

Deceased golfer †
Major championship winner the same year as the Open win ‡
Major championship winner M
Country Golfer Total Years
 United States Leo Diegel ‡†M 4 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929
 United States Tommy Armour ‡†M 3 1927, 1930, 1934
 United States Sam Snead M 3 1938, 1940, 1941
 United States Lee TrevinoM 3 1971, 1977, 1979TC
 Canada Charles Murray 2 1906, 1911
 Canada Albert Murray 2 1908, 1913
 Canada Karl Keffer 2 1909, 1914
 England James Douglas Edgar 2 1919, 1920
 England Harry Cooper 2 1932, 1937
 Australia Jim Ferrier M 2 1950, 1951
 United States Doug Ford M 2 1959, 1963
 United States Tom WeiskopfM 2 1973, 1975
 United States Bruce Lietzke 2 1978, 1982
 United States Curtis Strange M 2 1985, 1987
 Australia Greg Norman M 2 1984, 1992
 Zimbabwe Nick PriceM 2 1991, 1994
 United States Steve Jones M 2 1989, 1997
 United States Jim Furyk M 2 2006, 2007
 Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas 2 2016, 2017
  • Bolded years and player names means back-to-back wins
  • TC denotes Triple-Crown winner in 1971.

Champions by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality.

Rank Country Wins Winners First title Last title
1  United States 72 55 1910 2018
T2  England 8 6 1904 1981
 Australia 8 6 1933 2015
4  Canada 7 4 1906 1954
T5  Scotland 3 3 1905 1926
 South Africa 3 3 1947 2014
T6  Zimbabwe 2 1 1991 1994
 Venezuela 2 1 2016 2017
T8  New Zealand 1 1 1968
 Fiji 1 1 2004
 Sweden 1 1 2010

Trophies[edit]

The first trophy presented to the winner was donated by the Rivermead Golf Club who hosted the event in 1920. Before then the winner received a gold medal.[21] The following trophies have been used since 1920:

  • The Rivermead Challenge Cup 1920–1935[22]
  • The Seagram Gold Cup 1936–1970[23]
  • The Du Maurier Trophy 1971–1993[24]
  • The RBC Canadian Open Trophy 1994–present[25]

Between 1936 and 1961 and since 2007, the Rivermead Challenge Cup has been presented to the Canadian professional with the lowest score.[22]

Future sites[edit]

Year Edition Course City Dates
2020 111th St. George's Toronto, Ontario June 11–14
2021 112th TBD TBD June 10–13
2022 113th TBD TBD June 9–12
2023 114th Hamilton Ancaster, Ontario June 8–11
2024 115th St. George's Toronto, Ontario June 6–9

Source:[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b Milner, Brian (October 27, 2015). "ClubLink files to redevelop Glen Abbey into residential community". theglobeandmail.com.
  5. ^ "Oakville council unanimously votes to give heritage status for Glen Abbey". theglobeandmail.com. August 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Lucs, Ieva (August 22, 2017). "Oakville city council unanimously votes to designate Glen Abbey golf course a heritage site". cbc.ca. CBC News. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Heritage designation raises questions about Glen Abbey's future". theglobeandmail.com. August 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Lea, David (November 8, 2018). "Fight for Oakville's Glen Abbey Golf Course heading to Ontario Court of Appeal". The Star. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Golf Canada's CEO pleased with RBC Canadian Open ahead of location and date change". Golf Canada. July 29, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Canadian Open returning to Hamilton in 2019, 2023". CBC Sports. June 6, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2018. Applebaum said Golf Canada has not ruled out returning to Glen Abbey in the future but is "speaking with a variety of people" about hosting 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  11. ^ "Canadian Open History: 100 years of golf". RBC Canadian Open. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Largest Margin of Victory on the PGA Tour". About.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Canadian Open: The Past Champions". RBC Canadian Open. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  14. ^ "Canadian Open: The Venues". RBC Canadian Open. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Phillips, Randy (June 6, 2012). "Tiger Woods's greatest shot was at Canadian Open". The Gazette. Archived from the original on July 17, 2014.
  16. ^ "Calcavecchia birdies record 9 straight holes". Golf.com. Associated Press. July 25, 2009.
  17. ^ "Weir falls short in Canadian bid". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  18. ^ Feschuk, Dave (July 27, 2015). "Day seized Open with late birdie barrage". Toronto Star.
  19. ^ club history and press reports
  20. ^ "2016 RBC Canadian Open Media Guide" (PDF). RBC Canadian Open. pp. 22–23.
  21. ^ "Canadian Open Gold Medal". Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "The Rivermead Challenge Cup". Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "The Seagram Gold Cup". Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  24. ^ "The Du Maurier Trophy". Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  25. ^ "The RBC Canadian Open Trophy". Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  26. ^ "St. George's Golf and Country Club to host RBC Canadian Open in 2020 and 2024". Golf Canada. May 24, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2019.

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