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RBC Canadian Open
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Tournament information
Location  Canada – varies
Established 1904, 112 years ago
Course(s) Glen Abbey Golf Course,
Oakville, Ontario
Par 72
Length 7,273 yards (6,650 m)[1]
Organized by Golf Canada
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$5.9 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Johnny Palmer (1952)
To par −23 Arnold Palmer (1955)
Current champion
Australia Jason Day
Canadian Open (golf) is located in Canada
Glen Abbey
Glen Abbey
Location in Canada
Glen Abbey is located in Southern Ontario
Glen Abbey
Glen Abbey
Location in southern Ontario

The Canadian Open is a professional golf tournament in Canada, first played 112 years ago in 1904. It is organized by the Royal Canadian Golf Association / Golf Canada. Played annually continuously since then, except for some years during World War I and World War II, the Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour, after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.

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 an even worse date in 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). Even though the PGA Tour has placed the event in the worst date[2] of any regular tournament on the PGA Tour,[3] the tournament still counts towards the FedEx Cup standings, and earns the winner a Masters invitation.

Courses[edit]

Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the most Canadian Opens, with 27 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.

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.

Three clubs – Toronto Golf Club, St. George's Golf and Country Club, and Hamilton Golf and Country Club – have each 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.

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 eight other Canadian Opens. The 1912 Canadian Open at the Rosedale Golf Club was famed American golfer Walter Hagen's first professional competition.[4] 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;[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, and Walter Hagen at Lakeview Golf Club in Toronto 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 five Canadian Opens: 1931, 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 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 Jim Ferrier, James Douglas Edgar, Sam Snead and Leo Diegel. 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 27 Open Championships (1977–79, 1981–96, 1998–2000, 2004, 2008–09, 2013, 2015), and has crowned 22 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 what is probably the most memorable shot of his illustrious career so far. 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 he had no choice but to go for the green. Woods sent a 6-iron which carried a lake and settled just past the flag, which was 218 yards away, and then had a chip and a putt for the title-clinching birdie.[8] With the victory, Woods became only the second golfer to capture the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same year, earning him the Triple Crown trophy.

In 2009, Mark Calcavecchia scored nine consecutive birdies at the second round, breaking the PGA Tour record.[9]

Canadian performances[edit]

A Canadian has not won the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and 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. Singh did not pull away, and Weir had two more chances to win the tournament: a 25-foot putt for eagle on No. 18 in 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.[10]

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.[11]

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 Location
2015 Jason Day  Australia 271 −17 1 stroke United States Bubba Watson 1,044,000 5,800,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
2014 Tim Clark  South Africa 263 −17 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk 1,026,000 5,700,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Île Bizard, Quebec
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 Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
2012 Scott Piercy  United States 263 −17 1 stroke United States Robert Garrigus
United States William McGirt
936,000 5,200,000 Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario
2011 Sean O'Hair  United States 276 −4 Playoff United States Kris Blanks 936,000 5,200,000 Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia
2010 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 266 −14 1 stroke United States Dean Wilson 918,000 5,100,000 St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
2009 Nathan Green  Australia 270 −18 Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen 918,000 5,100,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
2008 Chez Reavie  United States 267 −17 3 strokes United States Billy Mayfair 900,000 5,000,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
2007 Jim Furyk (2)  United States 268 −16 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh 900,000 5,000,000 Angus Glen Golf Club (North Course) Markham, Ontario
2006 Jim Furyk  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Bart Bryant 900,000 5,000,000 Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario
2005 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 275 −5 1 stroke United States Ben Crane
United States Ryan Moore
882,000 4,900,000 Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia
2004 Vijay Singh  Fiji 275 −9 Playoff Canada Mike Weir 810,000 4,500,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
2003 Bob Tway  United States 272 −8 Playoff United States Brad Faxon 756,000 4,200,000 Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario
2002 John Rollins  United States 272 −16 Playoff United States Neal Lancaster
United States Justin Leonard
720,000 4,000,000 Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course) Markham, Ontario
2001 Scott Verplank  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Bob Estes
United States Joey Sindelar
684,000 3,800,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Île-Bizard, Quebec
2000 Tiger Woods  United States 266 −22 1 stroke New Zealand Grant Waite 594,000 3,300,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1999 Hal Sutton  United States 275 −13 3 strokes United States Dennis Paulson 450,000 2,500,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1998 Billy Andrade  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Bob Friend 396,000 2,200,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1997 Steve Jones (2)  United States 275 −5 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 270,000 1,500,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Île-Bizard, Quebec
1996 Dudley Hart  United States 202 −14 1 stroke United States David Duval 270,000 1,500,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1995 Mark O'Meara  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Bob Lohr 234,000 1,300,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1994 Nick Price (2)  Zimbabwe 275 −13 1 stroke United States Mark Calcavecchia 234,000 1,300,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1993 David Frost  South Africa 279 −9 1 stroke United States Fred Couples 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1992 Greg Norman (2)  Australia 280 −8 Playoff United States Bruce Lietzke 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1991 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 273 −15 1 stroke United States David Edwards 180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1990 Wayne Levi  United States 278 −10 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch
United States Jim Woodward
180,000 1,000,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
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 Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1988 Ken Green  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Bill Glasson
United States Scott Verplank
135,000 900,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
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 Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1986 Bob Murphy  United States 280 −8 3 strokes Australia Greg Norman 108,000 600,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1985 Curtis Strange  United States 279 −9 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
Australia Greg Norman
86,507 580,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1984 Greg Norman  Australia 278 −10 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 72,000 525,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1983 John Cook  United States 277 −7 Playoff United States Johnny Miller 63,000 425,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1982 Bruce Lietzke (2)  United States 277 −7 2 strokes United States Hal Sutton 76,500 425,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
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 Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1980 Bob Gilder  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Jerry Pate
United States Leonard Thompson
63,000 350,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Île-Bizard, Quebec
1979 Lee Trevino (3)  United States 281 −3 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw 63,000 350,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1978 Bruce Lietzke  United States 283 −1 1 stroke United States Pat McGowan 50,000 250,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1977 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 280 −8 4 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis 45,000 225,000 Glen Abbey Golf Course Oakville, Ontario
1976 Jerry Pate  United States 267 −13 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 40,000 200,000 Essex Golf & Country Club Windsor, Ontario
1975 Tom Weiskopf (2)  United States 274 −6 Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus 40,000 200,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Île-Bizard, Quebec
1974 Bobby Nichols  United States 270 −10 4 strokes United States John Schlee
United States Larry Ziegler
40,000 200,000 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1973 Tom Weiskopf  United States 278 −6 2 strokes United States Forrest Fezler 35,000 175,000 Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club Ste.-Julie, Quebec
1972 Gay Brewer  United States 275 −9 1 stroke United States Sam Adams
United States Dave Hill
30,000 150,000 Cherry Hill Club Ridgeway, Ontario
1971 Lee Trevino  United States 275 −9 Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr. 30,000 150,000 Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club Ste.-Julie, Quebec
1970 Kermit Zarley  United States 279 −9 3 strokes United States Gibby Gilbert 25,000 125,000 London Hunt & Country Club London, Ontario
1969 Tommy Aaron  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Sam Snead 25,000 125,000 Pine Grove Golf & Country Club St. Luc, Quebec
1968 Bob Charles  New Zealand 274 −10 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 25,000 125,000 St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
1967 Billy Casper  United States 279 −5 Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr. 30,000 100,000 Montreal Municipal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec
1966 Don Massengale  United States 280 −4 3 strokes United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez 20,000 100,000 Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia
1965 Gene Littler  United States 273 −7 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus 20,000 100,000 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1964 Kel Nagle  Australia 277 −11 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer 7,500 50,000 Pine Grove Golf & Country Club St. Luc, Quebec
1963 Doug Ford (2)  United States 280 −4 1 stroke United States Al Geiberger 9,000 50,000 Scarboro Golf and Country Club Scarborough, Ontario
1962 Ted Kroll  United States 278 −10 2 strokes United States Charlie Sifford 4,300 30,000 Le Club Laval-sur-le-Lac Laval-sur-le-Lac, Quebec
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 Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba
1960 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 269 −15 6 strokes United States Bob Goalby
United States Jay Hebert
3,500 25,000 St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
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 Golf & Country Club Montreal, Quebec
1958 Wes Ellis  United States 267 −13 1 stroke United States Jay Hebert 3,500 25,000 Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club Edmonton, Alberta
1957 George Bayer  United States 271 −13 2 strokes United States Bo Wininger 3,500 25,000 Westmount Golf and Country Club Kitchener, Ontario
1956 Doug Sanders (a)  United States 273 −11 Playoff United States Dow Finsterwald 2,400 15,000 Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal, Quebec
1955 Arnold Palmer  United States 265 −23 4 strokes United States Jack Burke, Jr. 2,400 15,000 Weston Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
1954 Pat Fletcher  Canada 280 −8 3,000 15,000 Point Grey Golf Club Vancouver, British Columbia
1953 Dave Douglas  United States 273 −11 1 stroke United States Wally Ulrich 3,000 15,000 Scarboro Golf and Country Club Scarborough, Ontario
1952 Johnny Palmer  United States 263 −21 11 strokes United States Fred Haas
United States Dick Mayer
3,000 15,000 St. Charles Country Club Winnipeg, Manitoba
1951 Jim Ferrier (2)  Australia 273 −7 2 strokes United States Fred Hawkins
United States Ed Oliver
2,250 15,000 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1950 Jim Ferrier  Australia 271 −9 3 strokes United States Ted Kroll 2,000 10,000 Royal Montreal Golf Club Dorval, Quebec
1949 E. J. Harrison  United States 271 −13 4 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier 2,000 9,200 St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
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 Golf & Country Club Vancouver, British Columbia
1947 Bobby Locke  South Africa 268 −16 2 strokes United States Ed Oliver 2,000 10,000 Scarboro Golf and Country Club Scarborough, Ontario
1946 George Fazio  United States 278 −6 Playoff United States Dick Metz 2,000 9,000 Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal, Quebec
1945 Byron Nelson  United States 280 −8 4 strokes United States Herman Barron 2,000 10,000 Thornhill Golf Club Thornhill, Ontario
1943–44: Cancelled due to World War II
1942 Craig Wood  United States 275 −5 4 strokes United States Mike Turnesa 1,000 3,000 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1941 Sam Snead (3)  United States 274 −10 2 strokes Canada Bob Gray, Jr. 1,000 3,000 Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1940 Sam Snead (2)  United States 281 −3 Playoff United States Jug McSpaden 1,000 3,000 Scarboro Golf and Country Club Scarborough, Ontario
1939 Jug McSpaden  United States 282 −6 5 strokes United States Ralph Guldahl 1,000 3,000 Riverside Country Club Saint John, New Brunswick
1938 Sam Snead  United States 277 −3 Playoff England Harry Cooper 1,000 3,000 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1937 Harry Cooper (2)  England 285 −3 2 strokes United States Ralph Guldahl 1,000 3,200 St. Andrews Club Toronto, Ontario
1936 Lawson Little  United States 271 −17 8 strokes Scotland Jimmy Thomson 1,000 3,000 St. Andrews Club Toronto, Ontario
1935 Gene Kunes  United States 280 −8 2 strokes United States Vic Ghezzi 500 1,465 Summerlea Golf Club Montreal, Quebec
1934 Tommy Armour (3)  United States 287 −1 2 strokes United States Ky Laffoon 500 1,465 Lakeview Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1933 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 282 −2 8 strokes England Harry Cooper
Scotland Lex Robson
500 1,465 St. George's Golf and Country Club Toronto, Ontario
1932 Harry Cooper  England 290 +2 3 strokes United States Al Watrous 500 1,465 Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club Ottawa, Ontario
1931 Walter Hagen  United States 292 +4 Playoff England Percy Alliss 500 1,485 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club Mississauga, Ontario
1930 Tommy Armour (2)  United States 273 −7 Playoff United States Leo Diegel 500 1,475 Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario
1929 Leo Diegel (4)  United States 274 −6 3 strokes United States Tommy Armour 400 1,320 Kanawaki Golf Club Kahnawake, Quebec
1928 Leo Diegel (3)  United States 282 −2 2 strokes England Archie Compston
United States Walter Hagen
Scotland Macdonald Smith
400 1,320 Rosedale Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1927 Tommy Armour  United States 288 E 1 stroke Scotland Macdonald Smith 400 1,320 Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario
1926 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 283 +3 3 strokes United States Gene Sarazen 500 1,575 Royal Montreal Golf Club Dorval, Quebec
1925 Leo Diegel (2)  United States 295 +11 2 strokes United States Mike Brady 500 900 Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1924 Leo Diegel  United States 285 +1 2 strokes United States Gene Sarazen 400 750 Mt. Bruno Golf Club St. Bruno, Quebec
1923 Clarence Hackney  Scotland 295 +7 5 strokes United States Tom Kerrigan 350 580 Lakeview Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1922 Al Watrous  United States 303 +19 1 stroke United States Tom Kerrigan 250 450 Mt. Bruno Golf Club St. Bruno, Quebec
1921 William Trovinger  United States 293 +5 3 strokes United States Mike Brady 250 450 Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario
1920 James Douglas Edgar (2)  England 298 +10 Playoff United States Tommy Armour
Canada Charlie Murray
300 600 Rivermead Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec
1919 James Douglas Edgar  England 278 −2 16 strokes England Jim Barnes
United States Bobby Jones
Canada Karl Keffer
200 435 Hamilton Golf and Country Club Ancaster, Ontario
1915–18: Cancelled due to World War I
1914 Karl Keffer (2)  Canada 300 +12 100 265 Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario
1913 Albert Murray (2)  Canada 295 +15 100 265 Royal Montreal Golf Club Dorval, Quebec
1912 George Sargent  England 299 +19 100 265 Rosedale Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1911 Charlie Murray (2)  Canada 314 +26 100 265 Royal Ottawa Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec
1910 Daniel Kenny  United States 303 +19 100 265 Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1909 Karl Keffer  Canada 309 +21 100 265 Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario
1908 Albert Murray  Canada 300 +20 80 225 Royal Montreal Golf Club Dorval, Quebec
1907 Percy Barrett  England 306 +22 80 245 Lambton Golf Club Toronto, Ontario
1906 Charlie Murray  Canada 170 +26 70 225 Royal Ottawa Golf Club Aylmer, Quebec
1905 George Cumming  Canada 148 +8 60 225 Toronto Golf Club Mississauga, Ontario
1904 John H. Oke  England 156 +16 60 170 Royal Montreal Golf Club Dorval, Quebec

Yellow highlight indicates a winner of the Triple Crown of Golf.
Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[12]

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 Diegel, LeoLeo Diegel ‡†M 4 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929
 United States Armour, TommyTommy Armour ‡†M 3 1927, 1930, 1934
 United States Snead, SamSam Snead M 3 1938, 1940, 1941
 United States Trevino, LeeLee TrevinoM 3 1971, 1977, 1979TC
 Canada Murray, CharlesCharles Murray 2 1906, 1911
 Canada Murray, AlbertAlbert Murray 2 1908, 1913
 Canada Karl Keffer † 2 1909, 1914
 England Edgar, James DouglasJames Douglas Edgar 2 1919, 1920
 England Cooper, HarryHarry Cooper 2 1932, 1937
 Australia Ferrier, JimJim Ferrier M 2 1950, 1951
 United States Ford, DougDoug Ford M 2 1959, 1963
 United States Weiskopf, TomTom WeiskopfM 2 1973, 1975
 United States Lietzke, BruceBruce Lietzke 2 1978, 1982
 United States Strange, CurtisCurtis Strange M 2 1985, 1987
 Australia Norman, GregGreg Norman M 2 1984, 1992
 Zimbabwe Price, NickNick PriceM 2 1991, 1994
 United States Jones, SteveSteve Jones M 2 1989, 1997
 United States Furyk, JimJim Furyk M 2 2006, 2007
  • 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 2013
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
6  Zimbabwe 2 1 1991 1994
T8  New Zealand 1 1 1968
 Fiji 1 1 2004
 Sweden 1 1 2010

Trophies[edit]

  • Canadian Amateur Trophy 1895–1907
  • The Seagram Gold Cup 1935–1970
  • The Du Maurier Trophy 1971–1993
  • Earl Grey Trophy 1908–
  • RBC Canadian Open Trophy 1994–present
  • Rivermead Challenge Cup (presented to low Canadian) 1936–1961, 2007–

Future sites[edit]

Year Edition Course City Dates
2016 107th Glen Abbey Oakville, Ontario July 21–24

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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