2021 RBC Canadian Open Cancelled Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Challenges

(as per Golf Canada)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA AND TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Due to logistical challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR, title sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Golf Canada announced today that the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, scheduled for June 7-13 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, has been cancelled.

“Even with an extensive health and safety plan in place, we faced a number of significant logistical challenges that led us to this decision,” said PGA TOUR President Tyler Dennis. “While we are disappointed to cancel Canada’s National Championship, we are thankful to our partners RBC and Golf Canada – along with our Canadian fans — for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout this process. We look forward to the RBC Canadian Open returning to our schedule next year.”

Round 3 of the 2019 RBC Canadian Open at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club (Photo Credit: Golf Canada)

The RBC Canadian Open had put together a comprehensive health operation protocol with consultation and direction from local, provincial, and federal government and health officials, and was working together with a multitude of partners to navigate the impact of the travel restrictions and quarantine measures currently in effect, given the number of stakeholders required to cross the border for the week of the event. A decision timeline was also established to allow the PGA TOUR a sufficient window to fill the event date.

Tournament organizers will now redirect efforts to the return of the RBC Canadian Open to the PGA TOUR schedule in 2022.

“Together with RBC and the PGA TOUR, we set a decision timeline based on the most up to date travel and quarantine restrictions in effect along with consideration for the TOUR’s ability to pivot and successfully fill a significant date on the schedule,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “It was also important to be respectful partners to the health leaders and government officials who have helped inform our operation protocols and provided great direction on this journey. The timing simply did not align for us and we are deeply disappointed that the celebrated return of the RBC Canadian Open will have to wait another year.”

Glen Abbey Golf Club. The venue of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open

Since assuming sponsorship of Canada’s National Golf Championship in 2008 and the RBC Heritage in 2012, RBC continues to be a strong advocate for the game, supporting PGA TOUR and LPGA players through Team RBC, and funding youth and amateur golf initiatives in Canada through the Golf Canada Foundation.

“We share in the disappointment with our RBC Canadian Open community over the cancellation of this year’s tournament,” said Mary DePaoli, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “Persistent challenges and health and safety considerations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including international travel restrictions, quarantine measures and government mandates, presented significant logistical challenges for this year’s tournament. We are immensely proud to be title sponsor of Canada’s National Open Championship, and to promote this great sport. We are more excited than ever to return in 2022 and bring this world-class event to new and existing Canadian golf fans.”

Established in 1904, the RBC Canadian Open — the third-oldest national championship in golf behind The Open Championship and the United States Open — had been previously conducted every year since 1904, with the exception of wartime cancellations from 1915-18 and 1943-44, and as the result of complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The RBC Canadian Open was last played in June 2019 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario, with Rory McIlroy winning in his debut appearance.

Hopefully, we can welcome back the PGA TOUR to our national championship in 2022.

To fill the week left open on the calendar, the PGA TOUR will secure an alternative venue in the United States to host an official FedExCup event for one year only. Details on the replacement event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

WITH M5 DRIVER, ’19 TP5 GOLF BALL AND NEW HI-TOE WEDGE SETUP, RORY MCILROY SETS NEW TOURNAMENT RECORD, FIRST-TIME TEEING UP NORTH OF THE BORDER AT THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN.

It was an exciting week for Canadian golf fans. The RBC Canadian Open was contested at Hamilton Golf and Country Club and we crowned a new champion. With the move of the Canadian Open to just before the U.S. Open (and not after the Open Championship), it allowed the likes of Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy to play in our event for the first time. Rory came through huge playing in Canada for the first time. After being in contention all week, Rory powered by TaylorMade Golf products dominated the field en route to claiming victory by 7 strokes over runner-up Shane Lowry

For more details please see the press release below as shared by Nick Obritsch. Mr. Obriysch is the Marketing Manager for TaylorMade Golf Canada.

Until The Next Tee!!

#seeuonthenexttee #fightandgrind

 

McIlroy’s 16th career PGA TOUR victory is the 11th win on Global Tours for TaylorMade’s New M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s ground-breaking Injected Twist Face technology; McIlroy also introduced a new wedge set up this week featuring 4 MG wedges en route to a new RBC Canadian Open scoring record.

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • As he has since the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Rory has continued to play a 9° M5 Driver, of which he’s found remarkable success this season. At Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Rory averaged 324 yards off the tee for the tournament – good for first in the field.
  • In addition to the M5 Driver, McIlroy also gamed a 14° M6 fairway and 18° M5 titanium fairway, electing to remove his P790 2 iron that has been used at previous events this season due to the course set up at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
  • Rory’s second PGA TOUR win of the season is the 10th Global Tour win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball. Rory’s preferred golf ball is the is the ’19 TP5, stamped #22.
  • Rory continued to roll the new Spider X putter with confidence and featured a limited edition commemorative Canadian Spider headcover. The head cover was used by many TaylorMade Staff Professionals this week including Rory. A popular item on Tour and golf fans, the Canadian headcover quickly sold out following release on taylormadegolf.com this past Wednesday.
  • Rory McIlroy worked with TaylorMade Tour Rep Adrian Rietveld onsite at Hamilton Golf & Country Club this past Monday to dial in his wedges. Rory then moved to four wedges, 48°, 52°, 56° & 60°, to allowed for calculated distance control, not just for this week but also for the U.S. Open. With the new wedge, Rory removed the P750 3-iron from his bag.
  • The 48° wedge is Milled Grind Raw while the 52°, 56° & 60° are Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedges.
  • With the win, McIlroy becomes #2 in the FEDEX Cup race and will elevate to #3 in the OWGR.
  • First played in 1904, McIlroy set a new RBC Canadian Open record his first time playing North of the Border shooting 258 (-22).
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WITB – RBC Canadian Open:

M5 Driver | 9°

M6 Fairway | 14°

M5 Fairway | 18°

P730 irons | (5-9)

MG Hi-Toe Wedges | 52°, 56° & 60°

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Rory at the RBC Canadian Open

When the PGA TOUR announced the new schedule for 2019 last year I was excited more than you can imagine. As a golf fan did you know that our national championship (Canadian Open) is the second oldest championship in golf? There’s only one older and that’s the Open Championship (British Open).

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The issue that I’ve had is the “homer” and patriotic Canadian that I am (yes we exist) has felt for a very long time that the Canadian Open got “screwed over” from the schedulers for the TOUR. Like our national championship was a second-rate event. Following on the heels of a Major championship like the Open Championship is a tournament committee’s nightmare. It becomes a little more difficult to get a star-studded field in line and had it not been for the title sponsor of the Canadian Open (RBC – Royal Bank of Canada) it makes you wonder if we would have still seen the likes of guys with “star power”. Among them Bubba Watson, 2018 Champion Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, and Brandt Snedeker to name a few.

One of the greatest golf shots ever struck happened at one of our Canadian Open’s. There’s likely a chance that every golf fan has seen it. Who remembers the infamous shot that Tiger Woods hit from the fairway bunker at the 2000 Canadian Open (then sponsored by Bell). That shot, to that pin over the water from 218 yards with a 6-iron in that situation was beyond comprehension. He returned in 2001 to defend his crown but I’m not certain that we’ve seen him play the Canadian Open since.

The reality is that nobody moves the needle like Tiger Woods. But news came today that could move the needle in a very Tigeresque way. The camp representing Rory McIlroy announced that Rory McIlroy will be playing the 2019 RBC Canadian Open when it’s contested at the venerable Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario June 3-9. This will be his last tune-up event before the U.S. Open.

After several events where Rory looked like he was back this past weekend saw him breakthrough and win The Players Championship. It’s been a long time since I was that happy about a player winning an event. How good would it be for golf if he returned to the form that we know and love?

Rory… If you would ever do me the honour of reading what I have to say I just want you to know something. You have no idea what it means to me and my fellow Canadian golf fans that you’re playing in “OUR” tournament. The buzz that your appearance will generate I cannot even begin to express other than “WE” will welcome you with open arms. I will personally give you a bottle of the finest ceremonial bottle of maple syrup and a moose (which may not be real) that I can find. Shoot, I’ll treat ya to a pint and an order of Poutine. In return, I ask nothing… Maybe a selfie. Damn, I haven’t been this excited in a very long time.

Rory’s presence alone has made this move such a great thing. Who knows… maybe some other big guns or big cats” will join the party in my “home and native land”.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Dustin Johnson Wins RBC Canadian Open Powered by M4 Driver & TP5x Golf Ball

This past weekend we crowned a new champion for #OurOpen. The top-ranked golfer in the world claimed his third victory of the 2018 PGA Tour Season. Dustin Johnson claimed his hat-trick this past weekend at the RBC Canadian Open joining Bubba Watson as the only players on Tour with three victories this year.

johnson an RBC Brand Ambassador and long-time TaylorMade Golf athlete powered his way to victory on the heels of the M4 driver and TP5x golf ball. With his distance Johnson brought the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design (Glen Abbey Golf Club) to its trembling knees. Below is a press release shared by Nick Orbritsch (Marketing Manager TaylorMade Golf Canada) that outlines what DJ had in his bag that led him to victory.

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Photo Credit: TaylorMade Golf Canada via Getty Images

Johnson’s 3rd win of the season is 19th in his PGA TOUR career and the 15th for TaylorMade’s M3 & M4 Drivers in 2018

What You Need to Know:

  • TaylorMade’s 2018 M Drivers featuring Twist Face Technology now have victories in 10 tournaments on the PGA TOUR this season and 15 worldwide, outpacing any other manufacturer this season.
  • Having found success with both the M3 & M4 drivers this year, Johnson played the 10.5° M4 driver this week, which has been his go-t0 of late. After tinkering with another shaft, he has it equipped with a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0, a shaft he’s most comfortable with and has found much success using. For the week, he averaged 322.8 yards off the tee with a long of 392 yards (2) with an accuracy of 66% (37/56). He was also #1 in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (7.54), as well as Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (14.22) and Strokes Gained: Total (16.45) for the week as well.
  • Johnson’s three-stroke victory is his third PGA TOUR title this season and the 19th of his career.
  • Earlier this season, Johnson made the switch into the P730 DJ Proto Irons. As he has for most of his recent career, DJ has them equipped with True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts.
  • Johnson has praised the performance of the TP5 golf ball since he first put it into play at the Tournament of Champions last year. It’s the 9th win on the PGA TOUR this season for TP5(x), with DJ adding his third win along with Day, Rahm, Rose and McIlroy.
  • Johnson, along with many other players – both on staff and non-contracted – once again made the Spider Tour putter the most played model this week at the RBC Canadian Open, a testament to the performance of Pure Roll technology. After testing out a few other putter shapes, Johnson has predominantly played the Spider Tour Black model with no sightline, the same putter that elevated him to #1 in the world.
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Dustin Johnson’s Winning Bag at the RBC Canadian Open:

M4 Driver | 10.5° | Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0

M4 Fairway | 3HL 16.5° | Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 95 X

P730 DJ Proto Irons | 3-PW | Dynamic Gold X100

Milled Grind Raw Wedges | 52° & 60° + 64° Hi-Toe | KBS Tour Black 130 X

TP5x Golf Ball (#1)

Until The Next Tee!!

The 2018 RBC Canadian Open Final Round

Well today is the day. It’s the morning of the final round of #OurOpen. As I sit here at 9:30 in the morning the conditions as I look out my window could be best described as benign. Nary a cloud in the sky or a breeze for that matter. What does this mean? It could be a real low scoring day during the final round of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

Saturday was a day full of excitement in that the first page of the leaderboard was jammed. Sitting atop the first page of the leaderboard  at -17 are four golfers that have varying degrees of familiarity with golf fans abroad. First you have the “Big Man on Campus” world #1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson. Johnson who not only is sponsored by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) but also warmed up to everyone in attendance at ‘The Rink” on Wednesday. Johnson was garbbed in one of his father-in-law’s jersey’s and those in attendance loved it (pictured below).

 

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Photo Credit: Golfweek

The next two golfers are from South Korea.

First there is Whee Kim whose actual name  is Meenwhee Kim. Kim, entered the week ranked #155 in the world.  That ranking will get better if his finish holds up. Whee Kim has had a slough of missed cuts this year but he did have a 16th place finish at the recent John Deere Classic. While I don’t know a lot (if anything) about Whee Kim I do know one thing about him. On Tuesday during the practice round he was very engaging with the young fans around the 6th green.

Also from South Korea is Byeong Hun An (pictured above). Ranked 61st in the OWGR An has actually amassed a very good season very quietly. He’s had Top 10 finishes at the Memorial, RBC Heritage, and The Honda Classic. An will be paired with DJ in the final round when they tee off at 1:40 pm EST. As i recollect he played his practice round with Kim and was equally engaging with the spectators in attendance.imageedit_43_2141856402

30 year-old American Kevin Tway is also right there in the mix at -17. He’ll be teeing off with Whee Kim in the second to last pairing. during the 2018 PGA Tour season Tway has had a very nice season. Much like An, Kevin Tway has had a very nice season. He’s seen his OWGR go from 221st during the week of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to his current position 147th. So his overall game is trending the right way. Could it be enough to hold off the likes of DJ, Whee Kim and An? Who knows really?

As far as Canadian content goes my prediction of Corey Conners was way off base (so was Varner III winning). Mackenzie Hughes could make things really interesting this afternoon. The reason why I say this is because the conditions are perfect for somebody to make a big move and go low. Maybe Hughes is that guy. Hughes tees off at 12:30 pm EST and sits at -11. Yes, the names above him have an equal opportunity to go really deep today during the final round and he needs a -6 today alone to catch the current leaders. But an astounding number like -10 would really get him into the conversation. Dare to dream right?!

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Mackenzie Hughes won the Rivermead challenge Trophy in 2017. He could repeat in 2018. (Photo Credit: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame)

Either way, what people don’t realize is that during the Canadian Open there’s a tournament within the tournament. It\s no secret that no Canadian golfer has won our Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. That drought could have ended in 2004 when Vijay Singh beat Canadian Mike Weir in a playoff. That year Weir would win the Rivermead Challenge Trophy for being the Low Canadian. Hughes won this prestigious trophy in 2017 and he could repeat… that said he has his eyes on aspirations a little bit bigger than the Rivermead.

Time will tell how the 2018 RBC Canadian Open finishes. It very well could be DJ who wins and I’d like that a lot. As would legions of Canadian golf fans across our great, unique and diverse country. Will this be the final Canadian Open held at the famed Glen Abbey Golf Club? That answer remains unknown and flutters in the wind.

Until The Next Tee!!