Golf Canada and RBC announced late Friday the final field who will tee it up next week at the venerable Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ont. for the RBC Canadian Open.
In the field will be the usual line-up of RBC-sponsored athletes – who bring a new level of star power to the Canadian Open field – along with 15 Canadian golfers, and a smattering of 2013 PGA Tour winners.
A handful will be coming across the pond from the British Open, but in recent years, RBC had a private charter bring many of the competitors in the third major of the year over to Canada which helped to elevate some of the travel worries.
It’s hard to forget last year when Ernie Els said in his victory speech at the British Open that he was “supposed to go to Canada but (he) might blow that whole thing off.” He meant the charter – he arrived a day later, Claret Jug in tow – but it was still nerve-wracking for tournament organizers.
As mentioned, the field is highlighted by a few of the big names who are sponsored by RBC, including Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Els, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, and Jim Furyk.
Golf Canada and RBC have also brought Masters champions Bubba Watson (whose wife Angie’s parents live just north of Toronto) and Charl Schwartzel, along with long-hitting Dustin Johnson to Glen Abbey.
2013 PGA Tour winners Sang-Moon Bae, Billy Horschel, Brian Gay, Boo Weekley, Derek Ernst, and John Merrick will also be in the field.
Current Golf Canada national team members Corey Conners and Adam Svensson were granted exemptions. I wrote a story on Svensson after playing with him at the Golf Canada national team media earlier this here.
Many other Golf Canada team members will also be teeing it up at the Monday qualifier at Heron Point including Chris Hemmerich, Matthew Scobie, Justin Shin, Garrett Rank, and Eric Banks.
Finally, the Golf Canada Foundation will be putting on its first ever charity pro-am in support of the foundation – also happening Monday. The field includes NHL stars both past and present, TV personalities, and Olympic athletes, along with many of the Canadian golfers who are already in the field.
A full list of Canadians in the field is below.
Tickets for the RBC Canadian Open are on sale now here. Anyone under the age of 17 is FREE with a paying adult.