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Carl Pettersson Wins 2010 RBC Canadian Open

07/25/2010

- News and notes from St. George’s Golf and Country Club -

Toronto (Golf Canada) – Carl Pettersson followed his Canadian Open record setting 10-under par 60 on Saturday with a 3-under par 67 Sunday to win the  RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

With Pettersson winning the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, Sweden becomes the ninth country to claim a champion at Canada’s national open. The other countries are Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and the United States.

“It's unbelievable, I still can't believe I won the tournament,” said Pettersson, who captured his fourth PGA TOUR victory. “It was fun.  My other wins I've led starting the day and led the whole back nine, so this is the first win I've had coming from behind.  And it was a different feeling, and it was very enjoyable.”

Pettersson, 32, was 10-under on his par 5’s this week, 4-under on the par 3’s and even on his par 4’s. He was 5-under on the par-5 11th hole, with three birdies and an eagle (third round).

Interestingly enough, Pettersson was one of the five PGA TOUR players who flew from the British Open to Toronto on the private jet provided by Golf Canada – then the Royal Canadian Golf Association – in 2007, despite not playing in the Canadian Open that year.

Dean Wilson, who held the 54-hole lead, picked up his second career PGA TOUR runner-up performance after firing a 2-over par 72 today. His first second place finish came at the 2006 Valero Texas Open, the same year he won his lone PGA TOUR title, The International.

“Carl just played great,” said the 40-year old Hawaiian. “I had a four shot lead going into the back and just couldn't get anything done, couldn't get any birdies, and Carl shot 4 under.”

Finishing third was Luke Donald, who fired a 4-under par 66 Sunday to finish at 12-under par. It is the Englishman’s sixth third place finish on the PGA TOUR.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. captured low Canadian honours to win the  Rivermead trophy. Hadwin shot a 1-over par 71 Sunday to finish T37th at 5-under par, edging out Oshawa, Ont.’s Jon Mills. Mills finished T48th at 4-under par.

Following the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, Bruno Bonneville, President of Rivermead Golf Club, presented Hadwin with the Rivermead trophy as part of the club’s centennial celebration.

The following are final scores for the 18 Canadians in the 2010 RBC Canadian Open field. 

(7,046 yards, Par 70)

T37 - Hadwin, Adam, Abbotsford, B.C. 68-66-70-71—275 (-5)
T48 - Mills, Jon, Oshawa, Ont. 67-71-66-72—204 (-4)
T59- Ames, Stephen, Calgary, Alta. 67-68-73-70—278 (-2)
--- CUT ---
CUT - DeLaet, Graham,Weyburn, Sask. 70-70—140 (E)
CUT - Brown, Ted, Calgary, Alta. 71-69—140 (E)
CUT - Ross, Christopher, Dundas, Ont. 72-68—140 (E)
CUT - Hill, Matt, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 69-71—140 (E)
CUT - Burke, Cam (a), New Hamburg, Ont. 71-70—141 (+1)
CUT - Bunker, Dave (a), Woodbridge, Ont. 71-71—142 (+2)
CUT - Taylor, Nick (a), Abbotsford, B.C. 71-71—142 (+2)
CUT - Hearn, David, Brantford, Ont. 72-79—142 (+2)
CUT - Wong, Eugene (a), North Vancouver, B.C. 71-72—143 (+3)
CUT - Lee, Beon Yeong (a), Montreal, Que. 78-65—143 (+3)
CUT - Puska, Jeffery, Ladysmith, B.C. 73-72—145 (+5)
CUT - Jarosch, Barrett, Edmonton, Alta. 72-73—145 (+5)
CUT - Weir, Mike, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 72-74—146 (+6)
CUT - Rutledge, Jim, Victoria, B.C. 76-71—147 (+7)
CUT - Boudreau, Ben, Longueuil, Que. 74-82—156 (+16)

a – denotes amateur

MEDIA CENTRE PRESS CONFERENCES
Audio and video files of Friday’s interviews with Carl Pettersson, Dean Wilson, Adam Hadwin, Tim Clark, Luke Donald and Stephen Ames are available online at www.rbccanadianopen.com in the Bell Media Centre section.

TEAM CANADA NATIONAL GOLF AUCTION
The National Golf Auction in support of Team Canada continues. For a limited time, golfers from across the country can bid to play golf at many of Canada’s finest golf courses. Visit www.golfcanada.ca/auction or visit Golf Canada Village onsite at the RBC Canadian Open to view a list of 350 plus courses across Canada who donated rounds of golf and showed their commitment to Team Canada.

ABOUT THE 2010 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.1 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 19th – 25th, 2010 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Established in 1904, the tournament 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, Bell, BMW Group Canada, Government of Ontario, TaylorMade adidas Golf, InterContinental Hotels Group, Southern Implants, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Transitions Optical, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Mike Weir Wine, Pepsi, Corona and Reader’s Digest. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-OPEN.

RBC AND THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN
In partnership with Golf Canada, RBC is the title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, the third oldest national golf championship worldwide, next only to the British Open and the U.S. Open. With a history of great players and premier fields, the RBC Canadian Open provides golf fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a world class event on Canadian soil. RBC also sponsors all levels of amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities to national sport organizations and elite-level athletes, and is Premier National Partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

GOLF CANADA – YOU BELONG
Golf Canada is a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).  Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in this country and representing more than 350,000 members and 1,600 golf clubs, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships.  The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada’s top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.  

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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Terry Lenyk    
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Golf Canada 
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