RBC Canadian Open is back with a refreshed brand identity in celebration of Nick Taylor’s historic win

(December 1, 2023) – In celebration of Nick Taylor’s historic victory in becoming the first Canadian to win Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship in 69 years, Golf Canada in partnership with title sponsor RBC, have reimagined the tournament logo for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in celebrating one of the most iconic moments in Canadian sport.

The updated brand identity depicts a silhouette of Taylor’s now legendary putter toss following his 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole at Oakdale Golf and Country Club to defeat Tommy Fleetwood and become the first Canadian in seven decades to win Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.

“We are excited to pay tribute to the epic performance of Nick’s amazing win by capturing the energy of that moment within the brand identity and logo mark for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open,” said Golf Canada Chief Marketing Officer Tim McLaughlin. “Nick’s historic victory will be celebrated in the lead up to and throughout the 2024 RBC Canadian Open and the reimagined logo is a fitting homage to both Nick and this most special moment for our National Open.”

“To be a part of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open logo is really special,” said Taylor. “When I first saw the re-design with myself as the swing man, I was flattered by the tribute and thought it was very cool. I am excited to get to Hamilton and looking forward to defending my title.”

The updated brand mark for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open will feature prominently across integrated marketing activities and physical touch points in the lead up to Taylor’s title defence at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

The 2024 RBC Canadian Open takes place May 28 – June 2 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont., the 113th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.

Select tickets for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open will be available starting December 7, 2023.

RBC Canadian Open included in The Open Qualifying Series for 2024

The Claret Jug is displayed during The Open Qualifying Series, part of the RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club on June 12, 2022 (Photo by Cole Burston via Getty Images)
The Claret Jug is displayed during The Open Qualifying Series, part of the RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club on June 12, 2022 (Photo by Cole Burston via Getty Images)

The road to The 152nd Open Championship will stop in Canada once again, as the 2024 RBC Canadian Open contested May 30 to June 2 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. will be among 16 events in 11 countries to make up The Open Qualifying Series for 2024.

The 2024 RBC Canadian Open will offer up three qualifying places to the leading three players, not already exempt, who make the cut at the 113th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship.

The race to qualify for The 152nd Open at Royal Troon gets under way this week with three places on offer through the Joburg Open in South Africa.

The Joburg Open is the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for 2024 which offers golfers around the world opportunities to book their place in golf’s original championship.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said: “The race to qualify for The 152nd Open at Royal Troon is now under way and offers golfers all over the world a range of opportunities to secure a coveted place in the Championship.

“We look forward to seeing the drama unfold in the coming months as golfers emerge from tour events or Final Qualifying to book their place at Royal Troon next year.”

The ISPS HANDA Australian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and DP World Tour and being played at The Lakes and The Australian from 30 November – 3 December, will offer three places.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, the RBC Canadian Open and the John Deere Classic will offer golfers on the PGA Tour opportunities to qualify.

On the DP World Tour, places will be awarded at the KLM Open, Italian Open and Genesis Scottish Open, which is co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.

Three events in Asia will be added to The Open Qualifying Series after the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and KPGA Korean Tour have announced their schedules for 2024.

Final Qualifying events will be held at Burnham & Berrow, Dundonald Links, Royal Cinque Ports and West Lancashire on 2 July with a minimum of 16 places available. This will follow 14 Regional Qualifying events taking place on 24 June. Fulford and Bearwood Lakes have been added to the list of venues hosting Regional Qualifying.

Where any golfer who earns a qualifying place through an Open Qualifying Series event before the closing date for entries then becomes exempt under one or more other categories, that qualifying place will be awarded to the next best placed non-exempt golfer at that qualifying event.

The R&A will confirm the exemptions for The 152nd Open at Royal Troon early in the new year.

The 152nd Open will be played at Royal Troon from 18-21 July 2024.

The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following qualification places in The 152nd Open:

South Africa23-26 Nov 2023Joburg Open 
Houghton, Johannesburg
3 places to the leading three players, not already exempt as of the closing date, who make the cut
Australia 30 Nov-3 Dec 2023ISPS HANDA Australian Open
The Lakes & The Australian, Sydney
3 places to the leading three players, not already exempt as of the closing date, who make the cut
USA 7-10 March 2024Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
Bay Hill, Florida
1 place to the leading player, not already exempt as of the closing date, who makes the cut
Canada 30 May-2 June 2024RBC Canadian Open 
Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ont.
3 places to the leading three players, not already exempt, who make the cut
USA6–9 June 2024the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday 
Muirfield Village, Ohio
1 place to the leading player, not already exempt, who makes the cut
Netherlands 20-23 June 2024KLM Open 
The International, Amsterdam
2 places to the leading two players, not already exempt, who make the cut
24 June 2024Various 
Italy 27 June-30 June 2024Italian Open 
Adriatic Golf Club, Cervia
2 places to the leading two players, not already exempt, who make the cut
Final Qualifying 2 July 2024Burnham & Berrow
Dundonald Links
Royal Cinque Ports
West Lancashire
Minimum of 16 places
USA4-7 July 2024John Deere Classic 
TPC Deere Run, Illinois
2 places to the leading two players, not already exempt, who make the cut
Scotland11-14 July 2024Genesis Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, East Lothian 
3 places to the leading three players, not already exempt, who make the cut

NB. Three events in Asia will also be added to the Open Qualifying Series after the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and KPGA Korean Tour have announced their schedules for 2024.

Hamilton Golf and Country Club donates more than $250k to local charities

Eight Hamilton charities and community organizations are the beneficiaries of a total of $257,000 that was handed out recently by the Hamilton Golf and Country Club Foundation.

Hamilton Golf and Country Club will play host to the 2024 RBC Canadian Open May 28-June 2.

Local organizations including the Eva Rothwell Centre, Ancaster Community Services, St. Joe’s Youth and Wellness Centre, the Bob Kemp Hospice, CityKidz, Hamilton YWCA, the HGCC Foundation Bursary program and the Muscular Dystrophy Association each received support ranging from $20,000 to $70,000.

The funds were raised throughout 2023 primarily through the 51st Annual Dick Borthwick Memorial Golf Tournament and the Women’s Section Par for a Cause event, as well as individual HGCC member donations. The partnerships with the charities are all member sponsored.

The Eva Rothwell Centre has received a total of $120,000 in support from the HGCC Foundation over the past three years.

“On behalf of the army of children who benefit from our programs including the Larry Paikin Literacy Express train I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support over the last three years. It makes a meaningful difference in the lives of so many youngsters who struggle to learn to read and write in our community,” says Program Manager Jordan Bailey, who has worked at the centre for the past nine years. He noted that children in the north end Hamilton community can be two and three years behind in their reading and writing skills from the grade they are in.

“I have watched a lot of these kids grow up from being young children into their teens and the progress many of them have made is incredible. It takes a village to make this impact and your support is invaluable. I want you to know we are changing the lives of kids for the better. It’s my favourite part of my job,” Bailey shared.

Members and guests at the cheque presentation heard similar impact stories and words of thanks.

The largest single payout went to the YWCA Hamilton building fund with a record amount of $70,000 raised by the Women’s Section through the Par for A Cause golf tournament organized by co-chairs Karen Llewellyn, Melanie Oster and Victoria Walzak Mosca.

Ancaster Community Services received $20,000 to purchase food for its foodbank. The Bob Kemp Hospice received $40,000 to assist with a building campaign for a new 10-bed pediatric hospice with construction set to start in the new year.

The HGCC Foundation is close to announcing 10 new member sponsored charity partners for three-year terms including 2024, 2025 and 2026. Over that time period, Foundation President Alan Scott anticipated the foundation will donate over $1 million to those charities.

2023 RBC Canadian Open nominated for four PGA TOUR Tournament Awards

PONTE VEDRE – The PGA TOUR has released its nominees for their 2022-23 PGA TOUR Tournament Awards, with the 2023 RBC Canadian Open picking up four nominations.

In June, Nick Taylor became the first Canadian in 69 years to win his national open, holing a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole to beat Tommy Fleetwood at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

“We are honoured and humbled to be nominated for these prestigious awards by the PGA TOUR,” said Bryan Crawford, RBC Canadian Open tournament director. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, including staff, partners, fans and volunteers, who are committed to delivering excellence in everything we do. This is a moment of pride for us, and we are grateful to be recognized in this way.”

The 2023 RBC Canadian Open picked up nominations in the following four categories:

Winners will be announced at the 2023 PGA TOUR Tournament Awards Celebration, which take place Thursday, December 7 in La Quinta, CA. 

The 2024 RBC Canadian Open will be held May 28 – June 4 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

WATCH: 2023 RBC Canadian Open closing ceremonies

Photo Bernard Brault, Golf Canada Toronto, Ontario: Sunday, June 11th, 2023 RBC CANADIAN OPEN Oakdale Golf and Country Club Final round 18th hole Nick Taylor Trophy presentation

WATCH: Nick Taylor’s champion’s press conference

North York, ON, Canada June 11 2023 - RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf Club Photo: Gary Yee (garyphoto.ca)

Nick Taylor wins RBC Canadian Open, first Canadian champion since 1954 

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 11: Nick Taylor of Canada celebrates with his caddie after making an eagle putt on the 4th playoff hole to win the RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on June 11, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

TORONTO – Nick Taylor became the first Canadian in 69 years to win his national open, holing a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole to beat Tommy Fleetwood in the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.

Taylor tossed his putter into the air and jumped into the arms of his caddie after the longest made putt of his PGA Tour career, and fellow Canadian players Mike Weir, Corey Conners and Adam Hadwin were among those who ran onto the green to congratulate him. Hadwin, Taylor’s close friend, was tackled by a security guard while spraying champagne from a bottle.

“I’m speechless. This is for all the guys that are here. This is for my family at home,” Taylor said with tears in his eyes. “This is the most incredible feeling.”

The last player from Canada to win the Canadian Open was Pat Fletcher in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver. Fletcher was born in England; Carl Keffer had been the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Weir lost a playoff to Vijay Singh in 2004.

With galleries cheering his every move and even serenading him with “O Canada” on one tee box, Taylor curled in an 11-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish at 17-under 271 at Oakdale, walking backwards with his fist raised as the ball dropped into the cup. He shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday.

Fleetwood needed a birdie on the reachable par 5 to win in regulation, but he missed his tee shot right, laid up into an awkward lie in the right rough and two-putted for par to force the playoff in rainy conditions.

The players traded birdies on their first time playing No. 18 in the playoff. They both parred 18 and the par-3 ninth before heading back to 18.

Taylor’s tee shot found a divot in the fairway, but he hit his second shot 221 yards to the front of the green, while Fleetwood laid up after his drive found a fairway bunker. Fleetwood hit his third shot to 12 feet, but didn’t need to putt after Taylor’s uphill eagle putt hit the flagstick and dropped.

Fans swarmed toward the green, and Hadwin who like Taylor grew up in Abbotsford, British Columbia got leveled amid the chaos. He said had so much adrenaline that the tackle didn’t faze him.

“It’s incredible. I mean, what do you say to one of the greatest moments of Canadian golf history?” Hadwin said. “I think we all predicted that this was going to happen.

“I’m not sure that any one of us predicted a 72-foot (eagle) putt … to get it done, but what a way to go.”

The 35-year-old Taylor, who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, won for the third time on the PGA Tour. He shot 75 in Thursday’s opening round but rallied with a 67 on Friday to make the cut, then shot 63 on Saturday to begin the final round three shots behind leader C.T. Pan.

Two-time defending champion Rory McIlroy, two shots back of Pan entering the final round, closed with a 72 and finished in a tie for ninth, five shots back.

Fleetwood, a two-time Ryder Cup player from England and a six-time winner on the European tour, remains winless on the PGA Tour.

“I played great today, even though I missed some chances, if you like, on those playoff holes,” Fleetwood said. “Yeah, it was close. I just have to take the positives from it and start practicing tomorrow. I got a major next week. So can’t dwell on it too much.”

Tyrrell Hatton (64), Aaron Rai (69) and Pan (70) finished one shot out of the playoff.

Rory sits 2 shots back heading into final round of RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy

Back-to-back birdies to close out the third round put C.T. Pan two strokes up on the field at the RBC Canadian Open, but that lead is far from safe with a pack of big names and two Canadians in the hunt.

Pan, from Taiwan, shot a 6-under 66 to sit at 14-under overall on Saturday at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in the northwest corner of Toronto. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was in a six-way tie for second as he looks for a third consecutive title at the men’s national golf championship.

“You still have to play aggressive, because this course is a lot of rough, but if you hit it in the fairway you will have a lot of short irons in and you’re going to create a lot of birdie opportunities,” said Pan, adding that he won’t change too much as he tries to fend off the group tied for second that includes McIlroy, Americans Mark Hubbard, Harry Higgs, and Andrew Novak, as well as England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if someone shoots 8-, 9-under, because the PGA Tour guys are really good.”

Nick Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., did just that earlier Saturday, firing a 9-under 63 to set a new course record at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. That round rocketed Taylor up the leaderboard to sit in a tie with England’s Aaron Rai at 11-under, good for eighth.

Taylor surpassed the record of 8-under that England’s Tyrrell Hatton matched in Friday’s second round. Oakdale actually has 27 holes on its property and is using a composite course for the PGA Tour event.

Canadian Golf Hall of Famer George Knudson, who won on the PGA Tour eight times in the 1960s and ’70s, was a regular at Oakdale and has nine of the holes at the 98-year-old course named after him.

“To have a course record is really cool,” said Taylor. “I don’t think I have one out here on Tour.

“To do it at the RBC Canadian Open is even more special and to be mentioned in the same breath as George Knudson is phenomenal.”

Corey Conners (70) of Listowel, Ont., rounded out the top 10 at 10-under overall. He and Taylor agreed that they’d be happy with either one of them winning the Canadian Open and end a nearly 70-year drought for Canadians at the event.

“I think we’re rooting for each other, but we still want to win,” said Taylor, who regularly practices with Conners ahead of PGA Tour events. “If we don’t win, I think we want another Canadian to win.

“If I look up and I’m second and Corey Conners is first then that’s almost as good as winning.”

Pat Fletcher won at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club in 1954. Although there have been some close calls in the past 20 years, this year’s edition of the tournament holds a great deal of promise as eight Canadians, the most since 2002, made the cut.

“It’s been far too long,” said Conners. “I’m going to be letting it fly, giving it my all tomorrow and I’m sure (Taylor’s) going to be doing the same thing.

“I’ve got some ground to make up, but you never know. We have a chance.”

McIlroy won in 2019 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club and again last year at St. George’s Golf and Country Club. The event was canceled in the intervening years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It feels eerily similar to the last two tournaments,” said McIlroy. “I was tied for the lead with (Webb Simpson) at Hamilton in 2019. Then last year with (Tony Finau and Justin Thomas).

“Looks like there could be a lot of guys up around the lead tomorrow. So it’s going to be a really interesting day.”

Canada’s Conners a shot back after second round of 2023 RBC Canadian Open

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 09: Corey Conners of Canada lines up a putt on the 2nd hole during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on June 09, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Chants of “Corrr-ayyyy! Cor-ay! Cor-ay! Cor-ay!” to the tune of the famous “Ole!” soccer song followed Corey Conners up to the 18th green during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open.

The product of Listowel, Ont., responded well to the chants from hundreds of fans. He two-putted on the challenging green at Oakdale Golf and Country Club to pull within a shot of the lead at the men’s national golf championship.

“Lots of chants out there, but definitely that one was new,” said Conners with a chuckle. “I’m really embracing the Canadian support.”

Conners shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to sit in a tie for second with Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, England’s Aaron Rai and Tyrrell Hatton at 8-under overall.

China’s Carl Yuan turned in a 5-under round to sit atop the leaderboard one shot ahead of that group.

“Really happy with the start,” said Conners who was tied for the lead after the first round. “It’s been a lot of fun out here this week.

“Fun playing in front of the Canadian fans. Just enjoying the walk out there.”

Yuan said after his round in the morning wave that his goal is always to have fun out on the course.

“That’s my goal coming into the week. That’s my No. 1 goal,” said Yuan of keeping it light. “Not a result goal, just being in the present, hitting shot by shot and, yeah, being out here trying to have the most fun. All of it.”

Conners was in the mix at the PGA Championship in late May and tied for 12th. He said his cool demeanour paid off there and is also keeping him focused at the Canadian Open, which most Canadian players consider a fifth major.

“I would say this week I’ve been a lot more relaxed than even I was there and I felt like I was quite relaxed at the PGA Championship,” he said. “So I’m feeling good about my game and able to play with freedom and confidence. I’m just having a lot of fun.”

It has been almost 70 years since a Canadian last won the men’s national golf championship. Pat Fletcher won in 1954 at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club.

Although Conners is in the best position to end that drought, he’s far from the only Canadian in the hunt as eight of his countrymen made the cut.

Adam Hadwin (68) of Abbotsford, B.C., and Rogers Sloan (70) of Merritt, B.C., were tied for 17th at 5 under.

Edmonton’s Wil Bateman, playing in his first-ever Canadian Open and only his second PGA Tour event, rocketed up the leaderboard with a 6-under round. That put Bateman at 4-under overall and tied for 22nd.

“When they bring out the cameras and the little fuzzy little mic you know you’re doing something right,” joked Bateman. “But I just tried to just stay in the moment. I’m just really excited for the weekend.”

After two days of air quality advisories due to forest fires raging in Ontario and Quebec, steady rain cleared the air at Oakdale in Toronto’s northwest corner. Between the lack of sunlight and cold rain, the temperature didn’t go above 17 degrees Celsius.

“I think this is right up my alley,” said Yuan, who was born in Dalian, China. “I went to school in Seattle at the University of Washington.

“That’s exactly what we deal with in the wintertime.”

Conners said that the course’s conditions have been great, although with a 9-under overall score topping the leaderboard it’s clear that Oakdale is proving to be a challenge.

“I feel like the golf course and the greens have sped up and the rough has continued to grow and become thicker from when I saw it a few weeks ago,” said Conners. “Also just tournament conditions, it’s playing a little trickier but there’s definitely some opportunities.`”If the weather stays nice I think that you can shoot some good numbers this weekend.”

Hilton on the Green is back at the RBC Canadian Open

Being at the RBC Canadian Open every year is always a thrill. And for one night in 2023 I was lucky enough to have the shortest commute of anyone who attended the tournament – since I was staying overnight on the course.

The Hilton on the Green one-bedroom pop-up hotel room activation from last year was brought back again in 2023 with plenty of updates. Having seen the hotel at both the RBC Canadian Open and the CPKC Women’s Open last year, I was thrilled at the opportunity to spend a night in that very special spot!

Located just behind the fifth green at Oakdale Golf and Country Club, the Hilton on the Green pop up (which actually won Best Sponsor Activation in November at the LPGA Tour’s year-end meetings) features so many great touches from various Hilton properties around the world.

As Wednesday’s pro-am began to finish up, I made my way over to the fifth hole just in time for the golden-hour sunshine to kiss the front stoop of my room for the night. It’s a quaint and welcome atmosphere, with a goodie bag of special items sitting on the well-appointed mattress along with a robe – which I absolutely made use of both at nighttime and the next morning.

The mattress and the Frette linens were both from the Waldorf Astoria, and let’s just say that combination made for an elite snooze. The first thing that caught my eye as a feature was the Theragun and Therabody Wave Roller. I didn’t realize that nearly 50 percent of travellers say they prioritize physical wellness, so those two products are available at about a half-dozen various Hilton properties. After a long day of being hunched over a computer and walking 15,000 steps covering the best golfers in the world, a little session with my muscles got me feeling loose and relaxed for a quiet evening.

But first – the cookies. A full tin of the iconic DoubleTree chocolate-chunk cookies was waiting for me upon arrival and you better believe I tucked into one while watching the final on-course efforts happen right in front of me!

After an excellent sleep the maintenance crew had returned. It was Thursday morning, after all, and the RBC Canadian Open was nearly underway. I enjoyed a coffee via the in-room Nespresso machine (in my robe, of course!) while standing on the deck, taking in the glorious first-round morning.

Before long, breakfast had been delivered and it was time to shower, where I got to use some incredibly pleasant-smelling bath products (grapefruit, I think!) via Tempo by Hilton.

My overnight stay had come to its close, and all I needed to do was walk back to the media centre to begin my day.

After spending the night in it, it was no surprise to see why the Hilton on the Green was such a fun, award-winning pop up. The little touches were great, and now I can’t wait to experience them in a real Hilton property some time soon!