2024

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre holds off Griffin, wins RBC Canadian Open

Robert kissing trophy
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HAMILTON, Ontario — Robert MacIntyre, with father Dougie at his side as his caddie, held on to win the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title.

Four strokes ahead entering the final round at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, MacIntyre shot a 2-under 68 to beat playing partner Ben Griffin by a stroke. On the par-4 18th, the 27-year-old Scottish left-hander two-putted for par from 12 feet, holing out from 1 1/2 feet.

“Goose bumps. It’s incredible,” MacIntyre said. “It’s a dream of mine to play golf for a living. It’s been a dream of mine to win on the PGA Tour. … I just can’t believe I done it with my dad on the bag. The guy’s taught me the way I play golf.”

MacIntyre finished at 16-under 264 for the breakthrough victory in his 45th career PGA Tour start. The former McNeese State player was a member of Europe’s winning 2023 Ryder Cup team and has two European tour victories, the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown and 2022 Italian Open.

“I was in a dog fight there,” MacIntyre said. “Obviously, Ben made it difficult coming in the stretch. He played well. It’s just incredible to do this with my dad on the bag and have my girlfriend here and I’m sure there’s a party going on back home in Oban.”

Griffin had a 65. He parred the 18th after birdieing the previous three holes.

“I fought hard,” Griffin said. “It felt like there was a lid on the cup for most of the day for me. I hit so many pretty good putts, I wouldn’t say like striped putts, but pretty good putts and just kept burning edges. A couple bad putts, but stayed patient.”

Victor Perez of France was third at 14 under after his second straight 64.

Two-time Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy also shot 64 to tie for fourth with Tom Kim (64) at 13 under. McIlroy won in 2019 the last time the tournament was in Hamilton and again in 2022 at St. George’s in Toronto.

“Three really good rounds of golf, one not so good one,” McIlroy said. “Felt a little out of sorts on Friday. Did a good range session and sort of rectified it.”

Corey Conners was the top Canadian, shooting a 65 to reach 12 under.

“Definitely something to be proud of,” Conners said. “Yeah, obviously disappointing to not win the big trophy, but, yeah, it’s a cool honor.

Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, tied for second entering the day, was another shot back after a 70.

Last year at Oakdale in Toronto, Nick Taylor made a 72-foot eagle putt on the fourth hole of a playoff against Tommy Fleetwood to become the first Canadian to win the event since 1954.

2024

Mackenzie Hughes ‘gutted’ after falling short at RBC Canadian Open

Mackenzie Hughes
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Mackenzie Hughes had the dream scenario of winning the RBC Canadian Open in his hometown within reach but then it all slipped away.

Hughes started the final round of the men’s national golf championship tied for second, four shots back of Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre. Hughes had three birdies on his first four holes and MacIntyre bogeyed No. 1 to lift the Canadian to the top of the leaderboard.

The final 10 holes were tough on Hughes, with three bogeys dropping him back down as MacIntyre found his rhythm and surged to his first PGA Tour victory.

“Pretty gutted,” said Hughes, pausing to collect himself. “Yeah, I wanted this one pretty badly.

“I don’t know. This one will sting for awhile. I obviously got off to the start I needed to get off to but I just didn’t.”

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., ended a 69-year drought for Canadians at their national championship last year after a thrilling four-hole playoff at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club. It has been 110 years since Canadians won it in consecutive years, with Albert Murray (1913) and Karl Keffer (1914) the last to accomplish the feat.

Hughes spoke all week about trying to stay mentally present and shelve any pressure he might feel. Not just because he was aware of the importance of keeping the championship in Canada, but because this year’s event at Hamilton Golf and Country Club was essentially in his hometown.

Billed from Dundas, Ont., just eight kilometres away from the course in Ancaster, Ont., — both towns were amalgamated into the city of Hamilton in 2000 and 2001 respectively — Hughes allowed that the pressure of the final round did weigh on him.

“Today I felt sort of the enormity of a few of the putts I had and a few of the shots,” he said. “Kind of felt like I was running out of holes at times and that I needed to make something happen. 

“In this game you can’t really force things or feel like you need to start pressing, it’s kind of a hard game to be pressing.”

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., actually leapfrogged Hughes on the final leaderboard to win the Rivermead Cup, the trophy for lowest scoring Canadian at the men’s national championship. Conners shot 5-under 65 on the day to finish 12 under in sole possession of sixth.

“I guess it’s a nice consolation prize,” said Conners, who also won it in 2022. “Definitely something to be proud of but obviously disappointing to not win the big trophy. It’s a cool honour.”

There was a small silver lining for Hughes. His performance earned him a spot in the upcoming British Open at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.

“It’s a great, I guess, bonus after not getting what you want, but kind of hard to think about that at the moment,” said Hughes. “It’s always great to get a major start under your belt and to play at Troon.

“I’ve played there before, so it’s a really fun golf course and looking forward to getting there in July.”

Taylor Pendrith (69) of Richmond Hill, Ont., tied for 21st at 7 under. He is projected to move three spots up to 30th on the FedEx Cup standings, making him the highest ranked Canadian on the PGA Tour.

“A good step in the right direction,” said Pendrith, who went to Kent State University with Hughes and Conners. “I felt like I did a lot of good things, I putted awesome today, saved me a lot.”

Ben Silverman (68) of Thornhill, Ont., tied for 35th, Adam Svensson (70) of Surrey, B.C., tied for 51st. Myles Creighton (70) of Digby, N.S., tied for 57th. Edmonton’s Will Bateman (74) tied for 62nd, and David Hearn (76) of Brantford, Ont., finished 69th in his 20th Canadian Open appearance.

2024

Ben Griffin, Mackenzie Hughes and Maverick McNealy qualify for the 152nd Open through the RBC Canadian Open

Claret Jug

The RBC Canadian Open was the was the sixth event in the Open Qualifying Series and was played at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Toronto.

Griffin finished in second place on 15-under-par, one shot behind Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who won his first PGA TOUR title.

Hughes and McNealy finished in tie for seventh place on ten-under-par alongside Ryan Fox, who was already exempt for The Open.

The next event in the Open Qualifying Series is the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, which is taking place at Muirfield Village, Ohio from 6-9 June.

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

 DateEvent 
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, Toronto
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
Regional 
Qualifying
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

About The Open:

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

The Open is golf’s original championship. Played since 1860 on iconic links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of around £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

2024

C.T. Pan uses four caddies, including fan, in fourth round of RBC Canadian Open

C.T. Pan caddie
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Al Riddell was going to go have a quiet Sunday afternoon coffee with his family when his dad asked if he had heard that Mike (Fluff) Cowan, C.T. Pan’s caddie, had slipped during the fourth round of the RBC Canadian Open and that a fan had started carrying his bag for him.

Riddell put his own caddie gear back on and headed back to Hamilton Golf and Country Club to see if Pan, an old friend of his from the Mackenzie Tour, needed some help.

“I don’t live too far. I’m from here. I live 15 minutes away. So we just got changed, got ready,” said Riddell. “I just went over to see him and if he was OK, if he needed someone and I jumped in for the back nine.”

Riddell usually caddies for Paul Barjon, who missed the cut on Friday, and so he was available to be the last of Pan’s four caddies in the final round of the Canadian Open. Pan shot a respectable 1-under 69 in the rain.

Cowan, Pan’s regular caddie, went down in the middle of the third hole. Paul Emerson, a fan watching the tournament, stepped inside the ropes to carry Pan’s clubs through the fourth hole.

The Taiwanese golfer birdied No. 3 but bogeyed No. 4.

Mike Campbell, who works in caddie services at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, took over for holes five through nine. That pairing grabbed birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.

Riddell and Pan’s wife Michelle — who has caddied for him before — were waiting to spell Campbell at the 10th hole. Pan ultimately chose Riddell for the final nine holes of the round.

“I just brought my yardage book and if he needed info, I had info,” said Riddell. “And if he didn’t, he just wanted me to be quiet which most people do. I just was quiet. So it worked out.”

Pan eagled the par 4 No. 12 hole, but also bogeyed Nos. 11 and 16.

The 76-year-old Cowan was not seriously injured after the fall.

2024

MacIntyre pulls ahead of the pack at RBC Canadian Open; Canada’s Hughes tied for 2nd

Mackenzie Hughes
Mackenzie Hughes (Bernard Brault/ Golf Canada)

Mackenzie Hughes is having fun, he really is. He’s just trying to stay focused as he chases the RBC Canadian Open title.

Shouts of “atta boy Mac!,” “Let’s go Canada!” and “We got you, Mac!” rang across Hamilton Golf and Country Club on Saturday as Hughes shot a 3-under 67 to sit in a tie for second with New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and American Ben Griffin. All three are trying to catch Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who shot a 4-under 66 to build a four-shot lead heading into the final round of Canada’s men’s golf championship.

“I never get cheered for like this really ever, because when I’m playing in the U.S., I’m pretty much a nobody,” said Hughes, who is from Dundas, Ont., just eight kilometres away from the course. “Being here at home you feel like they’re really pulling you across the line.

“I made a putt on 10 and it was just like, it was like chills. The putt went in, the crowd went nuts, and just some of those moments and things I felt I’ll remember for a long time.”

If Hughes can catch MacIntyre in the final round it will be the first time in 110 years that Canadians have won the men’s national golf championship in back-to-back years.

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., ended a 69-year drought at the home open at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club in 2023.

As long a wait as it was for a Canadian to win the national title — Pat Fletcher was the last to do it in 1954 — it has been even longer since Canadians won it in consecutive years. Albert Murray (1913) and Karl Keffer (1914) were the last homegrown back-to-back champs.

Hughes has said all week that he’s trying to shelve any pressure to keep the title in Canada and just stay present when he’s on the course, even as the crowd is very vocally in his corner.

“For me, it’s about not trying too hard, not forcing things,” he said. “For the most part I would say I did a pretty good job. 

“There were a few things I would like to do over again, but, yeah, for the most part playing near the lead in your National Open I felt like I did a pretty good job handling everything and kept myself within distance for tomorrow.”

At the hockey-themed No. 13 hole, dubbed The Rink because of the hockey boards surrounding the tee box, Hughes did allow himself to get personal. For a second time at the tournament he pulled on the hockey jersey of family friend Bill Bath, who died April 23.

“I just feel like he was a huge part of my life and my journey to this point,” said Hughes of Bath, who caddied for him in 2019 when the Canadian Open was last in Hamilton. “We walked these hills the last time I was here and it’s just nice to kind of keep him out there with me, if you will. 

“I know we’re in the midst of a lot of chaos and competitiveness on that Rink hole and it’s actually a super hard shot with like a 6-iron or 5-iron, but there are bigger things than golf and he was a really close friend of mine and I’m thinking about him a lot.”

MacIntyre was 1 over on the day through 13 holes, allowing Hughes to briefly take the lead, but he reeled off three consecutive birdies and eagled No. 17 to pull way ahead of the field.

“I didn’t have it great at the start, but I feel like whenever I dropped a shot I bounced back with maybe two good shots into the green, and I would pick up a shot back,” said MacIntyre. “It never got away from me.

“A bit of luck, a bit of myself staying in the moment, staying calm. I got my reward with the putter in the end.”

Two-time Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy remained an obvious fan favourite on Saturday. Roars could be heard every time he made a birdie putt as he fired a 5-under round to bounce back from a disappointing 2-over struggle on Friday. That lifted him into a four-way tie for 11th at 7-under overall.

“I feel like an honorary Canadian at this point and the support I get here is amazing,” said McIlroy, who won his first Canadian Open on the same course in 2019. “I keep saying it, but just a pleasure to play in an atmosphere like that.

“The crowds are so good, they’re so supportive, so enthusiastic, looking forward to one more day of it.”

Corey Conners (67) of Listowel, Ont., was in that group with McIlroy. Taylor Pendrith (66) of Richmond Hill, Ont., was a shot back in a five-way tie for 15th. 

Hughes, Conners, and Pendrith were all on Kent State University’s men’s golf team together.

2024

Fox, MacIntyre second-round leaders at RBC Canadian Open; Hughes low Canadian

Mackenzie Hughes
Mackenzie Hughes (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

HAMILTON, Ontario — Ryan Fox closed with a 14-foot birdie putt late Friday afternoon for a 6-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead with Robert MacIntyre in the RBC Canadian Open.

Finishing on the front nine at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Fox birdied the par-5 fourth and par-4 fifth, then rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 sixth with the birdie on the par-4 ninth. The 37-year-old New Zealander is winless in 47 career PGA Tour starts.

“I drove it great, I hit may irons really well and had a few more putts drop today,” said Fox, the the son of former New Zealand rugby star Grant Fox. “It could have been really silly, but I still had a lot of good putts.”

MacIntyre had a 66 in the morning for his second straight bogey-free round. The 27-year-old Scottish left-hander is winless in 44 career PGA Tour starts.

“When I missed the green I’ve had a good short game,” MacIntyre said. “To be honest, I think I’ve missed it in the right spots. I miss it fat side of the green, not short-sided and we can kind of run it. If not, we fly it over it.”

The leaders were at 10-under 130 on the traditional layout.

“Golf course kind of suits my eye,” Fox said. “Similar grass to what we play at home. Similar kind of old style, tree-lined golf course, which is what I grew up on.”

Joel Dahmen was third, two strokes back after a 65.

“I believe I should be here. It’s where I’m supposed to be, so I’m excited to hit golf shots under the gun on the weekend,” Dahmen said. “I haven’t done that in a long time, so I’m excited for that.”

Canadian Mackenzie Hughes had two eagles — and two closing bogeys — in a 64 to join first-round leader David Skinns and Andrew Novak at 7 under.

“I’ve had a few minutes to process the round and kind of the whole day, and while the finish was disappointing, I look at the whole body of work,” Hughes said. “If you told me I was going to shoot 64, I would have taken it. It gets me into contention for the weekend and that’s all I can ask for.”

Defending champion Nick Taylor missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 71. Last year at Oakdale in Toronto, he made an 80-foot eagle putt in a playoff to become the first Canadian to win the event since 1954.

Two-time Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy, was 2 under, following a 66 on Thursday with a 72 playing alongside Taylor. McIlroy won in 2019 the last time the tournament was in Hamilton and again in 2022 at St. George’s in Toronto.

Skinns followed his opening 62 with a 71.

“I just couldn’t get a putt to go in, that’s really the story,” Skinns said. “It wasn’t that much different. It looks a lot different on the scorecard, but it wasn’t that much different.”

Novak shot 67.

2024

David Hearn makes cut at RBC Canadian Open after long PGA Tour layoff

David Hearn
David Hearn (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

It’s been six long months since David Hearn played in a PGA Tour event. It’s been even longer since the 44-year-old Canadian made a cut.

But he will tee it up in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open on Saturday.

Hearn was the low Canadian on Thursday after a 3-under 67 round but then he laboured to a 3-over score on Friday to make the even-par cut and return to the third round of a PGA Tour event. 

“It certainly wasn’t what I was looking for but with as much time as I’ve had off from tournament golf, I certainly was fighting through a few things today,” said Hearn before he knew for sure he’d make the cut. “I certainly hope that I’m around for two more days. I’d like two more cracks at it.”

Hearn last played in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship in November 2023 but missed the cut. He didn’t see the weekend at the five other PGA Tour events he played in that season, either.

“A little bit scrappy today, even yesterday. But I feel like it’s closer than it has been,” said Hearn, who is considered a veteran member of the PGA Tour having made more than 150 cuts over the course of his career. “There’s no reason I can’t go and compete and try to get on some of these events. 

“There’s been a lot of changes to the PGA Tour in the last year or two and it’s affected guys in my category a lot. Hopefully I can get a few more starts and try to do something.”

Hearn was granted an exemption to play in the Canadian Open, the national men’s golf championship, on May 22. It’s his 20th appearance in the tournament and he has now made the cut in half of those.

“It means so much for me to play in our national championship, to do it here at Hamilton so close to home,” said Hearn. “I had my wife and my kids follow me around, my parents, all my family. 

“It was a pretty special week and I get two more days to have a chance to make a few more birdies.”

Mackenzie Hughes (64) of Dundas, Ont., is the low Canadian after two rounds, sitting in a tie for fourth at 7 under. Corey Conners (67) of Listowel, Ont., and Edmonton’s Wil Bateman (66) were tied for 13th at 4 under.

“I knew I was right there,” said Hughes. “I did a great job for most of the day. The finish wasn’t what I planned for, but I’m happy with the result.”

Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., complicated his life by scoring back-to-back 69s to enter a tie for 30th at 2 under. 

His caddie Mitchell Theoret is in a wedding party this weekend and won’t be able to carry his bag on Saturday. Anaheim Ducks centre Ryan Strome was supposed to sub in for Theoret but he’s attending the same wedding and with Pendrith’s later tee time in the third round he’s also not available, leaving Theoret to find a second substitute.

“I didn’t really play great today, I hit a couple squirrelly shots, but short game was good and I had a couple of wedges to a couple feet late in the round so that it’s always helpful,” said Pendrith before heading to the driving range. “I’ve got to straighten it out a little bit for the weekend but I’m excited.”

Ben Silverman (71) of Thornhill, Ont., and Myles Creighton (68) of Digby, N.S., were tied for 42nd at 1 under. Adam Svensson (68) of Surrey, B.C., finished Friday tied with Hearn at even par and made the cut.

A modern-era record of 28 Canadians were in the field at this week’s home open, with 20 missing the cut.

“It’s a testament to Golf Canada and what they’ve done to help grow the game,” said Pendrith. “All the hard work that they’ve put into the amateur programs, young pro squad, and there’s some other guys who didn’t go through that program who are playing great.”

Reigning Canadian Open champion Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., was the biggest name to miss the cut. He ended a 69-year drought for Canadians at the national championship last year at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

Canadian golf Hall of Famer Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., Hamilton’s Michael Blair, Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., Toronto’s Richard T. Lee, Cam Kellett of London, Ont., Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., Etienne Papineau of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Aaron Cockerill of Stony Mountain, Man., Kevin Stinson of Mission, B.C., Vancouver’s Jake Lane, Max Sear of Stouffville, Ont., Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald and Marc-Olivier Plasse of Mercier, Que., all missed the cut.

Amateurs Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont., Justin Matthews of Little Britain, Ont., and Jakob Chicoyne of Calgary also had their tournaments end on Friday.

2024

Taylor, Pendrith, McIlroy steal show at RBC Canadian Open even as Skinns leads

Rory McIlroy

If golf was a game of who has the biggest gallery, Nick Taylor, Taylor Pendrith, and Rory McIlroy would be the runaway leaders at the RBC Canadian Open.

England’s David Skinns had a one-shot lead after the first round of the national men’s golf championship on Thursday thanks to an 8-under 62 round in the afternoon. 

His final few holes were witnessed by a fraction of the number of fans who had shown up early in the day to follow the marquee grouping of Taylor, Pendrith, and McIlroy, even as they shot higher scores at Hamilton Golf and Country Club than Skinns or early leaders Sam Burns and Sean O’Hair, who were second after the first round at 7 under.

“Usually the morning round for me on a Thursday there’s not that many people there,” said Taylor, who is from Abbotsford, B.C. “The energy was high, which was great, gets the adrenalin going, which is fun that early in the morning, gets you focused on what you need to do. 

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go my way, but the crowds have been amazing.”

Skinns and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre climbed the leaderboard in the afternoon to reel in Burns and O’Hair, who had a three-stroke lead after the round’s first wave. MacIntyre shot a 6-under 64 to take sole possession of fourth after 18 holes.

Even as Skinns and MacIntyre fired bogey-free rounds, the gallery following them was relatively small as many fans had left following the morning start of Taylor, Pendrith and McIlroy.

Taylor and Pendrith, from Richmond Hill, Ont., are the top two Canadians on the PGA Tour, ranked 32 and 33 on the FedEx Cup standings respectively. Taylor is also very much the face of the event after he became the first Canadian to win the men’s national golf championship in nearly seven decades at last year’s tournament.

“There was definitely more people watching us than last time I played (in Hamilton) or last time I played the Canadian Open,” said Pendrith. “We had fun. Rory played, scored, really nicely. It was fun to play with Nick. 

“It was a comfortable pairing and it was fun to have the support of the home crowd and should be good tomorrow.”

McIlroy, who won the Canadian Open in 2019 the last time it was in Hamilton and again in Toronto in 2022, did the best of the marquee trio. He finished the day tied for fourth at 4-under 66. 

The Northern Irishman, fourth on the FedEx Cup rankings, said he was impressed with all the spectators who were at the 10th tee when his group teed off at 7:40 a.m.

“The Canadian fans came out to support them,” said McIlroy of Taylor and Pendrith. “One of the main reasons I love coming back here is because of that atmosphere that’s created when we’re out there to play, and playing with two Canadians today was, it was exactly what I expected.”

Pendrith had a 1-under 69 round to finish the day tied for 33rd. 

Taylor finished his day at 2-over 72, good for 96th. He took heart from the fact that he opened last year’s Canadian Open at Toronto’s Oakdale Golf and Country Club with a 3-over 75 round, made the cut, and went on to win in a thrilling four-hole playoff.

“I guess I beat last year by three, so I got that going for me,” said Taylor. “Obviously not out of it. I know that but personally, I would have liked to have got off to a better start. 

“Again, the score is out there, the greens are soft, they’re receptive, just need to be a little sharper.”

O’Hair played bogey-free golf with five birdies and an eagle and Burns had a bogey, four birdies, and two eagles as they built a three-shot lead in the morning.

“I think with all the rain we had early in the week the greens are still pretty receptive,” said Burns after coming off the course at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. “It makes a big difference on par-5s when you have a long iron or a wood coming in there to be able to stop the ball pretty quick.”

Despite drawing the big crowds, Taylor and Pendrith weren’t even the low Canadians.

Forty-four-year-old David Hearn from nearby Brantford, Ont., was the low Canadian. He was tied for 11th at 3-under 67. Fifty-four-year-old Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., was a shot behind Hearn to sit in a group tied for 20th.

“Hey, how about that? Maybe experience still has something,” said Hearn. “That’s great. I didn’t know that was the case. I saw Weirsy was off to a great start today, so that was good to see.

“Obviously Weirsy and I, that’s a great start. We’ve got three more rounds to follow it up with, so we’ll see what we can do.”

2024

Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry join field for 2024 RBC Canadian Open

2024 RBCCO Confirmed

2023 Ryder Cup Team Europe winning duo join defending champion Nick Taylor and two-time champion Rory McIlroy along with Team RBC standouts Sahith Theegala, Cameron Young and Sam Burns

Presidents Cup International Team Captain Mike Weir accepts Tournament Exemption into the 113th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship to compete alongside Canadian PGA TOUR winners Adam Hadwin, Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Svensson and Taylor Pendrith

Canadians Aaron Cockerill, Wil Bateman and Myles Creighton accept Tournament Exemptions to compete in the National Open Championship

SiriusXM Concert Series to feature three nights of star-studded Canadian performances live onsite at Hamilton Golf and Country Club

(May 6, 2024) – Two members of Team Europe’s 2023 Ryder Cup winning side, Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry have confirmed their intention to compete at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.

Fleetwood will make his third appearance in tournament history after finishing runner-up last year following a thrilling four-hole playoff with eventual champion Nick Taylor at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Fleetwood is currently ranked no. 11 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). This season, the Englishman has earned three top-10 and three top-25 finishes in eight events on the PGA TOUR. Fleetwood has won eight international tournaments during his career and has been runner-up five times on the PGA TOUR. Competing in his third Ryder Cup for Team Europe last year, Fleetwood finished with a record of 3-1-0 during Europe’s victory over Team U.S.A.

Lowry will be making his sixth appearance in tournament history; his best finish came in 2019 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club where he finished tied for runner-up with Webb Simpson, behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy. Currently ranked no. 41 in the OWGR, Lowry won his third career PGA TOUR event recently at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans alongside Rory McIlroy. Lowry has also earned three top-10’s and five top-25 finishes in nine events on the PGA TOUR this season. Among his three victories on the PGA TOUR, is his 2019 Open Championship victory at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. It was there that the Irishman won his first major by six strokes over Fleetwood. Lowry has won four international tournaments in his career and finished with a record of 1-1-1 during the 2023 Ryder Cup, his second tournament as a member of Team Europe.

The duo joins a growing field headlined by defending champion, Nick Taylor (world no. 26) and two-time champion and world no. 2 Rory McIlroy. The group will compete alongside Team RBC ambassadors Sahith Theegala (world no. 12), Cameron Young (world no. 16), Sam Burns (world no. 27).

“As title sponsor of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open, we are pleased to welcome back 2023 runner-up Tommy Fleetwood and recent Zurich Classic of New Orleans Champion, Shane Lowry,” said Mary DePaoli, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “We have a talented field to look forward to featuring top player Rory McIlroy and Team RBC, including Taylor Pendrith fresh off his first PGA TOUR win.”

A full Canadian contingent will also challenge for the national championship led by PGA TOUR winners Adam Hadwin of Abbottsford, B.C. (world no. 49), Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont. (world no. 52), recent winner Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. (world no. 58), Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. (world no. 69), Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. (world no. 83), as well as fellow PGA TOUR members Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont. and Roger Sloan of Calgary, Alta.

A trio of up and coming Canadians have accepted tournament exemptions to compete including DP World Tour player Aaron Cockerill of Winnipeg, Man., along with Korn Ferry Tour competitors Wil Bateman of Edmonton, Alta. and Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S. Cockerill, currently ranked 19th on the DP World Tour rankings will compete in his third RBC Canadian Open. Bateman and Creighton sit 19th and 12th respectively on the Korn Ferry points list and will be making their second and third starts in Canada’s National Open Championship.

Previous exemption were also secured by Kevin Stinson of Mission, B.C. who finished atop the PGA of Canada Order of Merit, Étienne Papineau of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. who finished as the top Canadian on the 2023 PGA TOUR Americas Order of Merit, and reigning Canadian Men’s Amateur champion Ashton McCullough of Kingston, Ont.

Also accepting an exemption to compete is Canadian golf icon and Presidents Cup International Team Captain Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont. who will be competing in his 31st RBC Canadian Open. By competing this year at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Weir will sit second all-time for starts in Canada’s National Open Championship trailing only fellow Canadian Golf Hall of Famer George Cumming for the record of 32 starts in tournament history.

In addition to world class golf, fans at the 2024 RBC Canadian Open will be treated to the three-night SiriusXM Concert Series onsite at Hamilton Golf and Country Club featuring an all-Canadian line-up. Dance music duo Loud Luxury and Toronto DJ Frank Walker will perform on Thursday, May 30; night two features Juno Award winners July Talk and Canadian legends Our Lady Peace on Friday, May 31; and Saturday, June 1 will be highlighted by award-winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist, Lindsay Ell and country music rising star Josh Ross.

“We are less a month out from the RBC Canadian Open and extremely excited to get the tournament started,” said Bryan Crawford, Tournament Director, RBC Canadian Open. “Hamilton Golf and Country Club has undergone an incredible renovation since the club last welcomed the stars of the PGA TOUR in 2019 and is ready to challenge the world’s best players. Our partners have leaned into Canada’s National Open Championship in a major way to deliver a truly immersive fan festival experience as a kickoff to summer.”

Tickets for the 2024 RBC Canadian Open are available here. Children aged 12-and-under get free admission with a ticketed adult.

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A Win for Canada Video Series

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Golf Canada and RBC are thrilled to unveil “A Win for Canada,” an immersive 8-part video series that dives into Nick Taylor’s historical victory at the 2023 RBC Canadian Open, where he became the first Canadian in 69-years to win Canada’s National Open Golf Championship.

Join us as we explore Taylor’s remarkable journey, from his winning putt, the “tackle” and capturing the raw emotion and significance of his crowning achievement at the 2023 RBC Canadian Open. We talk with those who witnessed Nick’s win first-hand and pay tribute to a true Canadian champion whose dedication and skill captured the nation’s attention and left an indelible mark on Canadian golf history.

Welcome to “A Win for Canada,” where victory and unity converge in a celebration of excellence and inspiration, cementing itself as one of the greatest moments in Canadian sport history.

Part 1: Nick Taylor’s Winning Moment

Part 2: Sea of Red and White

Part 3: Inspiring the Next Generation

Part 4: The Hadwin Tackle

Part 5: Canadian Golf

Part 6: Seen Through Corey’s Eyes

Part 7: Nick’s Story

Part 8: More Than Just a Tournament