|RBC Canadian Open - July 20, 2009
RBC CANADIAN OPEN
Glen Abbey Golf Club
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,112
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 500
Purse: $5,100,000Winner: $918,000
2008 Champion: Chez Reavie (267, -17)
Reavie Looks to Regain Momentum
at RBC Canadian Open
The RBC Canadian Open is this week, the 100th playing of the event that began in 1904. The tournament wasn’t held during World War I and World War II years.
Glen Abbey Golf Club is also noting a milestone this week. It is the 25th time the venerable Jack Nicklaus-designed course is hosting Canada’s national open.
A year ago, Chez Reavie picked up his first PGA TOUR title when he rolled to a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair.
Reavie has struggled this season, with his top finish in his season-opening event, a tie for 12th at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
RBC Canadian Open Notes
Chez Reavie, who broke through with his first PGA TOUR victory by winning the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, returns to Canada and hopes to do what Jim Furyk did in 2007—successfully defend his 2006 title. Should Reavie achieve the feat, he would become just the fifth player in the event’s history to do so. The others are
J. Douglas Edgar (1919-20), Leo Diegel, who won back to back twice (1924-25, 1928-29), Sam Snead (1940-41) and Jim Ferrier (1950-51).
John Daly, who tied for 27th at last week’s British Open, makes his eighth appearance at the RBC Canadian Open. His best finish in the event was his fourth-place showing in 2001.
Steve Jones holds the record for the longest time between RBC Canadian Open wins. Jones won the event at Glen Abbey Golf Club in 1980, with his next RBC Canadian Open win coming at Royal Montreal Golf Club in 1997.
The last international player to win the RBC Canadian Open was Fiji’s Vijay Singh in 2004. Prior to that, South Africa’s Nick Price won in 1994.
There have been five playoffs when the RBC Canadian Open has been held at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The first was in 1983, when John Cook outlasted Johnny Miller. The next was in 1992, with Greg Norman getting the better of Bruce Lietzke. Billy Andrade edged Bob Friend in 1998, with Vijay Singh defeating Mike Weir in 2004.
The 18-hole record at Glen Abbey Golf Club is 62, held by Leonard Thompson, Andy Bean and Greg Norman. Thompson and Bean both had their 62s when the course played as a par 71. Thompson’s came in 1981, while Bean’s was in 1983. Norman’s was in 1986, when Glen Abbey was a par 72.
A year ago, Canadian Nick Taylor tied for 53rd playing in the event as an amateur. It was the best finish by a Canadian Amateur since Nick Weslock tied for 34th in 1972. Taylor is again in the field, playing via a sponsor’s exemption. Earlier this season, the University of Washington player from Abbotsford, British Columbia, was the low amateur (tied for 36th) at the U.S. Open. He recently lost in the finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
The only player in the field to record four sub-70 rounds in 2008 was Billy Mayfair. He shot rounds of 68-66-68-68 to finish second, three strokes behind winner Chez Reavie.
Prior to his 2008 rookie season on the PGA TOUR, capped by his victory at the RBC Canadian Open, Chez Reavie had earned $7,480, making only three cuts as a professional heading into 2008. Reavie was accustomed to winning, though, capturing the 2007 Knoxville Open on the Nationwide Tour.