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The RBC Canadian Open returns to the Oakville, Ontario’s Glen Abbey Golf Course this weekend, July 26-29, for the tournament’s 109th edition. The event is a fan favorite, and is known for promoting an enjoyable experience for fans of all ages. The RBC Canadian Open also holds a special place in North American golf, as the proximity of Canada made the tournament a favorite amongst early American golfers, especially in the era before air travel. In fact, the event is the PGA Tour’s third oldest event. The 2018 tournament boasts a strong field including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and reigning 2-time champion Jhonattan Vegas promise a great tournament. Many wonder if Adam Hadwin or Nick Taylor can become the first Canadian to win the tournament since Pat Fletcher’s 1954 win.
The Canadian Open was first contested in 1904 as a counterpart to the US and British Opens. The inaugural event was hosted by North America’s oldest golf club still in existence, the Royal Montreal Golf Club, adding to the historic nature of the tournament. Through the years the tournament has bounced around Canada’s best courses, including the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, Toronto Golf Club, and Hamilton Golf and Country Club. This year’s host, Glen Abbey Golf Course, has hosted the event a record 29 times despite only being built in 1976.
The Canadian Open has been won by many of the game’s greatest players. Past champions include such legends as Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer. The Canadian Open is also part of the so-called “Triple Crown” of the PGA Tour. This term refers to the challenge of winning the PGA Tour’s 3 oldest events in a calendar year: the British Open, the US Open and the Canadian Open. To date, only Lee Trevino in 1971 and Tiger Woods in 2000 have achieved this goal. Venezuelan golfer Jhonattan Vegas will go for history this year as he looks to become the tournament’s only 3-time consecutive winner.
Tickets are still available for the Canadian Open, and as this is a Canadian tournament all prices listed are in Canadian dollars. Folks looking to get in on the action early can purchase tickets to the practice rounds for as low as $30. A basic grounds access ticket for any one day of the tournament costs $85 (fewer than $65 US) while a weekly grounds pass is $160. Spectators can gain access to the 1904 Club, an air-conditioned indoor venue with patio seating for $130 for a single day or $315 for a weekly pass. The 1904 Club provides a sports bar-like atmosphere with beverages available for purchase. The all-inclusive Trophy Club features food, beverages and sightlines of the 17th hole and is almost completely sold out, with only Thursday tickets available for $300.
For fans unable to travel to the greater Toronto area, television coverage is provided by both the Golf Channel and CBS, with the Golf Channel covering Thursday and Friday 3-6pm ET and early coverage of the last two rounds 1-2:45pm ET. NBC will handle Saturday and Sunday in primetime 3-6pm ET. Radio coverage is also available from PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com.