The RBC Canadian Open debuts its new June date when it gets underway June 6-9 at the historic Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario. The field is particularly strong this year as Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy all teeing off this year. Defending champion Dustin Johnson also adds to the star power, while Canadian golf fans will hope to see one of their own win the tournament for the first time since 1954.
The tournament is the 3rd oldest event on the PGA Tour after the Open Championship and U.S. Open, first being contested in 1904. The 3 opens are sometimes referred to as golf’s “Triple Crown” with such legends as Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino claiming to have won a Triple Crown in a calendar year. The Canadian Open can trace its origins to the Royal Montreal Golf Club, the oldest golf club in North America, which hosted that first tournament. The Canadian Open is played on the best courses in Canada and has no set home course. Despite its status as Canada’s national tournament, foreign players have won the majority of Canadian Opens. Canadians did well in the first decade, winning 7 titles, but following World War I only 1954 champion Pat Fletcher has raised the trophy on home soil. The tournament has seen many notable champions including Walter Hagen, George Fazio, Curtis Strange, Tiger Woods and Jason Day. American Leo Diegel holds a record 4 titles, while Sam Snead, Lee Trevino and Tommy Armour can all claim 3 titles.
Pat Fletcher, the last Canadian champion. credit: Pat Fletcher Scholarship Foundation
There are still a few options available for people wishing to see the action in person. General Admission ranges from $90-$100, with kids 12 and under free. Upgraded options include the 1904 Club presented by RBC iShares, a sports bar style venue located inside the clubhouse with both indoor and patio views of the course and numerous televisions providing coverage of the event. Tickets for the 1904 Club range from $140-$170.
For folks who aren’t traveling to the event, the Canadian Open will be covered by the Golf Channel and CBS. The Golf Channel will handle coverage Friday and Saturday, 3-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday begins on Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET and finishes at 3-6pm ET on CBS. Streaming is available on PGA Tour Live with radio coverage provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and PGATour.com.