Golf Canada has announced the first 15 Canadians confirmed for the 2015 RBC Canadian Open. The list includes ten exemptions granted into the event which will take place from July 20-26, 2015 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.
Most exciting for many Flagstick.com readers is the inclusion of Brad Fritsch on Manotick, Ontario. He will be making his 8th Canadian Open appearance.
Canadians playing on the PGA Tour, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor, Roger Sloan have all confirmed their attendance. So too has Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., who will be making his 25th appearance in Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.
Additional tournament exemptions were given to Team Canada Young Pro Squad members Corey Connors of Listowel, Ont., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., as well as National Amateur Squad members Austin Connelly of Austin, Texas and Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont.
Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., won the 2014 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur title to earn his exemption into the 2015 RBC Canadian Open.
PGA of Canada professional Billy Walsh of Markham, Ont., earned his way into the 2015 RBC Canadian Open field as the No. 1-ranked player on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC.
Team Canada member Richard Jung of Toronto shot a course-record, 10-under 62 at Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club to top the 144-player field to earn an exemption through the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier.
Spectators at the RBC Canadian Open will be encouraged to wear red and white on Friday, July 24th during the second round of the tournament. It has been declared Canada Day as a celebration of Canada’s top golfers. Players will also be encouraged to wear the colours.
An additional exemption into the RBC Canadian Open will be given to the winner of the upcoming men’s Pan Am Games Golf Competition that is being held in Toronto from July 13-19. Besides the champion’s exemption, the rest of the men’s Pan Am golf field will be exempt into the RBC Canadian Open Monday Qualifier happening Monday, July 20 at Heron Point Golf Links near Ancaster, Ont.