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PGA - RBC Canadian Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 25th through Sunday, July 28th
SITE: Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1976)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,253
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 417 yds10 - Par 4 443 yds
2 - Par 5 527 yds11 - Par 4 452 yds
3 - Par 4 437 yds12 - Par 3 202 yds
4 - Par 3 197 yds13 - Par 5 558 yds
5 - Par 4 433 yds14 - Par 4 457 yds
6 - Par 4 458 yds15 - Par 3 141 yds
7 - Par 3 156 yds16 - Par 5 516 yds
8 - Par 4 485 yds17 - Par 4 436 yds
9 - Par 4 414 yds18 - Par 5 524 yds
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35 3,524 yds37 3,729 yds
 
Annual:  104th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Scott Piercy
Runner-Up:  Robert Garrigus, William McGirt
Tournament Record:  263 (Johnny Palmer, 1952; Scott Piercy, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Robert Garrigus, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Scott Dunlap, 1986; Chez Reavie, 2008;
  William McGirt, Scott Piercy, 2012)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Carl Pettersson, 2010 - St. George's Golf & Country Club)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,008,000; 2nd Place - $604,800; 3rd Place - $380,800
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Scott Piercy263Chris Kirk266
Robert Garrigus264Vijay Singh268
William McGirt264Bo Van Pelt268
Josh Teater266Scott Stallings268
Bud Cauley266Five players at270
 
Past RBC Canadian Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Scott Piercy (263) -- Robert Garrigus, William McGirt
2011*Sean O'Hair (276) -- Kris Blanks
2010Carl Pettersson (266) -- Dean Wilson
2009*Nathan Green (270) -- Retief Goosen
2008Chez Reavie (267) -- Billy Mayfair
2007Jim Furyk (268) -- Vijay Singh
2006Jim Furyk (266) -- Bart Bryant
2005Mark Calcavecchia (275) -- Ben Crane, Ryan Moore
2004*Vijay Singh (275) -- Mike Weir
2003*Bob Tway (272) -- Brad Faxon
2002*John Rollins (272) -- Neal Lancaster, Justin Leonard
2001Scott Verplank (266) -- Bob Estes, Joey Sindelar
2000Tiger Woods (266) -- Grant Waite
1999Hal Sutton (275) -- Dennis Paulson
1998*Billy Andrade (275) -- Bob Friend
1997Steve Jones (275) -- Greg Norman
1996#Dudley Hart (202) -- David Duval
1995*Mark O'Meara (274) -- Bob Lohr
1994Nick Price (275) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1993David Frost (279) -- Fred Couples
1992*Greg Norman (280) -- Bruce Lietzke
1991Nick Price (273) -- David Edwards
1990Wayne Levi (278) -- Ian Baker-Finch, Jim Woodward
1989Steve Jones (271) -- Clark Burroughs, Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Hulbert
1988Ken Green (275) -- Bill Glasson, Scott Verplank
1987Curtis Strange (276) -- David Frost, Jodie Mudd, Nick Price
1986Bob Murphy (280) -- Greg Norman
1985Curtis Strange (279) -- Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus
1984Greg Norman (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
1983*John Cook (277) -- Johnny Miller
1982Bruce Lietzke (277) -- Hal Sutton
1981Peter Oosterhuis (280) -- Bruce Lietzke, Jack Nicklaus, Andy North
1980Bob Gilder (274) -- Jerry Pate, Leonard Thompson
1979Lee Trevino (281) -- Ben Crenshaw
1978Bruce Lietzke (283) -- Pat McGowan
1977Lee Trevino (280) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1976Jerry Pate (267) -- Jack Nicklaus
1975*Tom Weiskopf (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1974Bobby Nichols (270) -- John Schlee, Larry Ziegler
1973Tom Weiskopf (278) -- Forrest Fezler
1972Gay Brewer (275) -- Sam Adams, Dave Hill
1971*Lee Trevino (275) -- Art Wall
1970Kermit Zarley (279) -- Gibby Gilbert
1969*Tommy Aaron (275) -- Sam Snead
1968Bob Charles (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1967*Billy Casper (279) -- Art Wall
1966Don Massengale (280) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1965Gene Littler (273) -- Jack Nicklaus
1964Kel Nagle (277) -- Arnold Palmer
1963Doug Ford (280) -- Al Geiberger
1962Ted Kroll (278) -- Charles Sifford
1961Jacky Cupit (270) -- B.Cupit, Dow Finsterwald, Bobby Nichols
1960Art Wall (269) -- Bob Goalby, Jay Hebert
1959Doug Ford (276) -- Dow Finsterwald, Art Wall, Bo Wininger
1958Wesley Ellis Jr (267) -- Jay Hebert
1957George Bayer (271) -- Bo Wininger
1956*(a)Doug Sanders (273) -- Dow Finsterwald
1955Arnold Palmer (265) -- Jack Burke, Jr.
1954Pat Fletcher (280) -- Gordon Brydson, Bill Welch
1953Dave Douglas (273) -- Wally Ulrich
1952John Palmer (263) -- Fred Haas, Dick Mayer
1951Jim Ferrier (273) -- Fred Hawkins, Ed Oliver
1950Jim Ferrier (271) -- Ted Kroll
1949Dutch Harrison (271) -- Jim Ferrier
1948C.W. Congdon (280) -- Vic Ghezzi, Ky Laffoon, Dick Metz
1947Bobby Locke (268) -- Ed Oliver
1946*George Fazio (278) -- Dick Metz
1945Byron Nelson (280) -- Herman Barron
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Craig Wood (275) -- Mike Turnesa
1941Sam Snead (274) -- Bob Gray, Jr.
1940*Sam Snead (281) -- Harold McSpaden
1939Harold McSpaden (282) -- Ralph Guldahl
1938*Sam Snead (277) -- Harry Cooper
1937Harry Cooper (285) -- Ralph Guldahl
1936Lawson Little (271) -- Jimmy Thompson
1935Gene Kunes (280) -- Victor Ghezzi
1934Tommy Armour (287) -- Ky Laffoon
1933Joe Kirkwood (282) -- Harry Cooper, Lex Robson
1932Harry Cooper (290) -- Al Watrous
1931*Walter Hagen (292) -- Percy Alliss
1930*Tommy Armour (273) -- Leo Diegel
1929Leo Diegel (274) -- Tommy Armour
1928Leo Diegel (282) -- Archie Compston, Walter Hagen, Macdonald Smith
1927Tommy Armour (288) -- Macdonald Smith
1926Mac Smith (283) -- Gene Sarazen
1925Leo Diegel (295) -- Mike Brady
1924Leo Diegel (295) -- Gene Sarazen
1923Clarence W. Hackney (295) -- Tom Kerrigan
1922Al Watrous (303) -- Tom Kerrigan
1921W.H. Trovinger (293) -- Mike Brady
1920*J. Douglas Edgar (298) -- Tommy Armour, Charles R. Murray
1919J. Douglas Edgar (278) -- James Barnes, Robert T. Jones Jr, Karl Keffer
1918Not Held
1917Not Held
1916Not Held
1915Not Held
1914Karl Keffer (300) -- George Cumming
1913Albert Murray (295) -- Nicol Thompson, Jack Burke, Sr.
1912George Sargent (299) -- James M. Barnes
1911Charles Murray (314) -- Davie Black
1910Daniel Kenny (303) -- George S. Lyon
1909Karl Keffer (309) -- George Cumming
1908Albert Murray (300) -- George Sargent
1907Percy Barrett (306) -- George Cumming
1906Charles Murray (170) -- George Cumming, Alex Robertson, Tom Reith
1905George Cumming (148) -- Percy Barrett
1904John H. Oke (156) -- Percy Barrett
Note:Formerly called Bell Canadian Open (1994-2006), Canadian Open (2007).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Scott Piercy------------------T-40---T-6Won
Robert Garrigus---------T-44T-34T-44wdwd---T-2
William McGirt------------------------T-59T-2
Scott Stallings------------------------T-22T-7
Vijay SinghT-6WonT-7T-352nd------------T-7
Nathan Green---------T-20mcmcWonT-3776thT-10
Matt Kuchar------T-14------mc---T-4mcT-34
Brandt Snedeker------------T-7---T-5mc---T-34
Chez Reavie---------------Wonmc---T-13T-37
Charl Schwartzel------------------------T-9T-42
Hunter MahanT-42T-4T-24T-60T-5------T-17T-34T-48
Ernie Els------------------------T-17mc
Jim Furyk---------WonWonT-14------T-34mc
Mike Weir10th2ndmcmcT-34T-5T-24mcwdmc
Luke Donald------------------T-243rdT-17---
Bubba Watson---------T-1476thmcmc---------
Dustin Johnson---------------wd------------
Graeme McDowell------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brandt Snedeker
Darkhorse - Hideki Matsuyama
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Jerry Kelly) - Did not play
Last week's Darkhorse (Martin Flores) - Finished tied for 26th
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels north of the border this week for the 104th
edition of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The Canadian charge will be led by Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames and Adam Hadwin. Weir finished second at this event in 2004 and tied for fifth in 2008. Ames tied for eighth in 2009 and seventh in 2005. Hadwin finished tied for fourth in 2011. The purse increased $400,000 from last year to $5.6 million, with the winner receiving $1,008,000.

World No. 6 Matt Kuchar headlines the field. Kuchar has two wins this season and is third on the money list. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Kuchar are the only players with multiple PGA Tour victories this year.

This tournament is the third oldest national championship in the world behind the British Open and U.S. Open. It has been held at 38 different courses across Canada. This is the first time it will be staged at Glen Abbey Golf Club since Nathan Green won in 2009.

Green parred the second hole of a sudden-death playoff in 2009 and captured his first PGA Tour title when Retief Goosen sent his approach shot over the green and made bogey.

Last year, four straight birdies early in the final round vaulted Scott Piercy into the lead. From there, he hung on to win for the second time on the PGA Tour. Piercy carded rounds of 62-67-67-67 to finish at 17-under-par 263, His total of 263 matched tournament's scoring record, first set by Johnny Palmer in 1952.

In 2008, Chez Reavie fired rounds of 65-64-68-70 to win by three strokes over Billy Mayfair. Reavie finished the event at 17-under-par 267 for his first PGA Tour title. Reavie held at least a share of the lead following every round. Reavie won in his first start at this event, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since Jerry Pate in 1976.

Jim Furyk fired a final-round 64 in 2007, which included a hole-in-one, to defeat Vijay Singh by one stroke. Furyk finished at 16-under-par 268 at Angus Glen Golf Club. Furyk, who also won in 2006, became the first player to win two straight Canadian Opens since Jim Ferrier in 1950-51. Sam Snead (1940-41), Leo Diegel (1924-25, 1928-29) and J. Douglas Edgar (1919-20) also accomplished the feat.

In 2005, Mark Calcavecchia stormed out of the gate with rounds of 65-67 and held on to win despite finishing with two consecutive rounds over par (72-71). Calcavecchia finished the tournament at 5-under-par 275, which was the highest winning score on the PGA Tour in 2005 other than the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. The win was Calcavecchia's first on the PGA Tour since the 2001 Phoenix Open and ended a four-year drought. Calcavecchia made only one birdie in his final 36 holes, becoming the first winner on the PGA Tour to have only one birdie in his final 36 holes since Curtis Strange at the 1989 U.S. Open. Calcavecchia became the oldest winner of this event at 45 years old, replacing Bob Tway, who was 44 when he won in 2003.

Singh defeated the Canadian Weir in 2004 on the third playoff hole. Weir was looking to become the first Canadian winner of this event since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

In 2000, Tiger Woods captured the rare Triple Crown. In doing so, Woods joined Lee Trevino as the only players to win the Canadian Open, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. Trevino accomplished the Triple Crown Trophy performance in 1971. Only five players have captured the Canadian, U.S. and British Opens in their careers; Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Trevino and Woods.

Back in 1919, Edgar won this event by 16 shots, establishing a PGA Tour record for largest margin of victory; a margin equaled twice, but never broken. Joe Kirkwood, Sr. won the Corpus Christi Open in 1924 and Bobby Locke won the Chicago National Championship in 1948 by 16 strokes.

There have been 20 playoffs in the tournament's 103-year history. Eighteen players have posted multiple victories. Leo Diegel has four titles, while Tommy Armour, Snead and Trevino have each won three. Nicklaus, who won 73 times on the PGA Tour, never won this event, but finished second seven times. In fact, Nicklaus posted 19 top-25 finishes and placed in the top five 12 times. When John Oke captured the inaugural event back in 1904, his first- place check was $60.

The PGA Tour moves to Akron, Ohio, next week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where Keegan Bradley will defend his title. The rest of the PGA Tour will be in Nevada for the Reno-Tahoe Open, where J.J. Henry won last year.

07/23 16:48:18 ET

As of July 23, 2013, at 04:48 PM ET