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National pride on display at the RBC Canadian Open

A fan sports a Canadian flag hairstyle as he follows Graham Delaet of Canada during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.
This is commitment. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

TORONTO – Who says red and white garb has to be reserved for Canada Day? Golf Canada wants to see national pride at the 2015 RBC Canadian Open.

On Friday, golfers, spectators and media are encouraged to wear red and white during the second round at Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Fans in Canadian flag attire follow Graham Delaet of Canada during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.
Where did you get those pants??. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

First-year tournament director Brent McLaughlin went all in.

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The event is just one way organizers are adding more ‘Canadiana’ to the tournament this year.

“I think we’ve struck a balance of the Canadiana,” said McLaughlin last week. “We’ve lost touch with kind of the stuff that makes us uniquely Canadian: the Mounties and kind of those stereotypes that you always hear.

“I know we don’t like it when it’s talked about about us, but it’s nice when we can sort of say, ‘Yeah, you’re in Canada. It’s a little bit different here.”

In addition to Red and White Day, food trucks are serving Canadian classics like poutine and Beavertails.

READ MORE: Organizers adding more ‘Canadiana’ to the Canadian Open

With files from The Canadian Press