Golf Canada and RBC are beefing up the field for the 2019 Canadian Open.
Organizers announced on Thursday that the world’s fourth-ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, will compete in the June 3-9 tournament at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
McIlroy is coming off a win at the 2019 Players Championship and joins a field that includes world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, and Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C.
“I’m really excited to play in my first RBC Canadian Open,” said McIlroy. “There continues to be a lot of momentum around this historic tournament, with a new date, new location and now a new concert series. I’ve had the opportunity to see the passion that Canada has for our sport and I look forward to seeing the energy of Canadian golf fans first hand. I’m also looking forward to squaring off with DJ, Adam and the rest of Team RBC for Canada’s National Open Championship.”
The 29-year-old from Northern Ireland currently holds the No. 1 spot on the 2019 FedEx Cup Ranking. McIlroy is a four-time major champion (US Open 2011, PGA Championship 2012 and 2014, and The Open Championship 2014), and a 15-time PGA Tour winner. He has 24 overall wins worldwide and is a two-time PGA Tour Player of the Year (2012 and 2014).
McIlroy has held the No. 1 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks over his career.
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“Rory is one of the game’s most accomplished and iconic young stars — his win at The Players Championship this past weekend was incredible,” said Mary DePaoli, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at RBC. “We are so pleased that he has added the 2019 RBC Canadian Open to his schedule and are looking forward to giving him a warm welcome to Canada for his first-ever start at the tournament. I’m sure that Canadian golf fans young and old will show him our enthusiasm for this great sport.”
The Canadian Open’s return to the historic Harry Colt-designed course lines up with the 100-year anniversary of the first time Hamilton Golf and Country Club hosted the event. This year marks the sixth time the course has played host to Canada’s National Open Championship (1919, 1930, 2003, 2006 and 2012).