A look at how Jason Day won the 2015 RBC Canadian Open

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Jason Day

2016 RBC Canadian Open Notes

Playing in the second to the last group, Jason Day drained a putt from 21 feet 10 inches on No. 18 to come from two shots behind third-round leader David Hearn and win the RBC Canadian Open. Bubba Watson and Canadian David Hearn each had a chance at eagle on the par-5 18th hole to pull even with Day. Watson’s chip shot from 22 feet on the back of the green came up a foot short and he settled for birdie-4. Hearn’s second shot found a green-side bunker and he had to settle for par-5.

Final Leaderboard

Jason Day                            68-66-69-68—271 (-17)

Bubba Watson                     68-67-68-69—270 (-16)

David Hearn                         69-64-68-72—273 (-15)

Jim Furyk                             68-69-68-69—274 (-14)

More on Jason Day

  • Since winning the 2015 RBC Canadian Open, Day has won six more times on the PGA TOUR and now owns 10 PGA TOUR victories: 2010 AT&T Byron Nelson, 2014 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, 2015 Farmers Insurance Open, 2015 RBC Canadian Open, 2015 PGA Championship, 2015 The Barclays, 2015 BMW Championship, 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational, 2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, 2016 THE PLAYERS.

  • Day is the sixth different Australian to win the RBC Canadian Open: Joe Kirkwood (1933), Jim Ferrier (1950 and 1951), Kel Nagle (1964), Greg Norman (1984 and 1992), Nathan Green (2009) and Jason Day (2015).

  • Won both the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and THE PLAYERS Championship in wire-to-wire fashion this year, the only player to win wire-to-wire this season. Before these two wins, Day was also the last player to win wire-to-wire on TOUR, at the 2015 BMW Championship.

  • Reclaimed the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking when he defeated Brooks Koepka in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, an event he won, defeating Louis Oosthuizen in the final, 5 and 4.

  • Makes his fourth start at the RBC Canadian Open with previous three starts at Glen Abbey. After T48 in 2008 and 52nd in 2009 he returned to win last year.

  • Scoring average for 12 rounds at this tournament is 69.67.

A look at the field

  • Nine of the top 30 in current FedExCup standings, including five of the top-15: Dustin Johnson (1), Jason Day (2), Brandt Snedeker (7), Kevin Kisner (12) and William McGirt (15).

  • 13 of top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking, including No. 1 Jason Day and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.

  • Seven RBC Canadian Open champions in the field: Jason Day (2015), Brandt Snedeker (2013), Sean O’Hair (2011), Carl Pettersson (2010), Chez Reavie (2008), Jim Furyk (2006, 2007) and Vijay Singh (2004).

  • 13 Canadians in the field: Hugo Bernard, Adam Cornelson, Graham DeLaet, Jared du Toit, Branson Ferrier, Brad Fritsch, Adam Hadwin, Blair Hamilton, David Hearn, Dave Levesque, Garrett Rank, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir.

  • As the top three players on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit, Syracuse, New York’s Dan McCarthy, Edmond, Oklahoma’s Taylor Moore and Langley, British Columbia’s Adam Cornelson earned exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open. Through six of 12 events, here’s where they stand, with the top five earning status on the Web.com Tour for 2017 – (1) Dan McCarthy $106,383, (2) Taylor Moore $53,392, (3) Adam Cornelson $37,297.

  • 11 major championship winners, accounting for 17 major championship victories, representing all four majors: Ernie Els (4), Vijay Singh (3), Angel Cabrera (2), Stewart Cink, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Justin Leonard, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir.

Dustin Johnson

  • Claimed first major title at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club becoming the fifth player in the last 100 years to win the U.S. Open a year after finishing runner-up in the championship. Johnson joined Tiger Woods (2007-08), Payne Stewart(1998-99), Jack Nicklaus (1971-72) and Bobby Jones (three times).

  • Owns 11 PGA TOUR victories and has won at least once in each of the nine seasons he has been on TOUR, the best current streak on TOUR.

  • Leads FedExCup standings by 141 points over Jason Day.

  • Making his fourth appearance at the RBC Canadian Open (WD/2008, T2/2013, MC/2014). At the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, Johnson played 38 consecutive bogey-free holes before making a triple-bogey 7 at the 71st hole to fall out of contention. A final-hole birdie earned him a T2 finish that year.

  • Johnson recently matched Geoff Ogilvy as the only player with three World Golf Championship titles when he won the Bridgestone Invitational earlier this month. Only Tiger Woods has more WGC titles (18).

  • With a T9 at The Open Championship last week, Johnson is the player with the most top-10 finishes this season (11). He has 22 top-10 finishes in his last 37 PGA TOUR starts.

    Jim Furyk

  • Finished T2 behind Dustin Johnson at this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

  • Includes two wins, in 2006 and 2007, among five top-10 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open in 13 starts (4th/2015, 2nd/2014, T9/2013).

  • Owns a 69.80 scoring average over 13 starts at RBC Canadian Open.

  • Twenty-seven of his last 30 rounds in this event are par or better, including his last 15 consecutive rounds.

  • Leads money earned at the RBC Canadian Open with $2,994,003 in 13 appearances. Fifteen players have won more than $1 million at the RBC Canadian Open. Mike Weir is 16th on that list with $933,597.

    Matt Kuchar

  • In nine appearances at the RBC Canadian Open he has four top-10 finishes, including the last three years (T4/2010, T2/2013, T4/2014, T7/2015).

  • The RBC Canadian Open is Kuchar’s 370th start on the PGA TOUR where he owns seven victories and 83 top-10 finishes.

  • Kuchar has six top-6 finishes in his last eight starts (T3/THE PLAYERS, 3rd/AT&T Byron Nelson, T6/DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, T4/the Memorial Tournament, T46/U.S. Open, T3/WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, T46/The Open Championship).

  • At No. 17 in Official World Golf Ranking, he is third highest-ranked player in the field behind Jason Day (No. 1) and Dustin Johnson (No. 2).

    David Hearn

  • David Hearn recorded his best finish – third, – and his only top-10, in his 13th start in the RBC Canadian Open last year (2002/MC, 2003/MC, 2004/MC, 2005/MC, 2006/T20, 2007/T58, 2008/T58, 2010/MC, 2011/T34, 2012/T71, 2013/T44, 2014/T53, 2015/3rd).

  • Hearn held the first 54-hole lead of his PGA TOUR career at last year’s RBC Canadian Open. Prior to Hearn’s lead, the last Canadian to take a 54-hole lead intoSunday at the RBC Canadian Open was Mike Weir in 2004.

  • Hearn will represent Canada, along with Graham DeLaet, at the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition in Rio next month.

  • Hearn’s lone victory on the Web.com Tour came at the 2004 Alberta Classic held at Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. That victory came the same year that he won the Times Colonist Open on the

  • Hearn shot four sub-70 rounds at last week’s Barbasol Championship to finish T20. In 24 PGA TOUR starts this season, Hearn has just one top-10 finish, a T9 at the RSM Classic last fall.

           Graham DeLaet

  • Owns one top-10 in seven starts at the RBC Canadian Open. He was two strokes off the 36-hole lead in 2014 and eventually finished T7.

  • DeLaet is playing his 146th TOUR event and still seeks his first victory.

  • This week marks DeLaet’s 19th start on TOUR this season where he has posted five top-15 results (T5/Valspar Championship, T7/Sony Open in Hawaii, T11/Puerto Rico Open, T14/RBC Heritage, T8/Barbasol Championship).

  • DeLaet is the second Canadian, behind Mike Weir, to play on the International Team at the Presidents Cup. Weir played five times with a 13-9-2 record, while in 2013 DeLaet went 3-1-1 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Dan McCarthy

  • McCarthy, 30, is a Syracuse, NY native who has played the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada for five seasons. He graduated from Le Moyne College with a business administration marketing degree in 2007.

  • The 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is his only PGA TOUR start. Shot 80-78 to miss the cut after qualifying.

  • Won three of his six starts on Mackenzie Tour this season and ranks No. 1 on the money list with CN$106,383. The top five players at end of season earn status on Web.com Tour in 2017.

  • Shot 259 (-25) and won by seven strokes at the 2016 GolfBC Championship, setting Mackenzie Tour records for low 72-hole score and largest margin of victory. Matched both records (259, 7-stroke win) with victory at Players Cup two starts later.

  • McCarthy is 94-under par in 24 rounds on Mackenzie Tour this season, with 22 of 24 rounds under-par and a scoring average of 67.41.

  • Ranked No. 360 on Official World Golf Ranking.

Additional Player Notes

  • Eight-time PGA TOUR winner and 2003 Masters Tournament winner Mike Weir will be making his 25th appearance at the RBC Canadian Open. Weir owns three top-10s at this event (T5/2008, 2nd/2004, 10th/2003) including a playoff loss to Vijay Singh at Glen Abbey in 2004.

  • World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els is seeking his 20th PGA TOUR win. His last TOUR win was at The Open Championship in 2012. His only top-10 finish this season came just two starts ago with a 5th at the Quicken Loans National.

  • William McGirt has two runner-up finishes in five appearances at the RBC Canadian Open and has never missed the cut (T34/2015, T25/2014, T2/2013, T2/2012, T59/2011). McGirt won his first PGA TOUR event with a playoff victory over Jon Curran at the Memorial Tournament earlier this year.
  • This will be the ninth appearance at the RBC Canadian Open for Brad Fritsch. His best finish in the event is T9 in 2014. Fritsch earned his first win on the Web.com Tour this season in a playoff at the Servientrega Championship and followed up with a T2 in his next start, the Mexico Championship. He’s currently fifth on the Web.com Tour money list. His last PGA TOUR start was this event last year when he missed the cut.
  • Edmond, Oklahoma’s Taylor Moore shot a final round 6-under 66 on Sunday at Whitewater Golf Club to win the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel for his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win. The win moved Moore to No. 2 on the Order of Merit, earning him an exemption into this week’s National Open.
  • Michael Johnson, a 23-year-old Auburn grad, closed with a bogey-free, 6-under 65 to claim solo possession of third place at last week’s Barbasol Championship while playing on a sponsor invitation. Johnson was a 2015-16 GolfWeek First-Team All-American, who also broke the single season Auburn scoring record this year with a stroke average of 70.37. He was also a 2016 Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist.
  • Garret Rank is a 28-year-old amateur who is a National Hockey League referee. Rank, the current Canadian Mid-Amateur champion who reached the finals of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, shot 81-71 at last year’s RBC Canadian Open in his lone PGA TOUR appearance.
  • Bryson DeChambeau finished T4 in his first start as a professional at this year’s RBC Heritage before missing the cut in his next four events. He ‘righted the ship’ by making the cut in his last three starts, including a T15 finish at the U.S. Open. At Glen Abbey, DeChambeau will play his 11th event this season and currently owns 215 non-member FedExCup points. He needs to match 150th or better (Cameron Percy, 361 points) from last season’s FedExCup standings to earn Special Temporary Membership.
  • Jon Rahm finished third in his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National last month. Rahm, an Arizona State University product, became the first player to win the Ben Hogan Award twice, which is awarded to the best player in collegiate golf. The Spaniard, playing on a sponsor invite this week, was the only amateur to make the cut at last month’s U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (T23). He finished T59 at The Open Championship last week.
  • K.T. Kim was a member of the International Team at the 2011 Presidents Cup, coming away with a 2-0-2 record. Currently No. 41 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Kim has recorded seven victories in the past 12 months on the Japan Golf Tour. In 2010, he became the first player from South Korea to lead the money list on Japan Golf Tour. He will make his first appearance at the RBC Canadian Open. It will also be his 29th PGA TOUR start with a best performance of T4 at the 2011 Wyndham Championship. He finished T53 at The Open Championship last week.

The Canadian Olympic Golf Team Celebration

The 2016 RBC Canadian Open will be contested just a few weeks before golf makes its long-awaited return to the Olympic Games following a 112-year absence. For the first time since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold in 1904, teams from around the world will compete on international sport’s grandest stage when the 2016 Olympic Games make their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Canadian Olympic Golf Team—comprised of two men and two women—will be officially welcomed by the Canadian Olympic Committee to Team Canada during a FREE public celebration onsite at Glen Abbey on Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 11:00 a.m. CBC Sports Olympic host Scott Russell will be joined by Canadian Olympic Committee Chef de Mission Curt Harnett to help Golf Canada introduce Canada’s Olympic golfers and coaches and officially welcome them to Team Canada. The opening ceremony and Olympic Golf Team Celebration will take place in the ZTE Spectator Village and festivities will include a military flyover at Glen Abbey by a H13 Hercules Transport to accompany the singing of the Canadian national anthem. Attendance on Tuesday July 19 is FREE to all spectators.

RBC is the longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, assisting athletes since 1947. RBC supports over 50 Olympic athletes.

David Hearn and Graham DeLaet will represent Canada in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition while Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp will compete in the Women’s Competition. Along with Hearn and DeLaet, other players in this week’s field at the RBC Canadian Open who will compete at the Olympic Games are Matt Kuchar (USA), Danny Lee (NZL), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Alex Cejka (GER) and Camilo Villegas (COL).

RBC Canadian Open and the FedExCup

With just five events remaining before the FedExCup Playoffs begin, here’s a look at the players currently around close to No. 125 in this week’s field;

Player                             FEC standing           Season Highlights

Will Wilcox                      120                             Made first ace since 2002 at No. 17 at PLAYERS this year

Matt Jones                      121                             Won 2015 Australian Open in his home country last December

Kyle Stanley                    122                             T13 at Sony Open in Hawaii is best result this season

Sung Kang                      123                             Lone cut made in last 6 starts is T18 at U.S. Open

Scott Stallings                 124                             Just one top-10 (T9/RSM Classic) but five top-25s this season

Blayne Barber                 125                             Notched 4 rounds of par or better for T3 at Honda Classic

Martin Laird                     126                             Posted two top-10s this season

Tim Wilkinson                 127                             Shot third-round 63 during T4 finish at AT&T Byron Nelson

Johnson Wagner             128                             Lone top-10 this season is T8 at OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Robert Garrigus              129                             Made 7 cuts in last 7 starts, including two top-10 results

Jim Furyk                        130                             Out for most of season with injury but was T2 at U.S. Open

Team RBC
Team RBC Ambassadors Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Graeme McDowell, Ryan Palmer, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Taylor, and Mike Weir are all in the field this week.

An RBC Golf Ambassador has won five of the last seven RBC-sponsored events on TOUR:

2013 RBC Heritage                            Graeme McDowell

2013 RBC Canadian Open                 Brandt Snedeker

2014 RBC Heritage                            Matt Kuchar

2014 RBC Canadian Open                 —-

2015 RBC Heritage                            Jim Furyk

2015 RBC Canadian Open                 Jason Day

2016 RBC Heritage                            —-

Seven players who finished in the top-10 at the 2016 RBC Heritage are in the field at this week’s RBC Canadian Open (T4/Bryson DeChambeau, T6/Whee Kim, T6/Jason Kokrak, T6/Bryce Molder, T9/Ricky Barnes, T9/Matt Kuchar, T9/William McGirt).

RBC Canadian Open notes

  • For the seventh time since 2000, the RBC Canadian Open makes a return to Glen Abbey Golf Club. This will mark the Golf Club’s 28th time to host Canada’s national championship. Glen Abbey first hosted the RBC Canadian Open in 1977 (Lee Trevino). It was the Open’s regular host each year from 1981-2000, with the exception of 1997 (Royal Montreal GC). Past champions at Glen Abbey include Greg Norman (1984, 1992), Curtis Strange (1985, 1987), Nick Price (1991, 1994), Tiger Woods (2000), Brandt Snedeker (2013) and Jason Day (2015).

  • Since 2000, three of the 15 different winners have made the RBC Canadian Open their first on the PGA TOUR – John Rollins (2002), Chez Reavie (2008) and Nathan Green (2009).

  • Since 1990, only two players have won the RBC Canadian Open twice: Nick Price (1991, 1994) and Jim Furyk (2006, 2007). Since the event’s 1904 inception, only six players have successfully defended their RBC Canadian Open title. The only player to achieve the feat in the last 50 years has been Jim Furyk (2006-07).

  • In the post-World War II era, only 15 players have won the RBC Canadian Open more than once.

  • Since 1983 when records have been kept, 32 aces have been recorded at the RBC Canadian Open, with all but seven coming at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

  • There have been 14 playoffs in tournament history, the most recent in 2011 when Sean O’Hair defeated Kris Blanks.

  • In the 27 times Glen Abbey has hosted the RBC Canadian Open, the tournament has been won by a player from outside the United States nine times. Southern Africa’s Nick Price (1991, 1994) and Greg Norman (1984, 1992), from Australia, have claimed the title twice. Peter Oosterhuis (ENG), David Frost (SAF), Vijay Singh (FIJI), Nathan Green (AUST) and Jason Day (AUST) have also won the trophy at Glen Abbey.

  • The last Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open is Pat Fletcher in 1954 at Point Gray Golf and Country Club. In 2004, Mike Weir lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh in the 50-year anniversary of Fletcher’s win. After his playing days, Fletcher was the Head Professional at Royal Montreal Golf Club. Fletcher passed away on July 21, 1985.

    Canadian winners of the RBC Canadian Open:

    1954                      Pat Fletcher (not an official PGA TOUR win as it was an opposite field event)

    1914                      Karl Keffer

    1913                      Albert H. Murray

    1911                      Charles R. Murray

    1909                      Karl Keffer

    1908                      Charles R. Murray

    1907                      Percy Barrett (born in England moved to Canada)

    1906                      Charles R. Murray

    1905                      George Cumming (born in Scotland moved to Canada)

     (Note: Wins from 1904-1914 are not considered official PGA TOUR wins)

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