I just wanted to post a quick thought or two about the RBC Canadian Open being held once again at Glen Abbey in Oakville this weekend. Our national golf championship has been held there 28 times now and watching on TV over the years, I never understood the appeal – I asked why was the RCGA so attached to this course? I was finally able to get an answer to this question when I attended the third round in 2015 (kudos to the folks at Shaw and Global for their hospitality, they have become great corporate partners for golf in Canada.)
The course is unbelievably spectator-friendly – it’s simply magnificent to be there in person. The ease of going from hole-to-hole, the natural sightlines around the greens, the unpredictable outcomes on the par-5 18th…it all clicked for me. I was fortunate enough to watch Canadian David Hearn roll in his birdie putt on 7 and experience the thunderous roar of the crowd – it’s a moment I won’t soon forget, despite him losing out to eventual champion Jason Day.
It was also great to see RBC recommit this week to being the title sponsor for another six years through 2022. I believe they’ll continue to reap the rewards of their commitment not just to the Open, but to the many top tour players they’ve sponsored, including Jason Day.
I think everyone’s expecting a Sunday showdown between Day and Dustin Johnson, the top two players in the world. especially after DJ’s great finish for an opening 66 on Thursday. If it happens, Canadians will have just one more reason to be proud of their national championship, and the course that has become it’s de facto home.