World number four Smith enters the RBC Canadian Open field -

World number four Smith enters the RBC Canadian Open field –

TORONTO – Cory Conners is ready to hear Canadian golf fans roar for the first time in three years.

Connors, of Listowel, Ontario, is currently the highest-ranked Canadian in the field at this summer’s RBC Canadian Open. The men’s national golf tournament has been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will return June 6-12 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

“I think Canadian fans travel like everyone else,” said Conners, ranked 32 on the FedExCup rankings. “I feel a lot of Canadian Love Week every week.” “But to have the crowd made up of almost all Canadians would be amazing.

“I know the fans are really going to be behind all the Canadian players, and that’s something I’m very excited about and have definitely missed that last two years.”

An entire Canadian squad will join the Conners in the only PGA Tour event north of the border. Previous PGA Tour winners Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., as well as Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both from Abbotsford, BC, have already signed.

Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Adam Svensson of Surrey, BC, Michael Glejcic of Burlington, Ont., and Roger Sloan of Merritt, BC are also scheduled to compete. Aaron Cockrell got from Stony Mountain, Man. , currently ranked 32 on the European-based DP World Tour, has been exempted from the tournament to compete in the PGA Tour event.

“It will definitely be a lot of fans cheering for us,” Connors said, noting that the tournament will be in Toronto for the first time in 12 years since St. George also hosted the event in 2010. “There will be a lot of great things people can do away from golf course.

“You know, we’re there to take care of the business but you can explore the sights of Toronto. I think a lot of people and families who traveled there with the players would be excited about that.”

LIV Golf, a new men’s professional golf tour that hopes to rival the PGA Tour, will hold its first-ever tournament in the same week as the Canadian Open at Centurion Golf Club outside London, England.

Canadian Open director Brian Crawford said the LIV event did not make it any more difficult to put together a competitive field.

“We are very fortunate that we have such an amazing advantage at home with all our Canadians that people come out to see it and they can win the championship any given week,” Crawford said, noting that this year’s course is as strong as the 2019 edition at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. “We have been able to attract the best players in the world.”

World No. 4 Cameron Smith, No. 18 Matt Fitzpatrick, and No. 19, ranked Tony Finau, were added to the field of action on Monday.

They join an already stacked field that includes defending Canadian Open champion and world number 7 Rory McIlroy, world number 1 and Masters champion Scotty Scheffler and world number 11 Dustin Johnson.

More player announcements will come in the weeks leading up to the Canadian Open, said Mary DePauli, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for major sponsor RBC.

“I’m very confident when I say this: any world-class golf fan who heads out to the weekend of June 9-12 to see great golf will be watching the RBC Canadian Open this weekend,” DePauli said.

The RBCxMusic concert series and feature hole The Rink, a staple of the Canadian Open weekend, will return in 2022. Flo Rida and Maroon 5 will perform after their second and third rounds at the nearby Richview Collegiate Institute. The rink, a signature pit that includes hockey boards around the tee area, will be 16th in St. George’s.

“I think it’s a really cool feature, kind of a reference for Canadian hockey, and I think your fans are going to be excited, and I think the players will love it,” Conners said. “I think the atmosphere there is really great.

“It’s something extra special about the event and I hope to get some good shots at the rink.”

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on May 9, 2022.

2022-05-09 20:50:37

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