Fresh from this week’s British Open, Jason Day, other stars highlight Canadian Open’s record 27th playing at Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey

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The RBC Canadian Open returns to Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey Golf Club Thursday, when the PGA Tour heads to Ontario, Canada for the 105th playing of the tournament. Jason Day, who finished in the top-10 in both the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and this week’s British Open at St Andrews, is in the field, along with fellow Open Championship top-10 finisher Brooks Koepka.

Day and Koepka are joined by 25 other players returning from this week’s Open Championship, including two-time Canadian Open winner Jim Furyk (2006, 2007). The players travel from Scotland to Toronto on Golf Canada’s charter flight for the RBC Canadian Open in an annual tradition that helps ensure a strong field for Canada’s national open the week after a major championship—which became especially valuable this week when weather delays forced the third major of the season to finish Monday. Defending his Canadian Open title, Tim Clark is also in the 144-man field after being forced to cancel his British Open plans because of visa glitches.

The event will be televised Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday on CBS from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is the record 27th time since Glen Abbey opened for play in 1976 that the event is being played on the first solo golf course to be designed by the Golden Bear. The course was named to Golf Digest’s lists of the Best Modern Golf Courses in Canada in 2013 and 2014, and the event was selected as the PGA Tour’s “Most Fan-Friendly Event” in 2013.

“Glen Abbey was the first golf course that, I believe, was done primarily with the spectator in mind,” Nicklaus said.

“It’s probably one of the more creative golf courses I’ve ever done. It puts the spectator experience on par with the golf experience. We went out from the clubhouse sort of like the spokes of a wheel. You can view the golf course and the tournament from the clubhouse. You have a second row from which you can view it. You then have an outer circle from which you can view. You can follow the round, you can watch it from the top of the hill, down into the valley. There are many ways you can view an event at Glen Abbey. The mounds of Glen Abbey give great vistas down onto the golf course.

Not only did Nicklaus design Glen Abbey, but he also finished runner-up in the Canadian Open seven times (1965, ‘68, ‘75, ‘76, ‘81, ‘94, and ’85). The Golden Bear played in the event 14 times at Glen Abbey from 1977 to 1993. In his 24 Canadian Open starts, he finished 13 times in the event’s top-10.

Glen Abbey houses the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, which inducted Nicklaus in 1995. The Golden Bear serves as Honorary Chairman of the Canadian Golf Foundation, and last year, the National Board of Directors of the PGA of Canada presented Nicklaus with the 2013 George Cumming Distinguished Service Award, as well as honored the Golden Bear with just the sixth ever Honorary Life Membership of the PGA of Canada.

“I’m very proud of Glen Abbey. I think it’s a great golf course, I think it’s a great venue for the Canadian Open, and I can only say I’m very proud to be a part of it,” Nicklaus said.

The event was last played at Glen Abbey in 2013 when Brandt Snedeker won the title.

A full field list is below.

  • 1965 Second
  • 1968 Second
  • 1981 2nd GA
  • 1975 2nd
  • 1976 2nd
  • 1984 Second GA
  • 1985 Second GA
  • 1967 Third
  • 1983 third GA
  • 1977 Fourth GA
  • 1962 Fifth
  • 1964 Fifth
  • 1989 10th GA
  • 1974 13th
  • 1980 13th
  • 1978 15th GA
  • 1986 16th GA
  • 1979 22nd GA
  • 1987 24th GA
  • 1966 27th
  • 1991 27th GA
  • 1988 38th GA
  • 1982 missed cut GA
  • 1993 Missed Cut GA

14 times at Glen Abbey; competed in the event 24 times

Seven seconds, 12 top 5s, 13 top 10s