RBC Canadian Open Preview, TV Times

Jhonattan Vegas is seeking three straight wins at Glen Abbey GC

Jhonattan Vegas has won the last two Canadian Opens
Jhonattan Vegas has won the last two Canadian Opens
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The PGA Tour heads back across the Atlantic this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas looks to make it three wins in a row at Glen Abbey GC.

RBC Canadian Open Preview, TV Times

Following last week’s brilliant Open Championship at Carnoustie the PGA Tour heads to Ontario this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Jhonattan Vegas is looking to win for a third straight year.

In total 32 players who competed at Carnoustie last week will tee it up at Glen Abbey. Those making the journey include World Number 1 Dustin Johnson, Open runner-up Kevin Kisner and Englishmen Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood.

This is an historic tournament that began life back in 1904. Since that time, there have been many famous winners of the event. In fact, the roll call of champions reads like a who’s who of golfing legends: Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, Curtis Strange, Nick Price, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk have all been winners. This will be the 109th edition of the tournament.

Lee Trevino is a former winner

Lee Trevino is a former winner

Last year defending champ Jhonattan Vegas closed with a 65 to catch Charley Hoffman. The Venezuelan then won the title in a playoff.

This will be the 30th time Glen Abbey has been used for this tournament. A Jack Nicklaus creation, the Canadian Open first visited in 1977.

On the back nine at Glen Abbey, there’s a stretch known as the “Valley Holes.” The 11th tee shot is to a fairway some 60 feet below, then following Sixteen Mile Creek for three holes before eventually climbing out at the 16th. Back in 2000, Tiger Woods struck one of his most famous shots on the 18th at Glen Abbey. From a fairway bunker he fired a 6-iron over the lake to 12 feet to seal the victory.

The weather forecast looks reasonable after a possibly sketchy opening day that could see some thunderstorms disrupting play.

Venue: Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario Date: Jul 26-29 Course stats: par 72, 7,253 yards Purse: $6,200,000 Defending champion: Jhonattan Vegas (-21)

How to watch the RBC Canadian Open

TV Coverage: Thursday 26 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pm Friday 27 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pm Saturday 28 – Sky Sports Golf from 9pm Sunday 29 – Sky Sports Golf from 7pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 9pm

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Why not buy a Now TV pass? For £7.99 you can get a day pass if you wish to watch one of the rounds or, for just £12.99, you can get a week pass to see the whole tournament.

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Players to watch:

Charley Hoffman will be among the favourites

Charley Hoffman will be among the favourites

Charley Hoffman – He’s been on good form recently and he lost a playoff in this event last year.

Kevin Kisner – Runner-up at Carnoustie, he’ll look to continue his good run in Ontario.

Matt Kuchar – Mr consistent has three top-10 finishes in the RBC Canadian Open since 2013.

Key hole: 18th. A 524-yard par 5, it’s reachable in two for anybody in the field who gets a decent tee shot away. There’s definitely a possibility of someone recording an eagle three to win the tournament, but with water guarding the front of the green, it’s a risky shot to take on.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?