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Golf Glance: Rory McIlroy seeks rare 3-peat at RBC Canadian Open

Field Level Media
07 Jun 2023, 08:40 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: the Memorial Tournament (Viktor Hovland)

THIS WEEK: RBC Canadian Open, Toronto, June 8-11

Course: Oakdale Golf Country Club (Par 72, 7,264 yards)

Purse: $9M (Winner: $1.62M)

Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy

FedEx Cup leader: Jon Rahm


TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (GC), 5:30-7:30 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6:30 p.m. (CBS)

Streaming on ESPN: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. ET; Saturday, 9:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; 8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Twitter: @RBCCanadianOpen

NOTES: McIlroy is the two-time defending champion, having also won the event in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic led to it being canceled from 2020-21. He can become the first player to win an event three consecutive times since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic from 2009-11). ... The event was established in 1904, making it the second-oldest non-major on the PGA Tour behind the BMW Championship (1899). ... Oakdale will be the host venue for the first time. ... The last Canadian to win the event was Pat Fletcher in 1954, before it was recognized as an official PGA Tour tournament. ... Former Texas Tech star and two-time Ben Hogan Award winner Ludvig Aberg will make his first start since earning his tour card via the PGA Tour University. ... Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Sam Bennett is in the field on a sponsor's exemption after finishing 63rd in his professional debut last week. He is one of 30 players in the field who will also compete in next week's U.S. Open. ... Michael Block, the club professional who tied for 15th at the PGA Championship, is also playing on a sponsor's exemption this week.

BEST BETS: McIlroy (450) is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3. ... Tyrrell Hatton (1100) has five consecutive top-20 finishes, including a pair of top-5s. ... Matt Fitzpatrick (1400) is the only other top-10 player in the field. He will defend his U.S. Open title next week and finished T10 in last year's RBC Canadian Open. ... Sam Burns (1400), who is an RBC ambassador, finished T4 in his tournament debut last year. ... Cameron Young (1500) is still seeking his first PGA Tour victory. ... Corey Conners (1600) is the top-ranked Canadian in the field at No. 29 and finished sixth last year. He won the Valero Texas Open earlier this year but is coming off a missed cut at the Memorial.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open, The Los Angeles Country Club, June 15-18


LAST TOURNAMENT: Mizuho Americas Open (Rose Zhang)

THIS WEEK: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., June 9-11

Course: Seaview, Bay Course (Par 71, 6,197 yards)

Purse: $1.75M ($262,500)

Defending Champion: Brooke Henderson

Race to the CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko


TV: Friday, 12-2 p.m. ET; Saturday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

Streaming: Friday, 12-3 p.m. ET; Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; 2-5 p.m. (All times,, NBCSports App and Peacock)

Twitter: @ShopRiteLPGAClassic

NOTES: This is a 54-hole stroke play event. ... The 144-player field will be cut to the top 65 and ties after 36 holes. ... Zhang is not in this week's field as she takes final exams at Stanford and prepares to move on June 13. ... The 54-hole scoring record of 196 is shared by Annika Sorenstam (1998, 2005) and Anna Nordqvist (2016)

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., June 15-18

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Principal Charity Classic (Stephen Ames)

THIS WEEK: American Family Insurance Championship, Madison, Wis., June 9-11

Course: University Ridge GC (Par 72, 7,083 yards)

Purse: $2.4M

Defending Champion: Thongchai Jaidee

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steve Stricker


TV: Friday, 7-9 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

Twitter: @AmFamChamp

NOTES: Ames has three victories this year and is second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. ... Bernhard Langer, who is tied with Hale Irwin with 45 all-time victories on the Champions Tour, is not in this field.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Endicott, N.Y., June 23-25

LIV Golf League

LAST TOURNAMENT: LIV Golf D.C. (Individual: Harold Varner III; Team: Torque GC)


NEXT TOURNAMENT: Valderrama, Andalucia, Spain, Jun 30-July 2

--Field Level Media

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