Canadian Open returning to Glen Abbey in 2013

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

Golf Canada and RBC confirmed what many had suspected with the announcement Friday that the 2013 RBC Canadian Open will be played at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.

The 2013 Open will mark the 26th time the event has been played at the Abbey, the last coming in 2009. It will be played July 25-28 next year.

“Glen Abbey has challenged the world’s best on 25 occasions and played host to many of the most memorable finishes in Canadian Open history,” said Scott Simmons, executive director of Golf Canada.

“As the most fan-friendly spectator course I’ve ever seen, the Abbey and the Canadian Open share a special connection in Canadian golf and we’re thrilled to add to that legacy once again in 2013,” he added.

Rai Sahi, president and CEO of ClubLink, which owns the Abbey, agreed that the Ontario course and the event are synonymous with one another.

“It is only fitting that Canada’s most famous course plays host to our national Open championship,” he said.

Glen Abbey was owned and operated by what was the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada) from 1982 to 1998 before it was sold to ClubLink.

Golf Canada also announced that former Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Rudge will serve as tournament chairman for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open.

Rudge, who sits on Golf Canada’s board of directors, is currently executive chairman of the Toronto Argonauts and the 100th Grey Cup Festival set for Toronto later this year.


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