Canadian Open Winners and History

Given a long and illustrious history,  it is unfortunate that the Canadian Open doesn’t get more respect from fans, the media, players and the PGA Tour. In recent years, it has found itself somewhat in shadows, slotted into awkward spots that discourage many of the top players.  Previously, it had been an afterthought in the September schedule for the PGA Tour. Historically, however, it has been considered one of the great national Opens, and at one time vied with the Western Open as the third most important tournament (for professionals) after the Open Championship and US Open.

The first Canadian Open was held in 1904 at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, which has the distinction of being the oldest golf club in North America. The Club was founded in 1873 and at that time, its course was located at Dixie in Dorval Parish. The Royal Montreal has in all hosted nine Canadian Opens.

Glen Abbey, a Jack Nicklaus design dating to 1976 has hosted twenty five Canadian Opens. The course was built for the Royal Canadian Golf Association to serve as the semi-permanent home of the championship. But in the 1990s, the RGCA decided to move it around the country. Since 1997, the championship has been played at Royal Monreal, Angus Glen Golf Club, Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Hamilton Golf and Country Club and in 2010, the St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

A list of winners at the Canadian Open is impressive. Walter Hagen played his first professional competition at the Canadian Open in 1912, but would have to wait until 1931 to win. James Douglas Edgar, who recently was the subject of a terrific book, To Win and Die In Dixie, was a two time winner. Other winners include Tiger Woods, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Bill Casper, Curtis Strange and Jim Furyk. Woods’ 2000 victory gave him the Triple Crown—all three Opens in a single year—an honor shared with Lee Trevino in 1971.

Jack Nicklaus was a seven-time runner up in the tournament, and it’s been said that the Canadian Open is the most important tournament that the Bear didn’t win. Tiger Woods missed his first cut as a professional at the 1997 Canadian Open. No Canadian was won their national Open since 1954, although Mike Weir came close in 2004, losing on the third playoff hole to Vijay Singh. That was the same year that Singh briefly overtook Tiger Woods as the world’s number one player.

A complete list of Canadian Open winners follows:

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin
2023Nick Taylor271-17playoff (4 holes)
2022Rory McIlroy261-192 strokes
2021Cancelled COVID
2020Cancelled COVID
2019Rory McIlory258-227 strokes
2018Dustin Johnson265−233 strokes
2017Jhonattan Vegas (2)267−21Playoff
2016Jhonattan Vegas276−121 stroke
2015Jason Day271−171 stroke
2014Tim Clark263−171 stroke
2013Brandt Snedeker272−163 strokes
2012Scott Piercy263−171 stroke
2011Sean O’Hair276−4Playoff
2010Carl Pettersson266−141 stroke
2009Nathan Green270−18Playoff
2008Chez Reavie267−173 strokes
2007Jim Furyk (2)268−161 stroke
2006Jim Furyk266−141 stroke
2005Mark Calcavecchia275−51 stroke
2004Vijay Singh275−9Playoff
2003Bob Tway272−8Playoff
2002John Rollins272−16Playoff
2001Scott Verplank266−143 strokes
2000Tiger Woods266−221 stroke
1999Hal Sutton275−133 strokes
1998Billy Andrade275−13Playoff
1997Steve Jones (2)275−51 stroke
1996Dudley Hart202−141 stroke
1995Mark O’Meara274−14Playoff
1994Nick Price (2)275−131 stroke
1993David Frost279−91 stroke
1992Greg Norman (2)280−8Playoff
1991Nick Price273−151 stroke
1990Wayne Levi278−101 stroke
1989Steve Jones271−172 strokes
1988Ken Green275−131 stroke
1987Curtis Strange (2)276−123 strokes
1986Bob Murphy280−83 strokes
1985Curtis Strange279−92 strokes
1984Greg Norman278−102 strokes
1983John Cook277−7Playoff
1982Bruce Lietzke (2)277−72 strokes
1981Peter Oosterhuis280−41 stroke
1980Bob Gilder274−62 strokes
1979Lee Trevino (3)281−33 strokes
1978Bruce Lietzke283−11 stroke
1977Lee Trevino (2)280−84 strokes
1976Jerry Pate267−134 strokes
1975Tom Weiskopf (2)274−6Playoff
1974Bobby Nichols270−104 strokes
1973Tom Weiskopf278−62 strokes
1972Gay Brewer275−91 stroke
1971Lee Trevino275−13Playoff
1970Kermit Zarley279−93 strokes
1969Tommy Aaron275−13Playoff
1968Bob Charles274−62 strokes
1967Billy Casper279−5Playoff
1966Don Massengale280−43 strokes
1965Gene Littler273−71 stroke
1964Kel Nagle277−112 strokes
1963Doug Ford (2)280−41 stroke
1962Ted Kroll278−102 strokes
1961Jacky Cupit270−105 strokes
1960Art Wall, Jr.269−196 strokes
1959Doug Ford276−122 strokes
1958Wes Ellis267−131 stroke
1957George Bayer271−132 strokes
1956Doug Sanders (a)273−11Playoff
1955Arnold Palmer265−234 strokes
1954Pat Fletcher280−84 strokes
1953Dave Douglas273−111 stroke
1952Johnny Palmer263−2511 strokes
1951Jim Ferrier (2)273−72 strokes
1950Jim Ferrier271−173 strokes
1949Dutch Harrison271−174 strokes
1948Charles Congdon280−43 strokes
1947Bobby Locke268−162 strokes
1946George Fazio278−6Playoff
1945Byron Nelson280E[19]4 strokes
1942Craig Wood275−134 strokes
1941Sam Snead (3)274−62 strokes
1940Sam Snead (2)281−3Playoff
1939Jug McSpaden28225 strokes
1938Sam Snead277−11Playoff
1937Harry Cooper (2)28552 strokes
1936Lawson Little271−98 strokes
1935Gene Kunes280−82 strokes
1934Tommy Armour (3)287−12 strokes
1933Joe Kirkwood Sr.282−28 strokes
1932Harry Cooper29023 strokes
1931Walter Hagen2924Playoff
1930Tommy Armour (2)273−7Playoff
1929Leo Diegel (4)274−63 strokes
1928Leo Diegel (3)282−22 strokes
1927Tommy Armour288E1 stroke
1926Macdonald Smith28333 strokes
1925Leo Diegel (2)295112 strokes
1924Leo Diegel28512 strokes
1923Clarence Hackney29575 strokes
1922Al Watrous303191 stroke
1921William Trovinger29353 strokes
1920James Douglas Edgar(2)29810Playoff
1919James Douglas Edgar278−216 strokes
1914Karl Keffer (2)300121 stroke
1913Albert Murray (2)295156 strokes
1912George Sargent299191 stroke
1911Charlie Murray (2)314262 strokes
1910Daniel Kenny303194 strokes
1909Karl Keffer309213 strokes
1908Albert Murray300204 strokes
1907Percy Barrett306222 strokes
1906Charlie Murray170261 stroke
1905George Cumming14883 strokes
1904Jack Oke156162 strokes

Canadian Open Venues

2019Hamilton Golf and Country Club
2018Glen Abbey Golf Course
2017Glen Abbey Golf Course
2016Glen Abbey Golf Course
2015Glen Abbey Golf Course
2014Royal Montreal Golf Club
2013Glen Abbey Golf Course
2012Hamilton Golf and Country Club
2011Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
2010St. George’s Golf and Country Club
2009Glen Abbey Golf Course
2008Glen Abbey Golf Course
2007Angus Glen Golf Club (North Course)
2006Hamilton Golf and Country Club
2005Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
2004Glen Abbey Golf Course
2003Hamilton Golf and Country Club
2002Angus Glen Golf Club (South Course)
2001Royal Montreal Golf Club
2000Glen Abbey Golf Course
1999Glen Abbey Golf Course
1998Glen Abbey Golf Course
1997Royal Montreal Golf Club
1996Glen Abbey Golf Course
1995Glen Abbey Golf Course
1994Glen Abbey Golf Course
1993Glen Abbey Golf Course
1992Glen Abbey Golf Course
1991Glen Abbey Golf Course
1990Glen Abbey Golf Course
1989Glen Abbey Golf Course
1988Glen Abbey Golf Course
1987Glen Abbey Golf Course
1986Glen Abbey Golf Course
1985Glen Abbey Golf Course
1984Glen Abbey Golf Course
1983Glen Abbey Golf Course
1982Glen Abbey Golf Course
1981Glen Abbey Golf Course
1980Royal Montreal Golf Club
1979Glen Abbey Golf Course
1978Glen Abbey Golf Course
1977Glen Abbey Golf Course
1976Essex Golf & Country Club
1975Royal Montreal Golf Club
1974Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1973Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club
1972Cherry Hill Club
1971Richelieu Valley Golf & Country Club
1970London Hunt & Country Club
1969Pine Grove Golf & Country Club
1968St. George’s Golf and Country Club
1967Montreal Municipal Golf Club
1966Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
1965Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1964Pine Grove Golf & Country Club
1963Scarboro Golf and Country Club
1962Le Club Laval-sur-le-Lac
1961Niakwa Country Club
1960St. George’s Golf and Country Club
1959Islesmere Golf & Country Club
1958Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club
1957Westmount Golf and Country Club
1956Beaconsfield Golf Club
1955Weston Golf and Country Club
1954Point Grey Golf and Country Club
1953Scarboro Golf and Country Club
1952St. Charles Country Club
1951Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1950Royal Montreal Golf Club
1949St. George’s Golf and Country Club
1948Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
1947Scarboro Golf and Country Club
1946Beaconsfield Golf Club
1945Thornhill Golf Club
1942Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1941Lambton Golf Club
1940Scarboro Golf and Country Club
1939Riverside Country Club
1938Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1937St. Andrews Club
1936St. Andrews Club
1935Summerlea Golf Club
1934Lakeview Golf Club
1933St. George’s Golf and Country Club
1932Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
1931Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
1930Hamilton Golf and Country Club
1929Kanawaki Golf Club
1928Rosedale Golf Club
1927Toronto Golf Club
1926Royal Montreal Golf Club
1925Lambton Golf Club
1924Mt. Bruno Golf Club
1923Lakeview Golf Club
1922Mt. Bruno Golf Club
1921Toronto Golf Club
1920Rivermead Golf Club
1919Hamilton Golf and Country Club
1914Toronto Golf Club
1913Royal Montreal Golf Club
1912Rosedale Golf Club
1911Royal Ottawa Golf Club
1910Lambton Golf Club
1909Toronto Golf Club
1908Royal Montreal Golf Club
1907Lambton Golf Club
1906Royal Ottawa Golf Club
1905Toronto Golf Club
1904Royal Montreal Golf Club

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6 thoughts on “Canadian Open Winners and History”

  1. I was awful in my picks last week.  And I picked Dustin to win it in my waiver pick, over Darren or Phil.  I had Rickie in there already, so I had hopes up to the last 4 holes or so.

    So this week, here are my picks
    Furyk – two time winner.  About time for him to win this year.
    Hunter Mahan
    Rickie Fowler – Hope one of these two win it for the Golf Boys, because I can’t bring myself to use up a pick on Crane any longer.
    Garrigus.  And we make fun of Adam Scott’s putter.
    Lucas Glover
    Mike Weir – Canadian
    Two Gloves Gainey – Another one where it is about time to bust through to a win.
    John Daly – because you only have so many opportunities to pick him a year.

  2. The winner of the 2015 Canadian Open has not yet been added to the list of winners on your web site.

  3. Interesting Winning Possibilities:
    1) An amateur to win on US Tour – 1st time since Phil Mickelson
    2) US Open & Canadian Open winner – in one year (DJ)
    3) Snedeker – 9 US wins – joins Seve, Garcia & Faldo – all Europeans
    4) Someone else…
    Do you like my website?

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