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 three 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:

YearPlayerCountryScoreTo parMargin
2022Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland261-192 strokes
2021Cancelled COVID
2020Cancelled COVID
2019Rory McIloryNorthern Ireland258-227 strokes
2018Dustin Johnson United States265−233 strokes
2017Jhonattan Vegas (2) Venezuela267−21Playoff
2016Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela276−121 stroke
2015Jason Day Australia271−171 stroke
2014Tim Clark South Africa263−171 stroke
2013Brandt Snedeker United States272−163 strokes
2012Scott Piercy United States263−171 stroke
2011Sean O’Hair United States276−4Playoff
2010Carl Pettersson Sweden266−141 stroke
2009Nathan Green Australia270−18Playoff
2008Chez Reavie United States267−173 strokes
2007Jim Furyk (2) United States268−161 stroke
2006Jim Furyk United States266−141 stroke
2005Mark Calcavecchia United States275−51 stroke
2004Vijay Singh Fiji275−9Playoff
2003Bob Tway United States272−8Playoff
2002John Rollins United States272−16Playoff
2001Scott Verplank United States266−143 strokes
2000Tiger Woods United States266−221 stroke
1999Hal Sutton United States275−133 strokes
1998Billy Andrade United States275−13Playoff
1997Steve Jones (2) United States275−51 stroke
1996Dudley Hart United States202−141 stroke
1995Mark O’Meara United States274−14Playoff
1994Nick Price (2) Zimbabwe275−131 stroke
1993David Frost South Africa279−91 stroke
1992Greg Norman (2) Australia280−8Playoff
1991Nick Price Zimbabwe273−151 stroke
1990Wayne Levi United States278−101 stroke
1989Steve Jones United States271−172 strokes
1988Ken Green United States275−131 stroke
1987Curtis Strange (2) United States276−123 strokes
1986Bob Murphy United States280−83 strokes
1985Curtis Strange United States279−92 strokes
1984Greg Norman Australia278−102 strokes
1983John Cook United States277−7Playoff
1982Bruce Lietzke (2) United States277−72 strokes
1981Peter Oosterhuis England280−41 stroke
1980Bob Gilder United States274−62 strokes
1979Lee Trevino (3) United States281−33 strokes
1978Bruce Lietzke United States283−11 stroke
1977Lee Trevino (2) United States280−84 strokes
1976Jerry Pate United States267−134 strokes
1975Tom Weiskopf (2) United States274−6Playoff
1974Bobby Nichols United States270−104 strokes
1973Tom Weiskopf United States278−62 strokes
1972Gay Brewer United States275−91 stroke
1971Lee Trevino United States275−13Playoff
1970Kermit Zarley United States279−93 strokes
1969Tommy Aaron United States275−13Playoff
1968Bob Charles New Zealand274−62 strokes
1967Billy Casper United States279−5Playoff
1966Don Massengale United States280−43 strokes
1965Gene Littler United States273−71 stroke
1964Kel Nagle Australia277−112 strokes
1963Doug Ford (2) United States280−41 stroke
1962Ted Kroll United States278−102 strokes
1961Jacky Cupit United States270−105 strokes
1960Art Wall, Jr. United States269−196 strokes
1959Doug Ford United States276−122 strokes
1958Wes Ellis United States267−131 stroke
1957George Bayer United States271−132 strokes
1956Doug Sanders (a) United States273−11Playoff
1955Arnold Palmer United States265−234 strokes
1954Pat Fletcher Canada280−84 strokes
1953Dave Douglas United States273−111 stroke
1952Johnny Palmer United States263−2511 strokes
1951Jim Ferrier (2) Australia273−72 strokes
1950Jim Ferrier Australia271−173 strokes
1949Dutch Harrison United States271−174 strokes
1948Charles Congdon United States280−43 strokes
1947Bobby Locke South Africa268−162 strokes
1946George Fazio United States278−6Playoff
1945Byron Nelson United States280E[19]4 strokes
1942Craig Wood United States275−134 strokes
1941Sam Snead (3) United States274−62 strokes
1940Sam Snead (2) United States281−3Playoff
1939Jug McSpaden United States28225 strokes
1938Sam Snead United States277−11Playoff
1937Harry Cooper (2) England28552 strokes
1936Lawson Little United States271−98 strokes
1935Gene Kunes United States280−82 strokes
1934Tommy Armour (3) United States287−12 strokes
1933Joe Kirkwood Sr. Australia282−28 strokes
1932Harry Cooper England29023 strokes
1931Walter Hagen United States2924Playoff
1930Tommy Armour (2) United States273−7Playoff
1929Leo Diegel (4) United States274−63 strokes
1928Leo Diegel (3) United States282−22 strokes
1927Tommy Armour United States288E1 stroke
1926Macdonald Smith Scotland28333 strokes
1925Leo Diegel (2) United States295112 strokes
1924Leo Diegel United States28512 strokes
1923Clarence Hackney Scotland29575 strokes
1922Al Watrous United States303191 stroke
1921William Trovinger United States29353 strokes
1920James Douglas Edgar(2) England29810Playoff
1919James Douglas Edgar England278−216 strokes
1914Karl Keffer (2) Canada300121 stroke
1913Albert Murray (2) Canada295156 strokes
1912George Sargent England299191 stroke
1911Charlie Murray (2) Canada314262 strokes
1910Daniel Kenny United States303194 strokes
1909Karl Keffer Canada309213 strokes
1908Albert Murray Canada300204 strokes
1907Percy Barrett England306222 strokes
1906Charlie Murray Canada170261 stroke
1905George Cumming Canada14883 strokes
1904Jack Oke England156162 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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