Canadian Open Winners and History

Canadian Open

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, thanks to unfortunate scheduling which puts it after the Open Championship and a mere two weeks before the popular Bridgestone Invitational.  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:


RBC Canadian Open
2018Dustin JohnsonGlen Abbey Oakville, Ontario265
2017Jhonattan VegasGlen Abbey Oakville, Ontario276
2016Jhonattan VegasGlen Abbey Oakville, Ontario276
2015Jason DayGlen AbbeyOakville, Ontario271
2014Tim ClarkRoyal MontrealQuebec263
2013Brandt SnedekerGlen AbbeyOakville, Ontario272
2012Scott PiercyHamilton Golf & Country ClubOakville, Ontario263
2011Sean O’HairShaughnessy Golf & Country ClubVancouver276
2010Carl PetterssonSt. George’s Golf and Country ClubToronto, Ontario266
2009Natan GreenGlen Abbey Golf CourseOakville, Ontario270
2008Chez Reavie267
2007Jim FurykAngus Glen Golf Club (North Course)Markham, Ontario268
2006Hamilton Golf and Country ClubAncaster, Ontario266
2005Mark CalcavecchiaShaughnessy Golf & Country ClubVancouver, British Columbia275
2004Vijay SinghGlen Abbey Golf CourseOakville, Ontario275
2003Bob TwayHamilton Golf and Country ClubAncaster, Ontario272
2002John RollinsAngus Glen Golf Club (South Course)Markham, Ontario272
2001Scott VerplankRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec266
2000Tiger WoodsGlen Abbey Golf CourseOakville, Ontario266
1999Hal Sutton275
1998Billy Andrade275
1997Steve Jones275
1996Dudley Hart202
1995Mark O’Mera274
1994Nick Price275
1993David Frost279
1992Greg Norman280
1991Nick Price273
1990Wayne Levi278
1989Steve Jones271
1988Ken Green275
1987Curtis Strange276
1986Bob Murphy280
1985Curtis Strange276
1984Greg Norman278
1983John Cook277
1982Bruce Lietzke277
1981Peter Oosterhuis280
1980Bob GilderRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec274
1979Lee TrevinoGlen Abbey Golf CourseOakville, Ontario281
1978Bruce Lietzke283
1977Lee Trevino280
1976Jerry PateEssex Golf & Country ClubWindsor, Ontario267
1975Tom WeiskopfRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec274
1974Bobby NicholsMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario270
1973Tom WeiskopfRichelieu Valley Golf & Country ClubSte. Julie de Vercheres, Quebec278
1972Gay BrewerCherry Hill ClubRidgeway, Ontario275
1971Lee TrevinoRichelieu Valley Golf & Country ClubSte. Julie de Vercheres, Quebec275
1970Kermit ZarleyLondon Hunt & Country ClubLondon, Ontario279
1969Tommy AaronPine Grove Golf & Country ClubSt. Luc, Quebec275
1968Bob CharlesSt. George’s Golf and Country ClubToronto, Ontario274
1967Billy CasperMontreal Municipal Golf ClubMontreal, Quebec279
1966Don MassengaleShaughnessy Golf & Country ClubVancouver, British Columbia280
1965Gene LittlerMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario273
1964Kel NaglePine Grove Golf & Country ClubSt. Luc, Quebec277
1963Doug FordScarboro Golf & Country ClubScarborough, Ontario280
1962Ted KrollLe Club Laval-sur-le-LacLaval-sur-le-Lac, Quebec278
1961Jacky CupitNiakwa Country ClubWinnipeg, Manitoba270
1960Art Wall, Jr.St. George’s Golf and Country ClubToronto, Ontario269
1959Doug FordIslesmere Golf & Country ClubMontreal, Quebec276
1958Wes EllisRoyal Mayfair Golf & Country ClubEdmonton, Alberta267
1957George BayerWestmount Golf & Country ClubKitchener, Ontario271
1956Doug SandersBeaconsfield Golf ClubMontreal, Quebec273
1955Arnold PalmerWeston Golf and Country ClubToronto, Ontario265
1954Pat FletcherPoint Grey Golf ClubVancouver, British Columbia280
1953Dave DouglasScarboro Golf & Country ClubVancouver, British Columbia273
1952Johnny PalmerSt. Charles Country ClubWinnipeg, Manitoba263
1951Jim FerrierMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario273
1950Royal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec271
1949E.J. HarrisonSt. George’s Golf and Country ClubToronto, Ontario271
1948Charles CongdonVancouver, British ColumbiaScarborough, Ontario280
1947Bobby LockeScarboro Golf & Country ClubScarborough, Ontario268
1946George FazioBeaconsfield Golf ClubMontreal, Quebec278
1945Byron NelsonThornhill Golf ClubThornhill, Ontario280
1944Cancelled due to World War II
1942Craig WoodMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario275
1941Sam SneadLambton Golf ClubToronto, Ontario274
1940Scarboro Golf & Country ClubScarborough, Ontario281
1939Harold “Jug” McSpadenRiverside Country ClubSaint John, New Brunswick282
1938Sam SneadMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario277
1937Harry CooperSt. Andrews ClubToronto, Ontario285
1936Lawson Little271
1935Gene KunesSummerlea Golf ClubMontreal, Quebec280
1934Tommy ArmourLakeview Golf ClubToronto, Ontario287
1933Joe Kirkwood, Sr.St. George’s Golf and Country Club282
1932Harry CooperOttawa Hunt and Golf ClubOttawa, Ontario290
1931Walter HagenMississaugua Golf & Country ClubMississauga, Ontario292
1930Tommy ArmourHamilton Golf and Country ClubAncaster, Ontario273
1929Leo DiegelKanawaki Golf ClubKahnawake, Quebec274
1928Rosedale Golf ClubToronto, Ontario282
1927Tommy ArmourToronto Golf ClubMississauga, Ontario288
1926Macdonald SmithRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec283
1925Leo DiegelLambton Golf ClubToronto, Ontario295
1924Mt. Bruno Golf ClubSt. Bruno, Quebec285
1923Clarence HackneyLakeview Golf ClubToronto, Ontario295
1922Al WatrousMt. Bruno Golf ClubSt. Bruno, Quebec303
1921William TrovingerToronto Golf ClubMississauga, Ontario293
1920James Douglas EdgarRivermead Golf ClubAylmer, Quebec298
1919Hamilton Golf and Country ClubAncaster, Ontario278
1918Cancelled due to World War I
1914Karl KefferToronto Golf ClubMississauga, Ontario300
1913Albert MurrayRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec295
1912George SargentRosedale Golf ClubToronto, Ontario299
1911Charles MurrayRoyal Ottawa Golf ClubAylmer, Quebec314
1910Daniel KennyLambton Golf ClubToronto, Ontario303
1909Karl KefferToronto Golf ClubMississauga, Ontario309
1908Albert MurrayRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec300
1907Percy BarrettLambton Golf ClubToronto, Ontario306
1906Charles MurrayRoyal Ottawa Golf ClubAylmer, Quebec170 (36 holes)
1905George CummingToronto Golf ClubMississauga, Ontario148 (36 holes)
1904John H. OkeRoyal Montreal Golf ClubIle Bizard, Quebec156 (36 holes)

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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