After the latest edition of the oldest golf tournament in the world, the PGA TOUR returns to North America for an event at the oldest golf club on the continent. Royal Montreal Golf Club hosts the RBC Canadian Open for the 10th time. It's the fifth at its current site on Île Bizard in Quebec, one of the islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago, but it's the first since Rees Jones renovated it for The Presidents Cup 2007.
Designed by Dick Wilson in 1959, Royal Montreal is a stock par 70 that will list at 7,153 yards. That's 18 yards shorter than the biennial competition between the United States and the Internationals from which 13 golfers are scheduled to compete this week, including native son Mike Weir. While Jones completely redid parts of the property, if there's a notable difference to the baker's dozen that were here in 2007, it's that the rough has been trimmed in half to 3-3 1/2 inches. Greens average just 5,000 square feet and will be prepped to run at 11.5 on the Stimpmeter.
It's a fresh track for most in the field of 156, but because it's relatively short, scoring should reflect the talent of the touring professionals, particularly those that have found success on other shot-makers' tracks like Harbour Town and The Old White TPC. When Royal Montreal last hosted this tournament in 2001 as a 6,859-yard layout, Scott Verplank won with 14-under 266. He and David Morland IV share the course record with 63s, both achieved in the second round that week.
Primarily favorable conditions are forecast for most of the tournament. The only serious threat of rain is expected on Sunday. High temperatures hovering around 80 degrees will be accompanied by light-to-moderate winds all week.