At Your Service
The Inn at Royal Montreal
Life at Royal Montreal
Gardens and Audubon
The Canadian Open was held for the very first time at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in 1904. It was held again in 1908, 1913 and 1926 at Dixie in the parish of Dorval.
In 1954, Pat Fletcher (who would later become the Head Professional at Royal Montreal from 1956 to 1975), won the Canadian Open. To date, he remains the last Canadian to have won the National Championship.
Marlene Stewart Streit won the Canadian Ladies’ Closed Amateur Championship in 1957, which would be the last major event held at Dixie.
In 1975, the Canadian Open was held at Ile Bizard. Tom Weiskopf defeated Jack Nicklaus to win his second Canadian Open title.
The 1980 Canadian Open had an international feel to it. Gary Player was in the field and highly respected British writer, Peter Dobereiner, was there to write about the tournament.
1997 Canadian Open: Tiger Woods had turned pro in August of 1996 and was the leading money-winner on tour when the Canadian Open was played at Royal Montreal. Woods shot 70 in the first round and then triple-bogeyed the first hole after driving into the right rough, leaving the ball barely visible. He went on to shoot 76 and miss the cut by one shot. Still, he enjoyed his short visit. "The people were awesome", he said. "That ovation I got coming up 18 was something. They didn’t have to do that. They knew I was playing badly." This was the first time since he had turned pro that Tiger Woods had missed the cut.
The Canadian Open returned to Royal Montreal in 2001. Woods had won the 2000 Canadian Open and was ready for another crack at the Blue Course. Woods had tied for the first-round lead with 65. He lost a ball in a tree during the second round, shot 73 and fell back into a tie for 23rd - ten shots behind Scott Verplank. Mike Weir was not happy with his putting and finished 12 shots behind Verplank.
During the Opening Ceremonies of The Presidents Cup in September 2007, Jack Nicklaus stated, “The golf will be spectacular, but I’m sure the sportsmanship will be even better. The essence of The Presidents Cup is spirited yet friendly competition.” Exciting matches went on for four days, but the most anticipated match took place on Sunday between Tiger Woods and the crowd favourite, Mike Weir. That last match began with the International Team trailing. Weir and Woods battled throughout the day, with Weir prevailing. However, Weir's win was not enough, as the U.S. Team had won its first International event on foreign soil since the 1993 Ryder Cup.
The Presidents Cup 2007
Woody (Aquaman) Austin