Tour Report: 2016 RBC Canadian Open
This week, the PGA TOUR makes its only 2016 stop in Canada for the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario at the Glen Abbey Golf Club. With the top 2 ranked golfers in the world headlining the field, the 107th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship promises to be a memorable one.
Following Thursday's opening round, TaylorMade once again led the field at the RBC Canadian Open with 44.9% of Tour players teeing up with TaylorMade drivers. In total, 58 M1 and M2 drivers were put into play.
The #2 ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, has had a strong following of Canadian fans showing their support. Johnson did not leave these fans disappointed during the first round, closing with a 365-yard drive, which lead to an eagle and a total of 6-under par to share the lead.
The #1 ranked golfer in the world, Jason Day, returned to Glen Abbey as defending champion. Day’s victory at the 2015 RBC Canadian Open started his incredible stretch that has since seen him win 6 more events on the PGA TOUR in under 12 months, including the 2015 PGA Championship. During the first round, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson both averaged 320 yards off the tee (319.5 and 320.5 yards respectively). The combination of the M1 driver with Tour Preferred X golf balls provided distance, control and feel while charting their way around Jack Nicklaus' first golf course design.
Earlier this week at Glen Abbey, the onsite TaylorMade Performance Lab, which provides tour level custom fittings for Canadian Professionals and amateurs year round, acted as the TaylorMade Tour Truck to service player’s needs. Canadian Tour Representative Shawn Mullin, who is a regular on the truck, worked with the rest of the Canadian team to build, bend and provide other benefits to Team TaylorMade. Within the Performance Lab, Jason Day’s Spider Limited Red putter had a half degree of loft reduced to adjust for the changing green conditions from the British Open. D.A. Points also had his Ghost Spider bent onsite as he requested 1-degree upright from previous 2 degrees flat.
Regarding loft adjustments, one of TaylorMade's newest Staff Professionals, Jordan Niebrugge, had his PSi Tour lofts tweaked to ensure he has optimal gaping within his iron set.
As the only annual event in Canada during the PGA TOUR season, performance for Canadian golfers is paramount as they prepare for their nation’s Open. Nick Taylor, David Hearn and Mike Weir are among the fan favorite Canucks as they set their sights on their first PGA TOUR victory on home soil.
For more from the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, view an inside-the-ropes photo gallery below: