Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 02, 2005 16:10 ET

VIJAY SINGH AND CHRIS DIMARCO TO COMPETE IN 2005 BELL CANADIAN OPEN

International field of stars set to challenge Shaughnessy Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VANCOUVER--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 2, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and Bell Canada announced today that defending champion Vijay Singh and 2005 Masters runner-up Chris DiMarco have confirmed their intention to compete in the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

The announcement was made as part of media day for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open. The RCGA also confirmed that many of the PGA Tour's international stars will be joining Singh and DiMarco as the Canadian Open marks its first visit to the west coast in 39 years.

Among those international players set to compete for the $4.9 million US purse include:

Australia
Stuart Appleby
Peter Lonard
Geoff Ogilvy
Stephen Leaney

England
Brian Davis
Justin Rose

Fiji
Vijay Singh

Japan
Shigeki Maruyama

New Zealand
Craig Perks

Paraguay
Carlos Franco

South Africa
Tim Clark
Rory Sabbatini

South Korea
K.J. Choi
Kevin Na

Sweden
Jesper Parnevik
Carl Pettersson

Wales
Phillip Price

United States
Chris DiMarco
Fred Funk
Rich Beem
Shaun Micheel
Sean O'Hair
Chris Riley
Hank Kuehne
Mark Calcavecchia

"We are extremely excited to welcome such phenomenal athletes and PGA champions to the 2005 Bell Canadian Open," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director. "We are expecting a true international showcase with many of the top players competing on Tour today and we are thrilled they will be joining us in Vancouver as we celebrate the return of Canada's national open championship to the west coast."

"Bell is thrilled to be able to welcome the world's best golfers to play in the Bell Canadian Open, and we are thrilled to have played a role in bringing the tournament back to Vancouver," said Loring Phinney, Vice President, Corporate Marketing for Bell Canada. "Bell Canada is proud of its affiliation with the RCGA, and we are delighted to connect Canadians to top-calibre golf in Canada."

The RCGA and Canadian Professional Golf Association (CPGA) are also pleased to announce that the Canadian PGA Club Pro Champion (CPC) will now receive an exemption into the field of the Bell Canadian Open. 2004 CPC winner Ian Doig of Newmarket, ON, will be the first champion to take advantage of the exemption and will be making his third Canadian Open appearance.

The world's best professional golfers will be competing for $4.9 million U.S. at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Limited tickets still remain for all tournament rounds with the RCGA expecting this year's event to once again sell out.

Tickets for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be ordered on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca or by phone at 1-800-571-OPEN.

Note: Transcripts of Tuesday's media conference including quotes from Chris DiMarco are available on-line at www.rcga.org and www.bellcanadianopen.ca.

About Bell Canada
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About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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For more information:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 1-800-263-0009 x 227
Cell: 416-819-0286
E-mail: aalfred@rcga.org

Gina Gottenberg
Associate Director, Media Relations

Bell Canada
Phone: 1-866-539-4221
Cell: 403-461-6859
E-mail: gina.gottenberg@bell.ca

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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org