Golf

Canadian Open headlined by No. 1 Jason Day, No. 2 Dustin Johnson

Defending champion and World No. 1 Jason Day headlines the final field of competitors for the RBC Canadian Open. Golf Canada announced the final field on Friday for the July 18-24 tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

Tournament takes place July 18-24 at Glen Abbey

Australian Jason Day, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, will headline the Canadian Open field. (Darron Cummings/The Associated Press)

Defending champion and World No. 1 Jason Day headlines the final field of competitors for the RBC Canadian Open.

Golf Canada announced the final field on Friday for the July 18-24 tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, World No. 15 Matt Kuchar, World No. 20 and two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk will also compete.

"The field is nearly set and we're ready to tee-up the 107th playing of Canada's National Open Championship starting next week at Glen Abbey Golf Club," said tournament director Brent McLaughlin. "We've got a tremendous mix of international stars and Canadian talents ready to compete and a family-friendly festival experience ready to welcome spectators of all ages to the 2016 RBC Canadian Open."

In total, 156 players will compete for the $5.9 million US purse — including 12 Canadians — when Canada's National Open Championship returns to Glen Abbey for a record 28th time.

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., will lead the Canadian contingent that also includes Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., Abbotsford, B.C., natives Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., who will be making his 25th start in Canada's National Men's Open Championship.

Other Canadians include: Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., Hugo Bernard of Mont St-Hilaire, Que., Calgary's Jared du Toit, Burlington, Ont., native Blair Hamilton, Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., Dave Levesque of Montreal, and Branson Ferrier of Barrie, Ont.

No Canadian has captured the national title since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

Other notable additions to the field for include 34-time PGA Tour winner Vijay Singh, 12-time winner Justin Leonard, eight-time winner K.J. Choi, six-time winner Hunter Mahan, World No. 30 Kevin Kisner, World No. 40 Danny Lee, World No. 42 Charley Hoffman, World No. 46 William McGirt, World No. 47 Jimmy Walker, six-time winner Rory Sabbatini and three-time winner Angel Cabrera.

The top three players on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit following this weekend's Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ont., will earn exemptions into the field.

The final four exemptions will be handed out at the Monday Final Qualifier on July 18, to be played in Richmond Hill, Ont.

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