In the 23rd week of the year, here are the unmissable events featuring the professionals of the main tours and the amateurs of the Italian Golf Federation.
PGA Tour–RBC Canadian Open
This week of June 8-11, the PGA Tour champions travel to Canada to play the RBC Canadian Open.
The race will take place at Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. No Canadian golfer has won the RBC Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher took the title in 1954, but no Canadian-born golfer has won it since Karl Keffer in 1914.
There have been several occasions where the feat has come close, with Mike Weir losing in a playoff against Vijay Singh in 2004. David Hearn has also come close: he was in the final group in the last round in 2015 with two shots of advantage, but finished third.
The tournament returned to the PGA Tour calendar in 2022, after two years of cancellations due to the pandemic. Just in the last edition, Corey Conners made a final round of 8 shots under par and earned the Rivermead Cup as best Canadian, finishing sixth.
While some players took time off this week in preparation for the U.S. Open, there will be an excellent quality field on the pitch. Rory McIlroy won last season with a score of 19 under par. We will find him again on the pitch this week, in an attempt to win the tournament for the third time in a row.
During this season he has already achieved a win at The CJ Cup in South Carolina and three other top10s. Matt Fitzpatrick will be on the field looking for the "RBC double", after winning the RBC Heritage this season, in a playoff against Jordan Spieth.
Last year at this event he placed 10th and the following week he won the U.S. Championship. open. For the first time in the history of the Tour we will see three Canadian players already winners this season: Corey Conners, Adam Svensson and Mackenzie Hughes.
On the field there will also be three European players, possible call-ups in the Ryder Cup team: Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Shane Lowry and three of the greatest emerging players in world golf: Michael Thorbjornsen, Sam Bennett and Ludvig Aberg who will make his professional debut.
Oakdale Golf and Country Club is hosting the RBC Canadian Open for the first time and is the 37th course in the tournament's 117-year history to welcome the circuit's top players. The first nine holes will be nearly 400 meters longer than the second, as the club's usual 27-hole layout has been converted into a championship 18-hole course.
The first nine holes will consist of four holes of the Thompson nine (named after course designer Stanley Thompson) and five holes of the Homenuik nine (named after longtime professional and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Wilf Homenuik).
The entire Knudson nine (named after eight-time Tour winner George Knudson) will make up the back nine holes. Players will compete for a prize pool of $9,000,000 and 500 points in the FedEx Cup race. DP World Tour and LET – Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed
Ladies European Tour players and DP World Tour players head to Northern Sweden this week to participate in the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed.
This event is co-sanctioned between the DP World Tour and the Ladies European Tour and hosted by the legendary Annika Sörenstam. The competition will be held at the Ullna Golf Club and 72 players from the LET and 72 players from the DP World Tour will compete, for a single trophy and a single prize money.
Last year Linn Grant of Sweden made history with an incredible victory at Halmstad Golf Club, becoming the first female winner on the DP World Tour. Costa del Sol 2022, Rookie of the Year and Players Player of the Year at the end of the season.
Linn Grant returns to her homeland to defend her title, having already won a tournament on the LET this year. Other compatriots will compete alongside her including women's golf legend Annika Sörenstam. Also on board will be Lily May Humphreys of England and Germany's Patricia Isabel Schmidt, both winners of their first LET title this season.
Smilla Tarning Soenderby of Denmark and April Anguarasaranee of Thailand are in good shape and have secured a place in the 2023 Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed thanks to their results in Helsingborg.