The Canadian Open is the final PGA Tour event before the US Open – the last chance for players to get their game in shape for the third Major of the season.
The 72-hole stroke-play tournament is the third oldest continuously running event on the PGA Tour, behind only the Open Championship and the US Open, so its proud history adds great prestige.
The tournament starts on Thursday, 8th June, and is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, 11th June.
Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, will host the Canadian Open this year. It is the first time this course has been used for the tournament.
The club was established in 1926 and there are 27 holes at the venue. The picturesque Black Creek runs through the track, waiting to gobble up any mishit shots.
The 2026 Canadian Open will also be staged at Oakdale.
won the last Canadian Open – at St George's Golf and Country Club – and the atmosphere was incredible.
Hordes of spectators lined the fairways as McIlroy fended off the challenges of Tony Finau and Justin Thomas to take the title.
McIlroy closed with an eight-under-par 62 to finish -19, two shots ahead of runner-up Finau, banking a cheque for $1,566,000.
It was McIlroy's 21st PGA Tour title and he praised the locals afterwards, saying: "The fans here this week have been absolutely unbelievable – so cool to play in an atmosphere like that.
"Boisterous, loud, but respectful. It was really, really cool."
The first Canadian Open was in 1904 and it has been held annually every year since, apart from during the World Wars (1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1943 and 1944) and in 2020 and 2021.
The status of the event in the past was so high that it was often unofficially referred to as the fifth Major.
Three legends of the game won the Canadian Open three times – Tommy Armour, Sam Snead and Lee Trevino – but the most prolific champion is Leo Diegel.
The man nicknamed Eagle, a two-time winner of the US PGA Championship, won the Canadian Open in 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929.
McIlroy and Jhonattan Vegas have both won two Canadian Opens, so have Diegel's record in their sights.
McIlroy smashed the record for the lowest Canadian Open 72-hole score in 2019, needing only 258 shots to get round Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
That 22-under-par effort resulted in a seven-shot victory.
Last year's Canadian Open prize fund was $8.7million, with $1,566,000 going to the champion.
The prize fund has increased to $9m this time, but the first prize is staying the same.
More rain falls in Toronto than in London – Canada can be a wet country – and a Monday finish was required in 1988 and 2009 due to a flooded course.
The tournament organisers will be hopeful that their June position in the calendar will mean good weather.
McIlroy is set to headline the Canadian Open field and he is 13/2 in the 2023 Specials market to win the event.
With no tournament taking place in 2020 or 2021, McIlroy has won the last two Canadian Opens, so the Northern Irishman is chasing a hat-trick at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
McIlroy seems certain to start the event as favourite, but there are some other big names joining him in Toronto.
US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick has decided the best preparation for his Los Angeles title defence is a week at the Canadian Open.
Joining Fitzpatrick at Oakdale will be his friends Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood, so there is set to be a strong European presence at the event.
Sam Burns and Cameron Young are a pair of top-class Americans who are expected to compete, while the galleries will have Canadian ace Corey Conners as their main title hope.
Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin and Taylor Pendrith are other notable Canadian entrants.