COMPETITION

Team RBC

GRAHAM DELAET
Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Graham DeLaet honed his golf skills while playing on the Canadian development team. His breakout year was 2007 when he made 11 of 14 cuts with seven top-ten finishes on the Canadian Tour. Obtaining his PGA TOUR card in 2010, he had three Top 10 finishes tying for third at the Shell Houston Open, fifth at the Viking Classic, and sixth at Frys.com Open, winning more than $950,000. Having secured his PGA TOUR card for 2011, DeLaet elected to have surgery in January 2011 for a herniated disc and played only two PGA TOUR events. Hard work and patience paid off as DeLaet returned to the TOUR in 2012 and put together a strong bounce back season that included topping the $1 million mark on the PGA TOUR money list for the first time in his young career.
DeLaet had another good year in 2013, where he finished eighth in the FedEx Cup Standings and 21st on the PGA TOUR money list (over $2.8 million). He ranked first on TOUR in total driving, third in greens in regulation and 21st in scoring average. He also qualified for the International Team at The Presidents Cup, and was one of the team's best players. DeLaet's record was an impressive 3-1-1 as he holed out on the 18th twice on Sunday including a bunker shot in his final match against fellow rookie star Jordan Spieth to win 1-up. He followed 2013 up with a successful 2014 season, only missing 5 cuts. DeLaet is excited to start the 2015 season with one of Canada’s strongest contingents ever on the PGA TOUR.
ERNIE ELS
Born in South Africa, Els was an outstanding natural athlete, excelling in rugby and tennis along with of course golf. He started playing at the age of nine. By 14, he had won his first world junior golf championship, beating Phil Mickelson by several strokes. Soon after turning pro, Els won the South African Open, along with the South African PGA and Masters tournaments. He won his first big PGA TOUR event in 1994, taking the U.S. Open in a three-man playoff that lasted 20 holes.
Els has enjoyed success on the golf course, splitting his time between the U.S. and European tours. Having triumphed in tournaments all over the world - Africa, Europe, the United States, Asia, the Far East, the Middle East and Australasia, he is considered one of the most prolific golfers of his generation. In 2010, he was elected to join the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Focused on raising money for charity, each year Els hosts the Ernie Els Invitational in South Africa, with proceeds going to help disadvantaged children. In 2009, he and his wife Liezl established the Els for Autism Foundation to fund the Els Center of Excellence that supports children with autism, like their son Ben.
JIM FURYK
Furyk started playing golf at the age of 12 and learned his unconventional, looping swing from his father, who has been his only swing instructor. After winning the Pennsylvania state golf title in high school, Furyk turned pro in 1992 and played on the Nationwide Tour. He earned his Tour card the following year and had his first PGA TOUR victory in 1995 at the Las Vegas Invitational. Playing consistently over the next several years, Furyk won his first major, the 2003 U.S. Open, where he set numerous scoring records.
Having a stellar 2006 season, Furyk won two tournaments, posted 14 Top 10 finishes and took home the Vardon Trophy. However, he topped it in 2010, with the first three-win season of his career, winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Championship. He was also named the PGA Player of the Year, the PGA TOUR Player of the Year and is currently fourth in all-time career earnings on Tour. In 2013 he also became only the sixth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a 59 – which he recorded during the 2013 BMW Championship. Furyk’s success continued in 2014 where he didn’t miss a single cut, and made the Ryder Cup team for the ninth time in his career. Furyk, who has won two Canadian Opens, finished second at last year’s event after a late charge by eventual winner Tim Clark.
ADAM HADWIN
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan before moving to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Adam Hadwin grew up playing golf at Ledgeview Golf Course alongside fellow Canadian and Team RBC member Nick Taylor. His early success came as no surprise as his father played on the Canadian PGA TOUR in 1979. Hadwin garnered enough attention that he earned a scholarship to play at the University of Louisville in the NCAA. With impressive play throughout his career, Hadwin was given All BIG EAST honours in 2008 at the BIG EAST Championship, and was an All-America Honourable Mention in 2009.
Turning professional in 2009, Hadwin excelled multiple tours before earning a place on the Web.com Tour for the 2013-2014 season. Only a year later he is joining the PGA TOUR after topping the money list for the Web.com Tour. Hadwin, roommates with Nick Taylor, bolsters as enviable a line-up as you will find for a single country on TOUR.
DAVID HEARN 
Despite growing up five blocks away from Wayne Gretzky's childhood home in Brantford, Ontario, David Hearn developed a passion for golf rather than hockey. At the age of 10, Hearn won his first tournament. Participating in both the Ontario and Canadian Junior Championships in his early years, he helped lead the Canadian Team to victory at the Four Nations Cup in 2001. Hearn won the 2004 Alberta Classic on the Nationwide Tour to make Q-School and earn his PGA TOUR card. Since securing his PGA TOUR card in 2005, he has played primarily on the Nationwide Tour securing 22 Top 10 finishes. In recent years Hearn has found success on the PGA TOUR. In 2010, Hearn posted five Top 10 finishes and followed it up in 2011 with three more. Hearn was named SCOREGolf’s 2011 Canadian Male Pro Golfer of the year.
In 2013, Hearn surprised many by finishing in 53rd place in the FedEx Cup Standings. Hearn continued to post improved scores in 2014, making 24 out of 26 cuts, and posting Top 10 finishes at the Players Championship and the Honda Classic. Hearn is excited to begin this season on TOUR with fellow Canadians and Team RBC members Graham DeLaet, Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, and Mike Weir.
BROOKE HENDERSON
Brooke Henderson began to amaze the public with her skills at the early age of 6 as those at her home course of Smith Falls Golf Club would stand and stare as she drove the ball off the tee. By the time she was 16 she had received an invite to the US Women’s Open where she finished tied for tenth. Already able to drive the ball 250+ yards, Henderson turned pro in December of 2014, turning down a scholarship from the University of Florida and an opportunity to play NCAA Division I golf. This came after a 2014 season in which she made the cut in all four LPGA TOUR events that she entered and took over as the No. 1 ranked amateur in the Official World Rankings. On December 18th, 2014, Brooke announced she was turning pro.
MATT KUCHAR
A native of Winter Park, Fla., he currently resides in Sea Island, Ga., with his wife and two sons. Prior to turning pro in 2000, Kuchar graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time, first-team All-American golfer. The U.S. Amateur Champion in 1997, he received the 1998 Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open in 1998.
His breakout season was in 2010 where he finished with more top 10 finishes (11) than any other golfer and earned his first of three Ryder Cup selections. He also earned numerous accolades, including the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average as well as the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list.
Kuchar's most prominent victory came in 2012 when he triumphed at The Players Championship. That same year he also tied for third at the Masters, tied for ninth at the Open Championship, qualified to play for the United States Ryder Cup team, and finished with nine top 10s on the PGA TOUR. He continued his success in 2013, winning the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship, The Memorial Tournament, and was part of the victorious Team USA squad at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
A win at the 2014 RBC Heritage and several top five finishes means that he will have his work cut out for him to top that in 2015.
GRAEME MCDOWELL
Graeme McDowell, commonly known as “G-Mac”, was born in a small quiet town on the North Coast of Ireland called Portrush. The middle child of three brothers, Graeme picked up a golf club for the first time at age seven, when his dad took he and his younger brother to the local pitch-and-putt course. By the age of ten, they joined Rathmore, a golf club which shares the world-famous links of Royal Portrush, where he refined his skills.
As an amateur while studying at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2002, he was ranked the #1 Collegiate Golfer in the United States by winning six events with a stroke average of 69.6, beating the previous records held by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods.
McDowell turned professional in 2002 and won that season's Volvo Scandinavian Masters in only his fourth start on the European Tour. In 2010, McDowell claimed his first Major title winning the U.S. Open, ending a 40 year drought for a European winner. He then secured the winning point to take the 2010 Ryder Cup for Team Europe, and was named the European Tour Golfer of the Year. He was also part of the 2012 European Ryder Cup team that won the ‘Miracle at Medinah’, defeating the American team after an incredible Sunday singles comeback. In September of 2014, he was yet again an integral part of another Ryder Cup Team victory.
McDowell’s 2013 season was stellar with three victories including the RBC Heritage, once again cementing himself near the top of the Official World Golf Rankings. McDowell finished the 2014 season as the 19th ranked golfer in the world after making 22 out of 23 cuts and winning at the Alstom Open de France.
RYAN PALMER
Known amongst his peers as one of the most personable players on TOUR, Palmer has quietly become a consistent force on the PGA TOUR, rising up the Official World Golf Rankings to inside the top 25 in 2015.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, Palmer didn’t stray too far from home to pursue his golf ambitions. He attended the University of North Texas for a year before transferring to Texas A&M to finish the remainder of his collegiate career. Upon graduation, Palmer quickly turned professional, beginning his journey to the PGA TOUR by grinding his way through the Tightlies Tour and Hooters Tour before landing on the Nationwide Tour. His 2004 season there, saw him gain significant momentum and finish 6th on the money list, which automatically earned him his PGA TOUR card. Palmer showed his merit right away by closing out a lead with Vijay Singh in hot pursuit at the 2004 FUNAI Classic. Ryan has two other victories on the PGA TOUR to his name, the Ginn sur Mer Classic in 2008 and the 2010 Sony Open more recently. Now a notable veteran on TOUR, Palmer continues to build towards a major victory, with two top-10s in his last twelve events.
MORGAN PRESSEL
Born in Tampa Bay, Florida, Morgan Pressel grew up in Boca Raton playing golf and enjoyed success early on winning 11 amateur junior tournaments. 2005 was considered her coming out party. Pressel played in six LPGA events as a sponsor exemption and never finished below 25th. She won the U.S. Women's Amateur, earned AJGA Player of the Year award and capped off her well-decorated amateur career with a runner-up finish at the 2005 U.S. Women's Open. Graduating high school in 2006, she gave up her amateur status to play professionally after finishing sixth in the LPGA qualifying tournament to earn her Tour card.
In early 2007, she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, becoming the youngest female golfer in history to win an LPGA Tournament at the time. She next won the 2008 Kapalua Classic in Hawaii, claiming her second title. In 2009, Pressel tied for second at the CN Canadian Women's Open, qualified for her second consecutive U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In addition to a fourth place finish at the HSBC Women’s Championships in 2014, Pressel hosted the 7th annual Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer charity tournament which raises money to fight breast cancer. Morgan Pressel started her foundation after losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 15.
BRANDT SNEDEKER
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Brandt Snedeker was introduced to golf by his maternal grandmother, who managed a golf course. He won the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links before turning professional in 2004.
Playing on the Nationwide Tour from 2004 to 2006, he won two tournaments and finished ninth on the money list to earn his PGA TOUR spot for 2007. In 2007, Snedeker racked up six top 10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, including a win at The Wyndham Championships and was voted Rookie of the Year by his peers, while his earnings total of $2.8 million the largest ever by a rookie. Snedeker had five top 10 finishes in 2008, including a third place finish at the Masters and finishing ninth at the U.S. Open. In 2011, Snedeker finished with seven top 10 finishes, $3.6 million in earnings and captured his second PGA TOUR victory at The RBC Heritage, with a playoff win over world #1 ranked player Luke Donald.
In 2012, Snedeker won the final tournament of the year, The Tour Championship, which crowned him The FedEx Cup Champion, earning the coveted $10 million prize. Even though he was plagued by injuries in 2013, Brandt still managed to win twice including the RBC Canadian Open. In 2014, Snedeker made 23 out of 28 cuts and posted a top 10 finish at the US Open. He is looking forward to a healthy and successful season in 2015.
NICK TAYLOR
Nick Taylor, born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, began to see success on the course at Yale High School where he won the BC School Sports Provincial Championship. As a senior he went on to win the 2006 Canadian Junior Championship before moving on to the University of Washington golf team where he solidified himself as one of the top players in NCAA golf. During his tenure there, he amassed several notable awards and distinctions such as winning the 2007 Canadian Amateur Championship, becoming a three time Ping All-America selection, and being the recipient of the 2010 Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate golfer in the U.S. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Economics, while simultaneously being ranked as the No. 1 amateur in the world.
Following his career in the NCAA, Nick Taylor entered PGA TOUR Canada Q-School from 2011 – 2013, eventually qualifying for the Web.com Tour for the 2013 – 2014 season. After struggling initially, Nick finished strong at the Tour finals to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2014 – 2015 season. At only his fourth PGA TOUR stop, Nick Taylor fulfilled a long awaited dream, becoming the first Canadian in seven years to win on TOUR after closing out the Sanderson Farms Championship. The win earned Nick a two year exemption on the PGA TOUR, ensuring the Canadian presence on TOUR remains strong for years to come.

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