RBC holes extensions with PGA Tour events

Canadian banking group RBC has extended title sponsorship agreements with the Heritage and Canadian Open PGA Tour golf tournaments.

The new six-year agreements will run from 2018 to 2023 and will see the events continue to be officially titled RBC Heritage and RBC Canadian Open.

RBC has title sponsored the Canadian Open since 2008 and the Heritage event, which takes place at Harbour Town Golf Links in the US state of South Carolina, since 2012. As part of its association with the PGA Tour and Golf Canada, RBC has funded a number of amateur and youth initiatives in the country.

Dave McKay, president and chief executive of RBC, said: “As the largest company in Canada, our sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open reflects our leadership position in our home market, while our support of the RBC Heritage demonstrates our strong and growing presence in the US, particularly following our recent acquisition of City National Bank.

“We know many of our clients around the world have a passion for golf. With two PGA Tour stops and a roster of world-class golfers representing our brand, RBC is proud to promote this great game and to have the opportunity to give back where we live and work, helping our communities prosper.”

This year’s Canadian Open begins today (Thursday) at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. World No.1 Jason Day (pictured) is the reigning champion.

South Africa’s Branden Grace is the defending Heritage champion, having won the 2016 edition in April.