2024 RBC Canadian Open format, cut rules and PGA Tour playoff format

2024 RBC Canadian Open format, cut rules and PGA Tour playoff format

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The 2024 RBC Canadian Open format for the PGA Tour event played at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is unchanged for this year and will feel familiar to lots of golf fans.

The 2024 RBC Canadian Open field is 156 players.

The RBC Canadian Open field is made up of a variety of players, all getting in based on their standing in the FedEx Cup this or last season and other criteria. A dozen of the world top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking are competing this week.

RBC Canadian Open format

The RBC Canadian Open format is a 72-hole event. The 156 pros are split into threesomes for each of the first two days.

The field is divided into morning and afternoon waves for the first two rounds, with players competing in threesomes each day. The same threesomes play together in each of the first two rounds, with each threesome playing one round in the morning wave and one in the afternoon wave.

A cut is made after 36 holes to the top 65 players and ties, per PGA Tour cut rules. All players who make the cut are eligible to finish the event.

For the third and fourth rounds, the pairings and tee times are made based on each player's total score through two and three rounds, respectively. Players with the highest total score go first, then in descending order until the two players with the lowest total score in the final group.

The player with the lowest total score after 72 holes is the winner and will earn the 2024 RBC Canadian Open winner's share of the purse.

The winning player will get a two-season PGA Tour exemption. The winner is exempt into other tournaments as well. The winner earns 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.692 million from the 2024 RBC Canadian Open purse.

RBC Canadian Open playoff format

A playoff to settle any ties after 72 holes will be played under PGA Tour rules. The RBC Canadian Open playoff format is a sudden-death format, with playoff holes being 18 played repeatedly by any qualifying players. The players compete hole-by-hole until a winner is determined by a player scoring the lowest among the remaining players.

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