RBC Canadian Open. Broomstick Tim Wins

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Broomstick wielding Tim Clark wins the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

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Tim posted a final round -5 under par 65, requiring only 30 strokes on the back nine at the RBC Canadian Open, to claim the trophy at -17 under par,v a one shot victory over Jim Furyk.

Tim thinks he can keep his winning streak going now;

“If I stay in this sort of frame of mind, there’s no reason why I can’t keep it going. The next two events are big for us, and I’d love to keep it going.”

“It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes. He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it.”

It will be interesting to see if Tim can keep contesting using a conventional putter, the ban on long putters is looming ever closer. It is no co-incidence that the World number 1 Adam Scott, Bernhard Langer, who has just won the Senior Open by eight shots, and Tim winning here, are all users of the soon to be banned long putter.

Jim was unable to convert a 54-hole lead,  again showing his final round frailties are still there, although he did score -1 under par 69, his -16 under par total was just not good enough. He mentioned the 15 minute break for a rain delay, and not being allowed to warm up again before going back out;

” It was a benign day, and 69 is not a bad round by any means, but by only making two birdies I let a couple guys back into the tournament.”

“I’m obviously disappointed, I just didn’t putt well enough, and I didn’t convert the opportunities I had.”

“It was a really awkward break for everyone. It’s rare that we come off the golf course and then we’re not afforded a chance to go out and warm up, but we really weren’t in there that long.”

“I kind of controlled my own destiny. I’ve got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back.”

Justin Hicks was in third place at -13 under par for the tournament. Leading Canadian player was Graham DeLaet, tied in seventh place at -10 under par. He captured the Rivermead Cup as low Canadian at the RBC Canadian Open, although proud of his achievement he really wanted a win;

“You always do want to be the low Canadian, but going into the weekend I wanted to try to win the golf tournament.”

” It’s an important stretch obviously with Akron next week and the PGA, and then right into the Playoffs. Confidence is the biggest thing in this game, and I finally have kind of found a little bit of it.”

 

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Furyk in Position to win Third Canadian Open Title

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Jim Furyk is in position to win his third RBC Canadian Open title at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

 

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Jim carded a third round -5 under par 65 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. Today he said he just had fun, another bogey free round;

“For the most part of the day, I felt like I played really solid. I hit the ball well again. It was a fun round of golf, really.”

Not really worrying about what position I’m in the golf tournament, not looking at the leaderboard too much, going out there and trying to attack the golf course the same way that I have the first three days will be key.”

” I noticed there aren’t many leaderboards on the course, that might be a good thing.”

Tim Clark is in second spot, three shots back at -12 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 64 today helped his cause. His only PGA TOUR victory came at the 2010 PLAYERS Championship;

”It’s always great to get off to a good start, Saturdays are normally the toughest day to score on, so you dream of a start like that.”

“It’ll be great to be in the final group. Jim is a really tough competitor, and this course seems to fit into our sort of game. It’s an Open Championship. You need to hit fairways and greens, and that’s both of our strengths.”

“Right now I feel good and I am able to swing how I want to. Three months ago I started to hit the ball good again, but I just wasn’t scoring. Finally, the last few tournaments, I’ve started to score.”

Third place belongs to Kyle Stanley, a -2 under par round gave him a total of -10 under par for the competition, five shots off the lead.

Leading Canadian is Graham DeLaet, who is sharing fifth place at -8 under par, a long way from the guys at the top. It looks certain that the lack of a Canadian winner is set to continue, unless Graham can do something really special;

“Disappointing to three-putt the last, I really wanted to make that birdie and got over-aggressive. But it was a fun day. The crowds were amazing out there. Hopefully, I can do something special.”

RBC Canadian Open. Petrovic & Furyk Lead at Half-Way.

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Tim Petrovic  and Jim Furyk lead at half-way stage of  the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

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Jim returned a second round of -7 under par 63 to share top spot at the RBC Canadian Open with Tim Petrovic, who carded a -4 under par 66, to reach the -10 under par tournament total.

Receptive greens helped Jim achieve his score;

“I think today’s round and yesterday’s weren’t much different: a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, a lot of opportunities. Today I think I capitalized on a few more of those, but the golf course is still playing pretty soft, the greens are very receptive.”

“I don’t know if I’ve ever played in a group where we shot 63, 63, 65. I was giving Kuch a bunch of crap for being the schlub in the group shooting a 65.”

“Lord knows I’ve taken abuse from him over the years. So nice to get one back.”

Tim admitted it has been a while since he was last at the top of the leaderboard;

It’s been a while, but last time I got myself into position like this I think I won New Orleans, but I kind of came from behind.”

I’m trying to get back to what I do well, I call it ‘Petro Golf.’ Hit it in the fairway. Hit it on the green. Make the putt. It sounds simple but I’ve gotten away from that.”

” It’s nice to be here on the weekend for a change.”

Playing alongside Jim was Canadian Graham DeLaet, who also fired a -7 under par 63, to share third place at -8 under par, he said he needed to keep making birdies just to keep up;

“It was a great start. All of us were making so many birdies out there. You felt like you had to make putts just to keep up.”

” I felt like I was in pretty good control of my game all day. I had a couple of hiccups, but I really rolled in a lot of good putts.”

Kyle Stanley is sharing third spot with Graham, he posted  -3 under par today.

Yesterdays whiz kid Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith slumped to a +5 over par 75, to finish at even par for the competition, he at least made the cut on the number. What is it about these ten shot swings between good rounds and then the bad one, everyone seems to do it.

Big casualties in the cut department were Dustin Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald.

RBC Canadian Open. Two tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the  at the top of the RBC Canadian Open, Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic.

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Michael carded a bogey free first round -6 under par 64 to lead the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Michael said after his round that he felt comfortable on the  somewhat easy course;

“Obviously it was playing easy. The course is very similar to the courses I play back home, same grasses, same kind of terrain, so I feel pretty comfortable.” 

“I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens. Obviously it got windy there this afternoon and it was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway.”

“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close.”

Michael was the leading money winner on the Web.com Tour last year, and was also voted the Web.com Tour Player of the Year, and that experience has helped him on the PGA TOUR;

“It was huge, I think I was in contention in half the events I played last year, so I got used to doing a lot of media interviews, seeing cameras behind me while I swing. So I feel very comfortable.”

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Tim was also bogey free in his -6 under par 64 even though he did not get a chance to play a practice round at Royal Montreal GC, finding his way into the field after Benjamin Alvarado had to  withdraw on Tuesday. He said he was concentrating on hitting fairways and green in regulation;

“I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall.”

Canadian amateur, Taylor Pendrith, is happily just a stroke off the lead after a -5 under par 67, carding seven birdies and two bogey’s in his first PGA Tour start. He is also the leading Canadian player, with David Hearn the next at -3  under par.

Taylor did not expect to be so high up the leaderboard;

“I never expected that, I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf. Five under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn’t have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here.”

“I made a lot of birdies and hit it in some good spots off the tee. I just played golf and did my own thing. It was a fun day.”

“I’ve played in some big tournaments, but none as big as this'”

Kyle Stanley shares third place with Taylor at -5 under par.

It has been a while since a Canadian won this tournament, but they have a first here,  Dianne Barabe is the first-ever female rules official, to work the RBC Canadian Open. Last Canadian winner was Pat Fletcher in 1954.

RBC Canadian Open. Snedeker Siezes Title.

Brandt Snedeker seized the opportunity to take the RBC Canadian Open title, thanks to the withdrawal of his friend Hunter Mahan. who had to rush home to be beside his wife, he was leading the tournament at the beginning of play.

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Brandt had a final round of -2 under par 70, at Glenn Abbey Golf Club, which was good enough for him to wrap the RBC Canadian Open title at -16 under par.

Brandt was ecstatic to win this title, his caddie is from Canada;

” Just ecstatic right now, this is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie, Scott Vail, is actually from Canada and it’s his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me. Third-oldest tournament on TOUR and it’s got some great history to it, and now to put my name on that trophy it means a lot. It feels great to get a win, to validate all the hard work I’ve put in over the past three months where I haven’t played my best and know that I’m working on the right stuff and able to hold up under some pretty serious pressure this afternoon. To win a tournament like this with those pivotal holes coming down the stretch means a lot. I hung in there really well and made the key putts I needed to and I was able to survive, that’s what today is all about.”

Hunter Mahan’s wife Kandi gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan early Sunday in Texas, and Brandt said he would be sending the baby a very nice gift, in recognition of her good timing;

” Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me, I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labor early. I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t. But that is a way more important thing than a golf tournament. I missed a golf tournament when my first was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m sure Hunter would say the same thing.”

Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were all tied for second place at -13 under par.

Dustin was tied for the lead after a birdie on the  16th, then he inexplicably drove his tee shot out of bounds on the par four 17th. The reload found a fairway bunker and his attempted escape shot hit  the lip of the bunker, en route to a triple-bogey 7. He finished the final round with a -2 under par 70, and not feeling too happy with his day;

“I was playing really well, really confident, swinging the driver really good. So you know, it’s a driver hole for me, and I just blocked it a little bit. Made a poor swing. Not too happy, but I felt really good with my golf game. It’s nothing, nothing to worry about. I’ll go get them next weekend.”

David Hearn was the top Canadian player, shooting a final round +1 over par 73, to tie for 44th place at -4 under par. Mike Weir was tied for 49th place at -3 under par after a last round of even par 72. Mike said he is missing too many short putts;

” I’m playing fine. Just missing too many short putts. I missed a number the last couple days inside 6, 7 feet, just missing way too many of those. You need those to keep your round going sometimes and I just didn’t capitalize when I had opportunities.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Its Super Snedeker.

Brandt Snedeker shot a super third round of -9 under par to lead the RBC Canadian Open at Glenn Abbey G.C. in Ontario.

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Brandt sits at the top of the leaderboard going into the final round tomorrow with a tournament total of -14 under par. He was surprised not to see Hunter Mahan anywhere on the board,  Brandt was on seventh tee when he noticed something wasn’t quite right, but his caddie guessed right;

” I looked at my caddie, and I go, `What’s going on? He goes, `I think Hunter had to leave because his wife went into labor. Kind of left the tournament wide open, Hunter was going to be hard to catch because he was playing so good. The way he drives the golf ball on this golf course, he was going to play really well on the weekend. For me to catch him, I knew I was going to have to shoot something really low. I know how to handle it and I know what to expect tomorrow especially on a golf course like this. I’m not too concerned about my number right now. I know what I have to do tomorrow. You always feel like you’re exactly one swing away from hitting something off the planet or something like that. I felt like I managed my game really well today.”

Hunter withdrew before he was scheduled to tee off Saturday, in the round that was delayed 80 minutes because of lightning;

” I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child. Kandi and I are thrilled about the addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years.”

 David Lingmerth is in second place at  -13 under par, a stroke back after his third round of -7 under par 65.  Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were in third place at -12 under par. Matt with a  -8 under par 64, and Jason a -6 under par, 66.

Matt ccommented on Hunter’s good news;

” The birth of a child is a truly magical, special thing. You may get it once in your lifetime. It just doesn’t happen that often. Hunter right now is playing some of the best golf in the world. It kind of gives the rest of us a chance with him not in the field.”

Dustin Johnson also shot a -9 under par 63, which was good enough for a tie of fifth place at -11 under par, along  with John Merrick, Greg Owen, Charley Hoffman and Kyle Stanley .

David Hearn was the top Canadian performer, carding a 68 to reach -5 under par, he just made the cut Friday by birdieing his final three holes;

“I felt good yesterday finishing the way I did, I didn’t play my best getting to the weekend but it’s a pretty tight leaderboard.”

Mike Weir was at -3 under par after a +1 over par round, he was not too impressed with his performance;

“It was kind of adventurous and not very profitable at all, didn’t make anything again and struggled a little bit at times. Just never seemed to get in the flow of the round.”

There will be no Canadian winner this year.

Canadian Open. Mahan Makes A Move, On Moving Day.

On moving day Hunter Mahan makes a move in the RBC Canadian Open at Glenn Abbey G.C. in Ontario, Canada.

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Hunter had a second round -8 under par 64, to lead the RBC Canadian Open by two shots at -13 under par for the tournament. Last week he finished in ninth position at The Open, and said he built on that solid performance;

“I kind of built off last week, I got some good things I’m doing with my swing and everything, and feel good about that. I’m just going out there and really trying to trust my game. Just allow things to happen and not get in the way of myself and be as present as I can and keep my head up and keep moving forward and just kind of letting my abilities and everything that I’m doing in my game, let it try to come out. The course is in great shape, tee to green it’s fantastic. The greens are rolling pretty true. If you hit it well out here, par fives, you can attack the par fives. It’s a fun golf course to play. I think they did a good job with the setup here because they could have grown the rough up and made it really difficult, and it’s tough to come back from a major and play the next week, especially when it’s a hard golf course. It’s really a mental grind. But I think the golf course setup is fantastic because it’s still playable but it’s still difficult and still challenging.”

John Merrick is in second place after he equalled the course record of 62, a -10 under par extravaganza, for a total score of -11  under par. John explained it like this;

“It was a great day, I got off to a good start, hit it over the green on two and chipped in for eagle, and that kind of calmed me down. I hit it well and made a lot of putts. I’ve had stretches of good play, you know, it’s tough out here, it’s competitive. You’ve got to be on for four days, and I’ve had some good rounds here and there a couple days, and you just need to put four rounds together out here. My game has been feeling pretty good. Everything kind of clicked today.”

Bubba Watson is in third place alone at -9 under par, his second round -5 under par 67 had a couple of bogey’s, but most strangely he could only make par on the two par fives at the end of the round;

“I haven’t been in too much trouble, when I hit it in the rough I have a decent lie or miss it in the right spot so I can hit the green in regulation. I missed three greens in two days, so I’m just hitting my irons well, playing smart golf, and then I made a few putts.”

Mike Weir,  the great Canadian hope, followed his opening round 73 with a second round of -5 under par 67, to move into a tie for 26th at -4 under par. Mike was happy to have given the home crowd something to cheer about;

” It was a great day, it was one of those rounds that could have been really anything. I could have been 10 under pretty easily, I think. But played great, and it was exciting to do that for the fans. Yesterday was so dull, one birdie and nothing happening at all, so it was great to feel that kind of support out there and give them something to cheer about.”

Notables missing the cut included; Luke Donald, one of Canada’s best Graeme DeLaet, Stephen Ames, and  Robert Karlsson.

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Brendan Steele, !st Round Iron Man

Brendan Steele proved to be the iron man in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glenn Abbey G.C. in Ontario.

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Brendan shot a first round of -7 under par 65, with eight birdies and one bogey, to lead the RBC Canadian Open by one shot at the Glenn Abbey G.C.

Brendan said he loved playing in Canada;

“I love being up here, I played in `06 and `07 on PGA TOUR Canada. And really, got me ready to play the Web.com Tour, which I played in `08, `09 and `10. It was a great progression in my life. I had a great time up here. Made a lot of friends and spent two summers traveling the country. “Really, just an overall good day, hit a lot of good shots and was able to hole some putts. When you have a good round like that and you play that well, you kind of have everything going. But today was probably the most complete round that I’ve had all year, so that was kind of nice. Didn’t miss many greens, didn’t hit many shots off line, and I was able to roll a few putts in.”

Matt Kuchar, who is a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR this year, was a stroke back at -6 under par along with Scott Gardiner and Scott Brown. with rounds of 66. Matt impressively eagled the par-5 18th hole, his ninth hole of the day.

Matt said he had enjoyed his round, relishing the easier golf course, The Open was too difficult, he preferred the friendly North American set up;

“It was fun to be out here. It was perfect conditions. I feel like last week, conditions were so challenging and so difficult at the British Open, to come here and to play golf that is more friendly and more what we’re used to the PGA TOUR was great, the conditions are spectacular. The course is in great shape. We had very little wind, good temperature, so it was a great opportunity. The par fives are all attainable and birdieable.”

Sorry Matt, but that kind of thinking will never win you a Major, probably explains the eleven missed cuts in Majors over the last ten years.

Hunter Mahan and David Lingmerth both had first rounds of -5 under par 67, tied in fifth place.

Hunter is another golfer who likes the easier conditions;

“Gave myself a lot of good looks and the greens were rolling true. It’s in great shape right now. In the morning, we’ll have perfect conditions.”

Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914, Brad Fritsch was the top Canadian in the first round this year  with a -3 under par 69, tied in 16th place.

Sony Open, Hawaii, Rookie Scott Langley Leads

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The Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club.had a surprising first round leader in Scott Langley, in his first start as a rookie on Tour. Scott fired in a first round 62, -8 under par, with some wonderful stroke play and nerveless putting. Scott said he was excited about the coming days of this tournament;

“I’m a young guy, but I’m old enough to know that we have a lot of golf left. We’ve barely started, and I’m excited about the next few days.”

Just one shot behind the leader in second place is another rookie, Russell Henley, with his opening effort of -7 under par 63. Russell was pleased he got friends Scott and Luke Guthrie as his playing partners in the first round;

“I think there was a lot of nerves for me the first few holes and I think playing with Scotty and Luke was huge for me, and watching them play well kind of gave me a goal to try to keep up with them, so it was definitely fun feeding off them.”

Unfortunately Luke Guthrie did not fare so well, finishing at +1 over par, tied in 88th place.

A year ago Scott and Russell two were playing in a Hooters Tour event in Florida, Russell missing the cut and Scott just making it to proceed, walking up sixteen today the pair reminisced, Scott said;

“We were on the range trying to help each other find it. We were just walking up 16, you could see the ocean behind, PGA TOUR signs everywhere. We looked at each other and realized this is pretty cool. To look back one year ago and to know that we weren’t here, we were in a far different place.”

Tied in third spot at -6 under par are Scott Piercy and Tim Clark, Scott Piercy had a 64 in the morning, with Tim Clark matching that score in the afternoon session. Tim spent most of last year suffering from a mystery elbow injury, and came into this tournament with fairly low expectations;

“It’s going to be an exciting year for me because I do feel like I’m healthy again and can play a full schedule. I’m obviously doing a lot better than I was last year.”

Scott Piercy, the RBC Canadian Open champion, was among 20 players in the field who started their season last week on Maui, at the weather wrecked Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course, he recalled the terrible putting performance he endured;

” Seven three-putts and a four-putt last week. The wind wasn’t even blowing today compared to last week. I just played solid today, hit it in a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, made two fairly key putts and took care of the par fives.”

Seventy players in the 144-man field broke par, they included a pair from the Champions Tour. Russ Cochran, who won the Senior British Open in 2011, he had a first round of 68 and Fred Funk who shot an even par round of 70.

RBC Canadian Open Rd 3, Robert Garrigus Leads

 

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Big hitting Robert Garrigus leads the RBC Canadian open after shooting a third round of -6 under par 64, for a tournament total of -16 under par, and also broke the 54-hole scoring record at the RBC Canadian Open, that was set more than a half-century ago by Arnold Palmer .Robert  was one shot better than Arnold, who set the record in 1955 at Weston Golf & Country Club, and this was matched two years ago by Dean Wilson at St. George’s Golf & Country Club. Arnold went on to win in 1955, giving him the first of his 62 PGA TOUR titles.  The average distance off the tee this week by Robert is over 320 yards, leaving himself some short irons into the soft receptive greens at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario, and he has taken full advantage of these conditions.

Robert has a one shot lead over William McGirt, whose third round was a steady -4 under par 66, and he is in good position to challenge for his first win on Tour.

In third place, by himself, is another consistent player this week, Scott Piercy, his third round was a -3 under par 67, which left him just two shots from the top of the leaderboard.

There are three players tied for fourth spot, Bo Van Pelt, Scott Stallings and Captain Kirk. Both Scott and Captain Kirk fired in rounds of -7 under par 63, and in that kind of form are certainly in contention. Scott managed to birdie six of seven holes on the front nine, including four in a row at one point, he said afterwards;

“It was a dream start, that front nine, everything was going right. I always had the theory that you always have these days when the putts are going in the middle of the hole and everything’s working out, so you have to get as many as you can on the days you have it.”

The way this course is playing the final outcome is far from certain, with just about anyone in the top ten at the moment with a chance of lifting the trophy, I expect to see someone else shoot a 62 in the final round.