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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.

Heating up

Brandt Snedeker / Getty Images

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.

Surreal Saturday

Brandt Snedeker / Getty Images

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.

Mahan makes move

Hunter Mahan / Greenwood / Getty Images

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.

Steele curtain

Brendan Steele / Getty Images

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

SONY OPEN

on the left is Scott Langley/ Getty Images

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

 

Happy place

Robert Garrigus/Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

 

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.

RBC Canadian Lift,Clean & Place Open

TOUR Report: RBC Canadian

William McGirt & Scott Piercy/getty images

Once again they are playing lift, clean and place at the RBC Canadian Open on the Hamilton G&CC, with William McGirt and Scott Piercy sharing the lead after round two. Scott could not match yesterdays recording equaling round, but his -3 under par 67 got him to -11 under par and still top of the board. Sharing that spot is William McGirt, whose -4 under par 66 went nicely with his first round 63 and also on -11 for the tournament. Tim Clark had the best round of the day, another record equaling -8 under par 62 and tied for fourth place, with Vijay Singh. Alone in third spot is Robert Garrigus, with a tournament total of -10 under par.

Scott spoke about the pressure of coming off a 62;

“You shoot 62 and think, oh, I’ve got it. You expect to shoot another 62, which is;  to shoot 62, you’ve got to have things going for you. You’ve got to be making the putts. You’ve got to get the right bounces. I think you’ve got to be realistic with your expectations. When I shot 62, my expectation was to hit fairways and greens, and it just happened. Knowing that it’s generally tough to follow up a course record, I just wanted to hit a bunch of greens, a bunch of fairways, and let it happen again. I like to be aggressive and shoot at things, because the greens are so severe in spots, you want to be below the hole, putting up into them. Here it’s more playing for pars and hoping that the birdies fall.”

William McGirt is relishing the uncharted territory he finds himself in;

” I’ve never been in this position out here, I was in the next to last group at Tampa this year. It was a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it. Yesterday it seemed like I hit a lot of really good iron shots. I did hit a couple close today, but I wasn’t quite as close yesterday, so it was a little tougher to make putts. But I did sneak it by them on 8 in the front of the green, so it was a bonus. All in all it was pretty solid. Hit a lot of fairways and greens, and fortunately I made some putts.”

This year Tim Clark has managed to miss the cut four times and was disqualified from another event, this was all due to him recovering from wrist surgery, he said of his round today;

” The only way to get better was to come out here and play tournament golf. I could feel I was getting better every round I played. I don’t think I came back too soon, I think it’s what I needed to do. Obviously being soft you’re able to go at a lot of flags and make a lot of birdies.”

With all these record breaking scores and the easy soft course conditions, you have to wonder why the authorities allowed these top professional players to, lift, clean and place. Professional players will always take advantage of easy conditions, why make even easier for them. This competition is the Canadian Open, a searching test of golf for the best of players, well it’s not much of a test at the moment. Even at my club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, we never play lift, clean and place, it is always play the ball as it lies.

Given the easy conditions it is sad to see Canadian Mike Weir missing the cut of -1 under par, in his national tournament, but he is not alone in the big name casualties. Last weeks Open Champion Ernie Els has also missed the cut this week, much to everybody’s surprise.

Mike has failed to make the cut in all his eleven starts this year and does not seem to know what the problem is, or how to fix it;

” I don’t know,I need a little time to think about it, and see what I can draw on it and see what we can get ready for next week.”

RBC Canadian Open, Scott Piercy shoots 62, to lead

Scott Piercy/NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Scott Piercy shot a record equaling opening round of  62 to lead the RBC Canadian Open by just one shot at the Hamilton G&CC · Ancaster, Ontario, Canada course. He leads by  one stroke from England’s Greg Owen and William McGirt of America. Scott said about his opening effort;

 ” Hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens today. I was rolling the ball well, and obviously you gotta make some putts, too. I hit it solid out there. I think I only missed a couple of greens, and ball striking round here with the rough being so penal is a must to shoot well.”

Greg Owen was happy with the way he putted today;

” Obviously I putted pretty well. I think you shoot 63 you have to putt well, so that was the strength of my game today, which is unusual. You know, just gotta keep it in play, hit the fairways. It’s not a long golf course. Hit the fairways and then give yourself as many chances as you can, and that’s what I did today. Got off to a rough start, but I played pretty solid from then on.”

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Ernie Els 2012 Open Champion/Martin/Getty Images

Ernie was off target toady;

“It’s a scoring golf course if you get it in play, which I didn’t do enough of today. It’s not that I didn’t have some great chances, I was just a bit sluggish today, trying to find that rhythm to my swing that I had last Sunday at the British Open. But, it wasn’t quite there today.”

Ernie finished the day at +2 over par, alongside Canadian favorite Mike Weir. They will both need to put in great rounds tomorrow if they want to contest this title.

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