Emiliano Grillo leads the RBC Canadian Open, after the conclusion of round one. His appearance here had some strange circumstances surrounding it, he drove from Alabama to Atlanta and then flew into Buffalo, without a visa. They granted him one on the spot, and he able to take the tee today.
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Emiliano shot a bogey free first round -8 under par 64 at the RBC Canadian Open, to lead the tournament by one shot, at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.
He spoke to reporters about his strange journey to get to the tournament;
“They told me that I wasn’t able to get a visa in time, so I kind of had to go to the Canadian border and ask permission to play this tournament.”
“I got lucky enough to spend two hours in there, and they told me, ‘hey, you can go. Just pay for the permit and go ahead.”
“I played better on the back nine, which is harder, and the greens were drying out.”
“I kept hitting some solid shots until the end of the round, and I made some good putts on the back nine.”
Vaughn Taylor and Brian Harman are tied in second place that one shot adrift at -7 under par.
Vaughn is still recovering from a boating accident that occurred last year on Lake Thurmond, where he nearly drowned;
“I kind of remind myself of it to say, ‘Hey, let’s not take this day for granted and make the most of it.’”
Tied in fourth place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66 are, Steve Wheatcroft, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Eric Compton and amateur Ryan Ruffles.
Bubba Watson’s wife, Angie, is from Pickering, Ontario. He carded an opening round -4 under par 68;
“I’ve gained a lot of friends because of my family up here, at least I’ve got people watching me.”
Top Canadian player is Adam Svensson at -3 under par, he carded a first round 69.
Robert Allenby, he of the strange story of beatings up in Hawaii, had another strange story to tell today, after he sacked his caddie half way round the course. The altercation started after Robert had carded a triple bogey eight on the front nine;
“I said to him, ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for like the last three or four or five months.”
“We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances, and he just lost the plot at me.”
“He just told me I could go eff myself. And I said, ‘Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.’ And then he just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up.”
“I said, ‘Stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game.’ And he just got even closer and closer and I just said, ‘That’s it, you’re sacked.’
“I said, ‘I will never have you caddie ever again.’And we never spoke for the rest of the first nine and when we got to 18 we walked off and he said some smartass remark to me and I said, ‘You don’t deserve to be caddying out there.’
“And he just got right in my face and threatened me so I said, ‘Go.’ So he left.