RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. David Hearn Leads.

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Going into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, David Hearn, from Canada leads, and is hoping to become the first Canadian to win his home National title since Pat Fletcher achieved the honor back in 1954.

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David shot a third round -4 under par 68 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

David is already dreaming of victory here in Canada, but realizes that the big boys are right behind him, in the names of Bubba Watson and Jason Day;

“This is something you dream of, I feel like I’m ready to step up to the challenge.”

“Hopefully, I can make some birdies and David can beat Goliath.”

Right behind in second place, two shots back are the formidable pair of Bubba Watson and Jason Day, both with -13 under par totals. Bubba with -4 under today, and Jason with -3 under par.

Because wife Angie is from Pickering, Ontario Bubba is thinking he will get some support from the gallery;

“Truthfully, let’s be honest; we don’t think about where somebody’s from, all we think about is that there’s a guy in front of us.”

“I’ve got a couple family members. They’re going to pull for me, too.”

“I’m right where I want to be, I just wish the leader was a little closer to us.”

Jason birdied six of the last seven holes to get right up the table, and is aware of the history to be made for David;

“Obviously, it’d be great to see a Canadian win, but I’m going to do my best to try and spoil that.”

“We’re all out here to try and win a golf tournament.”

Tied in fourth position are Michael Putnam and Brooks Koepka, at -12 under par for the tournament after they both carded -4 under par 68 today.

Chad Campbell followed his second-round 63 with a dismal +3 over par 75 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. He was joined on that score by two-time champion Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Emiliano Grillo and Johnson Wagner.

Making his professional debut at this tournament is 22 year-old Ollie Schniederjans, fresh from his great performance in The Open at St Andrews where he tied for 12th place, as an amateur. Ollie is currently tied for 11th place here at -10 under par, another great performance.

RBC Canadian Open. Chad Campbell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Chad Campbell has 36 hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, in Canada.

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Chad recorded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the RBC Canadian Open by two shots with a -14 under par total.

He said he felt comfortable on this course, and it helped him to sink some long putts;

“I’ve always liked the golf course, I just feel comfortable on it. It was a great round.”

”It’s kind of weird because it happened with the par fives, knocking them on in two and two-putting.”

”I made a couple long putts, which always helps.”

“Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, I’m definitely happy with it. Just solid play.”

Brian Harman is in second place, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a -12 under par total.

Third place is being shared by Canadian David Hearn and Johnson Wagner, at -11 under par.

David, the best placed local player, reported after his -8 under par 64;

“I felt really good about my game, I hit a lot more greens and my putter definitely got hot. Making those two birdies at the finish felt really, really good.”

”If I continue to keep playing the way I am, I know I have a chance.”

”I can’t control what Chad or any of the other players are going to do. But if I keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused on that, I like my chances.”

“I controlled the ball very well from start to finish and gave myself a lot of good chances, I couldn’t be happier about where my game is at and I’m excited about the weekend.”

Graeme DeLaet, after his withdrawal from the competition, through injury, tweeted;

“Totally gutted I had to WD from our national championship. Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully just a short recovery.”

The much troubled Robert Allenby withdrew from the tournament, after firing caddie Mick Middlemo during his opening 81, he would never have made the cut anyway.

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RBC Canadian Open. Emiliano Grillo Leads.

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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.

 

 

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.