There were three media shuttles waiting at Mother Theresa school when I arrived and I had one to myself getting to the golf around 9am.
My first stop was tea and fruit in the media centre before I headed out to watch the golfers warm up.
I chatted to a couple of volunteers and caddies while watching Appleby hit some irons. He was chatting to his caddy about last night’s footy scores.
It was good listening to an Australian accent.
I wandered over to the putting green passing Vijay Singh who was clutching his morning coffee, popped it on the green before hitting a few putts.
Some golfers use tees and string-lines Vijay uses coffee.
I spotted Jason Day’s yellow bag before I saw him as I noticed the swirl of crowds surrounding the practice area double. Everyone trying to get a look at Jason warm up.
I watched some bunker action and can’t wait to get to the range and practice some of the shots myself.
I have played with great golfers in many countries. Pros and guys turning pro soon however this is another level altogether. I am fascinated by the finesse and ease elite golfers possess.
Watching the golf all week has made me very twitchy and I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.
I can now recognize some golfers by their walks from hundreds of metres away.
I headed to the 7th to watch the birdie hunt and see if RBC would be donating any more money to Ronald McDonald House.
Percy was the first birdie I witnessed with a fantastic chip in and two groups later Duke also scored Ronald McDonald House another $1000.
Hubbard marked his ball on the green indicating the bunker and rake to his caddy and I was trying to work out what he was doing when his caddy pulled an apple out of the bunker and returned it to the children sitting in the kids zone above the bunkers.
I headed back to the media centre to look at the overall action happening out on the course. Harman and Coetzee posted -9 rounds and the golf was hotting up.
Ogilvy also posted a -9 round and sat on top of the leaderboard and then the lead changed umpteen times with one in 1st then five golfers T1 and it was starting to get very exciting.
I chatted with editor Ted McIntyre at lunch about golf and his travels golfing the world. We swapped stories and contact details and I am sure I will tee it up with him somewhere in the world.
I also chatted with Grant Fraser about joining the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and will be applying this week.
I have made so many contacts this week it has been fantastic.
After lunch Kevin and I headed out in the direction of the 17th green as I hadn’t been there and was chatting to some of the TV crew about the horseshoe shaped green and the pin position today and wanted to have a look at it myself.
We then walked out of the golf course and on to the overpass to take a couple of photos down into the valley.
We headed to the 15th and perched on the hill watching the difficult pin position own some of the golfers.
There were some good birdie attempts but not a lot of success. We watched Michael Kim drop a long birdie putt and correctly assumed Day was heading our way as we watched the scores of people move through the valley.
After Singh had holed out the 15th we stopped by one of the satellite boys trucks that Kevin had met the night before then it was back to the media centre.
Kevin went to work and I watched the footage and the leaderboard continually change in the media centre.
It was getting very exciting and while young amateur Du Toit started the day one stroke off the lead it didn’t look like he was going to be the first Canadian champion since Pat Fletcher won in 1954.
The lead changed numerous times and Vegas finished his round in 1st waiting to see if Wheatcroft could claim the championship. Wheatcroft dropped a shot on the 17th and moved into T2. Could DJ eagle the 18th and force a playoff, could Wheatcroft birdie the hole and do the same?
DJ managed a birdie and Wheatcroft went from the bunker straight into the water, just after one of the media guys said “I bet he hits it into the water” then proceeded to do exactly that.
With one group to go, could Snedeker eagle the 18th and force a playoff? Only Du Toit had an eagle putt on the 18th just missing finishing with a birdie.
What a solid performance from Du Toit. Nothing seemed to faze him. Three bogies, four birdies with round of -1 he finished in T9 three strokes off the lead. What a fantastic tournament for him.
While watching the excitement of the last groups come through I was chatting with a couple of guys from RBC and told them what a well run tournament it was and that they should be extremely pleased being the major sponsor.
From the shuttle services for everyone in attendance (players, media and general public) the numerous water stations dotted throughout the course, the interactive Spectator Village to the rubbish collection by Ecology, everything was well organized and I told them that.
They were very happy to hear the feedback.
While Vegas was staying limber swinging a club in case someone forced a playoff, it wasn’t necessary and the championship was his. Congratulations on a great week of golf.
It was an amazing week of golf, numerous connections and lots of golf chat and I am looking forward to the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open next month (just waiting for my media credentials to come through).
I didn’t write last night as I decided instead to hang out with the boys from the Golf Channel – Kevin, Chris and Moany shooting pool until the wee hours.
What a week!!!!!