RBC Canadian Open – Stormy Skies – July 2017 Yesterday it was raining quite steadily when I arrived at Glen Abbey and I was thankful for the umbrella that my hosts had leant me.
I wrote in the media centre for a couple of hours watching the telecast and the players shuffling on the leaderboard. When I headed out (after the rain had passed) I stopped at the driving range. I enjoy watching the drills as the players warm up and finesse their games.
The Spectator Village was my next stop and I chatted to the vendors as I made my way through. I stopped to watch a lady surf before a young boy stepped up and rode the non existent waves. I haven’t surfed since I was in Australia and when Paul (the vendor) asked if I wanted to surf I happily jumped aboard.
If only I was in the Australian surf.
He then asked me if I had played ladder ball. I had never heard of it. Paul gave me 3 ropes with balls on each end and we stood shoulder to shoulder and took turns tossing the ropes at the ladder across the stand.
I smashed it. I got one on each rung of the ladder which apparently is bonus points. Not actually sure if that is true but I was happy to claim the win. The second time was not so good and after a chat about ParticipACTION, I then headed off to give tennis a whirl.
I wasn’t very good at that either.
I got chatting with Darquise from Footjoy for a while then headed further down the line at Nothing Bundt Cakes (I am not a cake fan but prefer plates of cheese so didn’t sample anything) and then spoke with Colton from Golf Canada on the Par 3 Challenge.
I watched three guys on the simulator and then had a great golf chat with Colton about junior golf and Fairways.
As I headed back to the media centre I spotted Adam from GolfTown who I met at the CP Canadian Women’s Open last August in Calgary.
I was in the GolfTown viewing deck beside the 7th green when the weather horn blew and I looked at the grey clouds, heard the rumbles of thunder and headed back to the media centre as I didn’t want to be caught in the rain.
And rain it did – hard.
We were getting updates of the weather in the media centre and while the rain poured, I caught up on emails.
When the golf resumed at 5.40pm Dustin Johnson was hitting out of a carpark. He was able to get relief and had a little bit of a Spieth moment with trailers in his way and mitigated the damage with a bogey.
There was some great golf played and going in to Day 2 five players shared the lead, Swafford, Chappell, Every, Hagy and Schniederjans.
I was happy to see some of the young Aussies play well and look forward to watching more of them today.