RBC Canadian Open – Arnold Palmer Day – July 2017 As it is Arnold Palmer Day at the RBC Canadian Open today I decided it only fitting to see the exhibition in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Being relatively new to golf, it was good to learn more about one of golf’s great champions.
There was a lot to see and I got chatting with John, who is volunteering at the RBC Canadian Open. We wandered through the golf history exhibition chatting about the world, golf and how to make it more inclusive.
I swung by the Spectator Village and stopped at the FootJoy stand for a chat with Darquise who introduced me to Matthew Soutter, FJ Brand Manager. He was very interested in my last 3 years and couldn’t believe what I had accomplished.
I guess it does sound a little crazy when I tell people what I have done since I started golfing.
The media centre was calling (well lunch was) and I was planning on catching up with Scott Stevens from Eat Sleep Golf again to watch some golf.
We met on the 18th green as I watched Bubba Watson smoke a ball from the bunker and drop his eagle putt.
I met Scott’s crew, Kevin, Kevin and Richard and we all headed down into the valley where I lost them.
I climbed into the shot tracker tower on the 13th and chatted with the volunteers while I snapped a couple of photos before working my way towards the 11th stopping for photos along the way.
In the shot tracker tower on the 12th, I laughed as Ron (one of the volunteers) commented “oh no he has found the valley of death, where birdies go to die”. Only one player had chipped it in all day from the valley of death and CT Pan nearly did the same but alas made do with a par.
The crowd swelled and I knew DJ was on his way so I watched him play the 12th from the tower then swam against the swarm and headed up the hill on the 11th.
I made my way back to the media centre and was sad to see Ruffels have a bad day at the office. Five bogeys and a double with six holes to play. He did finish well with an eagle, birdie, birdie and while it may not have been a good day for him, I look forward to watching him in future. At 19 years old, he has decades of golf to contend and I do believe will be someone to follow.
I debated whether to head out to the 18th and watch the groups come through but instead stayed in the media centre so I could watch all of the golf unfold on television.
I watched Hoffman pull a Branden Grace and wiggle his feet in the bunker and complain about the lining. Now I know that given the bunkers have concrete linings, you wouldn’t want to bottom out but I feel that if players get to take a drop it in the bunker it should at least be from a similar lie.
As Chappell stated “Look at the shit eating grin on his face” and Charley Hoffman certainly was delighted at getting a drop instead of having to dig out the fried egg.
It was getting exciting in the media centre and I was hoping to see Vegas win and didn’t want Hoffman eagling the 18th and was happy it went into a playoff.
I headed outside to photograph the crowds lining the 18th fairway before the playoff started then was back in the media centre to watch the action.
The drives on 18 were unbelievable with DJ hitting near 390 off the tee, it certainly makes for a short par 5.
Vegas’ 8 iron out of the bunker in the playoff was fantastic although Vegas thought it was going in the water until he saw it flying strong through the air. He knew he hit it solid and as he said “…sometimes you have to be aggressive and when you’re that aggressive sometimes things go your way”.
Things certainly did go his way and he is a well deserving champion. I look forward to watching him at Glen Abbey again next year.
It has been a fantastic week of golf and the contacts I have made for Fairways are unreal.
It has been a long week and I am tired but I am already looking forward to watching the ladies tee it up in Ottawa next month.