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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Elsewhere in golf on Sunday...live scoring, results

While Canadian golf fans are rooting for David Hearn today at Glen Abbey, there is as usual lot's of golf going on around the world, including a major, the British Senior Open, so let's start there.

Champions Tour British Senior Open leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/seniortour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015862/leaderboard/index.html#SAaPaJXGyUJwSAGW.97

Round 4 is underway at Sunningdale, the leaders at -10 are Colin Montgomerie, who incidently is going through one of his weight gain phases, and Marco Dawson, one of golf's original gym rats. They have just teed off.

Right behind them, Bernhard Langer at -9, the defending champion who won by 13 shots last year !. In form Peter Fowler and world traveller Miguel Jimenez are at -8 and Freddie Couples at -7.

Stephen Ames 69 67 69 -5 is having a good week, unfortunately Rick Gibson isn't 72 79 misses the cut.

European Tour Omega European Masters leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015056/leaderboard/index.html#fJETWjbu8Hkjyhu8.97

It's all over in beautiful Crans Montana amongst the beautiful mountains of Switzerland. In form Danny Willett has won with a -17 total. He was -5 65 on today's round. His playing partner, 20 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick was second at -16, -4 66 today.

Another Englishman, Tyrrell Hatton made a charge but ran out of holes. He was -8 today 62, -15 total, having scored 29 on the front nine.

Ladies Scottish Open leaderboard http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/leaderboard/

Round 4 is over in Troon, Scotland on the ancient Dundonald links, it was cold and windy and Suzann Pettersen started the day with a 2 shot lead, however Australian Rebecca Artis shot a -6 66 on her round today and caught Pettersen, then when Suzann slipped up late in her round and slumped to a +2 74 -4 total, the Aussie who was watching from the clubhouse became the winner.

Next week is the Women's Open Championship at Turnberry.

LPGA Tour Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=lpga

Lizette Salas has a 4 shot lead at -16 over Lexi Thompson and Kris Tamulis playing the Blythefield CC in Belmont Michigan.

Can Hearn win the RBC Canadian Open

PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open leaderboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

There are many storylines going into today's final round at Glen Abbey, on what will be another stunning sunny day.. Will Bubba (68) add another trophy to his resume, this one for his Canadian wife, or will Jason Day (69) continue his great form and take our national championship down under.

Micheal Putnam (68) or Brooks Koepka (68) are both more than capable at -12, or how about Columbia's Camilo Villegas (67) after his country swept all the golf medals at the Pan Am Golf championship last week. Jim Furyk (68), twice a winner of our national title is also at -11 as is my dark horse pick, Emiliano Grillo (69)...

The story's go on and on.. but for me there is only one that really matters.. Can David Hearn win the RBC Canadian Open..

After another solid round, 68, he is at -15 with a 2 shot lead over Bubba and Jason as a beautiful red sunrise kicks off championship Sunday. Mike Weir was the last Canadian to lead going into Sunday in 2004 and he lost that heartbreaker to Vijay Singh in a playoff.

I don't have to tell you that it has been 61 years since Pat Fletcher etched his name in Canadian golf history.

Yesterday I wrote that on Friday, David's 64 got job one done as he  got into contention, yesterday was job 2, to put himself in with a chance on Sunday and he got that done.. now for job 3, to get into the hunt come the back nine today..

I like his demeanour, despite all the others vying for the win he is staying within himself, concentrating on what he is doing, confident in his recent great form..

I go back to his press conference after  narrowly losing at the Greenbrier, when he calmly assessed his place amongst his peers and talked about how his performance that week just confirmed in his mind that he could play and win with his peers in pro golf and how he would carry those thoughts forward..

They will be his ally when all hell breaks loose on the back nine at the Abbey today, where he tries to cap off a great week, and take his spot in Canadian golf history.

Other Canucks  Adam Hadwin 67 -8  Adam Svennson 67 -7, Nick Taylor 71 -3

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hearn's 64 gives Canuck hopes a boost at Glen Abbey

PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

At the start of play Thursday there were 16 Canadians carrying our flag, as play gets under way this morning there are 6 left, with David Hearn giving the hometown fans just what they wanted, a fine -8 64 on a day of low scoring, to get to -11 T3 and right in contention.

Players enjoy week's of good form in a row before they cool off, and David is in form right now, having come within a shot of winning the Greenbrier three weeks ago, then enjoying the trip to the Open at St.Andrews, he is full of confidence, but level headed as ever, he realizes there is a lot of golf to go this weekend. Job one is done, job two is to get into contention for Sunday afternoon, and that starts at 1.36pm today, paired with Johnson Wagner.

Chad Campbell has arrived here from nowhere, to add an impressive 63 to his opening 67 to lead at -14. He was 48th last week at the Barbasol, does have 3 top 10's this year but nothing spectacular, 120th in the Fed Ex standings. He's 41 now and we'll see if this is going to be his week..

Brian Harman is 2nd 65, 67 and like Hearn. the little lefty is in form right now. Jason Day (66 -10) and Bubba (67 -9) are right in it as well.

Graham DeLaet had to withdraw with a nagging thumb injury after he tried it for 4 holes. The cut fell at -2. Other Canadian scores, Austin Connelly bounced back nicely 73, 65 T22 -6, Adam Svennson 69 73 is -3 this morning, now up to -5, Blair Hamilton 71 68 -5 T33, Adam Hadwin 74 67 -3 T58, and Nick Taylor 70 72 -2 is -1 this morning currently -3 as well.

It's overcast and calm early at the Abbey this morning, ideal scoring conditions, and there is some rain in the forecast for the leaders this afternoon after 2 days of blazing sunshine.

So another big moving day at the Canadian Open, none more so than for David Hearn who wants to give the huge galleries and golf fans across his country another real boost today, to give him a chance tomorrow to join Pat Fletcher, the last Canuck back in 1954, to hoist the trophy. What a place to get his first PGA Tour win...

Now I'm getting ahead of myself.. way ahead..


Friday, July 24, 2015

Play suspended at Senior Open Championship

Champions Tour Senior Open Championship scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/seniortour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015862/leaderboard/index.html#LBD#YLwrX9mZxXwQRhUX.97

While there are nothing but blue skies in southern Ontario it is absolutely pouring at venerable Sunningdale outside London, England site of this years Senior Open Championship

As a result play was suspended at 1300hrs or 8am est due to course flooding.

There is an eight way tie for the lead at -5 with Colin Montgomerie joining the group at -2 through 12 holes today before play was halted.

Bernhard Langer won this event by 13 shots last year, he  is in the lead group as is Miguel Jimenez and a rare appearance from Jeff Sluman.

The forecast is grim for today, but Sunningdale does drain well and it is light until about 9pm at this time of year, so they might be asked to go out again.


Grillo's lead at RBC Canadian Open no surprise to me..

PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open leaderboard  http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

"I am picking out 2 dark horses for this week, American Tony Finau has it all and hits it a mile, and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo who has been knocking on that winner's door for a couple of year's now."

Just saying I told you so.. the above is a little excerpt from my Wednesday preview.

It's not often I'm right and of course it's only round one but the 23 year old rising star from Argentina leads the field after eight birdies en-route to an -8 64 after opening on the 10th with a birdie.

I have been watching him come close on the European Tour for a couple of years now, and he is just getting some starts (6) on the PGA Tour and he is here this week after getting a foreign sponsor exemption into last week’s Barbasol Championship where he finished in the T10 to qualify here. He almost won back in March, when he lost on the first playoff hole to Alex Cejka at the Puerto Rico Open.

A further twist, he was stopped at the border in Buffalo because as an Argentinian he needed a special visa to get into Canada and the matter was eventually resolved when they let him pay for one...

Vaughn Taylor, remember him, also qualified for this week at the Barbasol and in form lefty Brian Harman are T2 after -7 65's, while Steve Wheatcroft,  Erik Compton and a South African, Tyrone Van Aswegen are all T4 along with a brilliant 17 year old Australian amateur Ryan Ruffels at -6 66. This kid is another one to watch, he won the Australian Boys’ Amateur championship last year and is here making his first start on the PGA TOUR on an invitation.

As for the 16 Canadians,  David Hearn and Adam Svensson had the best starts opening with rounds of -3 69. Nick Taylor and Roger Sloan -2 70, Blair Hamilton -1 71, Graham DeLaet playing with a sore left thumb, Richard Jung and Albin Choi E 72, Bill Walsh and Austin Connelly +1 73, Adam Hadwin, Taylor Pendrith and Justin Shin +2 74, Brad Fritsch +3 75, Corey Connors +5 77, Garret Rank +9 81

Big names.. all the headliners seemed to shoot -4 68..Bubba (in front of 25 of his Canadian wife's friends and family), Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan all well placed after a beautiful day on the Gen Abbey course that looks as good as we've ever seen it and with the drought we are in here in southern Ontario, is drying out and playing firmer and faster as the week goes on.

Robert Allenby got into an argument with his caddy on the 4th hole and subsequently fired him at the turn, then asked a fan to carry his bag for the last nine holes, shot 81 and promptly withdrew from the tournament.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

RBC Canadian Open brings back fond memories...

PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open scoreboard http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tour=pga

I have been a spectator, a volunteer, a member of the media but most important a fan of our national championship, called the RBC Canadian Open since 2008 when someone called Chez Reavie won it in a blistering humid week at the Abbey riddled with thunderstorms.

My first live look was in 1968 standing on a bridge on Islington Ave., waiting to see my heroes Arnie Palmer and Lee Trevino at St George's. Bob Charles, the great Kiwi lefty, then regarded as the best putter in golf, won by two shots over Jack Nicklaus, one of the seven times Jack finished second.

The first time I was a volunteer was in 1984. I took a week's vacation and worked as a dispatcher with the Transportation committee at the Abbey when Greg Norman won by two over Jack again. DuMaurier was the main sponsor, free smokes were everywhere and you could barely see the media room scoreboard for the smoke ! Norman thanked them for the cheque of $250,000 in his greenside acceptance speech.

My first broadcast as the producer of Fairways was scheduled for 1993 when David Frost beat Freddie Couples by a shot and that year a violent thunderstorm cell reeked havoc on the course early Saturday morning, knocking out the power lines, and we went outside the grounds to find a pay phone (no cell phones yet folks) to call back into the station on Holly Street..

I've been at every one in Ontario since 1984, still no Canadian winner but boy was it fun but sad calling Vijay Singh's playoff win over Weirsy in 2003. I'll never forget how utterly devastated Mike was after that one, and in fact Vijay was so gracious it was almost like he wished Weirsy had won it.

So many great memories, the eccentric Ken Green winning a Monday finish in front of next to nobody in 1988, the next year he took his courtesy car and drove it to Pittsburg to save a few dollars on a plane flight. I received his call at the transportation desk saying it was at the airport in Pittsburg to be collected. I'll never forget the look on tournament director Bill Paul's face.

Gentleman Nick Price winning in his incredible season of 1994 after he won the Open Championship at Turnberry and the PGA at Southern Hills. Remember his 2 iron hooked around the trees on the par 5 16th to within 6 feet?

We were in the booth calling Tiger's famous shot from the fairway bunker on 18, a 6 iron from nearly 200 yards to beat Grant Waite by a shot in 2000.

John Rollins beat Neal Lancaster and Justin Leonard in a playoff at Angus Glen south in 2002 and then Jim Furyk with his family in tow beat Vijay by a shot at Angus Glen north. I was so glad it was at Angus Glen, not just because it was my home course, with my close friend Kevin Thistle in charge, but because it is a 15 minute drive from home !! A big bonus for those 6am arrival times.

So will it be a relative unknown this year like Scott Piercy, Nathan Green, Chez Reavie, John Rollins, or will it be a star like Jason Day, Bubba, Ernie, Matt Kuchar or Hunter Mahan who was head and shoulders above the field 2 years ago when he got a call on the driving range on Saturday morning to say his wife Kandi was in labour and he had to withdraw. Daughter Zoey Olivia was born on Sunday, many in the press tent suggesting that Brandt Snedeker who won it should send Zoey a little present at this time every year !!

Or better still isn't it time one of our 16 Canadians joined Pat Fletcher 1954, with his name on what is now the  RBC Canadian Open trophy!

Whatever happens the weather will be sensational this year, only chance of rain is Saturday night, and that hasn't been the case at many editions in the past.

Looking forward to being there, seeing all my colleagues in the media center and of course adding to the memories..


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

RBC Canadian Open tee times.

There are 16 Canadians in this year's version of Canada's national men's championship which kicks off in what is forecast to be brilliant sunshine at 7am tomorrow.

Here are the tee times http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/tee-times.html

Many of the RBC stable have made the trip on the private charter from St Andrews, Bubba, Furyk and defending champion Tim Clark are off #10 at 7.30am, with Hunter Mahan, Kooch and Ernie right behind them.

Nick Taylor is the first Canuck in action at 7.50am on #10, playing with Columbia's Camillo Villegas and veteran Ken Duke... Remember Columbia swept to gold medals at the Pan Ams on Monday.

David Hearn 12.35 and Graham DeLaet 12.45 are both also off #10.

I am picking out 2 dark horses for this week, American Tony Finau has it all and hits it a mile, and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo who has been knocking on that winner's door for a couple of year's now.

I'll miss the roars that go around the Abbey like no other when Weirsy gets on a role as he has stepped down from competitive golf for a while for personal reasons. Time for one of the other Canucks to step up...