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Friday, July 25, 2014

'Mr Big" leads in Montreal, Canuck amateur steals the show..

Several years ago I played in a pro-am at Diamondback GC up near Stouffville when the Nationwide Tour combined with our CPGA championship and we drew Tim Petrovic as our pro.

Never heard of him before but turned out he was a great guy with a beautiful sparkling new bag and clubs (black and silver) courtesy of his sponsors.. Srixon..

We went off mid afternoon and by the time we made the turn many of the field were already hard at the barbeque and beer and Tim sent his caddy into the clubhouse to buy some "candy bars" to keep him going on the back nine..

The caddy comes back with half a dozen " Mr Big's" which Petro starts to devour as we ride down the 10th..  " Mmmmmm these are good, can't get these in the States.." and his nickname was born.. "Mr Big"

Years later, 2006, I was broadcasting from the Hamilton GC the year Furyk won his first of back to back titles and I left a box of Mr Big's at his locker... I was in the gallery at the first when he teed off and as he started his walk down the fairway I shouted "hey Mr Big" and he turned with a big smile, gave me the thumbs up and I am sure he enjoyed a couple that day !

Well he and Web.com player of the year Micheal Putnam shot 64 yesterday to grab the first round lead on a beauty day ay Royal Montreal GC..Only tough pin placements and a little breeze kept the scores from being lower..

Team Canada member Taylor Pendrith, (Richmond Hill) who just drives it a mile stole the show however, averaging 298 straight yards off the tee (5th in stats) to T3 at 65..

I have been pulling 12 hour days at Canada Post this week, instead of taking my post in the media tent..(don't ask!!) so here is the missive from Golf Canada in case you missed it.


ROUND 1 CANADIAN SCORES T3 Taylor Pendrith* (-5) T16 David Hearn (-3) T44 Graham DeLaet (-1) T44 Eugene Wong (-1)     T67 Adam Svensson* (E)   T67 Kevin Carrigan* (E)   T67 Mike Weir (E) T67 Adam Hadwin (E)     T87  Michael Gligic (+1)   T87  Robbie Greenwell (+1)      T106  Brad Fritsch (+2)   T106 Beon Yeong Lee (+2) T123 Benjamin Silverman (+3)    T123  Dave Lévesque (+3)   T138 Stephen Ames (+4)    T138  Corey Conners* (+4)   T138  Kevin Stinson (+4)    T138 Bill Walsh (+4)  T150 Chris Hemmerich* (+5) 


Caddy comes back with six "

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Soft Royal Montreal set to go under sunny skies..

Heavy rain yesterday has been replaced today and tomorrow with clear skies, sunshine and very little wind for today and tomorrow, there is rain in the forecast again for Sunday.

The RBC Canadian Open is about to get underway http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-open/leaderboard.html with as Jim Furyk said yesterday, "exactly the opposite conditions from last week's Open Championship.."

As we have seen in recent years ( Hamilton, St George's for example) even great old traditional courses are at the mercy of these guys when they are soft, so expect to see 62's 3's and 4's, hopefully one of the 19 Canadians will be in that kind of form..

Mike Weir is in the feature group with Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell at 110pm, all three sponsored by RBC...

So here we go again, follow me, your comments are welcomed as always..


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Missing Montreal !!

I'm missing all my colleagues and pals at our annual get together at the Canadian Open as I can't go to Montreal this week, it's always one of the media highlights to catch up with Rube (Lorne Rubenstein), Perky (Dave Perkins) Hutch (Ian Hutchinson) Weeksy (Bob Weeks) Wilbur (Bill Paul) just to mention a few..

Normally I'd spend the weekend in the media room broadcasting our Fairways Golf show with Scott Metcalfe (680 News) and Weeksy when he was available after his duties with Scoregolf and TSN, and I'd ask all the guys to join us on air over the weekend... It mean't long days, in at 6am often not back home til 10pm.

We have had some hair raising experiences, usually weather related like the year in Hamilton where a river of water from a torrential downpour swept right through our location in the media tent, leaving us doing the show live, standing on chairs with 9 billion watts of electrical equipment beneath us and the torrent, until the tent was secured properly !...

Look, this great event, and it's RBC sponsor, led by Bill Paul (Tournament Director) may have the worst possible date (right after Open Championship and before a WGC event and the PGA Championship), and it is often faced with some volatile weather, but it is our national championship, thanks to Wilbur's efforts and the RBC player sponsorship money it has as strong a field as any regular PGA Tour stop, Els, Couples, Donald, Furyk, Snedeker, just to name a few.

Of course the main hope is that one of our Canadian's in the field will get hot and get in contention. Remember it was here during the President's Cup in 2007 that Weirsy beat Tiger in his singles match..a career highlight for sure..

I'll be covering it all here and you can here me on TSN1050 radio with my analysis on various shows, and for sure at 845am Sunday morning.

For a hole by hole look at The Royal Montreal Golf Club and the changes on its famed Blue course since it last held the RBC Canadian Open in 2001.

Live scoring click http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-canadian-

Bryan Angus


Monday, July 21, 2014

None could catch Rory..

Final scoreboard http://www.theopen.com/en/TheCourse.aspx

Sergio shot 66, Ricky played solid (67), holing putt after putt, others flashed up the leaderboard in spurts then fell away, there were 65's and 66's on an ideal day by the seaside at Hoylake on Sunday, but in the end none could catch Rory.

66 66 68 71 -17, "the gold medal winner and champion golfer of the year" had the  hammer all weekend, he could see what he had to do,he had it all in front of him and of course he had those 2 par 5's playing downwind at 16 and 18 as insurance.

His final round 71 therefore was not as spectacular as the previous 3, but it didn't need to be. He had a beautiful ball striking week, an under control draw he could trust over and over and he putted beautifully,including several clutch par savers from 10 feet or more and a few bombs like the 45 footer on 14 on Saturday that turned his round around... if you know what I mean..

He says he's happy these days, the break up with Caroline stung, but it was mutual, his mum was there in person for the first time at a major and he dedicated it to her. He has now won 3 different majors and he's just 25.

Rory is a shy guy, you can see that, at a party he'd be the one sipping pints with his mates out of the limelight. The demands thrust upon him from the media because of his shocking prowess are things he has had to learn to cope with, not something he chooses or seeks.

He's hard not to like, both on and off the course. He and Ricky and Sergio etal played the game like gentlemen, their admiration for each other afterwards was evident, what a great example in these days of me, me, me athletes..By the way what a difference in Sergio as he walked up 18, the runner up again paying heartfelt tribute to his adoring crowd... a far cry from the whining Sergio from years gone by..

This Open had some bad weather, but mostly when there was no golf being played and apart from the breeze that came up on Friday, the guys missed a bullet this week.

Today the crews move in to dismantle all the scaffolding and tear down the tented village, it will be a few days before the residents of Hoylake get their normal lives back again.... but it will be a lot longer before they forget the week none could catch Rory...

Bryan Angus

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Open Championship Sunday.. Rory's to lose..

Live scoring click http://www.theopen.com/en/TheCourse.aspx

It's short shirt sleeve weather at Hoylake today, no rain so far, warm, and devoid of wind.

Rory tees off with his buddy and now neighbor in Florida, Rickie Fowler at 940am est . They have played together many times through the years back to Walker Cup matches. but this time Ricky spots Rory 6 shots, the rest of the field even more..

This championship many feel is a done deal, but I will watch the first 6 or 7 holes closely to see how it goes in honour of all those before who have squandered big leads and there have been too many to mention, hall of famers among them...

Remember Rory has had a bad round out of the four a lot recently, just because he has gotten by his Friday problems, it doesn't mean they won't come back on, say Sunday

The young guns in closest pursuit, Ricky, Sergio, Matteo, Dustin etal have nothing to lose and will be flag hunting... all the pressure is on Rory.

If he wins it will be expected, if he loses.... well let's not go there, for the sake of the young man... and indeed the game of golf..

Bryan Angus

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Open Championship..Rory is the Story..

Play was well under way this morning at Royal Liverpool, as I wrote at 7am est or noon in Hoylake. There was some rain overnight, but the nasty stuff they forecast never arrived, it was calm, benign and warm, it did rain early but the umbrella's were soon put away...leaving ideal scoring conditions..

As a result of the forecast  the R&A had the field paired in three's and split them off 1 and 10 tees to save about 4 hours of playing time and sent them out early, completely I might add screwing up the boys from ABC/ESPN who as I tweeted had to scramble after the decision but were producing a refreshingly Tiger and Phil free broadcast. I was told that ESPN was producing a Tiger only broadcast on one of their outlets to compensate..

Rory started the day with a 4 shot lead -12 after a pair if 66's. He made a bogey on his opening hole and basically stayed at around par while Ricky Fowler ran off 4 birdies and at one point overtook Rory for the lead.

For me the turning point came at 14 where Rory holed a 50 footer for birdie after Ricky made bogey, the old 2 shot swing..Rory seemed to be released, on 16 he bombed a 350 yard drive. then smoked a 4 iron to within 20 feet and made the eagle. He flubbed a chip on 17 for bogey but then we say a replay of 16 on 18, where he made eagle again.

Ricky fell back, Dustin fell back...Rory was and is the story.. 66 66 68 -16 and a six shot lead going into Sunday, where he and Ricky are in the final group followed by the young guns... Garcia, Johnson, Dubuisson, Molinari, Manassero, Scott..

David Hearn is enjoying himself in his first Open championship, he shot 71 and is at -
As for Tiger (73 +3) and Phil (71 -1)...didn't see them play a shot, just like all the rest who are not in contention...and that's the way it should be..

Live scoring http://scores.theopen.com/en/Leaderboard.aspx

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Open Championship..Ideal scoring conditions

For all of you with British blood in your veins, you know how rare it is to get a dead flat calm sunny day at 25*c at the seaside.

That's is the scene at Hoylake, just south of Liverpool, huge crowds basking, the pictures don't really portray the sights, sounds and in particular the smell of the salt sea air...

The tide is coming in for the afternoon flight and the breeze will pick up a little but the leaderboard is great. http://www.theopen.com/

Brooks Koepka, and the Molinari brothers are in with -4 68's for the clubhouse lead. Rory is at -5 through 12 holes, Matteo Manassero has just joined him. Sergio, Jim Furyk are amongst a gaggle at -4 on course.

David Hearn is at -2 through 12 and Graham DeLaet is off at 1254..

Tiger made bogey's at 1 and 2 but has fought back and is at -2 as well through 15