The breeze is up on a hot humid Saturday morning, there is rain in the forecast for the afternoon.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
We knew it was coming but still I was saddened to hear the Prince hadn't woke up from his sleep last night and passed peacefully in his bed at Windsor Castle.
In my early years as Assistant Manager at the Commonwealth Games stadium I met him and the Queen on several occasions, at the Silver Jubilee, the Gathering of the Clans and Commonwealth/World track meets amongst others.
He was always a treat to meet with, even in limited walkabouts. He always had a twinkle in his eye, his enjoyment meeting with the public was obvious and he carried that on for all his years as he served the Commonwealth so well.
On one occasion at the Paraplegic Games I introduced him to an Australian weight lifter who had lost both his legs and was doing a demonstration bench press lying flat on his back.
The Prince asked him how he'd lost the legs, and the Aussie said. "They were no bloody use to me, so I had them cut off" The Prince said " that must have been awful, I commend your bravery" The Aussie said " thanks your highness , but I really just did it so I could make this lighter weight category"
Without missing a beat, Prince Phillip said, "jolly good, now let me help hold you while you try this weight" and immediately strode across and sat atop his lower body to hold him down.
Although he spent 73 years at the Queens side, he was a character, his own man. He is beloved around the Commonwealth especially by my generation and will be sorely missed, no more than by his wife and family.
Rosey's the "rabbit" after round 1 at the Masters, Hughes, Connors in contention... Friday TEE TIMES / leaderboard
In the world of track and field a tactic often used in the blue ribbon event, the mile, or 1500 meters was to run the first of 4 laps at top speed, one that could not be sustained, but one that would open up a lead of 100 yards, and one you hoped you could hang on to as the field closed on you as the finish line approached. It was called "being the rabbit" in reference to the electronic rabbit used in grey hound racing for the dogs to chase after...
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Masters Thursday LIVE scoreboard / tee times here
Gary, Jack and Lee Elder have completed the ceremonial opening shots under sunny skies and this years Masters is underway.
It's not often I can say a Canadian is a legit contender, this year there are two, with all due respect to Weirsy who was that guy for years when he won it all in 2003. Mind you he made it to the weekend here in November, T51.
Mac Hughes and Corey Connors are in great form, and more importantly are now well established amongst their peers as guys who can win any week. Their confidence is high, and that is everything, and they both have the experience around Augusta which is crucial.
Corey is a career high #43 in the world, and could have won both the Arnold Palmer 3rd, and the Players 7th and he was 10th here in November.
Mac went right through the Dell Matchplay where he lost on the 17th green in the round of 16 to Sergio Garcia.
Mike Weir played the practice round pictured above and had this to say afterwards.
.“I told them out there, I said, you guys are ready. You’ve got the experience now. You’ve been out on tour long enough. You’ve played enough big tournaments. You’ve got to have that self-belief,” said Weir.“I think they’re both ready to do it. They’re both swinging well. They’re both coming in with good form. Their confidence has got to be high. I hope for good things for them,”
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
As pictures beam around the world of the sunshine and Azeala's in bloom from Augusta as the 85th Masters gets underway, seemingly oblivious it must be said as America continues to lead the world in deaths and active COVID cases, news minutes ago that the French government has postponed their national golf championship due to new Covid restrictions now in place.
Here is the @EuropeanTour press release.
The European Tour and the Fédération Française de Golf (FFG) today jointly announced the postponement of the Open de France hosted by Grégory Havret, scheduled for May 6-9, 2021 at Le Golf National.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
2021 Masters Thursday TEE TIMES here
Corey Connors is the first Canuck to tee off on Thursday at The Masters at 9.12 with Si Woo Kim and former champion Charl Schwartzel.
Mac Hughes is off at 11.30 with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (Cheeseberger) and Mexican Carlos Ortiz.
Mike Weir is paired 11.42 with Scottish lefty Robert MacIntyre and CT Pan
This week the LPGA flies over to Oahu in Hawaii for the LOTTE Championship where Brooke Henderson is the two time defending champion, the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID.
When you look up Brooke Henderson's Canadian record 9 professional LPGA wins you see :
Cambia Portland Classic 2015
KPMG Women's PGA Championship 2016 (Major)
Cambia Portland Classic 2016
Meijer LPGA Classic 2017
McKayson's New Zealand Women's Open 2017
Lotte Championship 2018
CP Women's Open 2018
Lotte Championship 2019
Meijer LPGA Classic 2019
After a disappointing opening 75, Brooke rallied with rounds of 69, 68, 70 -6 T19 at the ANA Inspiration, so is in good form arriving at the Kapolei GC just west of Honolulu where the event will be played for the first time. From 2012-2019 it was held at nearby Ko Olina where Brooke won both her titles.
Full tee times will be posted when they are available.