I’m in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for next week’s Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professionals Championship, an event that’s tough to prepare for with its November date.
You get to work about 7:30 a.m., put in a full day and by the time you turn around, it’s about to get dark and you say to yourself, `Damn, missed another day.’
I must admit that even in summer, I don’t generally practice at all, but I do manage to work my schedule here at work around playing in tournaments.
I don’t play a lot of casual golf and I don’t practice much, but I do get a lot of tournament rounds in. If I’m taking a day off, it’s probably to play a tournament – I think this year, I did 34 tournament rounds and a lot of those are one-day tournaments, so let’s say 22 to 24 events, the last one coming about six weeks ago.
That leaves a big gap between my last tournament and the Club Professionals Championship, which makes the practice rounds at Port St. Lucie so important. Normally, it doesn’t take me long to get back into it, so a couple of good practice rounds and, hopefully, I should be ready to go.
This year, we’ve got quite a few first-timers from British Columbia going down. They’re pretty excited about going and seeing it and they want to see how the event is run.
A few of us have the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy in Vancouver on our minds. A win in Port St. Lucie, of course, would get us into the field, a pretty sweet bonus for guys from this province.
Although the buzz about the Open being played in Vancouver hasn’t kicked into high gear yet, I went down to Shaughnessy recently to pick something up and they’ve already got the banners up. Driving in there, you get the tingle.
It’s funny because when I won the CPC two years ago, I got to play in the Open at Glen Abbey and I remember the drive in the first day and how the butterflies started.
The drive into Shaughnessy isn’t the same type of drive, but it’s about a similar distance. Looking at the banners and seeing the first hole recently, I remember thinking, `Yeah, I want this again.’
The flip side of that is so do a lot of other guys from B.C. We’ll see what happens.