I get into Oakville on Saturday night and I’m going to be at Glen Abbey as soon as British Open coverage ends around noon or 1 p.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday.
I don’t really know anyone in the field and I actually thought of getting on Twitter and asking some guys if they want to play a practice round.
There are certain guys I’d love to play with and I might see them on the range. We’ll see if I have the courage to go up and ask if they want to go out and play a practice round.
I’d love to play with Mike Weir, but I think his dance card is pretty full. I’d love to play with Freddy Couples or John Daly. I’m a big fan of Luke Donald.
There are lots of guys I’d love to be able to spend a few hours with, just to see how they go about it and how they prepare. It’s totally new to me – I know how I prepare, but I play once a week, so my preparation is a little different than theirs.
I really want to see what they do, what they’re charting, what their relationship is with their caddies.
I’m going to learn so much next week. For me, it’s obviously the thrill of a lifetime, but it’s also going to be educational, no matter what happens.
Even traveling out there is a relatively new experience. I’m using all my Air Canada points and I’m flying out first class. I’m really looking forward to that.
Spending a week in a hotel, being in a place I’m not familiar with, it’s all different so I’m looking forward to the whole process.
The only thing I’m not looking forward to is getting lost in Toronto. About a month ago, I was there for three days. I came out with a buddy of mine and we played Glen Abbey because I’d never seen it before.
We got caught up in the whole collector thing, not being in the collector lanes and trying to exit off the highway. We learned that one in a real hurry.
I’m not sure what I’ll do when I’m not practicing or playing. I’ve never been to a Blue Jays game. I hear there’s a concert series going on at Glen Abbey and I love music. I think I’ll just wing it most of the time.
The thing I’m going to have to avoid is staying at the golf course too long and wearing myself out. It’s going to be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and not want to leave.
I was thinking about it the other day. It’s like having a first child. It’s absolutely terrifying, but at the same time, so exhilarating.
Speaking of having a first child, my wife Taryn and I did just that earlier this year with the arrival of my son Lane. Both will arrive here with Taryn’s mom and aunt on Wednesday. My parents are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and it’s a homecoming for my dad, who is from Pickering on the eastern side of Toronto.
That will give me a couple of days to work with my caddie Gene Lockerby, a good buddy of mine and a former Canadian PGA professional, to try and figure out Glen Abbey before it gets serious on Thursday.
Eight months of anticipation are now about to become reality. Next time we chat, it will be from Glen Abbey Sunday evening.
Kyle German is hoping his game is as sharp as his quick sense of humour when he tees it up in his first PGA Tour event next week at the RBC Canadian Open. He qualified to play at a muscled-up Glen Abbey after winning the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship last November in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He will offer his unique perspectives from the Open on Wednesday and Friday this week, then check in daily once he arrives at Glen Abbey on Sunday and throughout Canadian Open Week.