Kyle German, who earned an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open after winning the 2008 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professionals Championship, will be checking in daily with GNN. Below are his impressions of a soggy day at Glen Abbey, playing a round with Canadian/Nationwide Tour players and support from back home in B.C.:
I went to a breakfast for Canadian players on Tuesday morning and listened to Scott Simmons, the executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, give a speech, which I found interesting from a club pro’s perspective.
Afterwards, I teed off with Chris Baryla from Vernon, B.C., and Andrew Parr from London, Ont., and I’m absolutely demoralized. I didn’t realize they were two of the longest hitters in the world.
Seriously, they were 35 yards past me. That’s when I started using a sore hamstring as an excuse. Actually, a tight hamstring prevents me from getting all the way through my swing, but that might account for five or seven yards, not 35.
These guys can boom it and the lines they take are way different than the lines I take, so there’s something to be said about playing every week on the Nationwide Tour or the Canadian Tour. It was an enjoyable experience despite the hamstring, which really was sore.
I’ve usually got tight hamstrings and this one started to flare up a bit, so it moves up to the glut muscle and you can’t fire through the ball. There’s a trainer in the locker room and I got him to work on it for awhile and loosen it up a bit.
If it’s bothering me on Wednesday, I’ll take another treatment.
Having a trainer on hand is another reason for enjoying the sweet ride at Glen Abbey. I saw another interesting incident today that illustrated the service out here for the players.
We teed off on the first hole and Andrew Parr asked one of the Titleist reps to come and see him.
There was something wrong with his five iron, so one of the Titleist guys grabs it, drives it to Golf Town, gets it re-shafted or tweaked or whatever, comes back and meets us on the seventh tee, gives it to him and explains what happened.
Later on, I’m in having lunch and I see the rep and I asked him how far it is to Golf Town because I thought the loft on my four iron was wrong.
He says, `Give it to me and I’ll have it back in your locker by 5.’ Sure enough, it was there by 3.
As nice as this ride is at Glen Abbey, it’s always great to hear support from back home and I’ve been receiving plenty of e-mails and I know there have been comments left on GNN, as well. It really does make you feel good.
I’ve been getting a lot from my brother Brett and people he works with and it’s been great. We used to play golf in Hawaii with a bunch of colleagues of my dad’s about 10 years ago and I’ve been hearing from them as well.
What great support that is and I’ll be getting reinforcements tonight when my folks fly in. My wife and son are coming in tomorrow and it’s kind of nice because there are a couple of pro-ams tomorrow so I can’t play, just practice a bit, so the timing of these arrivals is good.
I’ll probably spend some time on my short game, which is going to be so important once the tournament gets going.
The skies opened up yesterday and we only played nine holes. I was the only one playing without a shell and suddenly realized, `I’m really wet. I’d better put a shell on.’ Hey, I’m from B.C. It felt just like getting ready for spring golf.
Maybe, that’s an advantage for us west coast guys have because word has it that there is wet weather on the way.
We’ll have an up-to-date forecast for tomorrow.