Kyle German is back to work with some fond memories of his week on the PGA Tour. The rain that delayed him and the rest of the field at the RBC Canadian Open slowed him down once again when it delayed his flight last Sunday. That gave him some time to reflect on some positive thoughts and allowed him to tape and watch the proceedings at Glen Abbey on Monday:
Reality has set in and I’m back at Point Roberts with some fond memories of last week.
We got on the plane in Toronto on Sunday and a weird weather front moved in and we couldn’t leave, so we sat on the tarmac for an hour and 20 minutes. It was as almost as if the rain that kept interrupting the RBC Canadian Open just wasn’t going to let go, even if a guy was going home.
The delay gave me time to think about what had happened at Glen Abbey and how I wish I could do it all again. That means I’ll just have to go back and defend my title later this year at the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship and get another exemption.
It was all positive thoughts on the plane. The first time you play in a PGA Tour event, you learn so much and you’re seeing how everything’s done and what everyone does that you wish you could take it right back the next week and use everything you learned and go at it again.
Flying back, you really wish you had another chance at it because you learn so much in such a short time, so getting that opportunity again has got to be the goal and hey, who wouldn’t want to play St. George’s next year?
I played it a long time ago. I think, as far as tour players go, they’re going to love it. It’s not an easy course – it’s tough, but at the same time, it’s a great golf course.
I don’t know what’s going to happen with the traffic problems or the off-site driving range, but as far as the golf course goes, I think the players are going to love it.
I hope they get good weather because even on the talk shows here, they talked about how the weather might affect the event going forward. It’s been a couple of years like this and you really hope it doesn’t have a negative effect.
Of course, the rain wasn’t only slowing me down at the airport on Sunday. It also caused a Monday finish at Glen Abbey, which allowed me to tape and watch Nathan Green’s eventual win in a two-hole playoff against Retief Goosen. I didn’t realize how far Goosen hit the ball because he hit some bombs.
I like the idea of 16 and 18 being par fives. It’s great for TV and great for the people watching. It brings excitement to it.
The TV coverage of Goosen in the bunker on the first playoff hole was just priceless. He was pacing back and forth, in and out of the bunker as they were figuring out where Green was going to get the drop.
The fact that Green hung on for his first tour win is encouraging for a guy like me. I tried telling myself, and I believe this in my heart, that golf is golf. There’s a lot more to deal with in a tour event than you would have coming out to Point Roberts on a Sunday afternoon, but it’s still ball-club-hole.
For a guy like Green to get into that position and be able to keep his emotions under control in that situation against a two-time U.S. Open champion tells a lot about a guy — hats off to him.
I love the fact that Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., who I played a practice round with, tied for eighth and was six-under in the final round. That’s awesome for a Canadian in this tournament.
Those are two excellent examples of guys who put it all together to move to the next level. Taking that next competitive step would be an awesome feeling for me, but I need to earn my next chance again this fall.