After my first experience at the RBC Canadian Open last year at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., I’m hoping that this year’s event catches a break as far as the weather goes.
The rain that we got last year was frustrating because there’s a good chance that it might be my only shot at a PGA Tour event and you’d like it to be 30 C and sunny.
You go to bed on Wednesday night and your nerves are already on edge. You wake up Thursday morning, look outside and realize that we’re probably not playing. Then, you’ve got the whole day to wait, your nerves are still going, and they’re not sure what’s going on.
On the other hand, I’m not complaining. The entire seven days that I was there, I had a smile on my face. My hamstring and gluts were killing me, but I was just the happiest kid on the block.
It’s a part of the game, so you can’t get too frustrated. The rain made a perfect experience a millimetre less perfect, so it went from 100 per cent perfect to 99.9 per cent.
I think what got to me the most was hearing the guys on the range talking about Canada and rain because it poured the year before at Glen Abbey, as well. I remember thinking I hope this doesn’t have any more effect on the field, with the issues they already have with the date being behind the British Open.
Judging by the field for this year’s Open, it apparently didn’t turn out that way and I’m glad. I wish the event all the best because it allowed me to live out a dream.
I hope it’s 30 C and sunny and I hope for the best field in the world and I hope St. George’s rocks them.
Then, in November, maybe I can earn my ticket back in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It would be especially sweet playing in my own neighbourhoood at Shaughnessy. We’ll talk about Shaughnessy as the site of next year’s Open in a future blog.