The odyssey is over and I’ll never forget it.
I leave Toronto tomorrow at about 4 p.m EST and arrive in Vancouver are 6 p.m. Pacific time. I’ll probably just watch a couple of movies on the plane and reflect back on my week on the PGA Tour.
I finished the second round on Saturday with a 78 after a 75 in the first round and missed the cut in a tournament that didn’t happen quite the way I had expected. Of course, most of the players in the field, tournament organizers and volunteers can say the same thing about all of the rain delays.
It was just a great experience for me, a great learning experience and so enjoyable. If there is one lesson that stands out the most, it’s the range of emotions that you feel when you’re out there.
There’s a lot more to it than just hitting shots. Hitting the golf ball is one thing, but not the only thing.
Thursday was a washout and Friday was such a long day. In a perfect world, you would play 18 Thursday and 18 Friday in the sunshine and it would be great, but the tour experience is what it is and weather is weather and you have to deal with it. These guys deal with it all the time.
It’s funny. I was talking with one guy’s caddie and he asked me if it rains like this in Vancouver. I told him it rains a lot, but not like this.
I really hope the Open catches a break on the weather, whether it’s this year or in future years. I heard some guys talking on the range and the feeling was, `Welcome to Canada,’ with all of the rain. I hope it doesn’t have an effect on the event and prevents players from coming.
I’ve gotten a lot of texts and e-mails from back home, with everybody saying congratulations and obviously, it didn’t go as you planned, but hopefully, it was all that you imagined. It was and I appreciate the support I received.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my sponsors – Titleist and FootJoy, Fairway and Greene apparel, Cambie Surgery Centre, Parmasters Golf Training Centre and First Shot Fire Protection.
I’m sure I will be answering a lot of questions when I get home and I look forward to it. All of my answers will certainly be positive.