On Royal Montreal
“I’ve been excited to play here at Royal Montreal.
“I turned pro in 2001. That’s the last time the Canadian Open was here and I didn’t play in it, so I’ve been excited to be getting here since.
For me, this golf course is very difficult to predict what a winning score is going to be like, obviously the weather and everything like that, but from I see of the golf course, there isn’t a tremendous amount of rough, but there’s also a good amount of length to the golf course.
The greens are small, and the greens are also tricky enough to where they’re going to be tucking some of the pins on these long par fours and you’re going to have a hard time making birdies whether there’s rough or not.
I feel like the scoring isn’t going to be tremendously low. I feel like there’s going to be days where guys get into the golf course, but I think it’s going to be difficult to be really low each and every day here.
There are enough good tests on the long par fours and it’s a par 70, too. Most par 70s don’t really play that easy. I think the golf course is going to stand up great. As long as we have good weather, the rest of the week, it won’t impact scoring that much. It’s going to be a great test.”
Does It Suit His Game?
“I think I do well on golf courses where patience is a premium and where par can be a good score. Going out on the weekend and just shooting a couple under par moves you up the board.
I enjoy that type of golf where you have to continually hit fairways and put your ball in the right spot all day long. I’m good at tournaments where you make a lot of birdies, as well, but I really enjoy this type of golf a lot.
To me I think the golf course sets up great. It’s got nice, slopey greens. It’s going to be tricky. You’re going to have to hole some putts and you’re going to have to keep the ball in play in front of you all day long. That’s stuff that I like to do.”
What Makes Royal Montreal So Special To Him?
I think just the fact that it’s the oldest club in North America.
I think there’s a lot of history and tradition that come around this golf course and I’d played a couple of years on the PGA Tour Canada and we played events here in Montreal and I’ve always heard such great things about the golf course from other members and other people that have played here.
I played a lot of junior and amateur golf against Craig Matthew who was a member here. I’ve just always heard what a great place it is,and it’s exciting to be here at this property.
I remember watching the Presidents Cup with Mike Weir beating Tiger Woods in 2007, so just a lot of things have kind of built up and I’m excited to be here, and hopefully I’ll have my best game this week and I’ll be able to do something fun.”