Canadian Open Notes Day 1

After testing out the new Greg Norman designed Wyndance Golf Club (it was solid, as was my game), I went down to the Canadian Open to check in.

Not all that many people about, but I did get out and walk around and so here’s some quick notes:

  • Lee Janzen was looking for a game and since Angus Glen had a Monday pro-am, he tried to go to Eagles Nest. No luck, the course was full. I spoke with Janzen for a few minutes on the range, even though when I asked if he had a few seconds to spare, his caddy said “No” quite enthusiastically. Apparently not a big fan of reporters. Janzen turned out to be a big fan of Angus Glen’s North Course.
  • Fluff Cowan was also looking to play. His heart was set on driving down to Hamilton to play Hamilton G&CC. Not sure if he went or not, but his loop, Jim Furyk, was putting near the range and there was no Fluff to be seen. Hard to imagine a member wouldn’t want Fluff along for a game.
  • Jesper Parnevik withdrew today. No reason was given.
  • Walked several holes with Chris Baryla. Baryla, from Vernon, B.C., is tipped by several to be Canada’s next big thing (me included). Chris was playing in the pro-am and his group was 10-under when I arrived. Baryla then started chatting and, in turn, hit his driver all over. That led to interesting bets with his caddy: “Hey man, 5 to 1 odds I get it up and down from here,” he’d say. “You are on,” came the reply. When he got it up and down out of the bunker on five, the caddy lost big time. I asked how they kept track of the bets and Chris’ caddy (a fellow from Chicago) simply said, “I just don’t get paid at the end of the month.”
  • For those that are interested, Baryla has been off for most of the last six weeks with an injury, but says he’s now 100%.
  • David Hearn was out and playing in the pro-am as well. He said his game was sharp and our conversation turned to Jon Mills’ decision to not play and instead play in the Nationwide Tour event, where he is 28 on the money list. Dave Woods, Mills’ coach, said the tournament (the Cox Classic in Omaha) is where the Canadian once shot 60. Turns out Mills was overshadowed that day, despite leading the tournament, because Jason Gore shot 59. Anyway, it looks like Mills has made the right decision.
  • Speaking of the Nationwide, Hearn said he’ll play nine or ten weeks in a row following the Canadian Open. Take that PGA Tour pros that are complaining about the FedEx Cup schedule.
  • Mike Weir now stands 16 on the Presidents Cup standings. A notable golf pro at Angus Glen today bet me $2 on 2-to-1 odds that neither Weir nor Stephen Ames will make the team. I look forward to collecting.
  • Stephen Ames, apparently in full Blue Jays gear, will throw out the first pitch at the game tonight.
  • Angus Glen director of golf Dennis Firth will apparently be showing off his swing tonight at 10 pm on the Golf Channel’s “The Turn.”

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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