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Canadian Open: Notes from the Pro Am

12:45pm Briny baird is on the putting green with his caddie sitting cross-legged behind the hole acting like an automatic ball return.

12:55pm Tommy Armour III strolls onto the driving range like the king of the world. David Moreland IV is wearing white pants with zippers around the calfs. Why? The Golf Channel’s Rich Learner is doing a pre-interview with Bubba Watson

1:00pm One of Jason Gore’s corporate playing partners has played his ball down the rough on the first hole and then hits a beautiful wedge that sucks back to within 12 feet.

1:15pm A soldiers can be found around the course caddying for amatuers.

1:25pm Shideki Mariyama’s 7 year old son, who has been creating a sensation on the driving range banging out 130 yard lasers with his three wood, is reading breaks on the third hole. For the record, his dad misses the putt.

1:45pm The best seat in the house is under a big old tree by the eighteeth green of the North Course. The eighteenth is not being for the Open this year. From under this tree you can watch the pros hit incredible sand shots.

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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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