Snedeker wins Canadian Open — a day in photos

snedeker_sunday_2Interesting day for the final round at the RBC Canadian Open. With the winds swirling, Dustin Johnson (with Paulina Gretzky following) made a move, but was derailed by a wayward (and I mean really wayward) drive on the 17th hole. That meant Snedeker only had to have an average round to win. That said it was interesting to follow Kuchar/Johnson/Snedeker for the round. Snedeker is a very average driver of the golf ball (he was back using his old Tmag driver yesterday, having put the SLDR back in the trunk for the time being), but is surely one of the best wedge players in the game. Johnson’s power is awesome, but he makes decisions that make no sense to me — like hitting driver on 17 when a 3-wood would have sufficed. Kuchar is steady as a rock — and was friendly and outgoing all week.

I still find it fascinating that some journalists — the ones you read in large daily newspapers — never leave the media room all week. I love watching golf — and reporters have inside-the-ropes access, giving us the greatest perspective on the game. To sit and watch it on TV, or to not watch it at all, seems like such a shame. One reporter in the media room yesterday couldn’t understand what happened to Johnson on 17 — largely because she didn’t know what an out-of-bounds shot was. Another couldn’t figure out why the scores were higher in the afternoon because he’d never set foot on the course to notice the wind was picking up. Think about that when you’re reading your newspaper this morning.

I wrote about Snedeker’s win here for Global News, and appeared on the network’s pregame show yesterday. It was a lot of fun — and it was nice to see a media organization put some resources into golf when many are eliminating golf writers, thus having a reporter at the Open who doesn’t understand the game.

Here’s a series of shots from my tours around the course yesterday:


Snedeker, who missed the green wildly to the right on 12, chips out just short of the green.


Snedeker — in control of his game on 10.


Snedeker put the SLDR driver from TaylorMade away for his final round.


Jason Bohn quietly finished in a tie for second.


Kuchar swinging on his final hole of the day.


Johnson’s drive went into the maintenance building on 17. He made triple bogey on the hole.


Handing out TMag swag after the round.


Rafters showed up down 16-mile creek as Snedeker hit the tee.


David Lingmerth’s round came off the rails at 12.


Snedeker blasting from the bunker on 16.


On 18 after making a short putt.


Snedeker’s final approach shot on 18.


More ridiculous rafters.


Victory with Canadian caddie Scott Vail.


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