RBC Canadian Open Round 1

My first round at the RBC Canadian Open was one of those days where I had to try and find a way to get the ball into the hole.

It wasn’t that I was playing awful – just that I didn’t have my best stuff. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to find any rhythm.

On the front side, on both the par 3s, I hit my tee shot into the bunker and I couldn’t get it up and down to save par. I did get one back with a nice birdie at the eighth when I hit my second shot in to about eight feet and made the putt.

I got some revenge on those front side par 3s on the back when I hit my tee shot on the 17th to about eight feet and made the putt. But I gave that back on the final hole when my tee shot found the water. That’s the kind of day it was.

All in all, it was a scrappy round of golf. I really had to stay focused on each hole in order to play well. It’s funny but I was thinking after how a round like this, where it kind of gets off the rails early, is the type of round where, two years ago, I would have let get away from me. Now it’s nice to know that with the improvements to my game, even when I don’t have my best stuff, I can still remain in control.

If I was to give myself a measure today, I’d say everything was working at about a six out of 10. I didn’t seem to have any energy or any zip in my game. I know it’s been a busy week with lots of functions and requests and media so maybe I’m just a bit tired. I’m hoping a good night’s rest and I’ll come out on Friday morning refreshed and read to go.

One thing that was still there during my round, however, was the fan support. The galleries here in Montreal were amazing once again. I got a lot of energy from them, energy I definitely needed today.

Thanks for your support.