I replied on Twitter Monday to a post that Bill Walsh put up about him and Dave Levesque being the first to hit the range at this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal.
I know what it’s like for a Canadian to be a keener at the national championship, which I played in 2009. I was there to soak it all in and we definitely got soaked, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
That was the year that Tom Watson and Stewart Cink were in a playoff at the British Open and my caddie Gene Lockerby and I watched it in the hotel. When it was over, we headed over to Glen Abbey and got there between three and four in the afternoon.
We went to register and there was nobody there. I went to get my credentials and nobody was there to take my picture. I said, `Am I early?’ and I was told, `You’re the first one here.’
We walked around, went to the locker room and the range, which they were just starting to set up. I remember thinking, `Apparently, I’m really anxious to be here,’ but the way I look at it is that I was the first to register so I win.
I was a cross between a deer in the headlights and a kid in a candy store. As the week wore on, you come to realize how much people do for you. It’s a little awkward at first, but once you embrace it, you feel pretty good and don’t want it to end.
At the time, I was 35 about to turn 36 and it was one of those dreams that you have in your early 20s before other aspects of your life become so important to you, but this is your chance to live that dream. It was probably my one and only chance .
We got some of the worst weather the tournament had ever seen with so much rain, but it was all sunshine and roses for me. I didn’t care about the weather.
I was a little disappointed that I had to play 28 holes my first day because I didn’t get to play at all on the Thursday. Finishing up on Saturday, I can honestly say I played the weekend on the PGA Tour even if I did miss the cut, but that will be our secret.
I just ate it all up.
Billy and Dave play an awful lot of golf in all the major events in Canada and in their respective provinces, so they’re ready to go this week and both have great support from their members and their associations.
They’re going to be great representatives for the PGA of Canada and Quebec and Ontario while they’re living the dream.