Another gloomy, overcast day. Except this one included rain. Lots of rain.
On a positive note I was able to find the media lot on my first try today. Nailed it. Once arriving to the course I had a plan: interview as many golfers as possible. I had my list of 28 players I had prepared questions for and after making a plan of attack based on the pro-am tee-times I was off.
Things actually started pretty perfectly. I was able to speak with Luke Donald, Jimmy Walker and JB Holmes before heading back to the Media Centre to grab a bottle of water. Much to my surprise and pleasure Rory McIlroy was walking in for his presser just as I was grabbing my water. So I grabbed a seat and listened in. I tried to ask a question but they never got around to me; it was understandably pretty busy in there. Immediately after he left Brooks Koepka walked in. Talk about a presence. He just oozes confidence and cool. This time I was able to ask a question and he gave a great answer so I’m pretty happy about that.
Minutes later I was back on the course looking for Keegan Bradley. I had some good questions lined up and have always been sort of fascinated by Keegs but today wasn’t my day. Just as he agreed to the interview it started torrentially raining. Without an umbrella I had no choice but to try another time. You win some, you lose some. He did seem like a really nice guy though, so maybe later in the week.
With the rain not showing any signs of slowing down it was time to get back to the media centre and start writing. As the rain poured down on the massive tent above us, I put together this blog which answers the question: Is the revamped Canadian Open a hit? Or a swing-and-miss? And this one in which I attempt to predict the winner and make some money on tournament matchups.
At this point it was about 2:30 in the afternoon and an announcement about the pro-am was made to us. The morning wave would be cancelled due to rain and the afternoon wave would tee off at 3:30 with two pros in each group and just play nine holes. Not exactly ideal but when it comes to weather the tournament organizers can only play the hand they’ve been dealt. And right on cue the rain stopped at 3:30. Finally.
I ventured back out to the range to see how the grass was holding up and lets just say it was a popular place to be.
As was the putting green:
In terms of the rain and its affects, well this picture pretty much sums it up. That’s one heck of a puddle.
Another hour or so of walking around left my feet soaked and my legs covered in mud, so that was about as good a cue as any to call it a day.
The real thing starts tomorrow morning with the fist tee time at 7 am. Just 40 minutes later Rory will arrive on the 10th tee with Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson, followed by Dustin Johnson in a group with my guy Corey Conners and Jim Furyk. The afternoon wave will be headlined by Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Justin Thomas going off the 1st tee at 12:50 pm. Giddy up.
More to come tomorrow!