Jul 28, 2016

Golf Media Tweets Video/Photo Highlights - 2016 RBC Canadian Open

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/28/2016 09:29:00 PM   No comments
From my weekend including Dustin Johnson, Jared du Toit, Adam Hadwin, Danny Lee, Ernie Els, and Jason Day.

Jul 27, 2016

Golf Apparel Review: Mens Galvin Green Macoy Golf Shirt

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/27/2016 09:14:00 PM   No comments


The feeling I got when I first tried on the Macoy Golf Shirt from Galvin Green was like the feeling you get when you try on your favourite pair of shoes. Comfort and you feel like you can do anything with them on. This was the way I felt even though I'd never tried anything on from Galvin Green before but knew of the Swedish company's expertise when it came high performance golfing clothing especailly their rain gear.





I was definitely intrigued because I loved the style and colour (White/Electric Red) of the Macoy Golf Shirt. The Macoy shirt is part of Galvin Green's new VENTIL8 line, new for the 2016 season.


Fabricated from VENTIL8, a very light, soft and comfortable garment, its unparalleled breathability and moisture transportation properties will keep you cool and dry. Galvin Green branding to the left sleeve and back neck. Permanent anti-bacterial technology prevents bad odours and keeps the garment fresh. 100% Polyester

The design of the Macoy Ventil8 Golf Shirt is perfect for the active golfer. A regular fit golf shirt, top marks for Galvin Green for the White/ Electric Red combination. With the light grey and black accents, this colour is great for those of us that light to stray away from those one colour golf shirts.

I've wore the shirt both on and off the golf course for the past month and it has really held up nice in Ottawa's Summer heat. There's enough room to swing freely and will keep you cool for many rounds. I wore it this past weekend at the RBC Canadian Open for the final round a) because it's a great red shirt to support the Canadians in the final round - Go Jared du Toit b) kept me cool for the almost 8 hours I was there at Glen Abbey Golf Club.


The Galvin Green Macoy Golf Shirt retails for $110.95 at Function 18. Which is on the high end of the scale for this type of high performance golf shirt but in my eyes is well worth it. When I'm packing for my east coast vacation in two days this will be one of the golf shirts I bring with me to PEI and Nova Scotia. Style, function and comfort all packed into your golf shirt from Galvin Green.



Jul 25, 2016

RBC Canadian Open Sunday Recap: Vegas Rises To Top, du Toit Makes Canada Proud, DJ is Cool

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/25/2016 09:41:00 PM   No comments

I got to Glen Abbey just before 10am and was so glad there was a bit of cloud cover with lower humidity. Made it much more bearable for spectators. I figured there'd be decent scoring and after seeing a few of the early groups that seemed to be the case for some as the day progressed.


Got to see the smooth swing of Danny Lee from New Zealand. Sponsored by Devereaux a golf apparel company I've done an apparel review on before. He's also sponsored by ZTE devices who was well represented at the RBC Canadian Open as a corporate sponsor.


Got up close and personal with Vijay Singh on the ninth hole. Vijay hit his shot close to a tree that I happen to be standing near but that didn't phase him in the least as he calmly walked up to the ball and hit a lovely shot to the green. It was also great to see Ernie Els play on the weekend and see his smooth swing and watch him putt with his SeeMore putter.

Jason Day teed off to one of the largest crowds of the day and he was teeing off at 11:35 and was -2 at the start of the day. Day had a huge gallery all day and it was great to be able to see the number one player in the world live hitting shots on Canadian soil. Jason Day ended up at -7 after shooting a 67 on Sunday good for a tie for 14th.


As the morning turn closer to noon and more players teed off including eventually winner Jhonattan Vegas who birdied 5 of his first first 6 holes. You could feel you were going to be in for a special day. Fans were excited and keen on following the action including one of the biggest crowds following the #1 ranked Canadian amateur Jared du Toit who only had 15 people following him Thursday. His interaction with fans was awesome and he was loving every minute of the day and being in the spotlight. Eventually settling for a 71 and a tie for 9th. He can hold his head high as he made Canada proud and now a few more people know and may follow what he does further in his career.


Following the last let's say 10 groups on Sunday was very exciting as many players were making birdies and putting themselves into contention for the Canadian Open Trophy.


I ended up seeing the last nine groups come through the par 5 16th which was a great hole to watch all weekend as players continue to bomb their drives down the fairway.


One of the players that impressed me the most was the reigning US Open Champion Dustin Johnson his interaction with fans and the way he conducts himself on the golf course was a pleasure to watch and be a part of it. Although he didn't have the final-round he probably would've liked I think he's the favourite this week to win the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. It was great watching Dustin Johnson hit his driver all weekend the man crushes his drives and his putting is at an all time high.


I ended up having to leave before a champion was crowned at Glen Abbey but that's okay I'll be back because golf in Canada is strong and Glen Abbey is a great place to watch the pros compete for Canada's Major.



Jul 23, 2016

RBC Canadian Open Saturday: Fun With Gus

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/23/2016 10:01:00 PM   No comments

Not only was my son excited to take in his first PGA Tour but I was pretty excited to hang out with my 8 year old son for his first time watching the pros. We got there about 10am after taking the shuttle from the Oakville Go Station which worked out great getting dropping off close to the gate. From the get go walking through the entrance you get the taste of golf as there are holes right off the bat both left and right. Getting signed up at the Team RBC right away was great as it combined a quasi scavenger hunt with a prize competition. Great photos to boot with Team RBC bags and photos.




The ZTE charging area was perfect for those of us that were snapping pictures all day of the pros. It's amazing how the battery drains on my iPhone 6, it might be time for a ZTE Grand X Plus.




It was great seeing Ernie Els smooth swing and putting out on the 18th green with his SeeMore mFGP DF.


My son Gus wanted to see Jason Day so it was great seeing him coming up 16th fairway and teeing off at #17.




Jared du Toit

Dustin Johnson had the biggest following all day but Jared du Toit is Canada's hope for the first Canadian champion in years. Jared a 21 year old golfer from B.C. And currently a senior at Arizona State University closed with a eagle on #18 and will be in the final group with Brandt Snedeker.




There's lots of golf to watch but if you need a break check out the TaylorMade Performance Lab where Gus and I got to try out a few putters and putt for prizes as well as trying our hand at closet to the pin. Gus got to hit driver and I got to hit an 8 iron. Fun stuff from TaylorMade.






BMW a title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open was well represented and held Gus's attention various times during the day. Good stuff with great people from BMW.




If your bringing your kid to the RBC Canadian Open you just have to combine a bunch of activities not only watching the golf. Mix in some ice cream and pizza and you can't go wrong with a days adventure at Glenn Abbey, a great place to take in the PGA Tour.


Jul 20, 2016

RBC Canadian Open: Who To Watch This Week

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/20/2016 10:21:00 PM   No comments

It seems any tournament following a major generally has a weaker field. This weeks RBC Canadian Open with the likes of World #1 Jason Day and #2 Dustin Johnson stakes up pretty nicely and I'm fortunate enough to be able to take in the action this weekend. So make sure you follow my blog and my social media channels.


So the first thing I look at is who's going to make it to Saturday. While I hope Jason and Dustin make it to the weekend I'm thinking looking ahead to the PGA Championship and some mental fatigue may enter their heads. With hot temperatures all week. Look for a guy like Tony Finau to light it up with his length of the tee. Having played Glen Abbey last year with a T22nd and coming off a T12th at Royal Troon. Look for Tony to compete nicely this week.


Although Bryson DeChambeau has never played the Canandian Open and gets in on a sponsors exemption look for him to air out a few long drives, apparently his new Cobra driving is getting him an added 30 yds. Bryson needs a little over $200,000 to get his PGA Tour card( last years top 125 player made a little over $747,000. Look for DeChambeau to rise to the pressure and avoid Web.com finals.



My two Canadians to follow would be Graham DeLaet and Brad Fritsch. Graham is overdue such a beautiful ball striker his short game this week might just get him over the hump this week. He closed the Barbasol Championship with a 63 and a T8. If Graham wins that would make him the first homegrown winner of the tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954.


Brad Fritsch plays out of the golf course I work at, Rideau View Golf Club and look for him to surprise this week. With good length and accuracy and a win earlier this season. Look for a confident Fritsch to finish strong this week.


Jul 19, 2016

Look Where Henrik Stenson Was The Day After Winning The Open Championship

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/19/2016 09:37:00 PM   No comments

Newly minted Open Champion Henrik Stenson showed up I'm sure after a few Swedish cocktails bright and early Monday morning in Switzerland. At you guessed it, the Golf Club Bad Ragaz. Apparently Stenson took an early morning flight from Scotland to Switzerland to support Sergio Garcia’s foundation at a charity event, this guy is one awesome Champion.

The #SergioAndFriends event had Six of the top 11 players in the Official World Golf Ranking showed up, including, in addition to Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, and Justin Rose.

David Feherty, who was also there, tweeted this picture of Henrik's Arrival.


Jul 13, 2016

Postage Stamp: Pitch and Pray At Royal Troon

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/13/2016 09:14:00 PM   No comments
Number 8 at Royal Troon, the "Postage Stamp" is one intriguing hole. Playing at 123 yards the hole can cause the pros both agony and ecstasy. Rory McIlroy took 6 shots during a practice round to get out of one of its bunkers. The Open Championship starts soon who will be up early watching early morning action?

The pin position for Thursday round is 2/3 up green and just 4 yds in from left bunker. Would love to do the pn postion for the "Postage Stamop"

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